Characters / Impractical Jokers

The four stars of the hit comedy reality TV series, Impractical Jokers.

Brian Michael "Q" Quinn

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"I'm thirty-six, I live alone, and I have two cats."

  • Aside Glance: He and Joe often use one of these whenever the challenge is ridiculous.
  • Badass: Has received the fewest end show punishments, and very rarely ever backs out of a task.
    • In the live "Punishment Special", all four Jokers have to attempt to cross a tightrope. Murr and Sal make it just over nine feet, while Joe only makes it five...Q makes it all the way across!
    • Badass Beard
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Subverted because this is reality TV, but Q once revealed to a woman during the elevator challenge that she was on a hidden camera show.
  • Butt Monkey: Started down this road in season 2; the other guys suddenly started to give him worse punishments than ever (probably because he's won so many), culminating in the episode where they would pull a challenge out of a lottery barrel at random and they would vote on who should do it. Q got the first one, and while he was doing it, the others decided to make him do every challenge they picked. But, he managed to succeed at all three, and the others made the mistake of taking the punishment together if he managed to unzip a man's fly, resulting in Q testing them about his life (to see who his best friend was) on the edge of a CLIFF.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: He is always last in a number of challenges, regardless the loser coming before him.
    • One example being in the Live Punishment Special when he walks the high rope last while Joe, the episode's loser, came before him.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Q was the only one to cross the entire high wire and make it to the end during the Live Punishment Special, thus winning $50,000 for his charity! Though Murr came pretty close (see Murr's entry)
  • Face of a Thug: Q is a nice enough guy, but the fact that he looks like a hobo is often poked fun at by the others.
  • Flanderization: A real-life example, mentioned in the "Anniversary" episode, that the guys started off telling Q he resembled a homeless person, despite being originally clean-shaven, and over time, he actually started to look and act like a homeless person.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
  • Gag Haircut: Bright red curls, in the Season 1 finale.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Q had one during Murr's skydiving punishment, and the 'Doomed' punishment.
  • I Can't Dance: According to Sal, Q isn't a very good dancer.
  • Jabba Table Manners: In the "Eat and Run" challenge.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: In the punishment special, he revealed one of his 3 cats was rescued from traffic right before Murr became a human pinata. Said cat is lying in his arms for all of his segments.
  • Large Ham: Not to the extent of Joe, but he does have his moments.
  • The Malaproper: He gets words and letters mixed up when speaking. The kicker is the punishment in the episode "Film Fail", where he has to explain scenes he created to an audience of movie buffs.
    Q: We met at an-, uh, at a- orchid. (He meant "orchard").
  • Naked People Are Funny: In the picture where he and Murr are in bed with Sal's sister, and during the "Sweat the Small Things" home invasion.
  • Nerves of Steel: Q usually remains the most straight-faced during the ridiculous challenges.
  • Nice Hat
  • Noodle Incident: Why did Q's tooth fall out? Apparently, it has something to do with a German police officer...
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
  • Only Sane Man: Well, the sanest of the bunch.
  • Raised Catholic: Attended Catholic School with the other Jokers but recently confimed on a Twitter Q&A that he is an atheist. Though he's not a douche bag about it and actually apologized to a fan for making what was interpreted as an anti-Christian joke.
  • Special Guest: Rosie O'Donnell, as his "clone."
  • True Companions
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In the "Not Safe For Work" punishment, where the sight of Murr posing nude in front of a classroom of art enthusiasts was apparently just too much for Q's stomach to handle, prompting him to drop his lunch in a bucket.

James Stephen "Murr" Murray

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"You don't ever want to confise the inferior vena cava with the pulmonary valves, or someone could die."

  • Bald of Awesome: Sort of.
  • Bowties Are Cool: Count on Joe to immediately yank the bowtie off and toss it aside.
  • Butt Monkey: The worst offender in general, and not just during the challenges.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: In the Live Punishment Special, all 4 Jokers have to cross a High Wire suspended 5 stories up! Murr (who is deathly afraid of heights) attempted to walk, but lost his balance. Yet, he grabbed the rope before he could fall completely off and made it the rest of the way by CRAWLING ON HIS HANDS! For someone afraid of heights, this was pretty impressive!
  • Cunning Linguist: As reveals the challenge where the guys have to teach foreign languages to students.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Too many to list; the guys seem to always give Murr the worst punishments.
    • A notable example is the punishment for "Human Pinata." Even though both Joe and Murr lose, the guys decide to give the punishment to Murr for no apparent reason, other than because it was funny.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: There is a particularly humiliating one of a younger, hairy-chested Murr wearing nothing but his favorite blanket, which once popped up in a live theater in front of a hundred people.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
  • Gag Haircut: Shaved except for a tuft in the front, in the Season 1 finale.
  • Humiliation Conga: The lie detector punishment.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He is into boy bands and intense personal grooming (such as shaving his chest and plucking his eyebrows).
  • Mr. Fanservice: Murr is the thinnest of the four, has been naked the most times and there are hundreds of fangirls calling him cute/hot/etc. on social media.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Murr always seems to be the odd man out (a.e. the episode where he is the only one not wearing a Staten Island T-shirt).
  • Naked People Are Funny: In "Strip High Five." It happens twice more in the first three episodes of the second half of Season 2, both of them as part of a joke on Sal: pictures of Murr and Q in bed with Sal's sister, and Murr, Joe, and Q hopping around naked in Sal's house.
    • In the episode "Not Safe For Work", Murr's nudity is so funny that it causes Q to laugh so hard he has to puke in a bucket.
  • Nice Guy: Is quite possibly the most sincere and sensitive member of the cast, especially when it comes to outright insulting a woman.
  • Oh Crap!: After losing an episode, Murray gets dressed as a pinata and hit with bats by the other Jokers until candy comes out. Unfortunately for Murr, they decide to bring in a ringer: Joe's brother-in-law, a muscular man who wasn't exactly pleased about Murr groping his wife, Joe's sister, during a raunchy political correctness video on a previous episode. Murray is understandably terrified when they hand him a bat and let him go to town.
    • Up to Eleven: Actually, more like eleven million, in the third season premiere. Murr is the episode's big loser, and he's tricked by the other guys into thinking that his punishment was just another challenge; he thought that they were teaching a skydiving class, but in fact, he would have to actually go skydiving (something he had vehemently refused to do his entire life). His desperate pleading didn't help, and he screamed his way all the way down to the ground.
  • Omniglot: Murr is apparently this among the four, demonstrating at least a passing familiarity with Armenian, Dutch, and Chinese.
  • On Second Thought: In the episode "Joke & Dagger", Murr, the episode's loser, was forced to take a Coney Island knife show's "Wheel of Doom". Murr refuses this in fright, but the other Jokers tell Murr that if he refuses the punishment, he's out of the show, causing Murr to take the punishment with fear. Thankfully, the wheel was rigged for the balloons to pop themselves and the knife thrower was faking throwing the knives. Only one would think if the Jokers would try to do this punishment un-rigged.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
  • Panty Thief: As part of his punishment in "Panty Raid."
  • Perpetual Smiler: His smile never seems to cracked even under the worst punishment.
  • The Pollyanna: Murr always seems to have dropped whatever hell the guys put him through by the next episode.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Memorably when he has to skydive, he screams the whole way down.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Joe's Manly Man.
  • The Southpaw: Murr is the only left-handed Joker.
  • The Strategist: Murr at least sees himself as this and usually walks confidently into a challenge with a foolproof plan. He has yet to pull one off.
    • Actually, in a couple of episodes, he HAS!
  • This Is Gonna Suck: His reaction when he has to cross the tightrope first in the Live Punishment.
  • True Companions
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Joe, and arguably the other Jokers.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Murr always seems to encounter the oddest people during the challenges. For example, the guy who had been dating a Macedonian that apparently was a "bit of a slut" and cheated on him with a guy that looked like the "new fat kid dictator of North Korea."
  • Why Did it Have to Be Heights?: The skydiving punishment.
    • And again in the Live Punishment when he has to be the first person to cross the tightrope.
      • And a third time in "Hell-Copter" when he has to sit on the ledge of a moving helicopter.

Joseph Anthony "Joe" Gatto

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"If Ray Ray come 'round these parts looking for me, you don't go droppin' no dime. Do yous?"

  • Achilles' Heel: When Joe got married to his wife Bessy, he's had a new weakness.
    • His Achilles Heel got discovered in the season 3 premiere in the hotdog stand challenge when he refused to say that a pig in a blanket is his wife on a cold day.
    • A season later, the jokers played a challenge where they have to kiss the actor hidden in the scene. Joe found his in a snap, but Bessy came over and sat beside her. When he tries to go for the kill, he chickens out and kisses her. Leaving, he tells the other jokers to go f--- themselves.
    • Later on in the season, Joe asks a woman some questions. When he gets to the question "Are you a good kisser?", he closes the book and tells her he's done. Asked if he found out she's a good kisser, Joe replies "No, I'm good".
  • Aside Glance: He and Q often use one of these whenever the challenge is ridiculous.
  • Badass: Like Q, he rarely ever backs down from a challenge.
  • Belly Dancer: He got hit with this in the punishment at the end of "Bellydancer."
  • Big Eater: Seriously, the guy can stuff an entire doughnut into his mouth in one sitting!
  • Big Fun
  • Catch Phrase: "LARRY!"
  • Fearless Fool: Joe is constantly described as by the other guys because he apparently has no fear. Although, there are barriers even he wouldn't reach. For example, Joe will shake his rear end in a woman's face, but couldn't work up the nerve to insert the word "circumcision" into a sentence. A case of Everyone Has Standards, according to Joe himself.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
  • Fun Personified
  • Gag Haircut: A mullet, in the Season 1 finale.
  • Imaginary Friend: We have yet to find Larry.
  • Incoming Ham: "LARRY!"
  • Karma Houdini: The other jokers have said repeatedly that Joe is the hardest person to punish, and it definitely shows. The best example is "Out of TP", where he starts the punishment immediately without any discussion.
    • Though recently averted big time with the ep "Psudo-Sumo". He actually tried to RUN AWAY!
  • Large Ham: Is he ever.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: What people who felt sorry for Murr after the Human Pinata ep felt finally happened to Joe at the end of Dog Days Of Bummer.
    • After what happened to Murr during Look Out Below, viewers felt he got it again at the end of No Escape.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Narrowly subverted in "Strip High Five", where he narrowly survives humiliation in front of hundreds by ending up in his underwear. Also in "Down in the Dump", when he's wearing only Q's cap in front of his crotch, and during the "Sweat the Small Things" presentation for Sal's home invasion.
    • And in one of the White Castle challenges, "White Castle regulations is the cap and apron."
    • Then his rear on Q's computer during an identity theft presentation...
  • Nerves of Steel: See Fearless Fool.
  • No Indoor Voice: "LARRY!"
    • In the first episode as well, when he screams a White Castle customer's order back to him.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: His common trick of "nosing" slips into this category.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His pet dog, Cannoli. AWWWWWW!
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Murr's Sensitive Guy.
  • The Teetotaler: As revealed in the nightclub challenge.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Doughnuts.
  • Troll: Done one to Murr at the end of "Doomed".
  • True Companions
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Murr; they were even roommates, and Joe made Murr Best Man when he recently got married!note 
  • Wacky Guy

Salvatore E.A. "Sal" Vulcano

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"Could you take a picture of me with my old, fat self?"

  • Acrofatic: According to Joe, when Sal's dancing his body moves like jello.
  • Apologizes a Lot: This was turned against him in a punishment where he was forced to do several rude things in a row to passersby on the street, and wasn't allowed to apologize for any of them.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: His weapon of choice when it comes to challenges where he has to speak a different language.
  • Badass Beard: Has one as of the second half of Season 2.
  • Butt Monkey: Sal has received the most end show punishments. Also, the most recent punishments have hit Sal more personally, such as his fear of cats, the other Jokers dancing around naked in his house, putting him on a boat with his worst nightmare (a heap of trash), and (not a punishment) pictures of Murr and Q in suggestive positions with his sister.
    • Outside of the show, Sal is mentioned to have had the worst experiences, which include finding a homeless man asleep on his car and getting peed on in a nightclub by a drunk guy.
  • Corpsing: It's not hard to get him to fall on the floor laughing.
    • In fact, during one challenge where the other Jokers were deliberately trying to make each other laugh, the other guys lampshaded this during Sal's turn. Sal tried to show the others how well he could maintain his composure and Joe got him to giggle by saying "fart noise." Just to be clear: Joe didn't actually make a fart noise, he said the words "fart noise." And Sal broke. That's how easy it is to make Sal laugh.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: The guys like to pull this one on Sal, a picture from a heavier time that has been displayed in a movie theater, a photo booth, and an Employee of the Month picture.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic
  • Gag Haircut: Two bleached horns, in the Season 1 finale.
  • Gasshole: During the boardwalk massage challenge.
  • The Hyena
  • Insistent Terminology: "I'm not Mexican!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: What people who felt sorry for Murr after Look Out Below felt Sal got at the end of Field of Screams.
  • Lethal Chef: In the Hibachi restaurant challenge. According to Sal, his knowledge of cooking "begins and ends" with peanut butter and jelly.
  • Mysterious Middle Initials: His middle initials are E.A.
  • Neat Freak
  • Nervous Wreck
  • Nice Guy: So nice, he was able to do THIS .
  • Pizza Boy Special Delivery: Referenced in his past as a delivery boy, having the door answered by a topless woman.
  • Politeness Judo: His method of choice during challenges.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Q's Manly Man.
  • Super OCD: Even worse off-camera. He even takes time to point out all the faults in his hotel room in the "Practically Live!" special.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Welcome to White Castle, bitch."
  • Token Minority: Sal is half Italian and half Spanish/Cuban/Puerto Rican.
  • True Companions
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sal is particularly terrified of cats (in contrast to Q, who has three pet cats) in addition to being a germophobe. Of course, the other guys are all too willing to exploit these fears.

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