!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."''

Awkward and socially inept, Mark often has trouble understanding the functions of the modern world. He is cynical and pessimistic, but still arguably possesses a stronger moral character than Jeremy. This isn’t saying much.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Several major YankTheDogsChain moments are caused by his impulsiveness, as well as a ''lot'' of awkward moments.
* BornInTheWrongCentury
* BritishStuffiness
* ButNotTooBi[=/=]IfItsYouItsOkay: Has a thing for Johnson but otherwise is completely heterosexual
* 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.
** LovableCoward
* 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.
* JerkAssWoobie
* 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:''' Robert Webb

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

An unemployed musician with even less to brag about than Mark, but still manages to brag anyway. A whole lot.
* AnythingThatMoves: Jeremy once told Mark that he was aroused by chairs.
* BiTheWay: The 'bad thing' with Super Hans. And then there's this,
--> '''Sophie''': And have I lived enough? I mean, I've only slept with four men. Is that enough?
-->'''Jez''': Four?... Oh... Yeah. ''Jesus. I've had sex with more men than that, and I basically only sleep with women''.
** There's also that time he thought about sleeping with another man to make Elena jealous, after getting jealous, seeing her talking to another guy.
-->'''Jez''': Yeah sure, talk to a guy. Why not? Maybe, I'll shag a guy too. How would you like that? Hm?!
* 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
* 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
* 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:''' Olivia Colman

Mark’s love interest for much of the series. She starts off as a distant crush, then over the seasons they progress into a relationship, a marriage, a divorce and now have a child together.
* 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.

!!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 highly charismatic boss who also happens to be utterly insane.
* TheAlcoholic: Recovered, then relapsed in the series 7 finale.
** TheTeetotaler
* 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.

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

Mark’s rival for the affections of Sophie; he’s a cruel bully who believes that men are made to ‘kill and knob’.
* TheBully: Takes ''every'' opportunity to tease, belittle and sneer at Mark.
* DeadpanSnarker
* HiddenDepths: In season six, 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.
* {{Jerkass}}
** 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

!!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
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: She's last seen arguing with Tony at Jez and Nancy's wedding.
* BrokenBird
* FreudianExcuse: Has some serious daddy issues owing to her father dying when she was 3.
* JerkassWoobie: Hard not to feel a little sorry for her in her last scene in season 1.
* 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 appears to be completely faithful to Elena
* 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 its 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
* JerkAss: To some extent.

[[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.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The number of guys Super Hans has engaged in sex with over the series is quite large, with virtually no women. However the show never states he is gay or bi.
* BerserkButton: Does not like being trapped in a room at all, "ever since Dad locked me in the airing cupboard to monitor the homebrew".
* DreadfulMusician
* 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 eight-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'.
* 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 (Sophie Winkleman)
[[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.

[[folder:Ian Chapman]]
!!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.

[[folder:Penny Chapman]]
!!Penny Chapman
->'''Played By:''' Cheryl Campbell

Sophie's friendly yet adulterous mother.
* ChristmasCake:
-->'''Mark''': "She's not out of Hollyoaks, Jeremy, she probably had a ration book!".
* HappyMarriageCharade: With Ia. They're in a loveless marriage rife with infidelity and sexual dysfunction.
* MrsRobinson: Seduces the much younger Jeremy.
* YourCheatingHeart: She cheats on her husband with some frequency.

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

A pretentious young woman who Jeremy constantly tries to get close to.
* 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}}: With her big glasses and feigned interest in arty subjects.
* {{Meganekko}}: When she dons her specs.
* MenAreUncultured: Averted. She's just as uncultured as everyone else, merely better at hiding it.