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[[folder:Current Presenters]]
!!Chris Evans

Not to be confused with the [[Creator/ChrisEvans actor who plays Captain America]]. Primarily known as a DJ on BBC Radio 2 and a presenter on the BBC's ''The One Show'', Evans is also a well-known petrolhead with an impressive collection of sports cars. Starting from Series 23, he's stepped into the role of lead presenter.

!!Matt Le Blanc

Many people were surprised when the [[Series/{{Friends}} former Joey Tribbiani]] was announced as one of the main presenters of the new ''Top Gear'' since he's had no TV hosting experience and is an ''American'' to boot (not to mention a well-known motorcycle aficionado). Nevertheless, he easily stepped into the role and quickly established himself as a highly popular co-lead presenter.

!!The Stig
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/stigsit_5012.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:His driving speaks for [[strike:itself]] himself.]]

The show's "tame racing driver," who is never seen without his racing coveralls, gloves, and (face-concealing) helmet. He is [[TheVoiceless never heard speaking,]] though [[HeWhoMustNotBeHeard we occasionally hear about]] the driving advice he gives off camera. Has a variety of local cousins in the various locations the ''Top Gear'' team visits. Some say that he sleeps inside out, and that he once had phone sex with RussellBrand's answering machine... all we know is, he's called The Stig.

There have been three Stigs since the show's inception. The first Stig, Black Suit Stig (Perry [=McCarthy=], 2002-2003) [[DroppedABridgeOnHim was written out of the show]] after the BBC did not renew [=McCarthy=]'s contract. The first White Suit Stig (Ben Collins, 2003-2010) was sacked for publicly revealing his identity. [[note]]Although his identity was already a "trade secret", and the book was a mere formality.[[/note]]

!!All three Stigs
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Chinese Stig enjoys randomly attacking people, especially favouring the occasionally GroinAttack on whoever is nearest to him. He even stopped mid-lap to get out of the car and attack the camera man.
* BadassAdorable: Between the Stig Farm, [[spoiler: The Baby Jesus Stig,]] and his complete incomprehension of anything not car-related, The Stig is just... ''d'awww.''
* BadassArmFold
* BadassDriver: Currently provides the page image.
* BloodKnight: His Chinese cousin, a.k.a Attack Stig. Jeremy even says that his favourite activity is attacking people.
* BuffySpeak: Due to his belief that all vehicles are cars, he refers to trains as "Big Underground Cars".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: In a car, he's one of the best drivers many people have heard of. Outside of one, he gets distracted by cat pictures, browses books by dropping them on the floor one by one, and has little idea what to do at a zebra crossing.
* CloudCuckoolander: Many of the things said about him imply this.
* DistractedByTheSexy: In the ''Top Gear'' vs. ''Fifth Gear'' show, he stopped to stare at Vicki holding a paintball gun.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Invoked by the producers, as no one expected the Stig to be as popular as he became.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Him The Stig]]
* FunWithAcronyms: Stig can be read as "Stunt Technician In Gear" or "Speeding Turn Is Great".
* TheFaceless
* FishOutOfWater: When he's not behind the wheel, Stiggy becomes this, often with humorous results.
* GeniusDitz: He's good at driving, but thinks of every other vehicle as a car (utterly bemused as to how to get on a bicycle).
* GroinAttack: The SignatureMove of Chinese Attack Stig.
* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard
* 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 ''Series/CoronationStreet'', as "he's decided that all Northerners are edible".
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: His many cousins. Most of them tend to be rather unflattering stereotypes.
** "Some say that he's a CIA experiment that went wrong, and that he only eats cheese... all we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's American cousin!" [[note]]An extremely fat and portly Stig who lives in a trailer and was irreverently called "Big Stig" by Hammond.[[/note]]
** "Some say he's seen The Lion King 1780 times, and that his second best friend is a cape buffalo... all we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's African cousin!" [[note]]A surprisingly [[GoingNative under-dressed]] Stig, with dark skin, wearing just Puma racing boots, a loincloth, white racing gloves and the iconic white helmet.[[/note]]
** "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 ''sunburned'' (or perhaps the fabric got sun bleached) by hanging it out of the lorry windows he drives too often.[[/note]]
** "He's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's [[GranolaGirl vegetarian cousin!]]" [[note]]Nicknamed "Janet Stig Porter", a green-suited hippie, with overalls, Birkenstock sandals with socks and a solar-powered helmet, who unfortunately died of asphyxiation when his ergonomic car filled with exhaust due to poor ventilation. [[/note]]
** "He's not the Stig, he's the Stig's [[SeventiesHair German cousin!]]" [[note]]A Stig who has a mullet flowing out of his helmet, nicknamed "Herr Stig" and "Stiggy Ray Cyrus".[[/note]]
** A Communist Stig also appeared in the extended version of the Communist Cars Challenge on the DVD and in the DirectorsCut of the Vietnam Episode. [[note]]A [[VisualPun red]] Stig.[[/note]]
** "He's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's [[TheCasanova Italian cousin!]] [[note]]A cousin [[BadassInANiceSuit in a nice suit]], with a luxury tour bus and an entourage of sexy ladies. nicknamed "Bunga Bunga Stig" for his smart dress sense and charm with the women.[[/note]]
** "Some say he's the Stig, but he's not. He's the Stig's [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts Chinese cousin!]]" [[note]] A ''very'' gung-ho cousin who is known as "Attack Stig" for attacking everything that moves. And he '''will''' [[GroinAttack aim for the plums.]][[/note]]
** "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome... the Stig's [[OopNorth Yorkshire cousin!]]" [[note]]"T'Stig", a Stig who wears a flat cap and walks two dogs on a leash.[[/note]]
** There's also a female with a Stig helmet on shown when the actual Stig is vacationing during an episode filmed in Spain. Whether or not this is another Stig or just a woman trying to flirt with him is debatable.
** The Stig has a teenage cousin, too. [[note]]A Stig who is insanely obsessed with his smartphone, listening to Main/{{Dubstep}} (which he can somehow hear through a set of red headphones sitting atop his helmet) and texting to the point he's totally zoned out of reality and pacing around in circles.[[/note]]
** The Stig even has a digital cousin. [[note]]A digitized Stig formed out of data bits that tends to flicker all the time and needs to be downloaded into the real world, but can also choose to teleport back into the virtual world. He resides in the UsefulNotes/XboxONE game ''[[VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport Forza Motorsport 5]]''.[[/note]]
** Apparently, there is a Stig farm where Stigs are raised in the event ''Top Gear'' needs a replacement Stig. They come in many colours such as yellow and neon pink, and essentially behave like cattle down to the point they are kept in a pen and when let out, graze like cows.
** Comes full circle with "Some say he's the Stig's Alpine cousin, but he's not--he's just the Stig!"
* LegacyCharacter: The first (black-suited) Stig was taken office by a second white-clad iteration of The Stig, who in turn was replaced by a third incarnation also dressed in white.
* LogicBomb: Clarkson and Hammond joke that when the car comes in ''last'' place during the London Rush Hour challenge, the Stig's speechlessness is because his entire mind has just imploded and behind his helmet, smoke is pouring from his ears.
* MadeOfIron: The Stig's car randomly exploded because the car he was in had a noted defect of randomly exploding. He [[UnflinchingWalk walked away.]]
* MessianicArchetype: Parodied in the Middle East Special, where the presenters discover a Baby Stig born in a manger.
* MemeticBadass: In-universe. Jeremy does little "facts" about him before every Stig lap.
* {{Nephewism}}: His counterparts are always his cousins.
* NervesOfSteel: He is shown ''sleeping'' while riding on Blackpool's infamous "Big One" rollercoaster.
* NoNameGiven
* PhraseCatcher: The introductions.
-->'''Clarkson''': Some say that he [''something improbable''], and that he/his [''something equally improbable if not more so, often RippedFromTheHeadlines'']. All we know is, he's called The Stig.
* RealMenWearPink: The Pink Stig, who is implied to be rather [[CampGay camp]].
* RedBaron
* SecretIdentity: While the previous Stigs have revealed themselves, they've only done so concurrent to being dropped from the show, so the active Stig's identity will always remain a mystery (until ''he's'' dropped as well, presumably).
* ShroudedInMyth
* SpellMyNameWithAThe:
-->'''Clarkson''': Some say that his first name really is "the".
* TheOtherDarrin: The Black Stig was replaced by the White Stig, who was replaced by the Third Stig.
* TheNthDoctor: The other potential Stigs in the Stig-Farm.
* TheStoic
* TheVoiceless
* UniversalDriversLicense: Subverted, as the Stig believes ''everything'' should be driven like a car. He's easily confused by things that aren't cars, such as bicycles, the "Big Red Car" (a Bus) and the "Underground Car" (a tube Train) from the London Rush Hour challenge.

!!!Black Stig (Perry [=McCarthy=])
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: "Died" when he was in a stunt gone wrong when his vehicle failed to brake in time and plunged underwater off an aircraft carrier while trying to race a jet. But...
** NoOneCouldSurviveThat: The Black Stig, being a Stig, after all, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni5xXbIxvhY actually survived his ordeal.]] He was a trooper and swam his way across the oceans non-stop until he made landfall on a beach. However, he was ''not'' happy that he had been left for dead, likely aware he'd be replaced, and filched a frisbee from some nearby beachgoers, never to be heard from again.
* ThePeteBest


!!!Sacked Stig (Ben Collins)
* BerserkButton: He developed an "IrrationalHatred" of [[spoiler: Rubens Barrichello, following his 1:44.3 time on the Top Gear track- the only driver in the show's history to beat his own time of 1:44.4 in the Suzuki Liana]].
** [[spoiler: That time was subsequently beaten by Sebastian Vettel and then absolutely destroyed by Lewis Hamilton with a 1:42.9.]]
* BrokenAce: The reason why he became the Stig in the first place. He was a very talented young driver with even Jackie Stewart predicting his rise to Formula 1, and then things just fell apart and he ended up in Nascar for a bit before spending most of his time doing stunt work and teaching driving for the British Army. [[ForegoneConclusion Then the call from Top Gear came...]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: He competes out of suit for a football match involving cars. Obviously, it's never alluded to that he's the Stig.
** Before that he appeared out of costume to drive an Lancer Evo VII and a Bowler Wildcat against a mountain boarder. Again, no mention was made of him being the Stig.
** And before THAT, he shows up as "Ben" and drove a Mercedes at 50 miles an hour while "Tim" parachuted into the backseat during the 9th episode of the 4th season.
* FallenHero
* FaceHeelTurn: In the 2010 specials, after writing his book.
* FollowTheLeader: When there were indications that the [=BBC=] might be looking for a new Stig, Collins decided that he might as well take the opportunity to do what the other presenters and the Black Stig had done: write an autobiography. He was fairly taken aback when the lawyers got involved and suddenly he was on the end of a lawsuit so big it got its own wikipedia page (which is why it's so important to read the confidentiality clauses in any contract you sign).
* HeelFaceTurn:
** [[spoiler: He returns in the final episode of series 17 to help train the wounded British veterans competing in the Dakar Rally.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Hammond:''' You know... to be honest, I ''am'' quite glad to see the old splitter back.]]
** [[spoiler: And he comes back again in the ''50 Years of Bond'' special to talk to Richard about his job as a stunt coordinator for the films.]]
* MoneyDearBoy: Wrote the book because his company was 1 million pounds in debt, his wife was pregnant with another child and he desperately needed the money, and he thought his time as the Stig was over so it didn't matter who knew his identity. Crosses over with IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney (he was in his early thirties at the time).
* NiceGuy: Is a genuinely nice guy in RealLife and very easy to get along with. One of the reasons why he was so good as the Stig, apart from his incredible driving, was that he was so patient and accommodating with the celebrities, and his companionable nature made him a brilliant teacher[=/=]instructor -- even excitable and adrenaline-fueled drivers like footballer Ian Wright praised his ability to calm him down and get him focused[[note]]to get an idea of just how nice he is, when the law suit became big news he could be found [[UpToEleven quietly serving hot tea and umbrellas to the paparazzi who mobbed his house because it was cold and raining.]] Yes, really[[/note]]. Not even our trio of indignant presenters could stay mad at him for too long behind the scenes -- once he'd met with them a couple of times.


!!!Third Stig
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Third Stig aged from a baby to an adult in the matter of a month. The rapid aging is explained by Jeremy that all Stigs grow very quickly.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Third Stig, is pretty much the White Stig with different shoes and black shoulder patches. Justified in that if he was a different colour, they'd have had to change all the White Stig's merchandise.
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[[folder:Former Presenters]]



!!The Stig
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/stigsit_5012.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:His driving speaks for [[strike:itself]] himself.]]

The show's "tame racing driver," who is never seen without his racing coveralls, gloves, and (face-concealing) helmet. He is [[TheVoiceless never heard speaking,]] though [[HeWhoMustNotBeHeard we occasionally hear about]] the driving advice he gives off camera. Has a variety of local cousins in the various locations the ''Top Gear'' team visits. Some say that he sleeps inside out, and that he once had phone sex with RussellBrand's answering machine... all we know is, he's called The Stig.

There have been three Stigs since the show's inception. The first Stig, Black Suit Stig (Perry [=McCarthy=], 2002-2003) [[DroppedABridgeOnHim was written out of the show]] after the BBC did not renew [=McCarthy=]'s contract. The first White Suit Stig (Ben Collins, 2003-2010) was sacked for publicly revealing his identity. [[note]]Although his identity was already a "trade secret", and the book was a mere formality.[[/note]]

!!All three Stigs
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Chinese Stig enjoys randomly attacking people, especially favouring the occasionally GroinAttack on whoever is nearest to him. He even stopped mid-lap to get out of the car and attack the camera man.
* BadassAdorable: Between the Stig Farm, [[spoiler: The Baby Jesus Stig,]] and his complete incomprehension of anything not car-related, The Stig is just... ''d'awww.''
* BadassArmFold
* BadassDriver: Currently provides the page image.
* BloodKnight: His Chinese cousin, a.k.a Attack Stig. Jeremy even says that his favourite activity is attacking people.
* BuffySpeak: Due to his belief that all vehicles are cars, he refers to trains as "Big Underground Cars".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: In a car, he's one of the best drivers many people have heard of. Outside of one, he gets distracted by cat pictures, browses books by dropping them on the floor one by one, and has little idea what to do at a zebra crossing.
* CloudCuckoolander: Many of the things said about him imply this.
* DistractedByTheSexy: In the ''Top Gear'' vs. ''Fifth Gear'' show, he stopped to stare at Vicki holding a paintball gun.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Invoked by the producers, as no one expected the Stig to be as popular as he became.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Him The Stig]]
* FunWithAcronyms: Stig can be read as "Stunt Technician In Gear" or "Speeding Turn Is Great".
* TheFaceless
* FishOutOfWater: When he's not behind the wheel, Stiggy becomes this, often with humorous results.
* GeniusDitz: He's good at driving, but thinks of every other vehicle as a car (utterly bemused as to how to get on a bicycle).
* GroinAttack: The SignatureMove of Chinese Attack Stig.
* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard
* 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 ''Series/CoronationStreet'', as "he's decided that all Northerners are edible".
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: His many cousins. Most of them tend to be rather unflattering stereotypes.
** "Some say that he's a CIA experiment that went wrong, and that he only eats cheese... all we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's American cousin!" [[note]]An extremely fat and portly Stig who lives in a trailer and was irreverently called "Big Stig" by Hammond.[[/note]]
** "Some say he's seen The Lion King 1780 times, and that his second best friend is a cape buffalo... all we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's African cousin!" [[note]]A surprisingly [[GoingNative under-dressed]] Stig, with dark skin, wearing just Puma racing boots, a loincloth, white racing gloves and the iconic white helmet.[[/note]]
** "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 ''sunburned'' (or perhaps the fabric got sun bleached) by hanging it out of the lorry windows he drives too often.[[/note]]
** "He's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's [[GranolaGirl vegetarian cousin!]]" [[note]]Nicknamed "Janet Stig Porter", a green-suited hippie, with overalls, Birkenstock sandals with socks and a solar-powered helmet, who unfortunately died of asphyxiation when his ergonomic car filled with exhaust due to poor ventilation. [[/note]]
** "He's not the Stig, he's the Stig's [[SeventiesHair German cousin!]]" [[note]]A Stig who has a mullet flowing out of his helmet, nicknamed "Herr Stig" and "Stiggy Ray Cyrus".[[/note]]
** A Communist Stig also appeared in the extended version of the Communist Cars Challenge on the DVD and in the DirectorsCut of the Vietnam Episode. [[note]]A [[VisualPun red]] Stig.[[/note]]
** "He's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's [[TheCasanova Italian cousin!]] [[note]]A cousin [[BadassInANiceSuit in a nice suit]], with a luxury tour bus and an entourage of sexy ladies. nicknamed "Bunga Bunga Stig" for his smart dress sense and charm with the women.[[/note]]
** "Some say he's the Stig, but he's not. He's the Stig's [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts Chinese cousin!]]" [[note]] A ''very'' gung-ho cousin who is known as "Attack Stig" for attacking everything that moves. And he '''will''' [[GroinAttack aim for the plums.]][[/note]]
** "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome... the Stig's [[OopNorth Yorkshire cousin!]]" [[note]]"T'Stig", a Stig who wears a flat cap and walks two dogs on a leash.[[/note]]
** There's also a female with a Stig helmet on shown when the actual Stig is vacationing during an episode filmed in Spain. Whether or not this is another Stig or just a woman trying to flirt with him is debatable.
** The Stig has a teenage cousin, too. [[note]]A Stig who is insanely obsessed with his smartphone, listening to Main/{{Dubstep}} (which he can somehow hear through a set of red headphones sitting atop his helmet) and texting to the point he's totally zoned out of reality and pacing around in circles.[[/note]]
** The Stig even has a digital cousin. [[note]]A digitized Stig formed out of data bits that tends to flicker all the time and needs to be downloaded into the real world, but can also choose to teleport back into the virtual world. He resides in the UsefulNotes/XboxONE game ''[[VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport Forza Motorsport 5]]''.[[/note]]
** Apparently, there is a Stig farm where Stigs are raised in the event ''Top Gear'' needs a replacement Stig. They come in many colours such as yellow and neon pink, and essentially behave like cattle down to the point they are kept in a pen and when let out, graze like cows.
** Comes full circle with "Some say he's the Stig's Alpine cousin, but he's not--he's just the Stig!"
* LegacyCharacter: The first (black-suited) Stig was taken office by a second white-clad iteration of The Stig, who in turn was replaced by a third incarnation also dressed in white.
* LogicBomb: Clarkson and Hammond joke that when the car comes in ''last'' place during the London Rush Hour challenge, the Stig's speechlessness is because his entire mind has just imploded and behind his helmet, smoke is pouring from his ears.
* MadeOfIron: The Stig's car randomly exploded because the car he was in had a noted defect of randomly exploding. He [[UnflinchingWalk walked away.]]
* MessianicArchetype: Parodied in the Middle East Special, where the presenters discover a Baby Stig born in a manger.
* MemeticBadass: In-universe. Jeremy does little "facts" about him before every Stig lap.
* {{Nephewism}}: His counterparts are always his cousins.
* NervesOfSteel: He is shown ''sleeping'' while riding on Blackpool's infamous "Big One" rollercoaster.

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!!The Stig
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[[caption-width-right:300:His driving speaks for [[strike:itself]] himself.]]

The show's "tame racing driver," who is never seen without his racing coveralls, gloves,
!!Top Gear Dog

A female labradoodle belonging to Hammond. She appeared in Season 8 but appears to have been phased out of the show, possibly due to the small fact she dislikes being in vehicles, frequently gets car-sick [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking
and (face-concealing) helmet. He is [[TheVoiceless never heard speaking,]] though [[HeWhoMustNotBeHeard we occasionally hear about]] the driving advice he gives off camera. Has a variety apparently hates James May]]. Also known as "TG" or "Teegee."

* CanineCompanion
* DogsAreDumb
* TeamPet

!!Top Gear Stuntman

A recurring character brought in to do occasional bits
of local cousins madness which fall outside of Stig's repertoire, such as trying to reproduce movie stunts or vault over a number of cars... in the various locations the reverse. Like ''Top Gear'' team visits. Some say that Dog, he sleeps inside out, and that he once had phone sex with RussellBrand's answering machine... all we know is, he's called The Stig.

There have
has been three Stigs since the show's inception. The first Stig, Black Suit Stig (Perry [=McCarthy=], 2002-2003) [[DroppedABridgeOnHim was written phased out of the show]] after the BBC did not renew [=McCarthy=]'s contract. The first White Suit Stig (Ben Collins, 2003-2010) was sacked for publicly revealing his identity. [[note]]Although his identity was already a "trade secret", and the book was a mere formality.[[/note]]

!!All three Stigs
show.

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Chinese Stig enjoys randomly attacking people, especially favouring the occasionally GroinAttack on whoever is nearest to him. He even stopped mid-lap to get out of the car and attack the camera man.
* BadassAdorable: Between the Stig Farm, [[spoiler: The Baby Jesus Stig,]] and his complete incomprehension of anything not car-related, The Stig is just... ''d'awww.''
* BadassArmFold
* BadassDriver: Currently provides the page image.
* BloodKnight: His Chinese cousin, a.k.a Attack Stig. Jeremy even says that his favourite activity is attacking people.
* BuffySpeak: Due to his belief that all vehicles are cars, he refers to trains as "Big Underground Cars".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: In a car, he's one of the best drivers many people have heard of. Outside of one, he gets distracted by cat pictures, browses books by dropping them on the floor one by one, and has little idea what to do at a zebra crossing.
* CloudCuckoolander: Many of the things said about him imply this.
* DistractedByTheSexy: In the ''Top Gear'' vs. ''Fifth Gear'' show, he stopped to stare at Vicki holding a paintball gun.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Invoked by the producers, as no one expected the Stig to be as popular as he became.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Him The Stig]]
* FunWithAcronyms: Stig can be read as "Stunt Technician In Gear" or "Speeding Turn Is Great".
* TheFaceless
* FishOutOfWater: When he's not behind the wheel, Stiggy becomes this, often with humorous results.
* GeniusDitz: He's good at driving, but thinks of every other vehicle as a car (utterly bemused as to how to get on a bicycle).
* GroinAttack: The SignatureMove of Chinese Attack Stig.
* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard
* 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 ''Series/CoronationStreet'', as "he's decided that all Northerners are edible".
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: His many cousins. Most of them tend to be rather unflattering stereotypes.
** "Some say that he's a CIA experiment that went wrong, and that he only eats cheese... all we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's American cousin!" [[note]]An extremely fat and portly Stig who lives in a trailer and was irreverently called "Big Stig" by Hammond.[[/note]]
** "Some say he's seen The Lion King 1780 times, and that his second best friend is a cape buffalo... all we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's African cousin!" [[note]]A surprisingly [[GoingNative under-dressed]] Stig, with dark skin, wearing just Puma racing boots, a loincloth, white racing gloves and the iconic white helmet.[[/note]]
** "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 ''sunburned'' (or perhaps the fabric got sun bleached) by hanging it out of the lorry windows he drives too often.[[/note]]
** "He's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's [[GranolaGirl vegetarian cousin!]]" [[note]]Nicknamed "Janet Stig Porter", a green-suited hippie, with overalls, Birkenstock sandals with socks and a solar-powered helmet, who unfortunately died of asphyxiation when his ergonomic car filled with exhaust due to poor ventilation. [[/note]]
** "He's not the Stig, he's the Stig's [[SeventiesHair German cousin!]]" [[note]]A Stig who has a mullet flowing out of his helmet, nicknamed "Herr Stig" and "Stiggy Ray Cyrus".[[/note]]
** A Communist Stig also appeared in the extended version of the Communist Cars Challenge on the DVD and in the DirectorsCut of the Vietnam Episode. [[note]]A [[VisualPun red]] Stig.[[/note]]
** "He's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's [[TheCasanova Italian cousin!]] [[note]]A cousin [[BadassInANiceSuit in a nice suit]], with a luxury tour bus and an entourage of sexy ladies. nicknamed "Bunga Bunga Stig" for his smart dress sense and charm with the women.[[/note]]
** "Some say he's the Stig, but he's not. He's the Stig's [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts Chinese cousin!]]" [[note]] A ''very'' gung-ho cousin who is known as "Attack Stig" for attacking everything that moves. And he '''will''' [[GroinAttack aim for the plums.]][[/note]]
** "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome... the Stig's [[OopNorth Yorkshire cousin!]]" [[note]]"T'Stig", a Stig who wears a flat cap and walks two dogs on a leash.[[/note]]
** There's also a female with a Stig helmet on shown when the actual Stig is vacationing during an episode filmed in Spain. Whether or not this is another Stig or just a woman trying to flirt with him is debatable.
** The Stig has a teenage cousin, too. [[note]]A Stig who is insanely obsessed with his smartphone, listening to Main/{{Dubstep}} (which he can somehow hear through a set of red headphones sitting atop his helmet) and texting to the point he's totally zoned out of reality and pacing around in circles.[[/note]]
** The Stig even has a digital cousin. [[note]]A digitized Stig formed out of data bits that tends to flicker all the time and needs to be downloaded into the real world, but can also choose to teleport back into the virtual world. He resides in the UsefulNotes/XboxONE game ''[[VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport Forza Motorsport 5]]''.[[/note]]
** Apparently, there is a Stig farm where Stigs are raised in the event ''Top Gear'' needs a replacement Stig. They come in many colours such as yellow and neon pink, and essentially behave like cattle down to the point they are kept in a pen and when let out, graze like cows.
** Comes full circle with "Some say he's the Stig's Alpine cousin, but he's not--he's just the Stig!"
* LegacyCharacter: The first (black-suited) Stig was taken office by a second white-clad iteration of The Stig, who in turn was replaced by a third incarnation also dressed in white.
* LogicBomb: Clarkson and Hammond joke that when the car comes in ''last'' place during the London Rush Hour challenge, the Stig's speechlessness is because his entire mind has just imploded and behind his helmet, smoke is pouring from his ears.
* MadeOfIron: The Stig's car randomly exploded because the car he was in had a noted defect of randomly exploding. He [[UnflinchingWalk walked away.]]
* MessianicArchetype: Parodied in the Middle East Special, where the presenters discover a Baby Stig born in a manger.
* MemeticBadass: In-universe. Jeremy does little "facts" about him before every Stig lap.
* {{Nephewism}}: His counterparts are always his cousins.
* NervesOfSteel: He is shown ''sleeping'' while riding on Blackpool's infamous "Big One" rollercoaster.
TheVoiceless



* PhraseCatcher: The introductions.
-->'''Clarkson''': Some say that he [''something improbable''], and that he/his [''something equally improbable if not more so, often RippedFromTheHeadlines'']. All we know is, he's called The Stig.
* RealMenWearPink: The Pink Stig, who is implied to be rather [[CampGay camp]].
* RedBaron
* SecretIdentity: While the previous Stigs have revealed themselves, they've only done so concurrent to being dropped from the show, so the active Stig's identity will always remain a mystery (until ''he's'' dropped as well, presumably).
* ShroudedInMyth
* SpellMyNameWithAThe:
-->'''Clarkson''': Some say that his first name really is "the".
* TheOtherDarrin: The Black Stig was replaced by the White Stig, who was replaced by the Third Stig.
* TheNthDoctor: The other potential Stigs in the Stig-Farm.
* TheStoic
* TheVoiceless
* UniversalDriversLicense: Subverted, as the Stig believes ''everything'' should be driven like a car. He's easily confused by things that aren't cars, such as bicycles, the "Big Red Car" (a Bus) and the "Underground Car" (a tube Train) from the London Rush Hour challenge.

!!!Black Stig (Perry [=McCarthy=])
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: "Died" when he was in a stunt gone wrong when his vehicle failed to brake in time and plunged underwater off an aircraft carrier while trying to race a jet. But...
** NoOneCouldSurviveThat: The Black Stig, being a Stig, after all, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni5xXbIxvhY actually survived his ordeal.]] He was a trooper and swam his way across the oceans non-stop until he made landfall on a beach. However, he was ''not'' happy that he had been left for dead, likely aware he'd be replaced, and filched a frisbee from some nearby beachgoers, never to be heard from again.

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* PhraseCatcher: The introductions.
-->'''Clarkson''': Some say that he [''something improbable''],

!!Jason Dawe

Was a presenter with Clarkson
and that he/his [''something equally improbable if not more so, often RippedFromTheHeadlines'']. All we know is, he's called The Stig.
* RealMenWearPink: The Pink Stig, who is implied to be rather [[CampGay camp]].
* RedBaron
* SecretIdentity: While the previous Stigs have revealed themselves, they've only done so concurrent to being dropped from the show, so the active Stig's identity will always remain a mystery (until ''he's'' dropped as well, presumably).
* ShroudedInMyth
* SpellMyNameWithAThe:
-->'''Clarkson''': Some say that his first name really is "the".
* TheOtherDarrin: The Black Stig
Hammond for Season 1 (fall/winter 2002) but then left and was replaced by the White Stig, who was replaced by the Third Stig.
* TheNthDoctor: The other potential Stigs in the Stig-Farm.
* TheStoic
* TheVoiceless
* UniversalDriversLicense: Subverted, as the Stig believes ''everything'' should be driven like a car. He's easily confused by things that aren't cars, such as bicycles, the "Big Red Car" (a Bus) and the "Underground Car" (a tube Train) from the London Rush Hour challenge.

!!!Black Stig (Perry [=McCarthy=])
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: "Died" when he was in a stunt gone wrong when his vehicle failed to brake in time and plunged underwater off an aircraft carrier while trying to race a jet. But...
** NoOneCouldSurviveThat: The Black Stig, being a Stig, after all, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni5xXbIxvhY actually survived his ordeal.]] He was a trooper and swam his way across the oceans non-stop until he made landfall on a beach. However, he was ''not'' happy that he had been left for dead, likely aware he'd be replaced, and filched a frisbee from some nearby beachgoers, never to be heard from again.
James May.




!!!Sacked Stig (Ben Collins)
* BerserkButton: He developed an "IrrationalHatred" of [[spoiler: Rubens Barrichello, following his 1:44.3 time on the Top Gear track- the only driver in the show's history to beat his own time of 1:44.4 in the Suzuki Liana]].
** [[spoiler: That time was subsequently beaten by Sebastian Vettel and then absolutely destroyed by Lewis Hamilton with a 1:42.9.]]
* BrokenAce: The reason why he became the Stig in the first place. He was a very talented young driver with even Jackie Stewart predicting his rise to Formula 1, and then things just fell apart and he ended up in Nascar for a bit before spending most of his time doing stunt work and teaching driving for the British Army. [[ForegoneConclusion Then the call from Top Gear came...]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: He competes out of suit for a football match involving cars. Obviously, it's never alluded to that he's the Stig.
** Before that he appeared out of costume to drive an Lancer Evo VII and a Bowler Wildcat against a mountain boarder. Again, no mention was made of him being the Stig.
** And before THAT, he shows up as "Ben" and drove a Mercedes at 50 miles an hour while "Tim" parachuted into the backseat during the 9th episode of the 4th season.
* FallenHero
* FaceHeelTurn: In the 2010 specials, after writing his book.
* FollowTheLeader: When there were indications that the [=BBC=] might be looking for a new Stig, Collins decided that he might as well take the opportunity to do what the other presenters and the Black Stig had done: write an autobiography. He was fairly taken aback when the lawyers got involved and suddenly he was on the end of a lawsuit so big it got its own wikipedia page (which is why it's so important to read the confidentiality clauses in any contract you sign).
* HeelFaceTurn:
** [[spoiler: He returns in the final episode of series 17 to help train the wounded British veterans competing in the Dakar Rally.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Hammond:''' You know... to be honest, I ''am'' quite glad to see the old splitter back.]]
** [[spoiler: And he comes back again in the ''50 Years of Bond'' special to talk to Richard about his job as a stunt coordinator for the films.]]
* MoneyDearBoy: Wrote the book because his company was 1 million pounds in debt, his wife was pregnant with another child and he desperately needed the money, and he thought his time as the Stig was over so it didn't matter who knew his identity. Crosses over with IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney (he was in his early thirties at the time).
* NiceGuy: Is a genuinely nice guy in RealLife and very easy to get along with. One of the reasons why he was so good as the Stig, apart from his incredible driving, was that he was so patient and accommodating with the celebrities, and his companionable nature made him a brilliant teacher[=/=]instructor -- even excitable and adrenaline-fueled drivers like footballer Ian Wright praised his ability to calm him down and get him focused[[note]]to get an idea of just how nice he is, when the law suit became big news he could be found [[UpToEleven quietly serving hot tea and umbrellas to the paparazzi who mobbed his house because it was cold and raining.]] Yes, really[[/note]]. Not even our trio of indignant presenters could stay mad at him for too long behind the scenes -- once he'd met with them a couple of times.


!!!Third Stig
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Third Stig aged from a baby to an adult in the matter of a month. The rapid aging is explained by Jeremy that all Stigs grow very quickly.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The Third Stig, is pretty much the White Stig with different shoes and black shoulder patches. Justified in that if he was a different colour, they'd have had to change all the White Stig's merchandise.

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!!Top Gear Dog

A female labradoodle belonging to Hammond. She appeared in Season 8 but appears to have been phased out of the show, possibly due to the small fact she dislikes being in vehicles, frequently gets car-sick [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking and apparently hates James May]]. Also known as "TG" or "Teegee."

* CanineCompanion
* DogsAreDumb
* TeamPet

!!Top Gear Stuntman

A recurring character brought in to do occasional bits of madness which fall outside of Stig's repertoire, such as trying to reproduce movie stunts or vault over a number of cars... in reverse. Like ''Top Gear'' Dog, he has been phased out of the show.

* TheVoiceless
* NoNameGiven

!!Jason Dawe

Was a presenter with Clarkson and Hammond for Season 1 (fall/winter 2002) but then left and was replaced by James May.

* ThePeteBest


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** This causes some problem during the GT-R vs Shinkansen episode. Since Japanese foods is dominantly seafood; during a trip to the supermarket whilst waiting for a train, Hammond almost can't buy anything because the foods that are sold is dominantly seafood or fish.

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** This causes some problem during the GT-R vs Shinkansen episode. Since Japanese foods is dominantly seafood; during a trip to the supermarket whilst waiting for a the train, Hammond almost can't buy anything because the foods that are sold is are dominantly seafood or fish.
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** This causes some problem during the GT-R vs Shinkansen episode. Since Japanese foods is dominantly seafood; during a trip to the supermarket whilst waiting for a train, Hammond almost can't buy anything because the foods that are sold is dominantly seafood or fish.
-->'''James''': "Well you're coming to the wrong country."
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** In the Burma Special, the three break out the liquor while taking a break from bridge building and James takes a swig from a bottle labeled "White Spirit." After choking and apparently swallowing the liquid, James reveals to Jeremy and Richard that the "White Spirit" wasn't a high proof grain alcohol but mineral spirits as in the kind used in paint thinners.

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** In the Burma Special, the three break out the liquor while taking a break from bridge building and James takes a swig from a bottle labeled "White Spirit." After choking and apparently swallowing spitting out the liquid, James reveals to Jeremy and Richard that the "White Spirit" wasn't a high proof grain alcohol but mineral spirits as in the kind used in paint thinners.
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** In the Burma Special, the three break out the liquor while taking a break from bridge building and James takes a swig from a bottle labeled "White Spirit." After choking and apparently swallowing the liquid, James reveals to Jeremy and Richard that the "White Spirit" wasn't a high proof grain alcohol but mineral spirits as in the kind used in paint thinners.
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Clarkson, who had become a celebrity in Britain for co-presenting the original format of ''Top Gear'' from 1988 to 1999, was the one responsible for successfully pitching the 2002 revival of the show to the BBC. He also writes a weekly column for ''[[PageThreeStunna The Sun]]'', does the occasional one-off documentary, and is a semi-regular on several panel shows such as ''Series/{{QI}}'' and ''HaveIGotNewsForYou''.

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Clarkson, who had become a celebrity in Britain for co-presenting the original format of ''Top Gear'' from 1988 to 1999, was the one responsible for successfully pitching the 2002 revival of the show to the BBC. He also writes a weekly column for ''[[PageThreeStunna The Sun]]'', does the occasional one-off documentary, and is a semi-regular on several panel shows such as ''Series/{{QI}}'' and ''HaveIGotNewsForYou''.
''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou''.
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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]]
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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]].
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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".
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