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21st May '17 10:50:39 PM bombadil211
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!!!Black Stig (Perry [=McCarthy=])

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!!!Sacked Stig (Ben Collins)

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!!!Sacked !!Sacked Stig (Ben Collins)
21st May '17 10:50:05 PM bombadil211
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A motor journalist who, alongside Matt [=LeBlanc=], handles the show's more "normal" review, particularly those about cars that the average viewer could actually afford to purchase.

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A motor journalist who, alongside Matt [=LeBlanc=], handles the show's more "normal" review, reviews, particularly those about cars that the average viewer could actually afford to purchase.



!!!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.
* ManInBlack: His suit is entirely black. Hence his name.
* 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.]]
* BigEater: Apparently he forages for wolves.
* 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.





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!!!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.
* ManInBlack: His suit is entirely black. Hence his name.
* 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.]]
* BigEater: Apparently he forages for wolves.
* 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.

21st May '17 10:48:42 PM bombadil211
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%%!!Chris Harris

%%!!Rory Reid

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%%!!Chris !!Chris Harris

%%!!Rory Reid
An motor journalist and race car driver who almost exclusively handles the show's hypercar segments. He has also taken over training celebrity guests for the new "Star in a Reasonably Fast Car" feature.

* InsufferableGenius: He knows a lot about cars and loves showing off his pedantic knowledge, especially if it means getting to correct somebody.
* SternTeacher: In the early episodes of Series 24, he would constantly berate the celebrities he was coaching for their timed laps around the test track. Then Tamsin Greig, using her best mom voice, passive-aggressively told him to cut it out and he subsequently became much nicer for the rest of the series.

!!Rory Reid

A motor journalist who, alongside Matt [=LeBlanc=], handles the show's more "normal" review, particularly those about cars that the average viewer could actually afford to purchase.

* {{Adorkable}}: He was one of many thousands who auditioned simply because he loves cars and the show so much and his enthusiasm is obvious in all of his appearances.
26th Apr '17 3:23:32 PM themisterfree
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* 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.

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* 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.crosswalk.



-->'''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.

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-->'''Clarkson''': -->'''Clarkson/[=LeBlanc=]''': 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.
9th Apr '17 1:07:11 PM nombretomado
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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.

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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 Creator/RussellBrand's answering machine... all we know is, he's called The Stig.
27th Mar '17 7:36:44 AM TheIrregular
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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.
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