The regulars and frequent (at least two appearances to their name) guests of the BBC 2/4/1 Panel Show QI
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Panellists first appearing in series A
Area of expertise: Law
Area of expertise: Birds
Area of expertise: Music
Area of expertise: Mental Health
- Insufferable Genius / Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He ping-pongs between these two tropes so often it's difficult to tell whether he's got his facts straight on something or not. (Probably the safest policy on anything he says is to not trust it unless Stephen specifically confirms that it is correct.)
- Upper-Class Twit
Area of expertise: Gentlemen's Special Interest Magazines
- Black Comedy: His stand-up makes frequent use of this, so naturally it carries into the show as well.
Jimmy Carr: (On the subject of domestic violence) It's so stupid; I mean it's your wife. It's like keying your own car.
David Mitchell: Society just got a tiny bit worse.
Jimmy Carr: I like to think I can help.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Hyena: He has a very distinctive laugh.
- Refuge in Audacity
Area of expertise: The Moon, number of
Area of expertise: Stephen Fry impressions
- Large Ham
- Running Gag: Kestrels, dating from his very first appearance ("Advent"). John Sessions picked up on it in the series D episode "Drinks".
- Token Romance: Phill has gone on record (in the making-of special) that his role on the show is to flirt with Stephen as much as possible. This may be partly a joke, but he actually does do this to some extent.
Area of expertise: The Movement of Banana Trees
- Ax-Crazy: Played for Laughs
- Berserk Button: Whenever a "Genius" person in the panel's there, Sean's sure to mock that person endlessly.
- Epic Fail: Currently holds the record for the lowest score by a guest panellist on the show: -76 in the "Germany" episode. (Alan, the lone regular panellist, has done worse; -84 on Cleve Crudgington under normal circumstances, and there have been special circumstances where he's gone even lower.)
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Again, Played for Laughs, he talks about kicking dogs and killing people, all with a childish glee on his face.
- Kick the Dog: Frequently makes jokes about torturing small animals.
- Multiple-Choice Past: An odd nonfictional example: his fanciful stories about his past experiences of being a shepherd or a plumber in Israel.
- Refuge in Audacity
Area of expertise: The Birth and Death Dates of Artists
- Insufferable Genius: He has extensive knowledge of several subjects.
- Too Clever by Half: Despite this, he tends to fall into forfeit traps, and has managed only one win in his appearances to date (two if you count his appearance in series J: he was the highest-scoring panellist that episode, but Stephen Fry "won" that show).
Panellists first appearing in series B
Area of expertise: Cars
- Extreme Omnivore: Every time he's on he likes to tell people about his unusual appetite. Tortoise leg on toast anyone?
- He specifically noted once that he'd tried some puffin because he'd never had it before.
- Flame Bait: To the extent that two episodes have been postponed from broadcast because he was on them, though actually due to his involvement with some scandal.
Dara ” Briain
Area of expertise: Science
Area of expertise: The French Revolution
Panellists first appearing in series C
Area of expertise: History
Area of expertise: Latin
Panellists first appearing in series D
Area of expertise: Obscurity
Area of expertise: Pirates
Panellists first appearing in series E
- One of Us: He's a tremendous Bond fan, as you probably gathered by the fact he publishes the "Young Bond" series.
Panellists first appearing in series F
Panellists first appearing in series G
- Deadpan Snarker: He has managed to get an entire career out of doing this extremely well, after all.
- Grumpy Bear
- When He Smiles: It is very difficult to get Jack to do this or burst out laughing on television (radio is different, but you can't see him in that case unless you go to the recording). If you have got this reaction, you have said something extremely funny.
Area of expertise: The word 'ceiling'
Area of expertise: Inventive uses of geese
- Deadpan Snarker: With emphasis on the 'deadpan'.
- Fake Brit: Well, yes and no. Is actually Danish, but speaks with noticeable and posh-sounding Received Pronunciation, as she was educated in England and has long since become a naturalised British citizen.
- The Smart Guy: She's won almost every episode she's appeared in.
- Straight Gay: And, like Fry, completely unafraid of making cracks about it.
Panellists first appearing in series H