History Characters / TopGear

5th Feb '17 10:49:54 PM Doug86
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He's [[HeAlsoDid also the host of the series]] ''Series/BlastLab'', ''Total Wipeout'' and, formerly, ''BrainiacScienceAbuse''. He also has his own BBC America series, ''Richard Hammond's Crash Course''.

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He's [[HeAlsoDid also the host of the series]] ''Series/BlastLab'', ''Total Wipeout'' and, formerly, ''BrainiacScienceAbuse''.''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse''. He also has his own BBC America series, ''Richard Hammond's Crash Course''.
11th Jan '17 2:19:06 PM Doryna
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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."

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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."
" She sadly passed away in January 2017.
6th Oct '16 10:32:41 PM bombadil211
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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.

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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.
presenter, leading to the BBC locking him into a multi-year contract.
18th Sep '16 12:14:23 PM Scorntex
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* BizarreAlienBiology: There's a great deal of rumour about the Stig's biology. All that's quite clear is that he isn't human.


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* ManInBlack: His suit is entirely black. Hence his name.


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* BigEater: Apparently he forages for wolves.


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* AlwaysWantedToSayThat: "Back to the studio". The first time he tries saying it, May cuts in.


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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: On occasion, Clarkson's fondness for power can override any other concerns about a vehicle, meaning, as in the case of one of the races, he might choose a car with great power, but awful fuel-economy.
14th Jul '16 6:18:57 PM bombadil211
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!!Matt Le Blanc

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!!Matt Le Blanc
[=LeBlanc=]


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* BadassBiker: He's a huge motorcycle fan in real life and enjoys racing them and tinkering with their mechanics. When racing to Venice against Sabine and Chris, he chose a Honda Goldwing touring bike.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: He took over introducing The Stig for power laps, keeping Clarkson's format of two non-sequitors and "All we know is...he's called: The Stig!"
* DeadpanSnarker: In a twist on national stereotypes, he, the American, has the most understated sense of humor whereas his British and German colleagues are much more animated.
10th Jul '16 6:10:05 PM Aomic
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* LongRunner: He's worked on Top Gear for ''24 consecutive year''!

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* LongRunner: He's worked on Top Gear for ''24 consecutive year''!years''!


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* ReplacementScrappy: To say he was disliked as a host is putting it mildly.
10th Jul '16 6:08:04 PM Aomic
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!!Andy Wilman (1994 - 2001 as host, 2002 - 2015 as Executive Producer)
Andy was one of the original hosts of Top Gear while the show was on the air in the 90s'. However, shortly after the show ended, he and Clarkson successfully pitched the idea of a "Same Top Gear, but different". After discovering a love for producing shows from behind the scenes, Wilman stayed on as Executive Producer while Clarkson remained as one of the three hosts.

In 2015, after Clarkson was let go, Wilman joined the trio to create Series/TheGrandTour.

* LongRunner: He's worked on Top Gear for ''24 consecutive year''!
* SixthRanger: He's basically an unseen member of the Top Gear Trio. The four of them even made a production company together after leaving Top Gear!
* TheGhost: He's been a crucial part of the rebooted Top Gear and its success, but is more than happy to remain working behind the scenes.
* ThoseTwoGuys: A production equivalent. Wilman and Clarkson have a working relationship where Clarkson is the face of the show while Wilman is the brains behind the show. They have worked on several motoring documentaries, not just Top Gear, in this capacity.

7th Jul '16 10:34:35 PM Aomic
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!!Oliver (2007 -2008)

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!!Oliver (2007 -2008)
- 2008)
7th Jul '16 10:34:07 PM Aomic
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!!Oliver (2007)

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!!Oliver (2007)
(2007 -2008)
7th Jul '16 10:30:23 PM Aomic
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!!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 stepped into the role of lead presenter. His selection was.. controversial.. and as of July 2016 he has parted ways with the show.

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!!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 stepped into the role of lead presenter. His selection was.. controversial.. and as of July 2016 he has parted ways with the show.



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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

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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
Dawe (2002)



!!Steve

Director of the "''Top Gear'' Technology Centre"; this means he and his team do most of the heavy lifting when the presenters are given a challenge that involves seriously modifying a car. Became prominent in the episode where Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig entered the Britcar 24-hour endurance race (Series 10, Ep. 09): first, by performing most of the engine, brake and suspension modifications to convert their used BMW into a racing car, and secondly, pulling an all-nighter in order to completely rebuild the engine after it blew out during James May's nighttime practice laps. Astonishingly, Steve and his team were able to do a complete engine rebuild in roughly 12 hours, allowing the presenters to take their place in the race with literally seconds to spare. Also appeared briefly in Season 12, when the lads attempted to get a Renault Avantime up to the speed of a Mitsubishi Evo 10.

* MauveShirt
* MrFixit

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!!Oliver

A 1963 Opel Kadett which Richard Hammond bought in Botswana during the African special. Despite "his" age and third-hand ownership, Oliver survived a one-thousand mile cross-country trip straight across the spine of Botswana, including the entirety of the Makgadikgadi Pan, the largest salt flat in the world. Hammond loved the car so much that he bought it with his own money and paid to have it shipped to Britain, lovingly restored it, and even fitted it with a vanity license plate ([=OLI V3R=]). Hammond is so fond of Oliver that he forfeited one of the challenges in the "How much Lorry can you get for £5,000?" segment in Series 12 rather than risk injuring the car. Now a featured character in Hammond's children's show, ''Richard Hammond's Series/BlastLab''.

* BackFromTheDead: Oliver had to be dragged out of this river, Hammond worked through the night in the middle of the African bush with only spare bits in a toolbox. The next morning he was working BETTER than he had before. Hammond even somehow fixed the horn!
* BerserkButton: Do NOT threaten Oliver when Hammond is around.
* BigNo: When he nearly sank fording a river, Hammond let out an anguished cry of "OLLIVEEEERR!"
* CargoShip: As previously mentioned, in-universe with Richard Hammond.
* CompanionCube
** Featuring in the opening credits of Series/BlastLab.
* ICallItVera
--> '''Hammond''':"This is just the happiest car in the world. I shall call it Oliver. [''suddenly sobering''] Not that I would ever name a car on Top Gear. I wish I hadn't said that."
* MemeticBadass: In-universe.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Was 40 years old and looked like scrap, but "he" got Hammond safely across Botswana.

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!!Steve

Director of the "''Top Gear'' Technology Centre"; this means he and his team do most of the heavy lifting when the presenters are given a challenge that involves seriously modifying a car. Became prominent in the episode where Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig entered the Britcar 24-hour endurance race (Series 10, Ep. 09): first, by performing most of the engine, brake and suspension modifications to convert their used BMW into a racing car, and secondly, pulling an all-nighter in order to completely rebuild the engine after it blew out during James May's nighttime practice laps. Astonishingly, Steve and his team were able to do a complete engine rebuild in roughly 12 hours, allowing the presenters to take their place in the race with literally seconds to spare. Also appeared briefly in Season 12, when the lads attempted to get a Renault Avantime up to the speed of a Mitsubishi Evo 10.

* MauveShirt
* MrFixit

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!!Oliver

A 1963 Opel Kadett which Richard Hammond bought in Botswana during the African special. Despite "his" age and third-hand ownership, Oliver survived a one-thousand mile cross-country trip straight across the spine of Botswana, including the entirety of the Makgadikgadi Pan, the largest salt flat in the world. Hammond loved the car so much that he bought it with his own money and paid to have it shipped to Britain, lovingly restored it, and even fitted it with a vanity license plate ([=OLI V3R=]). Hammond is so fond of Oliver that he forfeited one of the challenges in the "How much Lorry can you get for £5,000?" segment in Series 12 rather than risk injuring the car. Now a featured character in Hammond's children's show, ''Richard Hammond's Series/BlastLab''.

* BackFromTheDead: Oliver had to be dragged out of this river, Hammond worked through the night in the middle of the African bush with only spare bits in a toolbox. The next morning he was working BETTER than he had before. Hammond even somehow fixed the horn!
* BerserkButton: Do NOT threaten Oliver when Hammond is around.
* BigNo: When he nearly sank fording a river, Hammond let out an anguished cry of "OLLIVEEEERR!"
* CargoShip: As previously mentioned, in-universe with Richard Hammond.
* CompanionCube
** Featuring in the opening credits of Series/BlastLab.
* ICallItVera
--> '''Hammond''':"This is just the happiest car in the world. I shall call it Oliver. [''suddenly sobering''] Not that I would ever name a car on Top Gear. I wish I hadn't said that."
* MemeticBadass: In-universe.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Was 40 years old and looked like scrap, but "he" got Hammond safely across Botswana.

!!Tiff NeedellNeedell (1987-2001)


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!!Chris Evans (2016)

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 stepped into the role of lead presenter. His selection was.. controversial.. and as of July 2016 he has parted ways with the show.


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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

!!Steve

Director of the "''Top Gear'' Technology Centre"; this means he and his team do most of the heavy lifting when the presenters are given a challenge that involves seriously modifying a car. Became prominent in the episode where Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig entered the Britcar 24-hour endurance race (Series 10, Ep. 09): first, by performing most of the engine, brake and suspension modifications to convert their used BMW into a racing car, and secondly, pulling an all-nighter in order to completely rebuild the engine after it blew out during James May's nighttime practice laps. Astonishingly, Steve and his team were able to do a complete engine rebuild in roughly 12 hours, allowing the presenters to take their place in the race with literally seconds to spare. Also appeared briefly in Season 12, when the lads attempted to get a Renault Avantime up to the speed of a Mitsubishi Evo 10.

* MauveShirt
* MrFixit

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!!Oliver (2007)

A 1963 Opel Kadett which Richard Hammond bought in Botswana during the African special. Despite "his" age and third-hand ownership, Oliver survived a one-thousand mile cross-country trip straight across the spine of Botswana, including the entirety of the Makgadikgadi Pan, the largest salt flat in the world. Hammond loved the car so much that he bought it with his own money and paid to have it shipped to Britain, lovingly restored it, and even fitted it with a vanity license plate ([=OLI V3R=]). Hammond is so fond of Oliver that he forfeited one of the challenges in the "How much Lorry can you get for £5,000?" segment in Series 12 rather than risk injuring the car. Now a featured character in Hammond's children's show, ''Richard Hammond's Series/BlastLab''.

* BackFromTheDead: Oliver had to be dragged out of this river, Hammond worked through the night in the middle of the African bush with only spare bits in a toolbox. The next morning he was working BETTER than he had before. Hammond even somehow fixed the horn!
* BerserkButton: Do NOT threaten Oliver when Hammond is around.
* BigNo: When he nearly sank fording a river, Hammond let out an anguished cry of "OLLIVEEEERR!"
* CargoShip: As previously mentioned, in-universe with Richard Hammond.
* CompanionCube
** Featuring in the opening credits of Series/BlastLab.
* ICallItVera
--> '''Hammond''':"This is just the happiest car in the world. I shall call it Oliver. [''suddenly sobering''] Not that I would ever name a car on Top Gear. I wish I hadn't said that."
* MemeticBadass: In-universe.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Was 40 years old and looked like scrap, but "he" got Hammond safely across Botswana.


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