Characters / The IT Crowd
Ich. Bin. Ein. Nerd.
Portrayed by: Katherine Parkinson
- Accent On The Wrong Syllable: The way she says "COMputer".
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: When she thinks she's won Employee of the Month and it turns out, everyone just thinks she's dead. Happens again when she actually wins Employee of the Month.
- All Women Love Shoes: Jen loves shoes so much it's literally all she says until she gets her hands on them, and when she does they literally mangle her feet, putting her in intense pain for the rest of the day.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has some of this going on with Roy, mostly in series 1.
- Blatant Lies: Her Establishing Character Moment has her bluffing her way through a job interview with Denholm, even though she is totally clueless about computers and doesn't even pronounce it right! Jen even lampshades it! "I lie, I lie, and I lie! And then I lie some more!" In Season Three, she doesn't even know what IT stands for.
- Catch Phrase: "TAXI!" (Screw This, I'm Outta Here!)
- "How DARE you!" is also quite a common phrase for her.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: For Moss, Roy and Richmond.
- Dude Magnet: Has a different boyfriend almost every episode.
- The Face: She's set up as this in the beginning, anyway, but as it turns out she's almost as weird as the people she works with.
- Fiery Redhead: Very easily angered and annoyed.
- Hidden Depths: Her office steadily becomes more and more decked out in cutesy Japanese paraphernalia as the series goes on, an interest that is otherwise not gone into.
- Informed Deformity: Occasionally stated to be quite ugly, to the point where the closeted gay man she was dating claimed to have only been dating her because she looked like a man.
- Jerkass: Not nearly as callous as Roy, but she's still an incredibly shallow person who seeks out flaws in other people.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: She does grow to care lot about Roy and Moss, even turning down a prestigious job offer from another company because they can't cope without her. She also tries to help Richmond become less of a shut-in, even though Richmond is often creepy and unsettling.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Constantly.
- Nerd Nanny: She takes care of Moss and Roy. In the episode where she leaves the IT department, they start to lose it in less than a day.
- Nice Mean And In Between: The In-between. She's not as nice as Moss but a bit nicer than Roy.
- No Periods, Period: Averted. She gets one, then Moss and Roy "synchronise" with her. ...and then the rest of the world's IT workers synch in as well.
- No Social Skills: Not quite. While she can actually function decently in social environments, pretty much every episode features her walking herself into different awkward situations due to handling them poorly.
- Not So Different: Despite her insistence that she's a young go getter, she's just as lazy and only slightly more sociable (and even more amoral) than Roy is.
- Only Sane Man: Comparatively at least, though her outrageous level of tech illiteracy and massive ego frequently push her out of this territory.
- Otaku Surrogate: Later on in the series after she starts to settle into the IT department, her office becomes covered in Japanese memorabilia.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Grows into this with Roy over time. While there are a few hints of romantic chemistry, nothing ever comes of it and they instead share what could be called the most normal friendship on the show.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: see Catch Phrase
- Small Name, Big Ego: Convinced she's on the verge of a career breakthrough despite spending most of her time bumming around with Moss and Roy and not even knowing how to pronounce the word "computer".
- Smoking Is Cool: Averted; she is an on-off smoker and complains smoking isn't "fun" like it used to be.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only recurring female character on the show. Justified in that none of the male characters are capable of maintaining relationships and she herself is shown to seek out rivals in other women.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Very prone to this.
- Team Mom: Best shown when Jen leaves to pursue another job interview, Moss gets electrocuted and concussed, while Roy becomes shirtless, homeless and forced to live in a box; all in the space of two hours!
I like being weird. Weird's all I've got. That and my sweet style.
Portrayed by: Richard Ayoade
- Adorkable: One look at him is all you need as proof.
- Ambiguous Disorder: The lack of inflection in his voice, incredible technical ability alongside nonexistent mundane ones and general lack of understanding of normal human interactions put him in this territory. Then again, from what little we see of his mother, he may really just be that coddled.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The majority of his inventions are incredibly intricate and well-made yet also completely pointless, such as a step ladder for moths to get out of a bath.
- Becoming the Mask: A recurring problem of his is becoming too dedicated to the roles he has to play, such as when he pretended to be Jen's husband for a high school reunion.
- Beware the Nice Ones: "I've got a gun! I've got a ruddy gun!!"
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Nice though he may be, he can be incredibly mean-spirited and petty, most frequently to Richmond.
- Black and Nerdy: Emphasized by his side-parted afro.
- Brainy Brunette: Has dark, curly hair and is hands down the smartest character on the show.
- Breakout Character: Easily the most iconic character from the show.
- Collector of the Strange: Moss collects wires.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's easily the most capable of the trio, though he's also generally clueless.
- Ditzy Genius: An absolute genius in practically all things technological, a complete idiot in everything else.
- Drink Order: White Russian. Too bad nobody knows how to make it.
- Gadgeteer Genius: To an almost absurd degree.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Mother-flippin'" seems to be reserved for when he's really mad. When Roy tries to make him to make him say a proper swear word, the worst he can manage is "ploppers".
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Even with his ridiculous hairdo, Moss is in much better shape than Roy and can generally look very good when in a nice suit, which is commented on by Jen.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Roy, who he claims to be his wife.
- Hollywood Nerd: An over-the-top TV nerd providing a nice contrast to the almost depressingly realistic Roy.
- Innocently Insensitive: Almost always responds to Jen's problems with blunt answers emphasizing why they're her fault while at the same time genuinely meaning to be helpful.
- Manchild: He is a man in his thirties who acts and speaks like a 4 year-old most of the time, doesn't swear, still lives with his mother and sobs uncontrollably when confronted by bullies half his age.
- Momma's Boy: He still lives with his mother and remains almost disturbingly close to her.
- My Beloved Smother: Although he later starts to express an annoyance at her constant intrusions into his life.
- Nerds Are Virgins: He faints at the mere mention of the word "bra", though he's implied to have had a steamy encounter with a beautiful woman attracted to his skill at quiz games. He also might have slept with Jen in the Season One finale, but it's never made clear, and the office therapist is smitten with him.
- Nice Guy: While he lacks any sort of tact, he's a far nicer guy than either of his friends.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Nice, most of the time.
- No Social Skills: To a ridiculous degree. Roy seemed to have been the only person he spoke to besides his mother before Jen showed up.
- Suddenly Always Knew That: occasionally displays extraordinary (like detecting any substance by smell) or out-of-character (mostly, acting cool) skills
- The Stoic: Beyond raising his voice, he rarely emotes, and his face almost never leaves a completely neutral expression.
- Token Good Teammate: Though he's still a huge jerk to Richmond, Moss is far nicer than either Roy or Jen.
- TV Genius: Occasionally builds outrageous inventions out of nowhere.
The same reason I do everything, Jen; to have sex with a lady.
Portrayed by: Chris O'Dowd
...I'm not wearing makeup!
Pucker up boys. It's hammer time!
- Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Jen, though considering he's tried to drug her in the past it's understandable.
- Affably Evil: While he's incredibly corrupt, he's a fairly pleasant guy to be around, though he's quite annoying.
- All Men Are Perverts: Will do absolutely anything to sleep with women.
- Anything That Moves: His standards are even lower than Roy's.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Very easily distracted. "Ooooh! A gun!" comes to mind.
- Bad Boss: Though he actually seems to like his employees, he's just ridiculously insensitive.
- Benevolent Boss: Sees himself as one of these. Most of his actions are motivated by his attempts at acting like one.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He killed his wife note
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Almost hilariously corrupt in every sense of the word.
- Depraved Bisexual: Tries to rape Moss and Roy after he becomes heavily sedated. His original target was Jen, but he doesn't seem to mind at all.
- The Ditz: He's hands down the dumbest member of the cast despite holding the most power.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Believes himself to be this with Roy. He's not.
- Hidden Depths: Genuinely tells Roy he admires his bravery and wishes him luck when he believes Roy is making a statement by (accidentally) wearing lipstick.
- Hopeless Suitor: Occasionally acts as one towards Jen.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Becomes a prominent character (and the only addition to the main cast after the original three) to the point where, until the release of The Internet is Coming, he is the focal character of the final episode. He wasn't introduced until the second series.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Keeps going after Jen, despite her being seemingly the only woman who isn't attracted to him.
- Incoming Ham: He's the page image! "FFFAAATHEEERRR!"
- Jerkass: But of course.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He genuinely seems to consider Moss and Roy to be his friends. When he thinks Roy is wearing lipstick to stand up for what he believes in, Douglas applauds his bravery.
- Kavorka Man: He's had plenty of women despite his awful personality. It helps that he's loaded.
- Large Ham: "GOD DAMN THESE ELECTRIC SEX PANTS!"
- Manchild: Surprisingly even more so than Moss.
- Metaphorgotten: "Well, I'm the boss. Head Honcho. El Numero Uno. Mr. Big. The Godfather. Lord of the Rings. The Bourne... Identity. Er... Taxi Driver. Jaws. I forgot the question quite a while back. Who are you, again?"
- No Indoor Voice: Shouts every line.
- No Social Skills: Despite being far more successful than the IT department he's hardly any better at understanding how the world works.
- Real Men Wear Pink: often sports a pink necktie and kerchief, or exercise spandex...
- Til Murder Do Us Part: Heavily implied to have killed his wife.
- Too Dumb to Live: Constantly falling for pyramid schemes, puts a gun in his mouth and fires them repeatedly to see if it was loaded, thought a briefcase was a computer and considers Roy to be the picture of the trendy modern man.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: "SPEAK, PRRRRIEST!"
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: His father was awful and horrendously corrupt, but at least seemed sort of competent at his job. Douglas is manic, unpredictable and constantly forces his employees to do things they don't want to do. Despite this, he comes off as much more well-intentioned than Denholm ever did.
I hope it doesn't sound arrogant when I say that I am the greatest man in the world.
Douglas' late father and the original owner of Reynholm Industries in Season 1.
- Affably Evil: Seems kind enough to his employess but gives off the vibe that he considers himself superior to them, and has been draining money from the pension for quite some time. It's implied he went to Hell, as he briskly pushes Hitler out of view when trying to beckon Douglas to the other side.
- Bad Boss: Fires the entire fourth floor and current security team because they couldn't work as a team.
- Beware the Silly Ones: His video message to Douglas, meant to be viewed in private, begins rattling off a startlingly specific and corrupt method to drain money from his company. When Douglas is dying, he sees Denholm waiting for him at what he says is Heaven...then pushes Hitler out of the frame to convince Douglas to come to him.
- Catchphrase: Has a tendency to say "brilliant!" in the same tone of voice quite a bit.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: The opening shot of the series is an image of him, which the camera pulls back to reveal is a portrait of himself, while he is doing the same pose in real life. Also laughs at cups of tea, wears earplugs for no reason, and eats an apple for the majority of his video will.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Has had a "suck fund" taking money from the company, set up by an accountant who'd recently been released from prison.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Has a habit of reusing the same words and phrases in a single sentence, making him sound like he's rambling and forgotten what he meant to say. Even he looks confused by it on one occasion.
- Driven to Suicide: When the authorities arrive to inquire about irregularities in the pension, he calmly commits a...
- Disney Villain Death: Asks his assistant to make him a cup of tea, then calmly walks out of the window, plummeting to his death.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Immediately calls off his revived friendship with Richmond after the latter calls him by his first name (which he'd invited Richmond to do), re-sentencing him to his position in the basement and calls him a goblin.
- Hidden Depths: In the final episode of the first series, we see him quickly abandon the crowd he's with in favor of dancing with the I.T. workers, which he continues to do all night. Douglas tells the crew that his father was especially proud of his I.T. department.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: We see genuinely heartwarming moments between him and Richmond in flashbacks, treats his I.T. employees with dignity and remembers their names, and leaves his company to his estranged son, giving him advice on how to get rich off of stealing money from it.
- Large Ham
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Unpredictable and frightening to his employees.
- Self-Disposing Villain: Kills himself in the second season to avoid arrest siphoning money from his company.