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Richard "Richie" Richard
Let's be English about this.
- All of the Other Reindeer: As demonstrated in many episodes, but particularly in the episode "Parade".
- Ambiguously Bi: This characterization shows up mainly in the live shows, where Richie's desperation to get laid sometimes caused him to hit on Eddie, but there were a couple of hints in the TV series as well, such as his excitement at the prospect of seeing a nude photo of Desmond Lynam and his admission to appreciating a man's pectorals, even after finding it out he wasn't a woman like he initially believed.
- Anything That Moves: Such is Richie's desperation to have sex, that he seems ready to have sex with anyone willing, but is never successful. In the TV series, he really only displays interest in women, but in the live shows, he seems willing to do it even with Eddie on certain occasions.
- Attention Whore: He's desperately, pathetically needy for companionship and attention, leading to most of his flouncing, idiotic plans and tantrums. On one occasion, he tries to fake his own attempted suicide in order to try and get Eddie to buy him a drink.
- Bad Liar: His Falklands story isn't fooling anyone.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Has an endearing childishness about him, but as soon as you manage to offend him in the slightest way possible (And given his stupidity and habit of misunderstanding people, he will find something to take offence at), and he will scream in your face and threaten you with violence.
- Born in the Wrong Century: His common lament, which his cultural illiteracy fails to back up. He thinks Shakespeare and the French Revolution were in the same century -- the 13th.
- Break the Haughty: In pretty much every episode. His character is defined by undeserved arrogance that will be inevitably foiled by his actual mediocrity as a person.
- Butt-Monkey: The butt-monkey in a pair of butt monkeys. Bad things happen to everyone in this show, but they're pretty much always happening to him.
- Camp Straight: Incredibly camp, and yet incredibly lecherous towards women.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He needs only one sip of scotch to either become drunk or begin thinking that he's drunk (which amounts to the same thing).
- In the fourth live show he doesn't even take a sip, but still believes he is drunk.
- One's tempted to conclude that it's all in his head. On one occasion, when he needed a stiff drink to settle his nerves, Eddie offered him a shot of Tizer (a soft drink, for non-Brits), which did the trick anyway.
- In another episode, Richie tries to take a swig from an empty bottle Eddie already filled himself with and suddenly believes he's fallen into a drunken stupor, though it doesn't last.
- Casanova Wannabe: Though deep down he knows he's repulsive to women.
- Catchphrase: "That's a charming, smashing blouse you have on."
- Characterization Marches On: His penis size, and his resulting insecurity, are given scant mention in the TV show. The stage shows formally measured it at a 1/4 inch and applied the relevant jokes.
- Chick Magnet: Desperately wishes he was one.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Develops into one over the course of the series and live shows.
- Darker and Edgier: In the film version, Guest House Paradiso, he appears as much more calculating (Well, as calculating as Richie can be), amoral, angry, and generally more mean-spirited.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: A chronic masturbator, Richie is often seen unzipping his trousers and reaching down into his pants whenever Eddie leaves the room.
- The Dreaded: By Spudgun and Dave Hedgehog. They tolerate Richie because of their friendship with Eddie, but they make no attempt to hide the fact that they're scared of Richie and think he's a complete psychopath.
- Drunk with Power: Even to the extent that he runs an off-licence like Nazi Germany.
- The Ditz: Richie is very out of touch with reality.
- In "Apocalypse", he claims Jesus wrote the dictionary he keeps in his room.
- In "Parade", he asks Spudgun why he doesn't move to the Soviet Union. Spudgun answers, "'Cause it doesn't exist." In the same episode, Richie's story about the Falklands War has ridiculous details, such as him having fought there for ten years and Argentinians speaking German.
- In "Carnival", he says it's The '80s and later that it's The '70s. Eddie looks confused on both times.
- The Danza: Rik Mayall's first name is Richard.
- The Finicky One: Subverted. Richie tries to put up a front of being this, but in reality he's just as seedy, sex obsessed and repulsive as Eddie. Moreso, even.
- Goshdang It To Heck: Despite regularly swearing like a trooper, he sporadically uses polite alternatives, presumably because he thinks it sounds posher.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Becomes violently angry at the slightest of offences, offences such as refusing a drink, being in front of him in a queue, and passing out after he's just beaten you within an inch of your life.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Several episodes show him bemoaning his lonely life, and he does try to be sociable at times... however, his repugnant personality always drives people away.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Sometime shows this attitude towards Eddie in the live shows.
- Jerkass: Threatens old ladies and, along with Eddie, mugs charity collectors of their collection tins.
- Large Ham: Well, duh! It's Rik Mayall.
- Lethal Chef: Which is unfortunate for Eddie, as Richie is the designated "wife" in their friendship.
- Mood-Swinger: Constantly swings between two emotions: childishly optimistic, and violently angry.
- Phony Veteran: Most notably (and disastrously) in "Parade".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Eddie's blue, being more easily excitable and short tempered than his friend.
- Repetitive Name: Richard Richard.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive to Eddie's manliness. It's so played upon, that even Spudgun and Hedgehog nickname Richie as Eddie's "wife", behind his back.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's convinced he's better than everyone else, and on one occasion, he almost deluded himself into thinking he was "the new messiah."
- Teeny Weenie: Played ENORMOUSLY for laughs. His junk actually purportedly got smaller as the show went on, with the live shows repeatedly suggesting that he had to use a magnifying glass to find it.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Guest House Paradiso. Which is really quite something, considering that Richie was already an all round awful human being in the television series.
- Trouser Space: He manages to steal a BBC camera this way. "There's plenty of space in my trousers. Sadly".
Edward "Eddie" Elizabeth Hitler
Not a lot of people know that...
- The Cynic: Unlike Richie, he has no intention on breaking free from his abhorrent lifestyle.
- Deadpan Snarker: When sober.
Richie: A helicopter! Shout for help!
Eddie: Is this "Help, help, I'm trapped on a ferris wheel!" or, "Help, help, I'm burning to death!"?
- Extreme Omnivore: He has eaten lard, straight from the pack, and washed it down with cooking oil, as well as yoghurt that was so old it sprouted grass.
Eddie: Who left this pot of cress in the fridge?
Richie: That's not cress, that's that yoghurt you started during the Gulf War.
Eddie: [eats it anyway] ...Doesn't taste like banana and peach...
- Lethal Chef: Vodka margarine - with a couple of cans of hairspray for flammability.
- Never Gets Drunk: He's only been drunk once, but he never sobered up. He is thus immune to inebriation.
- Only Sane Man: While this tends to be thrown around like a ball between him and Richie depending on the situation, on average he seems to be just a mite smarter, or at least better imbued with wits and low cunning, than Richie is.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Richie's Red, as he's slightly more level-headed and down-to-earth than Richie is. Only slightly.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man, as he usually get the upper hand in many of his feuds with Richie.
- The Sociopath: When Richie asks him why he kept hitting the gasman with a frying pan, he replies, "For fun".
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: He vomits on Richie in the episode "Smells" when he's drunk.
- With Friends Like These...: With Richie. There are times where he actually tries to kill him.
- Would Hit a Girl: He doesn't seem to have any qualms about hitting women. An example of this is when he lashes at a woman who turns out to be someone collecting money for a charity against domestic violence.
Spudgun and Dave Hedgehog
- Only Sane Man: Spudgun is far from being the brightest bulb on the tree, but he's surprisingly quick to point out that a lot of what Richie says or does is insane gibberish.
- Those Two Guys: Never appear separate from each other.
The bartender at the Lamb and Flag pub. He lives up to his name.
The boys' landlord and shopkeeper. He's very bad at his job.
Lady Natasha Letitia Sarah Jane Wellesley Obstromsky Ponsonsky Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Oblomov Boblomov Dob, third Viscountess of Moldavia
A rich aristocratic woman who wants to marry Richie because he lied about being of royality himself.
A thug who wants money that Richie and Eddie owes him.
A streaker who pesters the boys in "S'out"