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Played By: Simon Pegg
Tim, rarely seen without his skateboard, his Chocolate beanie, or his PlayStation controller, is an aspiring comic book artist, amateur skateboarder, and passionate follower of cult fiction in many forms, including video games, science fiction, and especially - at least initially - the original Star Wars trilogy.
- Berserk Button: He is not a fan of The Phantom Menace.
- Twiglets also make him violent, though this is probably more some sort of chemical imbalance than them driving him into a rage.
- Character Tic: Reaches for his ears if someone mentions how small they are. He even knows if someone is talking about them from several miles away (although that may have been a pun re: "his ears are burning").
- He also flings the cushion away every time he sits on the sofa
- Creator Breakdown: In universe example. Check out his sketching pad after being dumped by his girlfriend. Not happy. Then see it after he moves in with Daisy and finds some measure of happiness. Happy!
- Informed Ability: Inverted. His talents aren't brought up much but he is an excellent graphic artist (His artwork was done by real-life comic book artist Simon Bisley). If anything, despite his obvious talent non-comic fans tend to snidely / condescendingly dismiss his work as 'cartoons' ("It's a bit more complicated than that.")
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's very grumpy, which tends to make him rather thoughtless and mean, but has a heart underneath it all.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: His reaction to the cage full of kittens when rescuing Colin indicates this. He rescues them as well.
- Man Child: Has very childish interests. Sees nothing at all wrong with this. Also has a tendency to strenuously refuse to accept the fact that he's getting older.Tim: We've potentially destroyed her faith in today's youth!
[Everyone looks at him skeptically]
Tim: [Sheepish] Young adults.
- Neat Freak: Tim puts far more effort to keeping his and the communal rooms in good order than Daisy does. This doesn't necessarily imply that he actually enjoys cleaning or would do it if he didn't have to live in the area. When given a choice between cleaning up a mess in a restaurant after a food fight or having the police called, he actually votes for the police.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Daisy. In the series proper only; the Belated Happy Ending shows them raising a daughter together.
- Prayer Is a Last Resort: Pulls this before he sends his portfolio off to Dark Star Comics. Subverted, as it turns out he's praying to Buffy.
- Psychic Powers: As a gag. After losing his job, he has a conversation with Daisy and nervously rubs a fork the whole while, stating he wishes he "had a power to fall back on". Not that he notices, but the fork has been bent and twisted beyond repair.
- Another time, he answers Daisy's thoughts.
- When Sophie mentions his small ears in the Darkstar office, he reaches for them on his couch at home.
- Serious Business: The Star Wars trilogy... and its eventual decline.
- One of the most traumatic experiences of his teenage years was the death of Johnny Alpha.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Lampshaded & averted. Tim actually has really bad hair from bleaching it. Sarah calls him out and Daisy even compares him to Casper.
- Will They or Won't They?: Has this with Daisy throughout the series. They have finally gotten together at the end of the "Skip to the End" documentary.
Played By: Jessica Stevenson
Daisy is an aspiring writer, although she tends to spend most of her time actively avoiding doing any writing - or any other actual work for that matter. Whereas Tim is often grouchy and sour, Daisy is sunny, enthusiastic and cheerful, and at times overwhelmingly so. She can also be aggressive and confrontational at times, as demonstrated when she joined an employment agency only to lose most of the jobs she was assigned through her negative attitudes.
- Action Girl: Becomes one at the beginning of Season 2, when she takes on the two agents that have been pursuing her and kicks their asses.
- All Women Are Lustful: When buying magazines for research for her job interview, she picks up a male-porno mag titled Huge Fat Cocks.
- Buxom Is Better: Discussed in-universe.
- Character Tic: Whenever she wears her lensless glasses, she puts her fingers through the frames to make it seem as though she's busy or tired. This usually happens when she is trying (and failing) to write.
- Competition Freak: Becomes one whenever she exercises, due to some apparent allergy to endorphins. When she and Marsha go jogging, Daisy repeatedly pushes her down and even sends Colin after her.
- Genki Girl: Attempts to be one, but she's often morose and moody, and her genki antics are more often or not really an excuse to avoid doing any writing.Tim: Oh, let's have a party! Let's get a dog! Let's do some theatre! Let's stand in front of the bedroom mirror BOGELING TO ASWAD!
- The latter turns out to be a subversion; Tim is surprised to realize that Daisy wasn't lying and it actually was research for an article.
- Hipster: Wears lensless glasses to look smarter and uses an antiquated typewriter. Plus, her idea of a good evening is seeing a modern play by some unknown playwright (preferrably "with a swear word in the title").
- The Klutz: Frequently trips or falls over for no reason.
- Most Writers Are Writers: Even if They are spectacularly lazy.
- Motor Mouth: At times, particularly whenever she's trying to be Genki.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: She's an aspiring writer who actually does very little writing. Lampshaded by Tyres in this exchange:Tyres: And what do you do?Daisy: I write, actually.Tyres: In other words, you're on the dole.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Jessica Stevenson was pregnant during the filming of the first series, which is why in series two Daisy suddenly becomes more active and goes from a total disinterest in physical activity to taking up jogging, practicing martial arts, and engaging in finger gun battles.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Daisy tries this at her birthday party. Unfortunately, all the guys are more interested in the cake.
- The Slacker: Regularly avoids working. She also avoids exercise, but this is due to the aforementioned endorphin allergy that makes her violently competitive.
Played By: Julia Deakin
Marsha, the permanently sozzled landlady, is never seen without a lit cigarette in one hand, and a glass of red wine in the other. Once a promising young athlete, she retired from athletics after receiving a leg injury and became a groupie instead, resulting in several marriages that ended bitterly and a teenage daughter, Amber, with whom she is near-constantly arguing. She passionately lusts after Brian, an attraction which stems from a hazy, torrid incident in the past where rent negotiations became somewhat more sensual than usual as a result of Brian's sheer poverty. She is utterly delighted to have new, young friends, which is slightly awkward, as she's the only one who does not know that Tim and Daisy are not actually a couple.
- The Alcoholic: She offers to share a bottle of champagne left over from the previous day with Brian to celebrate him getting an installation at an art gallery. When Brian asks what was so special about that day, Marsha replies "Sunday." She reassures Brian that she can resist the bottle for a day, before opening it less than ten seconds later.
- Atomic F-Bomb / Cluster F-Bomb: Whenever she's shouting at her daughter Amber.
- "FUCK OOOFFFF!!!"
- Catch Phrase: "Hullo, Brian."
- "Bloody 'ell."
- Compliment Backfire: Pulls this on Daisy when she gets back from Asia.Marsha: You look really well! A lot of people lose weight when they're travelin'.
- Double Entendre: Frequently makes these in regards to Brian.Marsha: Brian, come back in one piece. You know what piece I mean.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: She was a champion athlete until she was forced to retire due to injury, after being run over by the man she'd later marry.
- Mrs. Robinson: Is this towards Brian, and Mike for a little while. Although in Mike's case, he gets completely Squicked out by her advances.Mike: (disturbed) Is there a key to this lock?
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It's initially implied that she was aware that Tim and Daisy aren't really a couple, but pretended to be oblivious because she loves having them downstairs. The penultimate episode, however, subverts this by revealing that she didn't know and is absolutely devastated to discover that Tim and Daisy had been lying to her.
- She's Got Legs: Apparently from her days as an Olympic runner.Marsha: Why do you think I've got such ace pins? They're me souvenirs.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: She's very fond of inviting herself into Tim and Daisy's and not leaving for very long periods of time. They're usually willing to put up with it, however.
Played By: Mark Heap
The lodger in the flat below Tim and Daisy's, Brian is a rather bizarre and somewhat angst-ridden and pretentious artist. Quietly spoken and intense, Brian gives the impression of being almost psychotic and sociopathic; in fact, he's just very shy and timid. His main artistic drives are anger, pain, fear and aggression, and his art is, according to him, 'a bit more complex' than watercolours.
- Ambiguously Gay: When pressed, Brian has asserted that he isn't gay... in a fashion that suggests he really thinks he ought to be.
Brian: I don't expect you to understand. Most people don't want to listen, they just tune out. It's hard to hear the story of a love affair between two straight men, one of whom is the most divine woman alive.
- And then, of course, there's his relationship with Vulva.
- Biggus Dickus: When Tim catches a glimpse of it (while Brian is using it as paintbrush), he simply remarks, "Huge." Of course, this was actually an ad-lib by Simon Pegg.
- Creator Breakdown: Invoked. Brian works in a perpetual state of Creator Breakdown as it's the motivation for much of his artwork. When he starts dating Twist, he starts painting flowers and pictures of her.
- Hairstyle Inertia: in an example similar to Mike's, he already sported a goatee in a flashback of him as a child.
- Mad Artist: Subverted; Brian comes off as one of these, but he's just very very shy and socially awkward; he's actually quite sweet once you get to know him.
- No Social Skills: He is generally oblivious to social conventions, and even when he knows what he should be doing his shyness typically gets the best of him.
- Stalker with a Crush: Is this towards his ex-girlfriends.Brian: I see all of my ex-girlfriends. Although... not so much see, as... watch...
- True Art Is Angsty: In-universe. He finds himself unable to paint when he becomes happy as a result of dating Twist, and can only return to his craft when he hears that his uncle has died. Marsha even lampshades it.
Played By: Nick Frost
Mike is Tim's best friend. He wishes dearly that he could join the British Army, but unfortunately is ineligible owing to the detached retinas he received following a painful childhood accident when jumping from a tree after being egged on by Tim, and as must console himself with membership in the Territorial Army instead. The first series revealed that Mike had been thrown out of the TA because he stole a Chieftain tank and tried to invade Paris with it while on weekend manoeuvres in France.
- Ambiguously Gay: Mike seems to have it really bad for Tim, and is never suggested to have any kind of interest in the opposite sex... Was also once seen holding a copy of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Word of god is that they thought about making him end up with someone like Dexter or just admit he was gay.
- Badass Moustache: He even had it as a child.
- Blood Knight: A non-crazy or villainous example. It's established to be of benefit to get him back in the TA.
- Cool Shades: He is never seen without his sunglasses.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Has apparently devised an infiltration tactic that involves draining a man's blood and replacing it with Tizer.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Mike often comes across as a bit of a blundering ditz, but is capable of laser-sharp insight from time to time.
- Gentle Giant: He's pretty crazy but is a giant teddy bear of a man overall.
- Gun Nut: Has a small armoury that he tends to leave lying around the flat.
- Man Child: Logically, since he's friends with Tim. Tends to come across as a kid who desperately wants to play at war and soldiers.
- More Dakka: His solutions to problems tend to involve this.
- Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: Subverted. He tells Daisy that he'd have to kill her if he told her what he does for a living. We discover that he's a lollipop man, who makes the best of it by acting like he's in a war movie.
- Rank Up: At the end of the second series, gets promoted to Sergeant.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Mike's life is consumed with the Territorial Army and his guns and war fixation... when he's not wearing pink aerobics gear to work out or a frilly apron to bake scones, that is.
- Tank Goodness: Tried to invade Paris with a tank he stole.
Played By: Katy Carmichael
Twist, Daisy's best friend, is (in the words of Tim) either 'sweet and stupid, or an evil genius'. She 'works in fashion' (i.e. a dry cleaner) and is an atrociously superficial 'fashion fascist'. She is prone to giving backhanded compliments to Daisy, particularly about her size, weight or clothing choices.
- Alpha Bitch: A rare post-high school version, with a particular tendency to pick on Daisy.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Despite how vicious she can be, she is quite nice to Brian when they begin dating.
- Backhanded Compliment: They're usually well-intentioned (see Compliment Backfire below), but she's deliberately insulting some of the time as well.
- Compliment Backfire: Most of Twist's communication with Daisy is in the form of possibly unintentional but definitely snide backhanded compliments.Twist: Oh, a bit of a midriff show! Big's in this season, good for you!
- Dumb Blonde: Averted, as she seems to be of relatively average intelligence. She also takes a genuine interest in the art exhibit Brian takes her to. Of course, she's generally unfamiliar with nerd culture, which leads to a couple of misunderstandings...Twist: Is Jabba the princess?
- Fag Hag: What would seem to be Twist's eventual end-of-series fate, at first enthusiastically, but it palls. Until Brian arrives to make up with her.
- The Fashionista: Prides herself on her fashion sense, and even attempts to help Daisy pull a She Cleans Up Nicely by taking her shopping.
Played By: AdaColin is Daisy's dog, a Miniature Schnauzer, bought from a dogs' home where he was shortly due to be put down, to cheer Daisy up after she is dumped by her boyfriend Richard. He is named after the cardboard box Daisy played with as a child when she wasn't allowed to have a real dog.
Played By: Anna Wilson-JonesSarah is the ex-girlfriend who broke Tim's heart by leaving him for his friend, Duane, and kicking him out of their flat. Sarah is a rather antipathetic person, feeding her own vanity with Tim's lame attempts to get her back, while, at the same time, ruthlessly ignoring him.
Played By: James LanceDaisy's boyfriend. Their pet names for each other are "Daisy Duke" and "Boss Hogg". They are in a long-distance relationship (he lives in Hull) but he later breaks up with her over the phone after she confesses to having cheated on him.
Played By: Peter Serafinowicz
The gravelly-voiced back stabber who stole Sarah away from Tim. He was Sarah's boss and Tim's good friend until Tim learned of their affair.
- The Ace: Tim certainly sees him as this, as in all of his flashbacks Duane is the one is more attractive, more successful, and overall much cooler than him.
- The Chew Toy: In the first episode he appears in, he gets shot in the groin with a paintball. In his second and final appearance, he gets beaten to a pulp by a gang of teenagers. Not that he didn't have it coming.
- Groin Attack: Suffered one from Tim in their paintball battle.
- Guttural Growler: In addition to being one, a conversation with him will cause Tim to slip into this as well.
- Large and in Charge: He's 6'5" and definitely thinks he's in charge. The reality is usually otherwise.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- Gets it twice and thoroughly deserved it each time.
- In addition to his comeuppances in the episodes, it's also heavily implied that Sarah's started cheating on him with someone else in the same fashion that she originally started cheating on Tim with him.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Simon Pegg has called Peter Serafinowicz "the sweetest man on the planet".
- Pragmatic Villainy: Why he didn't sue Tim after getting shot in the bollocks. He knew Tim had nothing of value.
- Not to mention its not exactly the kind of thing You want a lot of people to know about.
- Romantic False Lead: For Tim, regarding his old girlfriend. The bad kind.
- Self-Serving Memory: Appears to have this going on regarding the circumstances of how Tim's girlfriend came to be his girlfriend.Daisy: You're Duane. Duane Duane. The Duane who...
Tim: Stole my girlfriend.
Duane: Well, that depends on how you look at it.
Daisy: I think that's how Tim looks at it.
Tim: Yes, I do.
Played By:Marsha's bratty teenage daughter. She and her mother constantly argue and the arguments always end with Amber storming out of the house. The sound of Amber leaving becomes a cue to Tim and Daisy that Marsha will come by wanting to talk.
Played By: Michael Smiley
A Northern Irish bike messenger and a friend of Tim and Mike's. He is a raver and everyday noises such as a phone ringing, or a car horn honking, sound like rave music to him, often prompting him to start dancing. The raving and the drugs also make him prone to hair-trigger mood swings. Tyres possesses a very short attention span and is easily distracted.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Played with. Tim starts to explain to Daisy about how easily distracted Tyres has been an certain occasions, but both of them are immediately distracted by the TV.Tim: "Tyres has got a really short attention span; I remember once we were — oh look, wrestling!"
- Berserk Button: He doesn't like seeing Tim and Daisy collect unemployment without needing it.
- Drugs Are Bad: The constant ectasy and clubbing got him a real bad case of FUCKING MOOD SWINGS. On the other hand, he's not at all a bad guy, and he's always lending money to Tim — albeit because he also has poor memory from over-use of drugs and can never remember that he's lent it or whether Tim's paid him back, which Tim exploits.
- Flash Step: When getting into one of his better moods after one of his rants, he is able to be suddenly seated. Tim and Daisy usually look on in surprise.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: appeared in Shaun of the Dead as a zombie.
- Leitmotif: Everytime he changes into an outburst of anger, a rave music starts to sound, and it stops when he calms down. Abruptly.
- Mood-Swinger: Oh, so, so much a swinger. He can't, literally, hold a single emotion for a long time. Also provides the quote on the trope page.
- Fortunately his angry moments cycle in and out so quickly he never actually acts on them beyond some shouting.
- Motor Mouth: presumably as a side effect of aforementioned addiction.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Random sound effects take on a rhythm in his head. As a result, he can be found raving to everyday things such as telephones and traffic lights.
Played By: Bill BaileyTim's boss at the comic book store, "Fantasy Bazaar". He explains to Tim the story of Gramsci, the dog that attacks only the rich people on Hampstead Heath. At one point in series 2, Bilbo fires Tim for his inability to get over his dislike of The Phantom Menace, but later begs him to return, inspired by Tim leaving a message begging him to do so on his answer-phone. He once beat up his dad for saying Hawk the Slayer was rubbish.
Played By: Clive RussellThe head of Dark Star Comics, the company that Tim desperately longs to work for. When Tim first submitted his portfolio, Damien laughed him out of the office. Since then, Tim has been haunted by visions of Damien laughing at him, and is afraid of submitting a new portfolio to him.
- Dark is Not Evil: After Mike and Tim meet him they conclude that he's actually rather nice.
Played By: Lucy AkhurstDamien's beautiful assistant who helps Tim get hired at Dark Star. They immediately begin dating and have a fun relationship, provoking jealousy in both Daisy and Mike.
- Romantic False Lead: For Daisy and Mike, regarding Tim. The nice kind.
Dexter & Cromwell
Played by: Reece Shearsmith & Jonathan Ryland