Donnie DuPre / Jimmy Boyd
The director and founder of Demo Reel
who lives off his working wife's income and wanted to get back at Hollywood by remaking popular movies and pointing out all the flaws.
- Abusive Parents: If the pre-nup talk is real, then the rest of his family outside of his Missing Mom sounds awful.
- Adorkable: His Ed Wood-like enthusiasm for making these movies can't be broken no matter how much the universe hates him.
- Alliterative Name: This is the first hint that it's not his real one.
- Author Avatar: There's a lot of Doug in him (a lot that isn't too, to make him his own character, but that's obvious), right down to how similar their names are. Doug's admitted at cons that he gets scared about directing and doesn't particularly enjoy it, has Word of God issues with working too much to try and help his mood, is as everyone knows extremely sweet, he's very cuddly to both genders, his idealism has bitten him in the ass more than once, he's delighted to encourage Slash Fic even with his brother, and Donnie's way of angsting is the one he finds best; trying to deal with it yourself but reaching out to a few people when it gets too hard.
- Beard of Sorrow: He manages to be clean-shaven while having nothing in the woods, but suddenly gains a lot more stubble while the family is keeping him. When he's back with his friends though, he's back to his normal face.
- Benevolent Boss: Bad director certainly, and does bad things without realizing it, but this is the guy that called Rebecca and Tacoma his best friends within five minutes of knowing them.
- Blind Without 'Em: Trying to look cool while introducing himself doesn't really work.
- Bi the Way: Probably the only thing he doesn't have issues on, and he's even more comfortable with touchy-feeling guys than girls.
- Break the Haughty/Break the Cutie: By episode three, the constant failures of his movies has eroded away most of the arrogant facade we saw in the pilot. It only gets worse for him from there.
- Broken Tears: Cries realistically, accompanied with coughing and spluttering because that happens when you have when you have no water, a few times when he's been left in the woods to die.
- Bury Your Gays: The first Doug character to be handsy and all over guys with no winking, depravity or angst and he gets erased from existence with a Sudden Downer Ending? If you must.
- Cannot Talk to Women: He's definitely better with men than women, as he stumbles over his first few attempts at getting to know Rebecca, and a jerk snorts at him for being awkward with a blonde cosplayer.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Subverted. He lets Uncle Yo think he can't and is just throwing up from the just-six drinks he had, but really he's being sick from bad childhood memories.
- Character Development/Characterization Marches On: In the first episode, he still loved the team and wanted to make them happy, but was more manipulative, overbearing and would rather give off the impression that he was an egotistical leech than the truth. By Wreck It Ralph, his real moeblob personality came out.
- He also got over his Innocent Bigot issues and in the Skyfall parody, became the feminist he wanted to be in-pilot by having the original Disposable Woman (Severine) get the upper hand.
- Character Tic: He nearly always has something in his hands, whether it's checking his phone, actually holding a keyboard, fiddling with pocky, or just flicking around with his pen.
- Cosmic Plaything: Its intentional.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: While Tacoma throws up from Carl slaughtering the pig, he makes jokes about it, and his nonchalance about rape and rape scenes gets a frown from Rebecca, so the viewers are forced to assume he got used to both in Horrible Hollywood.
- Consummate Liar: He has a very good Freudian Excuse, but even at the end of Blue Patches he's keeping things to himself and twisting the truth.
- Control Freak: Unless Tacoma hits on a Close To Home issue like in Wreck-It Ralph, he messes up the writer's good ideas to further his own agenda. To his credit, he's probably not even aware he's doing it.
- Cowardly Lion: While he had a few breakdowns, he managed surprisingly well for a victim who spent more than three days in the woods with no food or water.
- Cuddle Bug: He's a touchy-feely one, especially with other guys.
- Declaration of Protection: Like Tacoma, with Rebecca, but more subtle. Look at his movies and the characters she plays; Catwoman is always kept out of danger and doesn't join the fight, Rachel Dawes comes back to life when she didn't originally, and Severine both survives and beats up James Bond for his sexism.
- Defiant to the End: While afraid, tearful and eventually Dying Alone, he still calls out Doug for making his life a Trauma Conga Line when he didn't have to and writing his death in such a hack way.
- Despair Event Horizon: " Well, my mother killed herself for one." He's visibly given up by this point, and if it hadn't been for the pills mistake, probably would have stayed at the house without fight.
- Desperately Craves Affection: He plays every Wreck-It Ralph character on his own despite it giving him a migraine, gives the best performance he can in the big speech, and finishes the script, all because he wanted to make Tacoma happy.
- Disappeared Dad: His dad left when he was little, leaving his mom to try and raise him on her own. Whether he came back after the suicide is unknown.
- Distressed Dude: Is separated from Karl at the end of the convention and gets kidnapped by the bad guys.
- And again at the end of episode four when he enters a house in the woods and almost immediately gets knocked out. In the following episode, we learn that he is being continuously pumped with narcotics in order to be kept hostage by a family obsessed with watching his terrible movies- and forcing him to watch alongside them whether he likes it or not. He does escape on his own, through simply taking advantage of their stupidity.
- The Ditz: He's the only who Buffy Speaks and doesn't understand Karl's sarcastic comments.
- Doomed Moral Victor: He gives a big rant about how unfair it is that his terrible life is just punishment for someone else and is nearly crying when he has to let his friends fade away. But he gets no sympathy from the creator and has to change back into Critic.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: The "Jingle Sells" scene in Blue Patches. Doug had never looked that dead inside before.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Because Doug had wanted him to exist since 2008, he was visible in the Suburban Knights extra footage (fedora hat while filming, Doug itching to get more Sex Sells and drama in his work, plus his terror at failing as a director) and the Scooby-Doo commentary where Doug foreshadowing his next character would be married.
- Establishing Character Moment: His opening spiel about what Demo Reel is. Shows off his adorkableness, his fragile ego, his pride in his friends, his innocence, and his femminess, but also a very visible loathing of Hollywood.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Flirts with girls? He strikes out. Makes sad eyes at another man? They're with him or do what he wants instantly.
- Expy: His acting career is primarily based off Jake Lloyd's (and Mara Wilson, to a lesser extent), only way more depressing.
- Extreme Doormat: He only raises his voice about twice, stands up for himself with no lying down to die right after just once, and keeps apologizing to people who really don't deserve it.
- Face Death with Dignity: The circumstances are humiliating and he desperately doesn't want to, but he walks to his death with ironically the most self-possession we've ever seen from him.
- Fake Nerd Boy: He parrots everything Uncle Yo taught him about anime and Pokemon to Ego Raptor, pretending it's his own so he'll be liked better.
- Fedora of Asskicking: Inverted. It's only when he's lost the fedora does he start to fight back against the people making his life more miserable than it already is.
- Fish out of Water: He's completely out of his element at both the con and in the forest. The first one he manages to deal with by hitting on Uncle Yo and Egoraptor so they'll take him under their wings, but the second goes wrong in all the understandable ways. After going through the Plot Hole, he's also terrified of the review room.
- Former Child Star: He's eventually revealed to be one. His career bombed after his mother killed herself while he was shooting a movie which caused him to give a bad performance.
- Guyliner: Wears it as the henchman in The Dark Knight Begins Rising with no complaint. He looks good.
- Hates Being Alone: After Uncle Yo unintentionally hurts him and then falls asleep, he first goes to Carl and tries to join in on the foursome, but gets rejected and goes straight back to the bar.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Proves he can be just as good a Sharp-Dressed Man as Bond in the Skyfall parody.
- He Is All Grown Up: The family think so, in the creepiest way possible, obsessing over bad he looks as an awkward child and groping him when he's an attractive adult.
- Heroic BSOD: He doesn't take well to the Skyfall parody being hated and his best friends telling him the truth about his movies being awful.
- House Husband: He tries to justify living off his wife's checks by going on a long spiel about how he's helping women's lib and “letting” her go to work instead.
- Happy Marriage Charade: Donnie was forced to sign a prenup which actually excludes him from any family gatherings, including from his side.
- Henpecked Husband: It's revealed in episode three that he's the one trying to make the relationship work, despite the money issue.
- I Am What I Am: After all he went through, the end of "Blue Patches" has him finally realize he can accept who he is, as both Donnie DuPre and Jimmy Boyd.
- I Just Want to Have Friends
- Innocent Bigot: Starts off this way, failing to paint himself as a feminist ally with the bullshit he's spewing about his wife, assuming Carl and Quinn are both Cajun and giving Rebecca and Tacoma vaguely sexist and racist roles, plus dubbing over the latter when he plays anyone but the servant in Batman, but after they call him out in Transformers, he grows up, apologizes and starts giving them cooler roles. He owns up a little to his marriage situation too.
- Innocently Insensitive: In the first episode, after he changes Tacoma's ending to expositioning what Alfred is seeing instead letting the viewers use their imagination, he's sincerely confused over why Tacoma's so angry.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: “Doing it for my sisters” might not be a phrase you want to use, Donnie. He has a lot in common with Ed Wood as a director (without the bitter sleaze of the later years), so that's probably why he enjoys wearing eyeliner and lipstick, and why the Pocky scene in “Lost In Translation” shows off a sweet manicure.
- In Vino Veritas: Like Rebecca, he lets too much slip when he's been drinking.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's pathetic, doesn't think things through, his need to be coddled frustrates the camera-men and doesn't give a good first impression, but he realizes his flaws and tries to work on them, really wants his marriage to be okay, will tell anyone who listens how proud he is of his team, has major self-worth issues and his hero seems to be his Missing Mom.
- Longing for Fictionland: He has a good cry in episode four over how you can do everything the exact opposite of a movie, and it can still fail in real life.
- Missing Mom: She's killed herself while he was filming a movie, and he misses her terribly.
- Momma's Boy: Tragically so.
- Morality Pet: Like Rebecca for Quinn, he becomes one for Karl, albeit with a lot more Unresolved Sexual Tension.
- The Movie Buff: Proves his worth by telling Uncle Yo what really happened in four movies with open endings.
- Mr. Fanservice: "I've always dreamed that someone would do a Slash Fic of me" just about sums it up.
- Mysterious Past: According to what Tacoma has uncovered, Donnie Dupre doesn't exist. Donnie mentioned that his mother was an actor, but refuses to elaborate and changes the subject when someone probes further. It's eventually revealed that Donnie is former child actor Jimmy Boyd, who starred in such films as Galaxy Battle, and who lost his mother while filming Jingle Sells with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Nice Hat: Although it gets dumped in an anvilly shot when Critic takes over.
- Non-Action Guy: The others know it (Karl not even attempting to get him to fight the turkey) and so does he ("I know I'm out of my element" in the forest). The only actiony thing he does onscreen is punch out Collins.
- No Sense of Personal Space: This picspam◊ doesn't even show half the examples.
- Older Than They Look: He's 42, but Uncle Yo seems to figure him for mid twenties by the "mid-midlife crisis" comment, and as said above, Doug made no attempt to age himself in the slightest.
- Only Friends: Tacoma and Rebecca. He doesn't even think his wife would miss him when he's dead.
- Oral Fixation: So be grateful to Pocky for at least one thing.
- Papa Wolf: He's disgusted with the yandere father for thinking it's acceptable to blame his daughter for everything.
- Pretty Boy: Doug's attractiveness was exploited to full potential with this show, with crotch shots everywhere and Donnie taking advantage of people thinking he's hot.
- Proud Beauty: He's all too happy to use his mouth and hands and pretty blue eyes and No Sense of Personal Space to get people doing what he wants, even when it does lead to So Beautiful, It's a Curse.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: He's the first Doug character smart enough to use them to his advantage◊.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: In his commentary, Doug said that he and Rob were so pissed off by fans demanding Critic's return, that they made Donnie that character just to passive-aggressively screw their own work over.
- Raised Catholic: Very likely, as he's prayed twice, calls rain "God's tears" and it tends to be a thing with Doug's characters (as he was raised that way, but is now agnostic).
- Really Gets Around: To the point where Yo immediately assumes his "crusade against Hollywood" issue comes from an abusive ex he surely had out there.
- Sanity Slippage: In Demo Reel Annoys Rob Paulsen.
Donnie: Where'd you go? WHERE'D YOU GO?!! WHERE ARE YOU?!! *Pants* I swear Rob Paulsen; I will find you. Yes! You can't run from me! *Whispers* I can smell your talent. I swear Rob Paulsen, where ever you go, where ever you are, I WILL LOCATE Y-oh, there you are.
- More seriously, both Tacoma and Uncle Yo get concerned about his repeated phrasing of "they had it coming" in episode three, mostly because he never says who "they" are.
- Again in part four when he's lost in the woods.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: is the feminine, naive, needs-to-be-protected guy to the down-to-earth Tacoma and the military-like Carl and Quinn.
- Small Name, Big Ego: In the first episode. The trait dies pretty quickly.
- So Proud of You: After messing up in episode one, he gives Tacoma exactly what he wants by hugging him and promising he'll be avenged right after the latter admits to being a "Well Done, Son!" Guy.
- Stalker with a Crush/Stalker Without a Crush: He may not have had sexual intentions in mind for Rob Paulsen, but it came off like he did when he suffered a bit of Sanity Slippage.
- Stereotype Flip: Due to his fedora. Due to reddit and tumblr, the perception of men who wear them is that they're nasty MRAs who only care about getting laid and wanting women back in the kitchen. Donnie on the other hand wanted to be feminist and eventually managed it, and was Doug's sweetest and most happily slutty character.
- Stupid Sacrifice: He was "created" so Critic would become (again, some more) nicer and wiser, except Critic seems to have gone back to his early nasty characterization and wanted to die again by Son Of The Mask, so that was pointless too.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: He flirts with every single person he can and most of the time has to reminded that he's taken, but he still comes off as the victim because of the phone call and pre-nup agreement.
- Unkempt Beauty: Episodes four and five have him steadily getting his clothes more rumpled and acquiring more dirt and stubble on his face.
- Vanity Is Feminine: Wears eyeliner for the movies, plus a few wigs to cover his bad hairline, lipstick for the hell of it, and you can see in the pocky Lost in Translation scene that he's had a manicure.
- They're Called Personal Issues For A Reason: He would rather have everyone believe he just leeches off his wife's income, but the worse his angst becomes and the more they pry into his life, he's forced to admit the nastier details of his life.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Gives a particularly tearful one when Uncle Yo asks if it was his mother that told him to stay away from Hollywood.
- He also has one when he wakes up after going through the Plot Hole. With what he's been through and what's to come, again it's hard to blame him.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: He's shat upon even in death, but he was the only Doug character who made it out of "The Review Must Go On" with a hint of dignity still in-tact. Meanwhile Critic and Doug himself aren't doing too hot.
- Tragic Dream: He's wanted to remake movies better ever since he was a kid. You can guess how that's turning out.
- Tragic Hero: One of the worst. Every slightest ray of hope he can find just gets taken away from him, and he doesn't even get the happy ending he deserved.
- Tranquil Fury: After the Creator feeds him the "explanation" of why he had to have such a terrible life, he's openly and justifiably seething.
- Twitchy Eye: There's a noticeable jolt in his face when he vaguely mentions the family ("like a certain group of people that I came across") to his friends.
- Weight Woe: The rare "too skinny" version. He knows full well what manipulatively pretty qualities he has, but thinks he looks like a shaved cat when shirtless.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The only reason he acted in the first place was to follow in mom's footsteps, and when he's starving in the woods he bashes himself unnecessarily for not being able to have to the hope she once had.
- What Beautiful Eyes: Like Tacoma's eyes, the camera had a ridiculous amount of close-ups of Doug's gorgeous greens per episode.
- White Male Lead: Deconstructed. He has a ton of issues and is truly a good guy, but it's still made clear in The Dark Knight Begins Rising and Transformers that his white maleness gives him an advantage over the black guy and the woman, and he apologizes to both for giving them racist and sexist roles in his early movies all because he wanted to pander to the internet demographic.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He holds out hope for things much longer than he should, and takes it hard when they don't work out.
- Workaholic: It's heavily implied that he throws himself into his work because it distracts from the pain of whatever's going on. When that can't happen, he breaks.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Riding on a high after making up with your bromance buddy? Sorry, you've just got yourself captured.
Played by Rachel Tietz
A Genius Ditz
actress who originally made one girl shows of works like Hamlet
before becoming an actress for Demo Reel
. Works part-time next door as a security guard for Fabrizio.
Played by Malcolm Ray
A Nice Guy
writer who at first feels ashamed of the company and people he's working with, but then grows to consider them a much better family than his own.
- Abusive Parents: His dad was a criminal and he was the only one that had a problem with this, so the other family members hate him now.
- Always Save the Girl: Even when she's not the one who needs protecting.
- Angry Black Man: The show portrays his bitterness at white privilege as completely okay, and even when Donnie and Rebecca are in early stages of jerkiness, they accept that their race is pretty crappy and his hate is justified.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Is really cynical about the outside world and where their show will end up, but willingly acts as Rebecca's confidant and Donnie's Living Emotional Crutch.
- The Atoner: Transformers revealed that he was trying to apologize to his brothers, but they keep ignoring him.
- Being Good Sucks: Being good got him ex-communicated from his family.
- Beleaguered Assistant: He does his best to write good scripts and is clearly less than thrilled with Donnie's creative edits.
- Beware the Honest Ones: He notes how the truth always seems to get him in trouble.
- Black and Nerdy: He compares the car behind him in "Lost In Translation" to one of the boogos from Super Mario Bros..
- By The Book Journalist: When he discovers that Donnie's been missing for three days, he puts his foot down and decides that they're going to analyze the computer footage to find out what's going on.
- Celeb Crush: Judy Dench. Just listen to the rapture in his voice when he says her name.
- Character Development: He goes from condescending, passive-aggressive and just wanting to use Demo Reel as a way to break into the industry, to more open and respectful, enjoying himself with friends and wouldn't even think of giving the place up.
- The Charmer: Surprise surprise, his "sensitive ways" is the trait Donnie likes most about him.
- The Chick: If he wasn't around, Donnie and Rebecca probably wouldn't resemble functional, sane-ish human beings.
- Condescending Compassion: Starts out like this, as he's too nice to say anything but mostly thinks himself above Donnie and Rebecca while just wanting to use the experience to get into the industry, but grows to deeply care for them both and defend his job from SWAG.
- Disappeared Dad: He's in jail. The kicker? Tacoma put him there.
- Dragged into Drag: to an extent, Rebecca makes him play Fabrizio's "lovely assistant" to make up for a line he said that upset her.
- The Dulcinea Effect: He doesn't seem to understand that Rebecca is perfectly able to look after herself. Admittedly this flaw only starts when he hears about her Creepy Uncle.
- Establishing Character Moment: Talking with Rebecca over the white-face make-up. He trusts her more than anyone even though he doesn't totally like her yet, he's kind but has anger building, cynically knows what the racist internet will say to him, and he can be shy and insecure whenever he wants, found out later to be the result of his family abuse.
- Even the Guys Want Him: There is of course Donnie, and from the butter-melting way he plays the role, he pretty obviously has a thing for Billy Dee Williams.
- Extreme Doormat: With his family, because of guilt over what he did to his dad. He puts up with his mom's emotional abuse, and sends apology letters to his brothers that don't get read.
- Granola Boy: He's very aware of being the only black guy in a sea of pale people, so is a little more concerned about political correctness than they are.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Wears the Harvey Dent and Silva suits rather well.
- Identical Stranger: He bears striking resemblance to Dule Hill.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Manlier than Donnie, but still pleased to hear that his ass doesn't look big in a dress.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Until they argue in episode three, Donnie always gets really upset when he's annoyed or sick.
- Lovable Coward: He sells out Karl in an instant when the turkey descends upon them. In his defense though, he was ill, the turkey was not normal and it was Karl's fault. And that's after he tries to hold the door shut in vain to keep it out.
- Meaningful Name: Tacoma Narrows is a bridge in Washington. And without the character's relative strength, Donnie and Rebecca would have killed each other.
- Nice Guy: Though not without his limits on the amount of patience he has.
- Not So Above It All: Donnie and Rebecca are usually the ones who hurt people by being Innocently Insensitive, but he suffers an epic foot in mouth problem by telling Rebecca her career's not going anywhere when she's already miserable.
- He disapproves of all the booze at first, but he has great fun betting on the Drinking Game between Fabrizio and Rebecca.
- As smart as he is on other cultures, he assumes Scarletti (really "a stunad who couldn't keep his mouth shut") is a kind of pork.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: A variation. In The Dark Knight Begins Rising, he is cast as Alfred, and dons a British accent throughout the whole thing, but when DuPre (as Bruce Wayne) tries on various costumes, he pronounces Mario's name the same way an American would, not a Europeannote . Then, when DuPre tries his next costume, Narrows makes the same mistakenote .
- Papa Wolf: After learning what happened, he stews in anger and upset over what happened to Donnie as a kid, and has to be convinced by Rebecca to actually help the guy now.
- Pretty Boy: Rebecca certainly thinks he looks hot in a princess dress (he's also quite pleased about this), and he's in a tight, arm-complimenting, black t-shirt before she makes him wear it.
- Rage Breaking Point: At the end of the Dark Knight episode finally snaps after he gets his desired ending of the audience not seeing Bruce and Selina together but with Donnie Comically Missing the Point and having Alfred exposit their presence there anyway.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: When the turkey attacks, it even gets into the set.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He pulls out of acting in the Wreck-It Ralph remake because he needs to help Karl with the turkey problem. Still finishes the big speech for Donnie though.
- The Smart Guy: While Donnie would rather go mainstream by doing parodies of Batman and other current movies, he wanted to do Wuthering Heights so he could do something psychological.
- Straight Man: Which might be why he has less tropes than Donnie or Rebecca.
- Two-Faced: According to Malcolm, Tacoma is still around after TRMGO. And that's unfortunate for him, because half of his face has been burned off.
- The Unfavorite: He brought down his own father's Ponzi scheme, which the rest of the family has never forgiven him for.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- What Beautiful Eyes: The camera was fond of shots that would capture how long his eyelashes were.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: For the Mission: Impossible parody, he's Oprah. And like the Belle dress, he doesn't seem all that regretful about it.
- Wise Beyond His Years: Won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism when he was fresh out of college.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Donnie makes him think that they'll do the Batman ending exactly his way. Unfortunately he only specified that they don't see what Alfred sees...
Played by Rob Walker
The cameraman of Demo Reel
who may or may not have worked for the East German secret police and is definitely not a mercenary.
- Allergic To Cute: Donnie gets punched hard when he pushes a teddy bear into Karl's face.
- Alliterative Name
- Armored Closet Bisexual: He holds Quinn's hand when he's sick but doesn't even want to admit that he's a friend, and it's lampshaded like mad that he thinks Donnie is a Pretty Boy, but he literally locks the door on the director because he's trying to prove his straightness.
- The Atoner: Revealed when about to die by turkey:
Carl: But I will go down with my shipmates, a lifetime of killing all creatures, great and small finally atoned for.
Karl: Where are you going, my friend? The ass-kicking is right here.
- Big Brother Instinct: Eventually develops it for Donnie after the kidnapping. Fitting, considering the real-life protectiveness Rob had for Doug.
- Brutal Honesty: While Tacoma and Rebecca try and break Donnie's non-talent at movies gently to him, he and Quinn give it to him straight and nasty.
- Cigar Chomper: He chooses a manly-looking cigar for his One Last Smoke when he thinks he's about to die.
- The Comically Serious
- Crossover: Appeared in Brad Jones Demo Reel.
- Cruella to Animals: Willing to launch a turkey out of a catapult to make it fly. With a camera strapped to the bird's head.
- Companion Cube: Cammy the Camera
- Covert Pervert: In "Lost In Translation", he focuses the camera on a miserable Donnie's ass and gets distracted by a con-girl's cleavage a couple of minutes after. Donnie also discovers him having a foursome later.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defrosting Ice King: Is part of the family by the season one finale, and sits right next to Donnie instead of going somewhere else with Quinn like before.
- Determinator: Annoying as he might find the director, he stops at nothing in trying to find Donnie when he's missing.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He switches the usually-ever-present camera off when he enters the "sad stage" of vampire bird flu.
- Everything Sounds Sexier In German: Female audiences lighting up at Rob's German accent was lampshaded in-universe at episode three, where it enabled him to have group-sex with three cosplayers.
- Exact Words: He often speaks wistfully of "before ze vall fell". The unaired Transformers episode reveals he doesn't mean the Berlin Wall being torn down and the political implications, but the actual wall that collapsed and killed his entire family.
- Face Death with Dignity: When it looks like he'll be killed by an evil turkey.
- A Father to His Men: In a seriously Tough Love way. Respects Rebecca enough to call her their only hope against an evil turkey, gets pissed when Tacoma sells him out, and even though he thinks Donnie is pathetically frustrating, he practically tears down the woods trying to look for him after the kidnapping.
- Funny Foreigner
- Germanic Depressive: He loves Thanksgiving because "getting together and everyone being miserable" is one of the Proper German Values.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Hates Being Touched: A camera tries to go in for a close-up of him, but a Death Glare makes it go as far back as possible.
- Heartbroken Badass: Who the hell knows what's going on, but his post-TRMGO appearances have him even more miserable than he was in the show, as you would be too if your Replacement Goldfish family had all died.
- Hypocrite: He's disgusted by the con-goers who look like freaks, but is more than happy to sleep with a few of the hot ones.
- Meaningful Name: The name Karl literally means “manly”, and he's the manliest of the cast, with Quinn (despite the beard and muscles) being more boyish and explosive.
- Mysterious Past: At one point, he apparently worked for a lady named Stacy. Or maybe it was Stasi.
- Nice Hat: Always has a sailor's cap on.
- Not So Stoic: When he finds Donnie's hat in the woods, he is genuinely worried and scared.
- Only Sane Man: He is a little too... off to qualify, but he still sees through Donnie and Rebecca's idiocy.
- Perpetual Frowner: Making the moments where he's happy with someone all the sweeter.
- Properly Paranoid: At some point before The Blair Witch Hangover, he fitted Donnie's phone with a tracking device because he knew the director would get himself into trouble.
- Rated M for Manly
- Really Gets Around: At one anime con, he had a sexy Pikachu and two Princess Leia slave girls in his hotel room.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's not proud of that lifetime of killing living creatures.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: For whatever reason he doesn't show up in the teaser advertising the show.
- Stoic Spectacles
- Sugar and Ice Personality: He starts out fondly calling Quinn a a good friend before remembering his reputation and saying he just meant that he's a good camera-man. Does the same with Donnie in the season one finale, where he act like his protectiveness of him was just because of a paycheck.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial
- Those Two Guys: With Quinn.
- Tragic Keepsake: His family either died or went missing when the wall fell, but he still wears his wedding ring.
- Tranquil Fury: When looking for Donnie. That's until he finds his hat, and is actually shaking when he tells the camera the "director's down".
- Violence Is the Only Option: In his words, "there's nothing that can't be solved by shooting at it".
- Undying Loyalty: "A good German never leaves a comrade behind."
- Yank the Dog's Chain: He loses his original family when the wall falls, creates a Replacement Goldfish family with Donnie and the others, loses them through no fault of anyone in-universe, and to make it worse, he seems to be the only one left truly alive. As one might expect, he's not happy.
Played by Jim Jarosz
The Irish makeup artist of Demo Reel
who is also definitely not a mercenary, nor was he a member of the IRA.
- The Alcoholic: As per the stereotype.
- Badass Beard: Compared to Donnie's thin goatee and the other men's clean-shaveness, his is massive and awesome.
- Blood Knight: His military background is "un-fucking-defeated".
- Everyone Has Standards: Even he's surprised when they hear a noise and Rebecca instantly grabs the gun in his hand before going off to check it out.
- Carpet of Virility: Not afraid to show off his hairy underarms.
- Crazy-Prepared: He always has booze and weapons on hand in case there's an attack.
- Fighting Irish: It gets him in trouble in episode two.
- Flat Character: Especially in comparison to Karl, Rebecca, Donnie and Tacoma. He's just there to be an Irish stereotype, even in his good moments.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Hidden Depths: Who knew he could cook?
- Hidden Heart of Gold: When Karl leaves for the con with Donnie, he starts showing a lot of protectiveness towards Rebecca and even some towards Tacoma.
- Hunk: We get tickets to the gun show in episode four, as he's dressed in a flimsy wife beater and not much else.
- Knife Nut
- Leeroy Jenkins: Charges headlong into danger whenever someone he cares about is in trouble, even when they're telling him not to.
- Manly Tears: Even he's tearing up at the “Blue Patches” sequel.
- Mr. Fanservice: Donnie may have been the Homoerotic Subtext pony, but he was still the main character. Quinn spends most of time standing around in a wife-beater and making snarky comments.
- Nice Hat
- Obsessed with Food: When Tacoma gets pelted with Swedish pancakes as part of a SWAG warning, his first thought is to cook up some bacon to make it a complete breakfast.
- Only One Name: Even the credits to the The Sixth Sense parody credit him as "Quinn ???????"
- Odd Friendship: Develops one with Rebecca over their mutual love of guns and similar jobs.
- Pet the Dog: He finds Donnie intensely irritating, but when the director thinks he's going crazy, still gives him a grandmother-approved alcohol/milk that always calmed her down.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The passionate red to Karl's stoic blue.
- Reckless Sidekick: Serves as the younger, slightly dumber assistant to Karl, but takes charge more whenever he leaves.
- Shipper on Deck: For Rebecca/Tacoma. When Tacoma upsets her and she storms off, he tells him "this is the part where you go after her and fight".
- Suspiciously Specific Denial
- Those Two Guys: With Karl.
- Torture Technician
Quinn: (holding a knife) Lemme get that make-up off.
DuPre: No, Quinn, not again.
- Undying Loyalty: When Karl gets shit on by the turkey. "Nobody puts their arse on my friend. I'm gonna go after her!"
- Western Terrorists: He would be one if he were a former IRA member, which he's totally not.
Donnie DuPre's as-yet-unnamed wife, off of whose paychecks Donnie makes his living. They have a strained relationship and rarely see each other since she's off on business trips most of the time.
Tom Collins, the Head of SWAG
Played by Steven Harper
The director of the Swede Actor's Guild (SWAG), a group of filmmakers dedicated to remaking movies in the style of Be Kind Rewind
. He insists that the makers of Demo Reel
join their organization... or else.
- Big Bad
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He does genuinely treat the members of his guild like a family, and people leaving him out of disgust for what he did to Donnie is the breaking point that leads him to outright stalking Rebecca and Tacoma.
- The Faceless: He appears only in white silhouette against a black background until the final episode.
- Humiliation Conga: Suffers well deserved beatings from almost all of Team Demo Reel for destroying a video tribute to Donnie's late mother
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He likes Christmas parties and gets upset when his minions call him out on anything, but he's all about inflicting slow and painful punishment instead of going in for a quick kill.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Calling Tacoma a “girly little bitch” after Rebecca just gave him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown doesn't win him any points.
- Psycho Ex Boyfriend: Really acts like one to Donnie; wanting to destroy him for no reason that even Tacoma or Rebecca can see, getting turned on by setting that destroying plan into motion, leaving stalkerish phone messages on his machine, and screaming that he won't be getting ignored.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Demo Reel treading on his territory and being sucky in the process is the only reason why he wants Donnie destroyed and the others scared.
- Straw Misogynist: This being a show where most swears are bleeped out, his uncensored calling Rebecca a “girly bitch” was the final nail in the coffin at proving what a douche he was.
- Vocal Dissonance: He has a Malachite-like voice, but not the body to go with it.
The tenant of Demo Reel's warehouse and Rebecca's employer. Probably a mobster.
- Affably Evil: Assuming he really is a mafioso, he's still genuinely friendly to his neighbors.
- The Mafia
- Only Sane Man: Compared to his somewhat violent comrades (that we've never seen), he seems relatively friendly.
- The Secret of Long Pork Pies: It remains unknown what exactly is in his meatballs...
- Stage Magician: Likes to perform magic tricks while he's drunk.
- Straw Misogynist: While nicer than the other mafia members, still calls Rebecca a bimbo right to her face, is only there in the actress speech to complain about Kathy Bates being Hollywood Homely, and contrasts Quinn's anger over Tacoma hurting Rebecca by not giving a damn.
Fanatic Fan Family
Played by Jason Laws, Jori Laws and Briana Laws
The family that kidnap Donnie and hold him hostage while forcing him to watch the bad films he did as a child
- Abusive Parents: When they're backed into the corner, the father tells the daughter to say she's sorry and gives a smug smile like that'll fix everything. Donnie calls him out on it.
- Bait the Dog: They start out kinda creepy but helpful, and there's signs of just not being mentally well, but when the drugging reveal comes, you're left with "no, they really are terrible people".
- Creepy Child: The daughter, Liz, has no problem with terrifying Donnie just because she wants to see him scared. She's also in on the medical relaxant plan and even reminds her parents that they haven't drugged him recently.
- Dirty Cowards: When they see Donnie free and righteously pissed, they instantly back into a corner and try a "Just Joking" Justification.
- Henpecked Husband: While she's just as bad, Jill whacks Adam twice for his Never My Fault behavior and he instantly apologizes just to please her.
- Ignored Epiphany: Any effect Donnie's ending rant might have had on them goes away in seconds, as Liz just squees over the camera, Jill looks insulted and Adam looks confused.
- "Just Joking" Justification: After all their bullshit, they expect Donnie to forgive them with "we were just having some fun" and "we didn't mean it".
- Lack of Empathy: Their response to Donnie's "World of Cardboard" Speech about he views himself as a complete failure is to tease him for "almost" getting an emotional response from them.
- Loony Fan: A whole family of them!
- No Sense of Personal Space: Towards Donnie. They even watch him while he's sleeping and their closeness scares him when he wakes up. That they've made him helpless from muscle relaxants adds an extra dosage of creepy.
- While the camera cuts away before Donnie falls on the floor, at one point Adam deliberately makes Jill push him off the bed so they can "help" get him up again.
- Pet the Dog: It's not enough to set him free, but Jill lets out a sob after they've laughed at Donnie telling them what happened to his mom.
- Precocious Crush: Liz appears to have a squicky one for Donnie, as she gets right in his face while watching him sleep (when he wakes up she jumps back), holds his hand while they're watching "Galaxy Battle" and takes great delight at seeing him in pain.
- Psychopathic Manchildren: The parents sleep on SpongeBob SquarePants bedsheets.
- Shout-Out: To Annie Wilkes, the villain of Misery.
- The Sociopath: All of them, but Liz really seemed to find Donnie nearly freezing to death, realizing that he's not going to get saved in time, or giving up and looking for a place to die fantastically hilarious.
- Sugary Malice: They seem to be of the mind that you can say or do any cruel thing you want if you hide it under a stepford sweet voice.
- Villain Ball: The medicine that Donnie was kept being sedated by needs constant doses otherwise.
- Ungrateful Bastard: They keep Donnie in their home under the explanation that they are trying to treat him from injuries he sustained the night before, and show their fandom toward him. They are actually giving him muscle relaxants. They rewatch his old movies not because they mistake them for being good, but so they can laugh at how bad an actor he was. When Donnie explains that the reason he gave a bad performance was because he just got word that his mother killed herself while he was shooting that scene and sarcastically apologizes to them, the family just thinks he's acting again! No wonder Donnie held a knife at all three the minute he got wise!