Characters: Father Ted

Father Ted Crilly

Played by Dermot Morgan

Father Dougal Maguire

Played by Ardal O'Hanlon

Father Jack Hackett

Played by Frank Kelly

  • The Alcoholic: Only appears to be sober once every twelve years or so. Whenever he does run out of booze, he'll drink whatever else he can find, including Toilet Duck and floor polish.
  • Ambiguously Bi: A skirt-chasing horndog who in one episode climbs naked into bed with Bishop Brennan (albeit while sleepwalking), later wakes up, smiles at Brennan and then goes back to sleep still in the bed with him.
  • Badass Grandpa: Played for laughs. He's capable of punching Ted so hard that he's blown out a window.
  • Berserk Button: Do not even try to take his precious drink away from him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is not a smart man in general, but he is incredibly knowlegable when it comes to alcohol. He can recognize brand and VINTAGE just by clinking bottles.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Being both senile and perpetually drunk, this is to be expected. "The Plague" gives us this gem while in "Hell" Jack gives us this.
  • Dirty Old Man
  • Einstein Hair
  • Ephebophile: If his dreams about taking the girls in the convent school for volleyball practice are any indication.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Will literally drink almost anything, including Toilet Duck and floor polish. The only liquids he won't drink are tea and water.
  • Friend to All Living Things: But only for a short period during leap years.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: "DON'T TELL ME I'M STILL ON THAT FECKIN' ISLAND!"
  • Gonk
  • Grumpy Bear
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hulk Speak: Almost never speaks in sentences consisting of more than one word.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Large Ham
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Not Quite Dead: After drinking floor polish, he only appears to be dead temporarily.
  • The Pig Pen: Not only is his personal hygiene suspect, but it spreads to the chair he sits on and the wall behind him. In fact, he gets hairy hands because Dougal fails to disinfect his chair.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot
  • Super Senses: Zig Zagged. Sometimes he's deaf, other times, he can identify alcohol by the sound of clinking bottles alone.
  • Super Window Jump: Tends to do this a lot. Gets lampshaded in the Christmas special, where Ted has had plexiglass installed to stop him doing this.

Mrs. Joan Doyle

Played by Pauline McLynn

Bishop Len Brennan

Played by Jim Norton

  • Badass Cape: Not even Vader's cape can billow like Brennan's.
  • Badass Grandpa: Is easily able to rip doors off their hinges or shatter them with his bare hands, and is capable of kicking Ted 20 feet in the air.
  • Bad Boss: Doesn't exactly hold Ted, Dougal or Jack in high regard.
    Brennan: And Crilly? If you ever try to bullshit me like that again, I will rip off your arms.
    • Though on occasions when Ted seems to injure himself, he often shows sincere concern.
  • The Dreaded: Especially against Ted. Ted even takes advantage of this and is almost successful when he "kicks his arse" because he is supposedly too afraid to actually do it.
  • Dirty Old Bishop: Has a secret son in America and has been carrying on affairs in secret
  • Do Not Call Me Len: "You will address me by my proper title, you little bollocks!"
  • Jerk Ass
  • Kavorka Man
  • Large Ham
  • The Rival: Word of God says he's this to Jack, rising to the position of Bishop where Jack failed.

Father Dick Byrne

Played by Maurice O'Donoghue

Father Noel Furlong

Played by Graham Norton

Father Larry Duff

Played by Tony Guilfoyle

Father Paul Stone

Played by Michael Redmond

Father Fintan Stack

Played by Brendan Grace

Father Todd Unctious

Played by Gerard Mc Sorley

  • Bald of Evil
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Parodied. He actually is a priest, but steals another priest's clothing for no real reason.
    Father Todd Unctious: It just seemed to be the way things were going.


Played by Pat Shortt

Pat Mustard

Played by Pat Laffan

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