->''"No, well I don't tend to find things funny."''
-->-- After being asked if he ever laughed at his own work.

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, actor and writer, famous for his work on the classic sitcoms ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'' and ''Series/MrBean'', as well as doing voice-over work in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and sketch comedy in ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews''. He has also appeared in movies, such as ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. He is a master of the DeadpanSnarker and has a filmography that would make most other actors go green in envy with most of the things on it a major success. A perfectionist to the point of frustration, he is infamous for stopping partway through a take and apologising because he wants to try again.

Behind the scenes, he's a CoolOldGuy car enthusiast and has been known to take part in auto-racing. In ''Series/TopGear'' he was once the second fastest "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car".[[note]]and has wrapped at least two ''seriously'' unreasonably priced cars around trees while about his lawful occasions on the Queen's thoroughfare, fortunately without serious harm to himself[[/note]] He also has a degree in electrical engineering.

Being a car enthusiast, he has some {{Improbably Cool Car}}s, including a [[WhatAPieceOfJunk McLaren F1]] whom he had crashed and repaired ''twice'', before he actually ''sold it''.

In 2013, he was awarded a CBE, while his ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' co-star Tony Robinson got a knighthood...
!!His filmography includes:
* ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews''
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', which he [[MagnumOpusDissonance personally considers his Magnum Opus]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': "[[Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath The Curse of Fatal Death]]" (A parody episode for UsefulNotes/ComicRelief.)
* ''Film/TheAppointmentsOfDennisJennings'' -- Oscar-winning 1988 short film
* ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''
* ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux''
* ''Film/JohnnyEnglish''
** ''Film/JohnnyEnglishReborn''
* ''Disney/TheLionKing''
* ''Film/LoveActually''
* ''Series/CannedLaughter'', his first work, which in turn inspired...
* The ''Series/MrBean'' movies and series. [[IAmNotSpock And the nickname "That guy who plays Mr Bean".]]
* ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''
* ''Film/RatRace''
* ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' the live-action movie
* ''Series/TheThinBlueLine''
* ''Film/TheWitches''
* ''Series/{{Maigret}}'', where he departs from his usual comedic roles and plays a straight dramatic character.
!!He also has a repertoire of stage comedy routines, which include:
* "The Amazing Jesus": A vicar gives a Bible reading that starts out as the traditional story of Jesus turning water into wine, then takes a left turn after the servants beg Jesus to show them another trick.
--> And they said unto the Lord "How the hell did You do that?"
* "A Day in the Life of the Invisible Man": A showcase for Atkinson's physical comedy, as he is tormented by an invisible prankster.
* "A Final Bash": A janitor tries his hand at a drum solo on an invisible drum kit, with the sound provided by a professional drummer offstage.
* "Fatal Beatings": A meeting between a strict headmaster and the parent of a student goes rapidly downhill after the headmaster mentions casually that the student is dead.
* "The Good Loser": An actor is called on to accept an award on behalf of one his colleagues -- having just been passed over for the same award himself.
* "No One Called Jones": A schoolmaster calls the roll and hands out punishments and assignments; humor arises from the incongruous names of the students and Atkinson's ComicallySerious delivery. Also exists in a "Dirty Words" version, in which all the students' names are rude words, and everything the schoolmaster says becomes a double entendre.
* "Pink Tights and Plenty of Props": A SmallNameBigEgo actor presents a lecture on the characters and plots of Shakespearean drama.
* "A Warm Welcome": A maitre-d'-like devil welcomes the new arrivals to Hell and directs them to their seats. Over the years this one has been modified and updated to suit the audience, the venue, and current events, so if you've heard one version, you have most-likely '''not''' heard them all. Originally, one category he mentions is "Americans" but when he performed at a venue in Boston, he instead quipped, "the French, are you here?"
* "With Friends Like These": Three speeches from the wedding from hell -- the priest reminisces about giving sex advice to newly-weds, the best man is embarrassingly hapless, and the bride's father hates everybody.

!!These provide examples of:
* BaitAndSwitchComment: The father of the bride's speech from "With Friends Like These" begins with one:
-->'''Father of the Bride''': I would like to take this opportunity, sloshed as I may be, to say a word or two about Martin. As far as I'm concerned, my daughter could not have chosen a more delightful, charming, witty, responsible, ''wealthy'', let's not deny it, well-placed, good-looking and fertile young man than Martin as her husband. And I therefore ask the question "Why the hell did she marry Gerald instead?"
** Similarly done with "Fatal Beatings", as the headmaster eventually reveals that he'd been pulling the father's leg - [[spoiler: "I wouldn't [[AmbiguousSyntax cancel after-school activities]] for ''that'' little shit."]]
* BearerOfBadNews: In "Pink Tights and Plenty of Props", along with the Bearer Of Indifferent News, and the Bearer Of Bad News That The Messenger ''Thinks'' Is Good News.
** During the miniature one-man play, we also see the Bearer of The Bad News of the Death of TheHero - who [[GenreSavvy tosses the letter into the room from off-stage]].
* BitterWeddingSpeech: The father of the bride's speech from "With Friends Like These". He hates the groom and all the groom's family and all the groom's friends, and is not shy about saying so.
* BrickJoke: The frothing mug of ale in "Pink Tights and Plenty of Props", which also leads to the payoff of the RunningGag of the actor hurting his knees when he falls to the floor during his death scenes.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The headmaster in "Fatal Beatings" just can't understand Mr. Perkins' "morbid fascination" regarding his son's death.
-->'''Mr. Perkins''': Are you ''[[YoureInsane mad]]''?\\
'''Headmaster''': I'm ''furious''!
* TheComicallySerious: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ad1f6ZCTbg It must be seen to be believed.]]
* CorporalPunishment: "Fatal Beatings"
* ADayInTheLife: of the Invisible Man, who targets Atkinson with various pranks.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeanBitterman: "Fatal Beatings"; "No One Called Jones"
* DisproportionateRetribution: In "Fatal Beatings", he plays a headmaster who [[CrossingTheLineTwice has a boy beaten to death for violating the school's library rules]].
* DontFearTheReaper: Played with in "A Warm Welcome". The devil - or Toby, as he invites the damned to call him - is quite affable, but still makes it clear that the souls who have just arrived are in for a literal eternity of torment.
--> No, there are no bathrooms. If you had read your Bibles, you would know that this is [[IncrediblyLamePun "Damnation without relief".]]
* EvilTwin: In "Pink Tights and Plenty of Props", the hero of the play is king of an unnamed nation; he has a brother who is evil (and has a physical defect, which apparently entails flipping off the audience) and usurps the throne when the king is presumed dead on the battlefield.
* FlippingTheBird: In "Pink Tights and Plenty of Props", the villain has a physical defect, which consists of a middle finger straight up.
* FunnyCharacterBoringActor: [[invoked]] During one interview he even lamented how much he was currently proving how much trouble he has being funny without material prepared.
* GoshDangItToHeck: In "A Warm Welcome":
-->'''Satan:''' You're all here for eternity, which I hardly need tell you is a heck of a long time.
* GroinAttack: During the "Invisible Man" bit, the eponymous man lifts the hapless passenger's legs into the air and knees him in the groin.
* HollywoodApocrypha: "The Amazing Jesus" features an apocryphal Gospel reading, in a parody of King James Bible English mixed with SophisticatedAsHell.
-->And they brought to him on a stretcher a man who was sick of the palsy, and they cried unto him, "Maestro, this man is sick of the palsy." And the Lord said, "If I had to spend my whole life on a stretcher, I'd be pretty sick of the palsy too!" And they were filled with joy, and cried out, "Lord, thy one-liners are as good as thy tricks; thou art indeed an all-round family entertainer."
* HypocriticalHumor: The ending to the InherentlyFunnyWords sketch has him chastising his students for smutty graffiti found on the bathroom walls, despite ''all'' of them having smutty names.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: His [[https://youtu.be/uWJ7bhKYsuw schoolmaster sketch]] employs this trope heavily and to hilarious effect. Atkinson's pronunciation of the (increasingly ridiculous) names is reminiscent of his use of the name "Bob" in the various Series/{{Blackadder}} series.
-->'''Schoolmaster:''' Ainsley. Babcock. Bland. Carthorse.
** Turned UpToEleven in the version of this sketch from ''Rowan Atkinson Live'', where the names are simply filthy. Can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOjbo74Hq-k here]].
*** Atkinson has an ability to turn almost ''any'' word into one of these just with the right vocal inflections
* InTheBack: Subverted in "Pink Tights and Plenty of Props" (the guy he's about to stab in the back gets him in the stomach first).
* LeftItIn: On one of his comedy albums, he suggests putting his 'Madonna' song in to fill up spare time on the album. Angus Deayton asks to hear it. After Atkinson has sung it, Deayton mutters "No way are we including that".
* LostInTransmission: the alien who comes to Earth to warn us of a terrible peril, only for his universal translator to intermittently break down owing to defective Earthling power cells.
--> {{gibberish}}'''-KING DURACELL!'''
* LovelyAssistant: In "The Amazing Jesus":
-->And there came unto him a woman called Mary who had seen the Lord and believed, and Jesus said unto her, "Put on a tutu and lie down in this box." And then took he forth a saw and cleft her in twain, and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But Jesus said, "O ye of little faith," and he threw open the box and lo, Mary was whole. And the crowd went absolutely bananas. And Jesus and Mary took a big bow, and he said unto her, "From now on you shall be known as Sharon, for that is a good name for an assistant."
* PrecisionFStrike:
** When David Forbert loses the acting award in "The Good Loser", he shouts, "Oh SHIT."
** As father of the bride in "With Friends Like These", he tells most of the wedding guests to fuck off.
* PunnyName: "Roll Call" is a great long list of them.
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: In "The Good Loser", Atkinson's character is forced by circumstance to accept the Lawrence Olivier Award on behalf of another actor in the same show (they were both nominated, the other guy wins, but Atkinson's character is the only one there). He spends the entire acceptance speech bitching out his costar.
* RunningGag: In the "Pink Tights" skit, the tight-clad Atkinson continuously mimics dying (typically with a "Bleugh!") and falls to his knees on the hardwood stage. He eventually thinks to use a pillow, or crouch down rather than drop to the knees to avoid the mild pain. In his final death scene, he forgets and shouts in pain as his knees hit the hardwood floor.
* SawAWomanInHalf: Mentioned in "The Amazing Jesus".
-->'''Vicar:''' He then took out a saw and ''cleft her in twain''.
* ShootTheMessenger: In "Pink Tights and Plenty of Props", the messenger who enters bearing bad news which he believes to be good news is killed while trying to beat a hasty retreat.
* SoreLoser: David Forbert.
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: In "Pink Tights and Plenty of Props", the king, restored to his throne after his brother usurped it in his absence, drinks from the frothing cup of ale by the throne... which turns out to be filled with poison intended for his brother. Just when it looks as though the poison has simply given him the dry heaves, he shouts "BLEUGH!" and falls to his knees, dead (but not so dead that he can't yell in agony as his knees hit the hardwood floor).
* WrongRestaurant: In his "Indian Restaurant" routine, one of the drunken patrons attempts to order a hotdog before passing out.