Characters / The IT Crowd

Jen Barber
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!)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a 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.
  • 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 in, her office has way more anime stuff in it than Moss and Roy's do.
  • 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 singes his hair and loses his memory, while Roy becomes shirtless, homeless and forced to live in a box; all in the space of two hours!

Maurice Moss
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.
  • Asexual: Zig-zagged. While he's had some encounters and tries to get a date in the first series, he's otherwise dismissive of or uninterested in sex. When he poses as Jen's husband on "Friendface," he lies about their overwhelming sex life as if he's speaking another language, and doesn't seem too perturbed by the implications that he and Roy are a couple. And lest you think Nerds Are Virgins, his time on Countdown bags him a night with a gorgeous woman, but refers to their encounter as "mindless animalistic rutting" with disdain. Though considering how obsessed Roy and Jen are with sex, he may only seem this way by comparison.
  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • 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.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: To an almost absurd degree.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Mother-flippin'" seems to be reserved for when he's really mad.
  • 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.
  • Man Child: 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. That said, his encounters with sex are far and few between, and he's less likely to peruse it than his colleagues to the point that he could be read as grey asexual.
  • Nice Guy: While he lacks any sort of tact, he's a far nicer guy than either of his friends.
  • 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.

Roy Trenneman
The same reason I do everything, Jen; to have sex with a lady.

Portrayed by: Chris O Dowd

  • Accidental Pervert: The time he got stuck under a desk between two women. Notable in that it was one of the few times when he wasn't being a pervert intentionally.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He's willing to spend all of his time with truly despicable and repulsive women so long as he gets to have sex with them.
  • Anything That Moves: As long as it is female, Roy is willing to sleep with it.
  • Author Avatar: Graham Linehan has confirmed that Roy is partially based off of himself.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Jen, mostly in series 1.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: His whole work ethic is to do the least amount of work as humanly possible.
  • Butt Monkey: Like you wouldn't believe. Roy endures more Amusing Injuries and other such misfortunes than anyone in the whole series. This reaches ridiculous levels in the finale.
  • Catchphrase: "Hello, IT, have you tried turning it on and off again?" He even uses it as an answering machine when he can't be bothered to answer the phone.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: For Moss and Richmond before Jen arrived, since he was the most normal one by comparison.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly towards Moss, but Jen gets her share too.
  • Expy: He's a considerably more sociable Bernard Black. Considering both shows are done by the guy who did Father Ted, it can be seen that Linehan favors having annoyed Irishmen as his leads.
    • Graham Linehan stated in an interview that he initially intended for Roy to not be Irish, likely in an effort to avert this, but found Chris O'Dowd's performance too perfect to pass up.
  • Genius Slob: He's not a genius like Moss is, but he's shown to possess a firm grasp on technology when he can be arsed to actually do his job.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Looks quite good when he's forced to dress nicely.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Moss (if anything, he's the husband). Douglas also seems to think that they're this, though Roy is hardly receptive.
  • Hidden Depths: His corner of the office is decorated with items that suggest that he is a fan of underground comics and music, two traits that are otherwise not referenced at any point in the series.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Despite his constant complaining about his romantic life, he's had plenty of girlfriends. His standards are just ridiculous.
  • Jerkass: He's a surly slob who'd much rather slack off and snark than actually do his job. Even when you realize how terrible his job is he still comes off as a massive tool.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sometimes. He especially cares for Moss, and at one point tries to help him deal with bullies. He's also generally grateful if anyone is genuinely nice to him.
  • Kavorka Man: While he's somewhat attractive, Roy is a lazy, slovenly jerk who seems to have no problem attracting beautiful women. Keeping them around on the other hand...
  • Large Ham: He's quite adept at going off into long winded rants about incredibly minor things and loves to shout.
  • Man Child: Less so than Moss, Douglas and Richmond though still fully apparent.
  • Morality Pet: Moss is more or less the closest thing he has to a friend.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Frequently. Douglas describes the IT department as "A talented young go-getter, a genius, and an Irishman."
  • No Respect Guy: Gets stepped on by pretty much everybody.
  • No Social Skills: Much less so than Moss, though Roy still seems to have little idea of how basic societal conventions work. He's shown several times to be capable of handling social situations surprisingly well when he's prepared for them and has something resembling a social life outside of the IT department.
  • Only Sane Man: Trades off with Jen.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Grows into this with Jen 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.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: His voice rises to an obnoxiously high falsetto whenever anxious, scared or excited.
  • The Slacker: Will avoid work at all costs. While his job is soul-crushing, it's heavily implied that he was always a lazy good for nothing.
  • Spanner in the Works: He has a tendency to ruin Jen's dates, like tagging along with Phillip when he invited Jen to a musical, attending Peter's dinner party and pointing out his name sounds like "Pedophile", pointing out a guy Jen was dating looked like a magician, crashing Jen's date with Daniel, etc.
  • This Loser Is You: While Moss is a lovable collection of every Hollywood Nerd trope imaginable, the slovenly, deadbeat and angry Roy is a far more accurate portrayal of people who work in IT.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: While Moss and Jen can also be unsympathetic and Roy can occasionally be quite sympathetic himself, he's generally the biggest jerk of the three and more often than not brings his punishments on himself.

Richmond Avenal
An ill wind is blowing.....

Portrayed by: Noel Fielding

  • Butt Monkey: More so than Roy, which is really saying something. How big of a Butt Monkey is he? Moss actively and openly hates his guts.
  • The Bus Came Back: Vanishes from the series for a bit because he has "scurvy", but he returns later.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His background as top executive of Renholm Industries is what allows the main trio to live comfortably at the top at the end of the series without having to do any work.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He spends most of his time living in the walls reciting poetry.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Pretty much his M.O. to the point where he's rarely very useful. He's a nice guy at least.
  • Drop-In Character: Comes and goes as he pleases, though mostly because nobody really cares about him.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Felicity.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Moss and Roy hate him, while the more patient Jen clearly doesn't care much about him and frequently forgets he exists. Roy warms up to him later, though only slightly.
  • Genius Ditz: The former top executive of Renholm Industries despite his incredible spaciness. Then again, considering what we see of the upper management...
  • Guyliner: He's a walking goth stereotype, after all.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Inverted. He's incredibly attractive under all that make-up. Not really surprising, considering who plays him.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a former executive after all.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: He's the only one to successfully pair off with his date at Jen's dinner party, then in The Stinger, Jessica is heard saying, "Ooh, look at me, 'having an orgasm!'"
  • The Load: Never very useful, not like the others give him much of a chance to be.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's occasionally hinted that he may actually have become some kind of supernatural vampire-like being through sheer force of moping.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Though he is veryweird.
  • Nice Guy: Even more so than Moss, he's a very kind and supportive friend.
  • No Respect Guy: Garners even less respect than Roy.
  • No Social Skills: Just as bad as Moss in this regard.
  • Perky Goth: He's actually a very nice guy, he just has a terrible habit of talking incessantly about Cradle of Filth (not a real one- that would be horrible!) and depressing everyone around him.
  • Sixth Ranger: Only sometimes tags along and is otherwise ignored.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Tells Jen he only drinks absinthe, but happily accepts when she offers him Carlsberg instead.
  • Token Good Teammate: Even more than Moss.
  • Wall Crawl: He's capable of scaling a wall in seconds with relative ease. It may have something to with all the time he spends trapped inside them.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: He just sort of hangs out in the walls.

Douglas Reynholm
Pucker up boys. It's hammer time!

Portrayed by: Matt Berry

Denholm Reynholm

Portrayed by: Chris Morris

Douglas' late father.