Jerkass Woobie: He may be a rude, self-centered elitist who abuses his employees both verbally and physically... but the people he's forced to deal with are so stupid, obnoxious, and demanding that it's impossible not to feel at least a little sorry for him. Especially when he makes a huge effort for his and Sybil's anniversary and she still thinks he's screwed up.
Lean and Mean: His wife calls him an "an ageing, brilliantined stick insect".
Motor Mouth: Has a tendency for fast-paced rants when he's upset.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Both "The Germans" and "The Builders" imply that Manuel's English isn't actually quite as bad as he lets on, and that he pretends to speak barely any English so that Basil won't expect too much from him.