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25th May '17 3:53:02 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Possibly subverted with the live shows since they are able to get away with it.
25th May '17 11:52:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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Richard "Richie" Richard [sic] (Rik Mayall) -- a sex-starved, sadistic, physically repugnant loser with delusions of sophistication -- takes out his frustrations at life upon Eddie Elizabeth Hitler (Adrian Edmondson), his boozy, slightly more intelligent, equally perverted and sadistic flatmate. Frequently, this involves [[ComedicSociopathy over-the-top violence]] that would make ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Itchy and Scratchy]]'' wince. Eddie, for his part, is quite willing to respond in kind.

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Richard "Richie" Richard [sic] (Rik Mayall) (Creator/RikMayall) -- a sex-starved, sadistic, physically repugnant loser with delusions of sophistication -- takes out his frustrations at life upon Eddie Elizabeth Hitler (Adrian Edmondson), his boozy, slightly more intelligent, equally perverted and sadistic flatmate. Frequently, this involves [[ComedicSociopathy over-the-top violence]] that would make ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Itchy and Scratchy]]'' wince. Eddie, for his part, is quite willing to respond in kind.



* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: In "Smells", Richie cooks "Friday night fry-ups".

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: In "Smells", "[[{{Recap/BottomSmells}} Smells]]", Richie cooks "Friday night fry-ups".



* AwayInAManger: Parodied in 'Holy' when a baby gets left on the doorstep during the Christmas party. [[spoiler: It's the landlord's grandkid, not Baby Jesus.]]

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* AwayInAManger: Parodied in 'Holy' "[[{{Recap/BottomHoly}} Holy]]" when a baby gets left on the doorstep during the Christmas party. [[spoiler: It's the landlord's grandkid, not Baby Jesus.]]



* BottleEpisode: "Contest" and "Culture" solely star Mayall and Edmondson in their flat. "Hole" and "'s out" feature only the two main characters and in one location outside of the flat (though briefly a non-speaking streaker runs into the scene in "'s out"). "Accident" and "Holy" feature other characters, but are also set entirely in the boys flat.

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* BottleEpisode: "Contest" "[[{{Recap/BottomContest}} Contest]]" and "Culture" "[[{{Recap/BottomCulture}} Culture]]" solely star Mayall and Edmondson in their flat. "Hole" "[[{{Recap/BottomHole}} Hole]]" and "'s out" feature only the two main characters and in one location outside of the flat (though briefly a non-speaking streaker runs into the scene in "'s out"). "Accident" "[[{{Recap/BottomAccident}} Accident]]" and "Holy" "[[{{Recap/BottomHoly}} Holy]]" feature other characters, but are also set entirely in the boys flat.



* ChristmasEpisode: "Holy". Bizarrely though, this was actually originally broadcast in October.

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* ChristmasEpisode: "Holy"."[[{{Recap/BottomHoly}} Holy]]". Bizarrely though, this was actually originally broadcast in October.



** Eddie and Richie talk about church in "'s Up":

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** Eddie and Richie talk about church in "'s Up":"[[{{Recap/BottomSUp}} 's Up]]":



** In "Carnival":

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** In "Carnival":"[[{{Recap/BottomCarnival}} Carnival]]":



** In "Carnival", Richie says it's the '80s and later in the same episode he says it's the '70s.

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** In "Carnival", "[[{{Recap/BottomCarnival}} Carnival]]", Richie says it's the '80s TheEighties and later in the same episode he says it's the '70s.TheSeventies.



* DeusExMachina: When they're trapped on a disintegrating ferris wheel, the hand of God comes down to save them. Then Eddie [[BreakingTheFourthWall issues a disclaimer on behalf of]] Creator/{{the BBC}} before pointing out:

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* DeusExMachina: When they're trapped on a disintegrating ferris wheel, the hand of God comes down to save them. Then Eddie [[BreakingTheFourthWall issues a disclaimer on behalf of]] Creator/{{the BBC}} Creator/TheBBC before pointing out:



** Dick Head is fond of these. In "Parade" he teams up with the local bookmaker and pawn merchant to scam the locals out of their cash and valuables. Then, in "Dough", he rats out Richie and Eddie's forgery operation to London's biggest forger, "Skullcrusher" Henderson, who demands a £5,000 tribute in order to avoid having to crush Richie and Eddie's skulls. Fortunately, Dick is running a pub quiz with the requisite £5,000 as a prize... unfortunately, it happens to be £5,000 of Skullcrusher's own forged cash, which turns out to be useless for paying off their debt. And they don't discover this until they've already given Dick £1,000 worth of gold teeth for their entry fee.

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** Dick Head is fond of these. In "Parade" "[[{{Recap/BottomParade}} Parade]]" he teams up with the local bookmaker and pawn merchant to scam the locals out of their cash and valuables. Then, in "Dough", "[[{{Recap/BottomDough}} Dough]]", he rats out Richie and Eddie's forgery operation to London's biggest forger, "Skullcrusher" Henderson, who demands a £5,000 tribute in order to avoid having to crush Richie and Eddie's skulls. Fortunately, Dick is running a pub quiz with the requisite £5,000 as a prize... unfortunately, it happens to be £5,000 of Skullcrusher's own forged cash, which turns out to be useless for paying off their debt. And they don't discover this until they've already given Dick £1,000 worth of gold teeth for their entry fee.



** Subverted in "Gas". Richie and Eddie have ''not'' forgotten to pay their gas bill; instead, they've been stealing from the neighbour's gas line so that they don't ''need'' to pay the bill.

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** Subverted in "Gas"."[[{{Recap/BottomGas}} Gas]]". Richie and Eddie have ''not'' forgotten to pay their gas bill; instead, they've been stealing from the neighbour's gas line so that they don't ''need'' to pay the bill.



* JerkAss: Richie and Eddie.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Richie and Eddie.



* OverlyLongName: "Digger" has Lady Natasha Latisha Sarah Jane Wellsley Estronski Ponsonski Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Oblamov Boblamov Dob (third viscountess of Moldavia).

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* OverlyLongName: "Digger" "[[{{Recap/BottomDigger}} Digger]]" has Lady Natasha Latisha Sarah Jane Wellsley Estronski Ponsonski Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Oblamov Boblamov Dob (third viscountess of Moldavia).



* PhonyVeteran: Richie, most notably ([[IAmOneOfThoseToo and disastrously]]) in "Parade".
* PuffOfLogic: They're trapped on a Ferris wheel that's due to be demolished. The Hand of God Himself appears to offer them a lift, but disappears when they realize they're both atheists and must therefore be hallucinating.

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* PhonyVeteran: Richie, most notably ([[IAmOneOfThoseToo and disastrously]]) in "Parade".
"[[{{Recap/BottomParade}} Parade]]".
* PuffOfLogic: They're In "[[{{Recap/BottomCarnival}} Carnival]]", they're trapped on a Ferris wheel that's due to be demolished. The Hand of God Himself appears to offer them a lift, but disappears when they realize they're both atheists and must therefore be hallucinating.



* RazorApples: Richie and Eddie receive some of these from an old lady in "Terror" while out trick or treating. When Eddie questions the presence of razor blades, Richie claims it's a "Halloween tradition."

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* RazorApples: Richie and Eddie receive some of these from an old lady in "Terror" "[[{{Recap/BottomTerror}} Terror]]" while out trick or treating. When Eddie questions the presence of razor blades, Richie claims it's a "Halloween tradition."



** Richie and Eddie sometimes watch ''Emmerdale'' and mention the series in their conversations.
** Richie reads ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' in "Apocalypse" and finishes it in "Dough". Eddie, Spudgun and Hedgehog watch the film version in "Accident".

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** Richie and Eddie sometimes watch ''Emmerdale'' ''Series/{{Emmerdale}}'' and mention the series in their conversations.
** Richie reads ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' in "Apocalypse" "[[{{Recap/BottomApocalypse}} Apocalypse]]" and finishes it in "Dough". "[[{{Recap/BottomDough}} Dough]]". Eddie, Spudgun and Hedgehog watch the film version in "Accident"."[[{{Recap/BottomAccident}} Accident]]".



** Example from an early episode: Richie and Eddie have been stealing from the neighbour's gas line; now they have to come up with a way to disconnect it without getting caught... the kitchen explodes into a fireball in the process.

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** Example from an early episode: "[[{{Recap/BottomGas}} Gas]]": Richie and Eddie have been stealing from the neighbour's gas line; now they have to come up with a way to disconnect it without getting caught... the kitchen explodes into a fireball in the process.



** Another when they try to steal a UsefulNotes/FalklandsWar veteran's leg to put the money on a three-legged, blind race horse whose jockey gets shot. The following plan of mugging people in the toilets to buy the leg back is foiled by the first victim - a police officer.
** Averted when Richie get an apparent death curse from a fortune teller, which he believes was a plot by Eddie to steal the other half of his inheritance from auntie Olga.

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** Another in "[[{{Recap/BottomParade}} Parade]]" when they try to steal a UsefulNotes/FalklandsWar veteran's leg to put the money on a three-legged, blind race horse whose jockey gets shot. The following plan of mugging people in the toilets to buy the leg back is foiled by the first victim - a police officer.
** Averted in "[[{{Recap/BottomApocalypse}} Apocalypse]]" when Richie get an apparent death curse from a fortune teller, which he believes was a plot by Eddie to steal the other half of his inheritance from auntie Olga.



* TimTaylorTechnology: If you compare a real-life cattle prod to Richie and Eddie's cattle prod from "Terror"[[note]](which is about four feet long, has to be carried via a shoulder strap and has enough batteries and wiring to power a medium-sized street)[[/note]], it's no wonder Richie keeps crapping his pants whenever he gets zapped by it.

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* TimTaylorTechnology: If you compare a real-life cattle prod to Richie and Eddie's cattle prod from "Terror"[[note]](which "[[{{Recap/BottomTerror}} Terror]]"[[note]](which is about four feet long, has to be carried via a shoulder strap and has enough batteries and wiring to power a medium-sized street)[[/note]], it's no wonder Richie keeps crapping his pants whenever he gets zapped by it.



* TooDumbToLive: Obviously.
* TrouserSpace: Richie manages to steal a BBC camera this way. "There's plenty of space in my trousers... sadly."
* TheUnseen: Richie's relatives including at least two aunties and a sister, who is just like him (only with smaller jugs), and Ethel Cardew, Eddie's ostensible girlfriend who hasn't spoken to Eddie since the [[NoodleIncident superglue incident]]. (Nor to anyone else either.)
** There's also Fatty Amal who apparently owns the kebab shop across the street.



** In "Dough", Richie hides some encyclopaedias in a toilet cubicle and puts an "Out of Order" sign on the door. When he comes back, somebody is occupying the cubicle. Richie asks him if he didn't see the sign, and the man in the cubicle says he did but is out of order as well. This is followed by a series of loud fart and diarrhoea sounds. The man also thinks the books are in fact "posh loo paper".
** In "Carnival", Richie trips on stairs and falls head first into the toilet. When he gets out, his head and face have brown stains everywhere.

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** In "Dough", "[[{{Recap/BottomDough}} Dough]]", Richie hides some encyclopaedias in a toilet cubicle and puts an "Out of Order" sign on the door. When he comes back, somebody is occupying the cubicle. Richie asks him if he didn't see the sign, and the man in the cubicle says he did but is out of order as well. This is followed by a series of loud fart and diarrhoea sounds. The man also thinks the books are in fact "posh loo paper".
** In "Carnival", "[[{{Recap/BottomCarnival}} Carnival]]", Richie trips on stairs and falls head first into the toilet. When he gets out, his head and face have brown stains everywhere.



* TooDumbToLive: Obviously.
* TrouserSpace: Richie manages to steal a BBC camera this way. "There's plenty of space in my trousers. Sadly".
* TheUnseen: Richie's relatives including at least two aunties and a sister, who is just like him (only with smaller jugs), and Ethel Cardew, Eddie's ostensible girlfriend who hasn't spoken to Eddie since the [[NoodleIncident superglue incident]]. (Nor to anyone else either.)
** There's also Fatty Amal who apparently owns the kebab shop across the street.



* YouLookFamiliar: Helen Lederer pulls double-duty as a nurse in ''Apocalypse'' and as Richie's would-be bride Natasha in ''Digger''.
12th Apr '17 4:25:06 PM karstovich2
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The SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' and ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'', inspired loosely by ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''. It ran to three series on Creator/TheBBC before transferring to {{Theatre}} as a series of two-man shows, as well as feature film adaptation ''Film/GuestHouseParadiso''.

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The SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' and ''Series/FilthyRichAndCatflap'', inspired loosely by ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''. It ran to three series on Creator/TheBBC from 1991 to 1995 before transferring to {{Theatre}} as a series of two-man shows, as well as feature film adaptation ''Film/GuestHouseParadiso''.
16th Jan '17 7:51:09 PM DoctorNemesis
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* CrapsackWorld: Practically everyone in Richie and Eddie's horrible universe seems to be an unspeakably violent sociopath and/or completely insane. Their alternate Hammersmith is full of kebab shops serving dog, nude vicars running around with guns, deathtrap ferris wheels and travel agents who'll kill you horribly for not paying for your holiday promptly.

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* CrapsackWorld: Practically everyone in Richie and Eddie's horrible universe seems to be an unspeakably violent sociopath and/or completely insane. Their alternate Hammersmith is full of kebab shops serving dog, nude vicars running around with guns, deathtrap ferris wheels and travel agents who'll kill you horribly for not paying for your holiday promptly. And everywhere we see them go is dirty, grimy, run-down and miserable.
18th Dec '16 4:31:24 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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** Spudgun claims to have one. Give him a potato and he'll show you.
30th Oct '16 7:14:05 AM Bluecatcinema
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* [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine I Want You To Meet An Old Housemate Of Mine]] -- Christopher Ryan, who starred alongside Edmondson and Mayall as the suave Mike in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', turns up every so often as Eddie's decidedly-less-suave mate Dave Hedgehog. If they'd just got Nigel Planer to play Spudgun we'd have had a whole cast reunion.

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* [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine I Want You To Meet An Old Housemate Of Mine]] -- Christopher Ryan, who starred alongside Edmondson IJustWantToHaveFriends: Richie. Several episodes show him bemoaning his lonely life, and Mayall as he does try to be sociable at times... however, his repugnant personality always drives people away.
* ILied: The missing ₤10 in ''Contest'' went [[spoiler:on Eddie’s having tea elsewhere after noticing [[CordonBleughChef Richie foragging through
the suave Mike in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', turns up every so often as Eddie's decidedly-less-suave mate Dave Hedgehog. If they'd window box]].]][[note]]He just got Nigel Planer to play Spudgun we'd have had said the missing money went on a whole cast reunion.1000-1 bet just said that so Richie would allow Miss World on the television.]]



* ILied: The missing ₤10 in ''Contest'' went [[spoiler:on Eddie’s having tea elsewhere after noticing [[CordonBleughChef Richie foragging through the window box]].]][[note]]He just said the missing money went on a 1000-1 bet just said that so Richie would allow Miss World on the television.]]



* [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine I Want You To Meet An Old Housemate Of Mine]] -- Christopher Ryan, who starred alongside Edmondson and Mayall as the suave Mike in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', turns up every so often as Eddie's decidedly-less-suave mate Dave Hedgehog. If they'd just got Nigel Planer to play Spudgun we'd have had a whole cast reunion.



** Skullcrusher Henderson, named after his favorite way of dealing with those who irk him.



* PunnyName: There's about 3 in the second live show: Micheal [=McHooligan=], Patricia O'Violence and Pat O'Cake.

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* PunnyName: There's about 3 in the second live show: Micheal Michael [=McHooligan=], Patricia O'Violence and Pat O'Cake.



* SmallNameBigEgo: Richie.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: Richie. He's convinced he's better than everyone else, and on one occasion, he almost deluded himself into thinking he was "the new messiah."
24th Aug '16 8:00:05 PM moloch
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Richard "Richie" Richard [sic] (Rik Mayall) -- a sex-starved, sadistic, physically repugnant loser with delusions of sophistication -- takes out his frustrations at life upon Eddie Hitler (Adrian Edmondson), his boozy, slightly more intelligent, equally perverted and sadistic flatmate. Frequently, this involves [[ComedicSociopathy over-the-top violence]] that would make ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Itchy and Scratchy]]'' wince. Eddie, for his part, is quite willing to respond in kind.

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Richard "Richie" Richard [sic] (Rik Mayall) -- a sex-starved, sadistic, physically repugnant loser with delusions of sophistication -- takes out his frustrations at life upon Eddie Elizabeth Hitler (Adrian Edmondson), his boozy, slightly more intelligent, equally perverted and sadistic flatmate. Frequently, this involves [[ComedicSociopathy over-the-top violence]] that would make ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Itchy and Scratchy]]'' wince. Eddie, for his part, is quite willing to respond in kind.
16th Aug '16 6:31:18 AM AlphaHandingGems
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* ToiletHumour:
** There's a RunningGag in the series that Richie and Eddie shit themselves when they get in trouble.
** In "Dough", Richie hides some encyclopaedias in a toilet cubicle and puts an "Out of Order" sign on the door. When he comes back, somebody is occupying the cubicle. Richie asks him if he didn't see the sign, and the man in the cubicle says he did but is out of order as well. This is followed by a series of loud fart and diarrhoea sounds. The man also thinks the books are in fact "posh loo paper".
** In "Carnival", Richie trips on stairs and falls head first into the toilet. When he gets out, his head and face have brown stains everywhere.
--> '''Richie''': "You bastard, Eddie! Why do you never flush the toilet?"
14th Aug '16 1:04:47 PM AlphaHandingGems
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** In "Carnival":
-->'''Eddie:''' [A]t least we got the duck.\\
''(Holds up a rubber duck)''\\
'''Richie:''' The duck?\\
'''Eddie:''' Yeah, it's made out of plastic!\\
'''Richie:''' Eddie, what in the name of Greek buggery is the use of a plastic duck?\\
'''Eddie:''' It floats in the bath. ''("Floats" duck in Richie's face)'' Hello!\\
'''Richie:''' Why?\\
'''Eddie:''' It's hollow!\\
'''Richie:''' ''(exasperated)'' Why the duck?!\\
'''Eddie:''' It came free with the telly.\\
'''Richie:''' Eddie, everything came free with the telly, we were looting! Why didn't you get a free telly with the telly?!\\
'''Eddie:''' Well, then it would sink in the bath!
6th Aug '16 1:37:01 PM AlphaHandingGems
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* ShoutOut / TakeThat: A lot of guest characters and minor characters share names with various well-known footballers of the day (Lineker, Grobbelaar, etc). The references are not always flattering.

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* ShoutOut / TakeThat: TakeThat:
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A lot of guest characters and minor characters share names with various well-known footballers of the day (Lineker, Grobbelaar, etc). The references are not always flattering.


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** Richie reads ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' in "Apocalypse" and finishes it in "Dough". Eddie, Spudgun and Hedgehog watch the film version in "Accident".
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