!The Flatmates

!!Mark Corrigan
[[caption-width-right:350:''"If I want to act relaxed, it's going to take all my cunning, skill, and concentration."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/DavidMitchell

-->''"I suppose doing things you hate is just the price you pay to avoid loneliness."''

Mark is the sensible one: a professional brogue wearer with a slightly worrying interest in World War Two. He is playing at being very serious and grown up and is a painfully conventional young man with a seething mass of self-loathing, ego and self-consciousness just below the surface. Mark believes nothing is achieved without work, blood, sweat and tears. In fact he masochistically relishes this belief.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Several major YankTheDogsChain moments are caused by his impulsiveness, as well as a ''lot'' of awkward moments.
* AmbiguouslyBi: At one point he is confused by Johnson, but otherwise is completely heterosexual
%%* BornInTheWrongCentury
%%* BritishStuffiness
%%* ButtMonkey
* TheChewToy: The first ever episode shows him being bullied by a smallish gang of pre-pubescent boys. At the end of the episode, he chases them with an iron pipe on impulse.
* ClosetGeek: Hinted at throughout the series, but only really made clear once he gets together with Dobby.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly in his head, but sometimes in person.
* DirtyCoward: Too many times to count, but most of all the way he ends up hiding on his wedding day because he hasn't got the guts to break it off.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jeremy.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: His father is a bigoted, bullying control freak who was instilling the fear of God in Mark when he wasn’t neglecting him. His time at school was.... not fun either.
* HiddenDepths: When his love of history gets the chance to shine, you get the feeling he really should have pursued that instead of working for a finance company. It's shown a few times over the series that he regrets taking business management over ancient history at university.
** ...but perhaps he's really just FeigningIntelligence, as he seems to get caught out whenever he meets a real history buff, like Professor [=MacLeish=] and Jeremy's mother's new boyfriend ("Marr? Don't you find him a little light? I mean, he's good for an overview...")
%%* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
* ManipulativeBastard: He certainly has his moments.
* NeatFreak: at least compared to Jeremy.
* NoSocialSkills: one of his defining character traits.
* NotSoDifferent: Will take any opportunity to stab Jeremy in the back if it benefits him and despite often taking the moral high ground isn't any more moral than Jez is.
* OddFriendship: He and Super Hans seem to get along quite well. The two have absolutely nothing in common, but Hans appears to be less aware of Mark's social awkwardness than others, and Mark is surprisingly tolerant of Hans' eccentric behavior.
* PapaWolf: Claims he'd even stab Jeremy to protect his baby.
* StalkingIsLove: Is very good at temporarily deluding himself into thinking so.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Though he comes off a bit better than Jez does most of the time.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Has this kind of complex regarding Johnson and Jeremy's stepfather, among others. Probably owing to the HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood above.
* WhiteCollarWorker

!!Jeremy ‘Jez’ Usborne
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Your dream is just everybody, grey, on the omnibus, eating grey sludge. That's your dream isn't it?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RobertWebb

-->''"God, this is such a mess. It's fantastic."''

Jeremy is a big kid. A lazy man with big ideas about himself and his future music career. Touchy and self-aggrandising, Jeremy is never far from doing something he will regret. He is clearly the loose cannon of the partnership: a lazy waster with dodgy friends, who dreams of becoming a musician, but can never get his act together, or often even get up in the morning! Although vain, idle and delusional, Jez is basically a nice bloke.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Unlike most examples, Jez has definitely had sexual encounters with men, but it's unclear whether he's actually attracted to them, and how many are a result of being on drugs or drunk, and he's never treated as a bisexual either by other characters or his own mind's narrative, and apart from a few very specific instances isn't really shown to have any attraction towards men. Instances that suggest that he may be bi include telling a woman that he's slept with more than men than her despite the fact that he "basically only sleep(s) with women", in one episode competes with Super Hans to get sexual favors from a young band member they take on, and at one point shows some admiration to a muscular monk dating Big Suze.
** Not so 'ambiguous' any more...
* AnythingThatMoves: Jeremy once told Mark that he was aroused by chairs.
* ButNotTooBi: There are indications that Jeremy may be bisexual - his general relaxed attitude towards his sexuality and admission that he's slept with men before, but apart from a couple of sexually confused moments (sometimes fueled by drugs), he pretty much exclusively shows interest in and forms relationships with women throughout the series.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] at the beginning of season 9 when he begins an ongoing sexual relationship with a man.[[spoiler: And his girlfriend]]
* CrazyJealousGuy: Jez sent dog shit in the post, peppersprayed, tried to punch and possibly subconsciously tried to murder the men - and in one case a woman - who he considered rivals for whatever woman - Toni, Nancy, Big Suze, Elena etc - he was currently infatuated with. In one episode he got so clingy he was threatened by his girlfriend showing kindness to a homeless man.
* CasanovaWannabe: He is fairly unsuccessful with women, though not for lack of trying.
* ComedicSociopath: Oh so very much.
* DeadpanSnarker: At times.
* DirtyCoward: to a lesser degree than Mark, though.
* TheDitz: he's clueless about even the commonest things.
-->'''Jez''': Potatoes aren't veg, are they? I mean they kind of are... but not really. I mean tomatoes are fruit but potatoes are like... bread?
* DreadfulMusician
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Refuses to have sex with Sara on Christmas, given his love of the holiday.
* {{Foil}}: To Mark. He's an idiotic party-animal slacker. Mark's an up-tight history nerd/buff who has trouble letting loose.
%%* GiftedlyBad
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Mark.
-->'''Jez''': I'm his one.
* HypocriticalHumour: We're talking World Amateur Champion level here.
* ItsAllAboutMe: "Can't I have everything I want, all the time? I mean, isn't that what Democracy is all about?".
* KarmaHoudini: From time to time. He does tend to get away with some pretty awful shit.
* KavorkaMan: He's not a bad-looking guy, but he does score a lot considering the type of person he is. Perhaps it's because he targets dim or mentally vulnerable women.
* ManChild: Even more so in the episode his mother comes to visit.
%%* MenAreUncultured
%%* MenCantKeepHouse
* NeverMyFault: He could market books and lectures on shifting blame and not taking responsibility for actions.
* PetTheDog: Fakes this a lot but does have some genuine moments of kindness.
* SerialRomeo: he tends to fall in love (or, well, lust, which, in his words, "is basically the same thing when you get rid of all the Valentine cards and bullshit") ridiculously fast and ridiculously often. Of course, he's also game for dumping a woman immediately after having sex with her.
* TheSlacker: Jeremy is intentionally a slacker, and rather proud of it, seeing it as being a cool, pop culture lifestyle choice. He does have moments of clarity on occasion.
%%* SmallNameBigEgo
* TooDumbToLive: "They wouldn't put a bad idea in a film, they'd get sued."
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* WideEyedIdealist
-->'''Mark''': At some point he's going to find out what goes in sausages.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He often tricks himself into thinking he’s in some kind of movie.
-->'''Jez (on getting paid by Johnson for sex with Big Suze):''' Is this a terrible idea? No, it can't be, it's in [[Film/IndecentProposal a film]]. They couldn't put a terrible idea in a film, they'd get sued.

!JLB Credit

!!Sophie Chapman[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TropeSophie_6117.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Of course, obviously, it'd be really great if you were happy, but it's not the most pressing thing."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/OliviaColman

Mark's ray of sunshine, object of desire and friend at work. Sophie is too bright and interesting for her job and most of her colleagues. In Mark she recognises someone who is on her wavelength. Trouble is he's such a bag of neuroses he manages to self-destruct as soon as things start going well.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She goes for Jeff at first, even lampshading it with, 'I always go for arseholes'.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: While viewer opinion varies as to who was more at fault in her relationship with Mark, we definitely see a less pleasant side of her from season 5 onwards.
* BrokenPedestal: Mark's rose-tinted view of her doesn't long survive their actually getting together.
* InelegantBlubbering: [[spoiler:During ''that'' wedding.]] This is a speciality of Oliva Colman. Not many do it better.
* ManipulativeBitch: Not all the time but definitely when she manipulates Mark into getting her pregnant.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: In Series 5.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: How she started off, likely because we only ever saw her through Mark's limited viewpoint.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Started off as a fairly pleasant and bland love interest and straight woman to Mark until after a couple of series Olivia Colman made the writers realise that she wasn't really such a nice girl when you look at how she treats him. This led to her character being developed in other directions in series 3 and 4 and she really turns into a bitch after [[spoiler: their ill-fated wedding.]]. Although after the humiliation Mark subjected her to her behaviour is unsurprising.

!!Jeff Heaney
[[caption-width-right:350:''"So basically, man is programmed to do two things: kill and knob."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Neil Fitzmaurice

In his bristling normality and easy handling of everyday situations Jeff is the complete opposite of self-conscious, self-defeating Mark. Jeff Heaney is therefore an enemy in Mark's eyes. It's probably a justified hatred as Jeff often bullies Mark.
* TheBully: If nothing else, Jeff is a bully. He takes ''every'' opportunity to tease, belittle and sneer at Mark.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* HiddenDepths: In Series 6, he helps Sophie with her pregnancy and was very upset about the break up originally. Of course, even when helping Sophie he takes shots at Mark and is relieved to find out he isn't the child's father.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk
* JerkJock: We only see him being good at a sport once (bowling), but it's very easy to imagine him being one of the football-playing, tougher lads at school who picked on nerds like Mark (although they didn't go to school together)
* KickTheDog: He goes from an office bully into a full-fledged sadistic bastard when he gives Mark a nasty little speech about how he doesn't see him as a threat to his relationship. 'You could have your cock in her. You still wouldn't have the balls to fuck.' Overlaps with JerkassHasAPoint considering that this sums up Mark's entire problem in two succinct if vulgar sentences.
* OopNorth: A Scouser.
%%* RomanticFalseLead
%%* SmugSmiler
* SmugSnake: Whenever he's going out with Sophie.
%%* YourCheatingHeart

!!Alan Johnson[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TropeJohnson_2565.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"What this department needs is a kick up the arse so hard, my foot'll go right up your digestive tract and wiggle out your mouth like a little leather tongue."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/PatersonJoseph

-->''"In business, Jeremy, you learn that every man has his price, and I judge yours to be... £530."''

Mark's smooth and cool boss and 'business guru' at JLB Credit. Johnson is a no-bullshit work-monger with a brutal view of the world based on maximizing profit and minimizing your opponents. Mark looks up to Johnson with a pathetic degree of regard.
* TheAlcoholic: Recovered, then relapsed in the Series 7 finale.
* BadBoss: He's perfectly willing to throw his employees under the bus if he thinks it'll elevate him even slightly.
* BadassMoustache: In one episode Mark even tries to grow one to emulate him.
* BrokenPedestal: Mark's view switches from idolization to disdain in a few seasons. He never completely sheds his sense of admiration, though.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite going semi-insane after his fall from power, he still manages to nail a contract for the management-consultant business him and Mark set up and by the end of Series 7 has enough money to buy another house.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Especially in later seasons.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Well, Mark wants him.
* LargeHam: Johnson is expressive and very charismatic.
* JerkJock: To a certain extent. He's certainly a top dog and can be thoughtlessly aggressive.
* PetTheDog: Mentoring and community work, according to Big Suze. Also, sticking up for Mark when [[spoiler:Sophie begins her post-break-up-post-wedding-humiliation campaign of bullying and vilification.]]
* PointyHairedBoss: Debateable. He’s competent and doesn’t suffer fools, but he’s also highly aggressive, willing to throw innocent employees to the wolves to save himself, and Mark not inaccurately describes him as part of a group of, ‘literally the worst men in the world’.
* SanitySlippage: After JLB goes under, he hops off the edge of reason.
* StupidSexyFlanders: Has this effect on Mark at least.
* VillainousBreakdown: The recession is...not good for his sanity. Neither is throwing a house party on the same night as him.

!!Gerrard Matthew
->'''Played By:''' Jim Howick

Mark’s rival for Dobby’s affection. He’s a nice, nerdy fellow with ongoing health problems.
%%* {{Adorkable}}
%%* AscendedExtra
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Dies of flu in the first episode of Season 8]].
* DoggedNiceGuy: Initially at least, but he doesn't hesitate to stab Mark in the back or abuse any power he can get once Dobby's there to play for.
* IgnoreTheDisability: "Tube up his nose. Tube up his nose. He's a man with a tube up his nose."
%%* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]
* NotSoDifferent: A mild-mannered nerd with a repressed nasty streak? Sound familiar, Mark?
* OutGambitted: "Never go to war with Stalin, Gerrard. Uncle Joe don't play by Your rules".

->'''Played By:''' Isy Suttie

A nerdy co-worker who just might be the one girl that likes Mark for the neurotic mess that he is.
%%* {{Adorkable}}
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* GenreSavvy: After a couple of seasons she knows how Mark's life works better than Mark does.
* HairDecorations: Wears cute barrettes at the temples most of the time.
* NerdsAreSexy: Possibly a poster girl for this.
* {{Ladette}}: Can definitely be a bit "foward" at times (see: store cupboard scene). And in her first scene we see her reading Viz.
* ShoutOut: To a certain [[Franchise/HarryPotter house elf?]]


!!Toni Papadopoulopoulos
->'''Played By:''' Elizabeth Marmur

The unhinged next-door neighbour who serves as an unhealthy object of lust during the first and second season. She’s disappeared after getting remarried to her husband.
* BerserkButton: Really likes her music. Do not criticise Peter Gabriel in front of her. Or try and take her Bhundu Boys album.
%%* BitchAlert
%%* BrokenBird
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: She's last seen in Series 2, having seduced Jez into an affair largely out of jealousy and insecurity.
* FreudianExcuse: She has some serious daddy issues owing to her father dying when she was 3.
%%* OverlyLongName
%%* TheVamp

->'''Played By:''' Vera Filatova

A bisexual, marijuana-dealing Russian émigré who lives in the same block of flats as Mark and Jeremy.
%%* BiTheWay
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
%%* BrainlessBeauty
%%* ForeignPeopleAreSexy
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Jeremy thinks this initially, but quickly grows jealous and angry. Elena hurts both Jeremy and her girlfriend, completely subverting this trope.
* ItsAllAboutMe: "You love me and Gail loves me. Shit, everyone loves me!"
%%* SensualSlavs
* TheUnfairSex: Averted. Elena is depicted as being just as selfish and shallow as Jez. Maybe even moreso.
* YourCheatingHeart: She just loooooves to cheat.

[[folder:Gail Huggins]]
!!Gail Huggins
->'''Played By:''' Emily Bruni

Elena's girlfriend and Jeremys love rival in Series 6. Completely devoted to Elena who does not show the same level of devotion back though she always choses her over Jez. She appears again in series 8 when she campaigns to be chairman of the freehold committee in Apollo House.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: Averted. She's completely faithful to Elena, although Elena isn't faithful to her.
* BrainyBrunette: A member of MENSA who runs her own business.
* IceQueen: Borders on this at times.
* InformedAbility: Her intelligence. Possibly intentional, as Jeremy makes fun of her inability to spot that he's having an affair with her girlfriend.
* SorryImGay: When she thinks Mark's hitting on her "I'm in a relationship. And it's a same-sex relationship. And I don't find you attractive. Even speaking objectively" Ouch!

!Friends & Family

[[folder:Sara Corrigan]]
!!Sara Corrigan
->'''Played By:''' Eliza L Bennett

Mark's sister who has an on and off again relationship with Jez.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Part of the reason she gets with Jez.
* {{Jerkass}}: She's very self-involved.

[[folder:Super Hans]]
!!Super Hans
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Tell you what, that crack is really more-ish."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Matt King

-->''"People like Coldplay and voting for the Nazis. You can't trust people, Jeremy."''

A friend of Jeremy’s and a musician. He’s a slightly more successful (and psychotic) version of Jeremy, and influences him in a variety of negative ways.

* BerserkButton: Does not like being trapped in a room at all, "ever since Dad locked me in the airing cupboard to monitor the homebrew".
* BiTheWay: The number of guys Super Hans has engaged in sex with over the series is relatively large. However the show never explicitly states he is gay or bi.
* DisappearedDad: To his twins; the fact that he takes a while to remember their ages implies he hasn't seen them in a while, though the fact that Mark says he's never heard Hans mention his children and Hans can't even produce a picture of them pretty much confirms that he doesn't have much of a role in their lives at all. They make an appearance at his wedding in season 9 however.
* DreadfulMusician: He's more capable than Jez though.
* CouldntFindAPen: In "Man Jam," he tells Jez that he "only sign[s] in blood."
* GoingColdTurkey: Has tried and failed several times.
* {{Guyliner}}: His default look.
%%* {{Hipster}}
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: His Dad would lock him in the airing cupboard to 'monitor the homebrew'.
* ImmuneToDrugs: Super Hans clearly ''thinks'' he is, although in many episodes he's reduced to an utter wreck by his excessive habits. However, someone who can survive taking four grams of cocaine in one go [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "to relax him"]] must be carrying at least a pint or two of [[Creator/CharlieSheen tiger blood]].
* InsaneTrollLogic: His ideas for the pub in "Sectioning" are ridiculous.
-->'''Jeremy:''' I'm definitely not co-managing a pub called "Free the Paedos."
* JunkieProphet: Sometimes likes to pass himself off as one, even though his 'wisdom' is a mix of nonsensical ramblings, parroted phrases from film and television and the suggestion to do more drugs.
* ManipulativeBastard: He’s not overly skilled at manipulation, but it doesn’t take much to trick Jeremy.
* MysteriousPast: In the Series 6 finale, Super Hans mentions that he has seven-year-old twins, with whom he has little contact. He doesn't give their names or genders, but they seem to live in a German-speaking country. No one in the show has referred to them since.
* OddFriendship: He and Mark seem to get along quite well. The two have absolutely nothing in common, but Hans appears to be less aware of Mark's social awkwardness than others, and Mark is surprisingly tolerant of Hans' eccentric behavior.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: He even introduces himself as 'Hans. Super Hans'.
** Season 9 reveals his first name is Simon.
%%* SmallNameBigEgo
%%* StonersAreFunny
* ToxicFriendInfluence: To Jeremy. If Hans does something, Jeremy will usually try to do the same thing with less success.
* WildCard: Can function as the episode's antagonist, [[DropInCharacter single-scene]] [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], an [[PsychoSidekick unreliable]] [[TheLancer backup party member]] for Jez and/or Mark, or just a [[TheLoad drug-addled dead weight]] depending on the situation.

->'''Played By:''' Rachel Blanchard

A kooky, ‘liberated’ small-town American girl who Jeremy falls in love with. She later marries him for visa reasons, and is in general something of a hypocritical free-spirit.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Depending on how you [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation view]] her.
* BrainlessBeauty: She's beautiful, and she ''is'' intelligent in some ways but certainly not in others.
* CitizenshipMarriage: With Jeremy.
* CloudCuckooLander: She adheres to a bizarre, hippie-esque religion that seems to be some mix of Christianity and every single cult in the 60s.
* GranolaGirl: Very much so, but also (by her word anyway) a devout Christian.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Acts like a devout Christian...and is also too kinky for [[AnythingThatMoves Jeremy.]] It's probably in keeping with her own, self-styled religion.
* MsFanservice: In a DVD commentary, Mitchell & Webb and Armstrong & Bain comment about the novelty of a sexy Hollywood actress coming over to do a low-budget British sitcom in "shitty Croydon".
* ThePollyanna: To an extent that gets rather creepy, given that she chirps about family crises and year-long spells of drug addiction as brightly as anything else.

[[folder:Big Suze]]
!!Big Suze
[[caption-width-right:350:''"This is quite a weird date, Jeremy. It's even weirder than when you took me to Laser Quest and tried to hump me in the dark."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Sophie Winkleman

Posh, a little stupid, very attractive and very sweet, Big Suze is Jeremy’s ex-girlfriend. He’s still in love with her, and has an excellent plan to ‘get her high and put my hand up her jumper’.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She rather cheerfully suggests putting out cigarettes on a burglar.
* BrainlessBeauty: Averted. She's actually more intelligent than she appears to be, due to her cheerful attitude.
* HelloNurse: Just about everyone's reaction to her, with good reason.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: She's never been referred to as anything other than Big Suze. We don't even know if 'Suze' is short for Susan or Suzanne.
* SpoiledSweet: Incredibly rich and a lovely human being.
* StatuesqueStunner: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hence the name.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Treats Mark and Jeremy like shit in Series 7, although, to be fair, they generally deserve it.

!!Ian Chapman
->'''Played By:''' Paul Clayton

Sophie's quietly bitter, self-loathing father.
* TheAlcoholic: Ian has started to self-medicate with alcohol.
* AxCrazy: Burns down his neighbour's barn when he suspects him of sleeping with his wife.
* CrazyJealousGuy: See AxCrazy.
* DeadpanSnarker: He has a very dry, self-deprecating wit that comes from a combination of being the OnlySaneMan and a GrumpyOldMan.
-->'''Jeremy:''' So, I like your barn, Ian.
-->'''Ian:''' It's full of crap no one has any use for. Maybe that's why I feel so at home here. Ha.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: As he himself admits, he may be a homophobe...but he's no badger baiter.
* GrumpyOldMan: Being in a loveless marriage will do that to a man.
* PapaWolf: He doesn't care about anything but Sophie's happiness.
* HappyMarriageCharade: With Penny. They put on a facade, but both of them are deeply miserable.
* OnlySaneMan: He's very aware of the fact that he's in a loveless marriage and everyone around him acts in their own selfish interests.

!!Penny Chapman
->'''Played By:''' Cheryl Campbell

Sophie's friendly yet adulterous mother.
* ChristmasCake: As Jeremy finds out.
-->'''Mark:''' She's not out of Hollyoaks, Jeremy, she probably had a ration book!
* HappyMarriageCharade: With Ian. They're in a loveless marriage rife with infidelity and sexual dysfunction.
* MrsRobinson: She seduces the much younger Jeremy with little to no effort.
* YourCheatingHeart: She cheats on her husband with some frequency.

->'''Played By:''' Camilla Beeput

An intellectual woman whom Jeremy meets in a hospital waiting room while her boyfriend Ben is in a coma. Ben regains consciousness and later employs Jeremy, in a role which Jeremy uses as a means to try and get close to, and eventually seduce Zahra, even though she affects an interest in many refined subjects that are beyond him, such as foreign films and classic literature like Frankenstein, which he pretends to know about and be interested in in order to impress her.
* FeigningIntelligence: At first, she seems quite clever. With each passing episode, it becomes clearer that she bases intelligence on 'refined' subjects and is merely better at faking it than Jeremy.
* {{Hipster}}: Most certainly, due to her big fashionable glasses, and feigned interest in obscure, artsy subjects.
* {{Meganekko}}: When she dons her specs.
* MenAreUncultured: Averted. She's just as uncultured as everyone else, she's merely better at hiding it.
* YourCheatingHeart: She cheats on her boyfriend Ben with Jeremy, although considering what a shithead Ben is, it's hard to be too finger-pointy at her.