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Characters: Hot Fuzz

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Sanford Police

    Nicholas 

Sgt. Nicholas Angel

Played By: Simon Pegg

A dedicated but humorless member of the Metropolitan Police Service sent to the small village of Sandford for making his colleagues look bad by comparison.

Tropes

  • The Ace: Deconstructed. He's so effective that he's sent to Sandford, and eventually learns not to take himself quite so seriously.
  • Action Hero: Complete with flying through the air firing his gun.
  • Awesome McCool Name: The best part is, it isn't even a fake name. He's named for a real life Nick Angel who worked with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg in the past.
  • The Comically Serious: He's generally rather uptight, stoic and even-toned. This makes his more deadpan comments and lapses in his demeanour all the more funny.
  • Cool Horse: Ends up on one during the finale.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Danny takes it upon himself to teach him how to 'switch off'.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Part of what makes him a good police officer is his desire for a peaceful resolution wherever possible. Doesn't mean he won't break out a shotgun and kick some ass when he needs to.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Most of the villagers believe he is neurotic and insanely obsessed with the murders. Of course, it's just an act: they're all in on the murders to begin with!
  • Impaled Palm: He was stabbed through the hand by Santa Claus...a Santa Claus played by Peter Jackson.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He's not only an excellent shot with a gun, but throws a can across the field and hits a running thief.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: From the beginning, Angel is a very cold, emotionless and stoical man who takes his work very seriously. When he meets Danny, he loosens up a bit and learns how to have fun.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He holds the Met record for the hundred yard dash, and is also an excellent fencer. Both of these come into play.
  • Married to the Job: His main flaw. The crux of his Character Development is learning how to "turn off" and have fun.
  • No Sense of Humor: Angel is pretty cold, and doesn't exactly go along with Sandford's deeply middleclass sense of bad sitcom humour.
  • Only Sane Man: In Sandford. Everyone else is in denial, stupid or in on the conspiracy.
  • Straight Man: To Danny in particular, but also to the entire village of Sandford.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: How he feels in Sandford. His colleagues aren't total idiots, though, they've just been mildly brainwashed into complacency by Frank.
    Angel: I chased a suspect from the scene! Innocent people don't run!
    Fisher: Maybe it was our old friend the Cactus Thief?
    Thatcher: Oh yeah, he was a prickly customer, weren't he?
(Everyone Laughs)
Angel: AM I GOING COMPLETELY MAD?!

    Danny 

PC Daniel 'Danny' Butterman

Played By: Nick Frost

"Is it true that there is a place in a man's head that, if you shoot it, it will blow up?"

The son of Inspector Frank Butterman, and Nicholas Angel's new partner in Sandford.

Tropes

  • Action Hero: Well, he wants to be one because he wants to be like the characters from cop movies. His dream is realized in the finale.

    Frank 

Insp. Frank Butterman

Played By: Jim Broadbent

Sandford's jovial Chief Inspector and Danny's father.

Tropes

  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Skinner.
  • Cool Old Guy: He might seem like a nebbishly, lovable old grandpa but he reveals himself to be a highly competent policeman who earned his top-ranking position.
  • A Father to His Men: Until they turn on him.
  • Love Makes You Evil: After his wife Irene commits suicide, Frank loses it and starts the conspiracy that drives the plot, all out of love for Irene.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A minor one when the Sandford police turn on him.
    "You're... You're not seriously going to believe this man, are you!? ARE YOU!? HE ISN'T EVEN FROM 'ROUND 'ERE!! YOU INCOMPETENT FLATFOOTS!!"

    The Andies 

DC Andy Cartwright & DS Andy Wainwright

Played By: Rafe Spall & Paddy Considine

An inseperable pair of Sanford policemen who take an instant dislike to Angel.

Tropes

    Tony 

Sgt. Tony Fisher

Played By: Kevin Eldon

A police officer in the Sandford Police Service. He is first met when PC Nicholas Angel arrives in Sandford and is touring the Sandford Police Station. Throughout most of his appearances, he asks Nicholas for advice on what should be done.

Tropes

  • Jerkass: Especially to Angel, who he takes an instant dislike to. Fisher fears that Angel will take his job, possibly because he's aware of how incompetent he truly is.
  • The Strategist: Reveals a talent for strategy in the finale.
  • What He Said: He 'asks' Angel what he 'reckons' and then acts like he's agreeing instead of stealing.

    Doris 

PC Doris Thatcher

Played By: Olivia Colman

The only female police officer in the Sandford Police Service. She is first met when PC Nicholas Angel arrives in Sandford and is touring the Sandford Police Station. Throughout all of her appearences, she says many sexual innuendos.

Tropes

    Walker 

PC Bob Walker

Played By: Karl Johnson

The oldest police officer in the Sandford Police Service. He is first met when Nicholas Angel arrives in Sandford and is touring the Sandford Police Station. Throughout all of his appearances, he speaks in an inaudible mumbling sound and always has his dog, Saxon, with him.

Tropes

    Turner 

Sgt. Turner

Played By: Bill Bailey

    Saxon 

Saxon

Played By: Sampson

A dog in the Sandford Police Service. He is first met when Nicholas Angel arrives in Sandford and is touring the Sandford Police Station. He is constantly with PC Bob Walker, and is always ordered to patrol areas.

Tropes

Neighborhood Watch Alliance

    Simon Skinner 

Simon Skinner

Played By: Timothy Dalton

"I'm Simon Skinner, and I run the local Supermarché. Stop in and see me some time. My discounts are criminal! Catch me later!"

The manager of Sandford's supermarket, Somerfield. He is a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance and has won several trophies for fun-running events.

Tropes

  • Affably Evil: He's a fun-running champion and enjoys a cordial relationship with his staff and customers.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Angel. Frank is the Bigger Bad, but Skinner is a much more personal enemy to Angel.
  • Badass: He goes toe-to-toe with the much younger, combat-trained Angel and nearly beats him.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the N.W.A.
  • Blood Knight: He's very excited to fight Angel and the police for-...service. Until he starts losing.
    Skinner: My, my. Here come the Fuzz.

    Prof. Tom Weaver 

Prof. Tom Weaver

Played By: Edward Woodward

A professor and a citizen of Sandford. He was first met when Nicholas Angel is touring the Sandford Police Station. Tom was the Civilian Liaison for the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance.

Tropes

  • Casting Gag: Back in 1973 Woodward starred in The Wicker Man where a young no-noncence cop showed up in the quiet village and started to root out an dark mystery.
  • Dragon Their Feet: He turns up after the N.W.A. have all been arrested, and subsequently he's the only member to be killed.
  • Karma Houdini: An odd variety, in that Weaver is the only villain who is actually killed off at the end. However, by dying, he avoids having to face justice for his crimes, which is a fate all his peers must face.
  • Oh Crap: After being pinned down by an active sea mine, his last words are, 'Oh God, no.'

    Joyce Cooper 

Joyce Cooper

Played By: Billie Whitelaw

The wife of Bernard Cooper and together they run the hotel. She is the first Sandford citizen that Nicholas Angel meets.

Tropes

  • BFG: She wields one in the climax. It makes her beehive hairdo wobble.

    Bernard Cooper 

Major Bernard Cooper

Played By: Eric Mason

    Dr. Hatcher 

Dr. Robin Hatcher

Played By: Stuart Wilson

Sandford's resident doctor. He is first met at the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance meeting.

Tropes

    Rev. Shooter 

Rev. Philip Shooter

Played By: Paul Freeman

The cleric of Sandford, and a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance.

Tropes

    Lurch 

Michael 'Lurch' Armstrong

Played By: Rory Mc Cann

The very unintelligent henchman of Simon Skinner who works at Somerfield.

Tropes

Sanford Citizens

    Leslie Tiller 

Leslie Tiller

Played By: Anne Reid

Sandford's resident gardener and a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance . Her gardening skills helped put Sandford on the map.

Tropes

    Tim Messenger 

Tim Messenger

Played By: Adam Buxton

A journalist who often asked Nicholas to be interviewed with little success.

Tropes

    Martin Blower 

Martin Blower

Played By: David Threlfall

A respected Solicitor from Sandford. He was playing the leading role of Romeo in the famous play "Romeo and Juliet" along with Eve Draper.

Tropes

  • Amoral Attorney: We never see him practice law, but he's perfectly fine with going way over the speed limit.
  • Bad Bad Acting: During the Romeo & Juliet production.
  • Camp Straight: Blower acts rather effeminate and camp, but he's carrying on an affair with Eve Draper.
  • Cool Car: With which he exceeds the speed limit.
  • May-December Romance: With Eve Draper.
  • Large Ham: During the play.
  • Off with His Head!: How he ends up.
  • Slimeball: His attempts at 'charm'. It's a wonder he managed to start an affair with Eve Draper in the first place. Of course, she didn't seem to be one of Sandford's leading lights (in intellect, or perception).
  • Your Cheating Heart: He was seemingly married, but was having a sordid affair with Eve Draper.

    Eve Draper 

Eve Draper

Played By: Lucy Punch

A city council member from Sandford. She was playing the leading role of Juliet in the famous play "Romeo and Juliet" along with Martin Blower.

Tropes

  • Annoying Laugh: The reason she's killed, in addition to being a terrible actress and having an affair with Martin Blower.
  • Bad Bad Acting: During the Romeo & Juliet production.
  • May-December Romance: With Martin Blower. She tends to favour the older gentleman in general.
    Danny: Marcus Carter’s big brother said he’d fingered her up the duck pond.
  • Meaningful Name: Both a reference to Evelyn Draper in Play Misty for Me, and a play on eavesdropper.

    Tina 

Tina

Played By: Alice Lowe

    Webley 

Arthur Webley

Played By: David Bradley

A farmer in Sandford. Nicholas Angel, Danny Butterman, Bob Walker, and Saxon are called to his house when James Reaper complains that he has been cutting hedges that don't belong to him.

Tropes

  • Collector of the Strange: He's collected hundreds of guns of all range and sizes, not to mention an old sea mine.
  • Killed Off Screen: Nicholas gives him a citation for cutting other people's hedges and he turns up later on with the rest of the dead bodies that the NWA has killed.
  • Meaningful Name: Mr Webley has a massive collection of guns, fitting for someone named after a revolver.
  • The Unintelligible: They need to bring around the slightly less unintelligible Bob Walker to translate for Danny, who translates Bob for Nicholas.

    Merchant 

George Merchant

Played By: George Merchant

A successful businessman in Sandford.

Tropes

  • Kill It with Fire: One of the NWA members knock him out and blow up his house with him in it, making it look like an accident.
  • Meaningful Name: He's a rich 'merchant'.

    The Swan 

The Swan

Played By: Elvis

A local swan who escapes from 'the castle' and proceeds to evade Sandford Police.

Tropes

Metropolitan Police

    The Sergeant 

The Sergeant

Played By: Martin Freeman

A member of the Metropolitan Police Service. He calls Nicholas Angel into his office to inform him of his recent promotion to Sergeant, as well as his transfer.

Tropes

    The Inspector 

The Inspector

Played By: Steve Coogan

The Inspector at Nicholas Angel's station.

Tropes

    Kenneth 

Ch. Insp. Kenneth

Played By: Bill Nighy

The Chief Inspector of the Metropolitan Police Service. He is called into the office by the Met Inspector and the Met Sergeant in order to convince Nicholas Angel that he is indeed being transferred.

Tropes

  • Brutal Honesty: While the Sergeant and Inspector tip-toe around the issue, Kenneth comes right out and tells Nick the reason he's being 'promoted'.
  • The Cameo: For regular Wright alumni, Bill Nighy.
  • Da Chief: Of London, no less.
  • Jerkass: He's more directly nasty to Angel than the Met Inspector or Sergeant.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: As he explains to Angel:
    Angel: You can't just make someone disappear!
    Chief Inspector: Yes, I can. I'm the Chief Inspector.

    Janine 

Janine

Played By: Cate Blanchett

A member of the Metropolitan Police Service and Nicholas Angel's ex-girlfriend. When he gets transferred to Sandford, he goes to her to inform her. There, she attempts to connect with Nicholas, but he instead focuses on their job.

Tropes

  • The Cameo: She's played by an uncredited Cate Blanchett.
  • The Faceless: Due to her mask.
  • Glasses Pull: Parodied with her pulling off her crime scene goggles, which has no effect due to the mask.
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