"This has been Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and they said I couldn't polish it."
- Author Appeal: He is a big fan of reggae. When Jimmy Cliff was on the show, Mark kept awarding Phil's team points for "just having Jimmy Cliff in".
- Digging Yourself Deeper: Invoked by his "I say I liked it, I tolerated it - I say I tolerated it..." routine.
- Driven to Suicide: Parodied, as he seemingly becomes more and more fed up with his job.
- Farm Boy: Often portrayed as this in earlier series and tie-in books due to being from Swindon, occasionally putting on an exaggerated "oo ar me deario" voice and claiming it's his "natural" accent.
- Important Haircut: His original 'Fifties Throwback' quiff was cut off as a charity stunt in between series.
- Jerkass: Deadpan Snarker extraordinaire to the point of obnoxiousness. In all fairness, some of this is somewhat justified due to the arrogant and/or irritating nature of some of the guests.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Notable when a guest he particularly liked appeared on the show, such as Jimmy Cliff and Faye Tozer.
"Need room to work? Shouldn't be on TV with me then, sweetheart."
- Author Appeal: Likes Star Wars and will take any opportunity to segue into doing a Chewbacca impression.
- Big Eater: If Mark's jokes are anything to go by:Mark: Phill cooked Christmas dinner for eight, but before he could eat it, some people turned up...
- The Constant: Has appeared on every main episode.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Parodied. Mark claims the majority of Phill's impressions consist of saying a celebrity's catchphrase (e.g., "Ooh Betty" for Frank Spencer) in the same throaty Bernard Manning voice.
"Well, I'm getting it from all sides now!"
- Deadpan Snarker: Helped by his monotone southern Irish accent.
- The Quiet One: When he left the show, Mark commemorated him with a montage of 'his contributions to the show', which consisted of clips of Sean's other team members answering questions while Sean sat quietly in the background.
"The last time I was on, you called me a Klingon nonce!"
- Author Appeal: Likes science-fiction, especially Star Trek.
- Butt Monkey: Under Mark Lamarr's tenure. Not that Phil and Sean were much better off.
- Nice Guy: As team captain or as a guest on the show, he's generally friendly to his fellow panelists.
"I'm Simon Amstell — and if you think I'm a poor booking, let's meet tonight's guests!"
(2003, 2005), 2006-2008
- Author Appeal: He's a fan of Patrick Wolf. When Patrick appeared as a guest, Simon didn't insult him once.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His general persona on the show. Nobody is safe, unless you're one of the rare people Simon likes.
- The Dog Bites Back: Falls victim to this when he mocks his guests one too many times. One notable moment was when Davina Mccall found footage of Simon's appearance as a young lad on a 90's morning show, imitating Dame Edna Everage. His first line in that clip made the audience laugh.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears as both a guest host and panellist prior to time as a host. Notably, Lamarr jokingly accuses him of trying to steal his "act", which he does a year or so later.
- Jerkass: Consistently smug, condescending and arrogant, with the occasional glimpse of Jerk with a Heart of Gold, such as Amy Winehouse's infamous second appearance - though he did find the time to mock her in the same show as well as during Mark Ronson's appearance.
"I'm loving this show this week, 'cause I'm usually the weird one."
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: As is the case with Noel Fielding.
"I'll take you down into battle right now! Go on, you start!"
(2006, 2009, 2011), 2014
- Early-Bird Cameo: Like Simon, he was a guest on the show, as well as a guest presenter before becoming a regular host in 2014.
- Nice Guy: Compared to Simon and Mark at least — but like every other host, he tends to make fun of those not on the show.
- Off the Rails: Tends to forget rules due to his inexperience at hosting, so the team leaders either have to remind him what happens next or let it slide for comedic effect.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Was the host for only one series.