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Characters: Jeeves and Wooster
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     Bertram Wilberforce "Bertie" Wooster 
"You!" he said with a sort of sick horror.
"Oh, hullo," I replied. Not good, I admit. Better than, "What ho, there, Bassett!" but still not good.

  • A Friend in Need: He never lets down a pal in distress, to the point where he can be quite the Determinator.
  • Adorkable: Well, I mean...you know what I mean, I mean!
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Pretty much any time he gets a little sozzled.
  • Altum Videtur: He sometimes quotes Latin tags, usually of the schoolboy variety, quite unnecessarily.
  • As the Good Book Says: He's prone to quoting the Bible, often reminding the reader that he won the prize for Scripture Knowledge at school.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Any time he has to look after some irresponsible young chump (or, in one case, dog).
  • Benevolent Boss: Very polite and affable to his valets.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Tends to develop it easily, perhaps as a side effect of Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • Black Sheep: Extremely out-of-place in his Big Screwed-Up Family, he hardly gets along with any of his relatives. His Aunt Agatha disapproves of his lifestyle and spends a lot of time trying to turn him into a credit to the name of Wooster, to no avail.
  • Buffy Speak: Well, the Genteel Interbellum Setting version.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Cannot Spit It Out
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "This is a bit thick."
    • "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party."
    • (in the narration) "… And I meant it to sting."
    • "… if that's the word I want." / "What's the word I want?" / "That's the word I want."
    • "The Code of the Woosters". (In the same vein, beginning sentences with "We Woosters..." or "We Woosters know when...")
    • "Thank you, Jeeves."
  • Child Hater: Justified due to the series' constant use of the Bratty Half-Pint trope. He does have a fondness for little girls, although even that tendency seems to have vanished as of "Bertie Changes His Mind".
  • Chick Magnet: Even he's noticed that he has a remarkable tendency to attract exactly the kind of girl he most fears.
    Bertie: I mean to say, I know perfectly well that I've got, roughly speaking, half the amount of brain a normal bloke ought to possess. And when a girl comes along who has about twice the regular allowance, she too often makes a bee line for me with the love light in her eyes. I don't know how to account for it, but it is so.
    Jeeves: It may be Nature's provision for maintaining the balance of the species, sir.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome
  • Classic Cultural Osmosis: Brief phrases from Shakespeare, the Bible, songs from the period, and various classical poets keep turning up in Bertie's narration and dialogue. A reader of the Wodehouse books will often absorb garbled forms of the classics himself or herself as a result.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: In a serious case of The Blind Leading the Blind, he sometimes has to play this role for his crazier friends, Bingo Little in particular.
  • The Dandy
  • The Ditherer: Due to letting Jeeves run his life. Aunt Dahlia actually calls him "poor ditherer" in one story.
  • Drama Queen: Everything he does is Serious Business, to the point where retaliation in a prank war is a heroic defense of the Wooster name likened to participation in the Crusades. After being forced to sing at a "clean, bright entertainment", he goes into Shell-Shocked Veteran mode, insisting that the pain he went through was "unparalleled since the days of the early Martyrs."
  • Dreadful Musician: Not as a general rule—even if you don't count his excellent piano playing in the TV series, he's said to be a good singer with a "light, pleasant baritone". Though his playing of the banjolele in Thank You, Jeeves isn't terrible, his sheer devotion to it causes his neighbors in the flat collectively give him the ultimatum to give it up or clear out, and even Jeeves deserts him rather than put up with it in isolated quarters. (When the TV series adapted the plot, the banjolele was replaced with a trombone.)
  • The Dulcinea Effect: He suffers from this regularly at first, only to regret his impulsiveness. Bobbie Wickham, Gwladys, and (in backstory) Pauline Stoker are examples.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: His middle name is Wilberforce (his father won money on a horse named Wilberforce a day before Bertie was born), which seems to cause him varying levels of discomfort depending on his mood. May count as a Genius Bonus joke; the name "Wilberforce" is best known as the surname of various famous evangelicals and social reformers, but instead Bertie got it through his father's gambling addiction.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His reaction upon being betrayed or let down by Jeeves.
  • Expy: Of Wodehouse's earlier character Reggie Pepper. A few of Reggie's stories were even rewritten to star Bertie (with Jeeves in tow) instead.
  • Extreme Doormat: He can be talked into pretty much anything. He suffers the worst of one Zany Scheme after another because he's simply unable to say "no" to a friend or a girl. Besides that, he's afraid to stand up to his aunt, and he lets Jeeves dictate every facet of his existence, even down to the details of his wardrobe. Attempts to assert his rights by keeping an article of clothing Jeeves disapproves of invariably give out by the end of the story.
  • Fatal Attractor
  • Family Honor: "We Woosters have our code." (It's "never let a pal down".)
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Such as his banjolele kick in Thank You, Jeeves.
  • The Fool:
    Providence looks after all the chumps of this world, and personally, I'm all for it.
  • For Happiness
  • Genius Ditz: He thinks of himself as such, since when it comes to figuring out if people are in love, he is "Hawkshaw the Detective himself in person". In a slight meta-example, as many critics have pointed out, he has a gift for language and humorous phrasing, due to being written by P. G. Wodehouse. The TV series made him an accomplished piano player, as well.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Strangely enough, the "mentally negligible" Bertie fits this trope. He's definitely a gentleman, always well-dressed, believing in Sacred Hospitality and honourable to a fault, but if you look at his prose style you can see that he's half-forgotten more classic English literature than most of us managed to learn in the first place.
  • Gratuitous French: He often uses French phrases, sometimes wondering if they're correct.
  • Hangover Sensitivity
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jeeves.
  • Hidden Depths
  • Honour Before Reason: The Code of the Woosters demands he marry any girl who believes he is in love with her, whether he likes it or not.
  • Idle Rich
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: His automatic stress response.
  • Infinite Supplies: He never runs out of money, no matter how much he spends or has to pay in fines.
  • Informed Flaw: He doesn't appeal to most girls, just every girl who actually appears.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Mentioned specifically by Chuffy in Thank You, Jeeves.
    "You would see him face a furious headmaster with a sort of dauntless look in those big blue eyes of his..."
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Cats instinctively take a liking to him.
    • This becomes an actual plot point in Aunts Aren't Gentlemen (published also under the title The Cat-Nappers.)
  • Kindhearted Simpleton
  • Like Brother and Sister: With his ex-fianceé Pauline Stoker in Thank You, Jeeves. Really! It's Not What It Looks Like!
  • Man Child
  • Nice Guy
  • Nice to the Waiter:
    Most fellows, no doubt, are all for having their valets confine their activities to creasing trousers and what not without trying to run the home; but it's different with Jeeves. Right from the first day he came to me, I have looked on him as a sort of guide, philosopher, and friend.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Hence his avoidance of Honoria Glossop and her ilk.
    ...my ideal wife was something quite different, something a lot more clinging and drooping and prattling, and what not.
    • However, these ideal traits do need to be moderated; Madeline Basset fits this description to a tee, and he is equally terrified by the prospect of marrying her.
  • Not a Morning Person: Does not take kindly to being awoken before noon.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: More than one scheme has been pulled off only because Jeeves told everyone involved that Bertie was insane. This doesn't make him happy in The Inimitable Jeeves, but by Very Good, Jeeves! he's gotten used to it and even goes along with it if necessary.
  • Odd Couple: With Jeeves.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents presumably died when he was little, and he was raised by his aunts and uncles.
  • Ping Pong Naïveté: His level of stupidity is entirely dependent on the Rule of Funny.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: In "Helping Freddie".
  • Rich Boredom: Develops it briefly in "Bertie Changes His Mind", though it doesn't last.
  • Seemingly Profound Fool: Occasionally ends up in this position.
  • Self-Deprecation: The narration is full of it.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Although he struggles to remember the right words, he actually has quite the vocabulary; this is Hand Waved as a result of having spent so much time with Jeeves.
    • Slowly increases over the course of the series - largely due to Jeeves. Honorable mention goes to the Reverend Aubrey Upjohn, Bertie's grammar school teacher, whose efforts to pump English literature and culture into Bertie's vacuous skull must have been truly Herculean.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Bertie is a type one "innocent and childlike". He's especially prone to this when he and Jeeves are separated
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Frequently indulges in these, though he doesn't always get the quote right. Fortunately, Jeeves always knows the real one.
  • Snark Ball: Despite being "mentally negligible", he can be quite witty (especially in the narration, but also in the dialogue).
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Everybody does it to him.
  • The So-Called Coward: He cheerfully acknowledges his cowardice in the television series, along with his quite rational fear of the latest spurned fiance out for his blood, but nonetheless always ends up facing them.
    • Interestingly, despite his innate fearfulness, Bertie will almost always face any peril if it's a matter of chivalry, nobless oblige, a bet, or supporting a pal. Except where Aunt Agatha is involved.
  • Sophisticated as Hell
  • Spoiled Sweet: It's noted that the richest member of the Drones, 'Oofy' Prosser, is the meanest. Bertie is the second richest, and the nicest chap in the club.
  • Spot of Tea: Has been known to rhapsodize about the glories of the sacred British beverage. Additionally, he can't wake up without it.
  • Talks like a Simile
  • Temporary Love Interest: Subverted: Bertie generally falls out of love with the girl by the end of the book (if he's in love with her at all). In later books where it looks like he's safe, previous fiancées display an alarming tendency to get engaged with Bertie again, inevitably breaking it off by the end of the story.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: At times, Bertie will (as the narrator) inform the reader how he feels... and then turn to Jeeves and say how he feels in exactly the same words.
    My soul was darkened by a nameless fear.
    "Jeeves," I said, "My soul is darkened by a nameless fear."
    "Indeed, sir?"
  • Third-Person Person: In the narration, he references himself as "Bertram" on a semi-frequent basis.
  • Translator Buddy: Often has to translate Jeeves' Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness for the benefit of those present.
  • Upper-Class Twit
  • Verbal Tic: And plenty of them, what?
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jeeves, Bingo Little and Aunt Dahlia.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Aunt Agatha
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He has to remind himself that a proper gentleman never hits a lady, when he deals with girls like Bobbie Wickham.

     Reginald Jeeves 
Bertie: Jeeves, you've done it again.
Jeeves: I endeavor to give satisfaction, sir.

     Aunt Agatha 
...my Aunt Agatha, who eats broken bottles and is widely rumored to turn into a werewolf on nights of the full moon.

The indomitable and haughty Mrs. Spenser-Gregson (later Lady Worplesdon). Her lightest word is to Bertie as the Trump of Doom.

  • Deadpan Snarker: When confronted with her nephew.
  • Grande Dame
  • Evil Matriarch
    • She might be considered more of a Designated Villain: Although proud, domineering and impatient with fools, Agatha spends an unusually large amount of time trying to ensure that the honor of her original family name is not dragged through the mud by the dunderheaded antics of her nephew.
    • On the other hand she's often shown to care more about the family name and its reputation than she does about her actual family.
  • Family Honor: Her obsession. She's willing to go even as far as bribery to keep family members from marrying into common blood.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Poor Bertie receives one almost every time he comes face to face with her.
    Agatha: It is young men like you, Bertie, who make the person with the future of the race at heart despair.
  • Pet the Dog: In the most literal sense. She has a friendly little terrier, Macintosh, to whom she is very attached.
  • Rich Bitch

     Aunt Dahlia 
My good and deserving aunt[...] If she were ever to turn into a werewolf, it would be one of those jolly breezy werewolves whom it is a pleasure to know.

The tolerant and kind-hearted Mrs. Travers.

     Charles Edward "Biffy" Biffen 
There stands Charles Biffen. A fine figure of a man from the neck down, but above that - solid concrete.

     Augustus "Gussie" Fink-Nottle 
Aunt Dahlia: 'A bit of a pop-eyed bleater, but clean, civil, and certainly most informative about newts.'

     Cyril "Barmy" Fotheringay-Phipps 

     Hildebrand "Tuppy" Glossop 

  • Big Eater
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In one story, he ends up on a rugby field full of local toughs who resent his participation and repeatedly tromp him into the mire —until he decides enough is enough and proceeds to pummel them. Bertie is naturally shocked.
  • Embarrassing First Name
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: Plumbo Jumbo, his idea about importing American cars and trying to sell his cockaleeky soup just to name a few.
    • Exclusive to the TV series: in the books, his methods of income are more obscure.
  • It's All About Me
  • Jerkass: Of all Bertie's friends, he's the most tactless and vengeful.
  • Sit Com Arch Nemesis: A variant, in that Bertie holds onto a grudge in classic sitcom fashion, while there's never any evidence that Tuppy even remembers the fateful night when he caused Bertie to fall into the Drones pool in full evening wear.

     Richard "Bingo" Little 
Bingo (at about twenty different times): I say, Bertie, I am in love at last...

     Rev. Harold "Stinker" Pinker 
Stinker saw me and immediately upset a side table, his invariable practice whenever he's anywhere that there's furniture.

     Roberta "Bobbie" Wickham 

  • Breakout Character: Starred in a few short stories of her own and appeared in the novel Barmy in Wonderland.
  • Evil Redhead: According to Jeeves.
    "I would always hesitate to recommend as a life's companion a young lady with quite such a vivid shade of red hair. Red hair, sir, in my opinion, is dangerous."
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Girl of the Week
  • The Prankster: Bertie admires her "espiglerie"—French for "impish or playful behavior". He's a bit less amused when she gives him an idea for a prank against Tuppy and then turns out to have fed Tuppy the same idea.
  • The Vamp

     Rupert Steggles 
Jeeves: An ingenious young gentleman.
Wooster: A bally swindler!
Jeeves: That would perhaps be a more precise description, sir.

  • Karma Houdini: In the books, not the show. He deprives Bertie and a number of his friends of considerable sums and then departs, suffering no more than a shortage of future invitations.
  • Manipulative Bastard

     Madeline Bassett 
Bertie: "I agree that any red-blooded Sultan offered the chance to add Madeline Bassett to his harem would leap at the chance, but he would be regretting the gesture before the week was out. What he would be overlooking in undertaking this rash act is her squashy soupiness. She's the sort of girl who believes that the stars are God's daisy chain and every time a fairy blows its wee nose a baby is born, which as we know is not the case."

     Stephanie "Stiffy" Byng 
Bertie: A lovely girl when she isn't starting something, but then she always does.

     Florence Craye 
...to do this revolting duo [Madeline Bassett and Honoria Glossop] justice, neither had tried to mold me, and this was what Florence Craye had attempted to do from day one, seeming to regard Bertram as little more than a blank lump of plasticine in the hands of the sculptor.

     Honoria Glossop 
..the sort of girl that will beat you effortlessly in three rounds of golf and then come to supper fresh as a daisy, expecting you to take an intelligent interest in Proust.

     Sir Roderick Glossop 
Everybody calls him a 'nerve specialist', but he's nothing more or less than a looney-doctor.

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Bertie comments at one point that all of his hair appears to have migrated off his skull and taken up residence above his eyes.
  • Breakout Character: Shows up in the Blandings Castle novels
  • Heel-Face Turn: Though he starts out as an antagonist he mellows out considerably by the end of the series.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in two ways - Tuppy Glossop shares his last name (since he's a nephew), and Roderick Spode shares his first.
  • Overprotective Dad
  • Not So Different: Though at first he and Bertie couldn't appear more different it turns out that they both stole biscuts from their headmasters when they were kids and that Sir Roderick used to help his buddies with their hairbrained schemes.
  • Psycho Psychologist: Though a mild example of this trope, a lot of his ideas are extremely misguided not the mention the fact that he seems more neurotic than some of the people he believes to be mentally ill (i.e. Bertie)
  • The Shrink

     Sir Watkyn Bassett 
Emerald Stoker: What's he like?
Bertie: One of those horrors from outer space.

     Roderick Spode 
Our views on each other were definite. His was that what England needed if it was to become a land fit for heroes to live in was fewer and better Woosters, while I had always felt that there was nothing wrong with England that a ton of bricks falling from a height on Spode's head wouldn't cure.

     Claude and Eustace Wooster 
...about as 'safe' as a pair of sprightly young tarantulas.

  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: In their very first appearance, they're arrested for trying to pinch a motor-lorry while drunk.
  • Put on a Bus: In "The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace", they're sent to South Africa after being expelled from Oxford, and, although they resist at first, they end up going willingly thanks to Jeeves.
  • Single-Minded Twins
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: In "The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace".
  • Trickster Twins
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: The reason that Bertie wound up with Sir Roderick Glossop's hat and cats and fish in his bedroom, also why they got kicked out of Oxford.

     Rosie M. Banks 

Whenever the little woman's [writing] output is discussed, Bingo changes the subject.

     Marmaduke "Chuffy" Chuffnell 

     Pauline Stoker 
...such beauty that she can rarely take her walks abroad without being whistled at by passing Americans.

  • Brainless Beauty: It doesn't seem to have occurred to her that hanging out in Bertie's bed and wearing his pyjamas might give people the wrong idea.
  • Genki Girl
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Bertie, although considerable awkwardness is added by the fact that they used to be engaged and everybody assumes they still like each other.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Of the female variety.
  • Weakness Turns Her On: The reason she accepted Bertie's proposal. Subverted when she goes for Chuffy instead.

     Anatole 
...Aunt Dahlia's unbeatable French chef. Many's the time that I have regretted I have but one stomach to place at his disposal.

     Oliver "Sippy" Sipperly 

     Claude Cattermole "Cat's-Meat" Pirbright 
...he is the fellow managers pick first when they have a Society comedy to present and want someone for 'Freddie', the lighthearted friend of the hero, carrying the second love interest. If at such a show you see a willowy figure come bounding on with a tennis racket, shouting 'Hallo, girls' shortly after the kick-off, don't bother to look at the programme. That'll be Catsmeat.

     Cora "Corky" Pirbright (Cora Starr) 
Catsmeat: "Corky's not like me. She's never been keen on acting, even though she's made such a hit at it. She's always wanted to retire to the country and raise dogs and pigs and things."

     Brinkley (Bingley) 
...smallish, plumpish, Gawd-help-us-ish... As to his manner, I couldn't get a better word for it at the moment than 'familiar', but I looked it up later in Jeeves's Dictionary of Synonyms and found that it had been unduly intimate, too free, forward, lacking in proper reserve, deficient in due respect, impudent, bold, and intrusive.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Apparently, as Jeeves informs Bertie in Much Obliged, Jeeves, his name isn't Brinkley, but Bingley. Seems Bertie called him by the wrong name for an entire book without discovering he was in error.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Of a particularly Ax-Crazy kind.
    Bertie: He went off on his afternoon out, came back in an advanced state of intoxication, set the house on fire and tried to dismember me with a carving knife...
  • Hypocritical Humor
    Brinkley: I always thought you drank too much. Remember when you burned down that cottage? You must have been stewed to the gills...
  • The Trickster

     Bartholomew 
Bertie: "Watch out for that Scottie of hers. He biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder."

An Aberdeen terrier (Scottie) belonging to Miss Stephanie Byng.

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