"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a graphic artist. And one day soon, I will be."
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.
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.
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
"Oh, sorry, I thought you were a drug dealer!"
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.
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 wasresearch 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.
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.
Will They or Won't They?: Has this with Tim throughout the series. They have finally gotten together at the end of the "Skip to the End" documentary.
Played By: Julia Deakin
"Hullo, it's me. The weirdo from upstairs."
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.
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.
Marsha: Why do you think I've got such nice pins? They're me souvenirs.
Played By: Mark Heap
"I see contemporary art as a dirty plate heaped with worthless junk food and I want something more nourishing."
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.
And then, of course, there's his relationship with Vulva.
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.
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
"Sergeant Mike Watt, TA. It's the longest way up, shortest way down."
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.
"Come now, Daisy, don't start feeling like a big, fat, ugly failure!"
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.
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...
Colin 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.
Sarah 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.
Daisy'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
"Hi, Dom. This is Duane Benzie. How you doing?"
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.
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.
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. His raving (and presumed accompanying drug intake) also makes 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 wihtout 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.
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.
Played By: Bill Bailey
Tim'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.
The 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.