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Characters: The In Betweeners

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William "Will" McKenzie

Played by: Simon Bird

  • Adorkable: When he's not being pompous, he has his moments.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Comes up exactly once, when Patrice mistakes him for an Arab.
  • Berserk Button: Repeatedly being denied alcohol when everyone else is underage, too.
  • Blind Without 'Em
  • Bring My Brown Pants: As a result of nerves and too many energy drinks, he shits himself during an exam.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Cool Loser: Zigzagged. When he actually picks up (or at least is close at picking up) girls, it's usually because they fall for his peculiar humor or pertinent sarcasm. But most of the time, these traits just make people consider him to be a pompous/awkward freak.
  • Cunning Linguist: Is the only member of the group that has any knowledge of any language other than English (as shown by his conversation in French with Patrice). Downplayed, though, as he doesn't find himself in any other situations where other languages are needed (if he knows any) and justified in that he's probably studying French for his A levels.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly in the narrations. In fact, it's what women find most attractive in him.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Has a tendency to keep going off on tirades long after he should have stopped, most notably in his rebuffing of Kerri.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He gets very annoyed when Oneshot Character Lauren prefers Simon over him.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Briefcase" (or some variation thereof) until the time he shits himself.
  • The Hero
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Due to being the most reasonable members of the group, Will and Simon bond relatively quickly
  • Kavorka Man
  • Large Ham: At times.
  • Like Father, Like Son: The Movie reveals that hot women are attracted to Will's dad as well.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality
  • The Narrator
  • Neat Freak: Problematic, since his other three friends are Guys are Slobs.
  • Nerd
  • Nerds Are Virgins
  • Never Live It Down: In universe, shitting himself in an exam.
  • Not so Above It All: While he generally attempts to behave more grounded and rationally minded than most of his friends and is clearly more responsible in the majority of situations, there are several incidents that prove he is effectively capable of the same level of thoughtlessness and ineptitude. Most evident when he's left home alone, he eventually joins in with the lads in destroying daffodils after a few cans.
  • Obsessed Are the Listmakers: He makes a study plan that takes several days to make.
  • Of Course I'm Not A Virgin
  • Only Sane Man
  • Parental Abandonment: His Dad.
  • The Smart Guy: Somewhat subverted in that he's while he's academically bright and smarter than the other three, he often reveals his limited amount of social skills and general impulsiveness in particular situations.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: He could be interpreted as this as he has undertaken some misguided deeds that express his ultimate lack of understanding certain societal norms. Such as:
    • Vocally complaining when a group of people were seated at the front of a ride he and his friends had specifically queued for, only to find out said people were obliged to take this space in the ride as they were disabled.
      • Somewhat justified, in that he had no knowledge of their disability, having never previously seen these people, and he also showed extreme remorse for these actions.
    • Impulsively placing a wig within his underwear during a date with an older woman, after a prank lead to his own pubic hair being removed, causing further embarrassment for him.
    • Attempting to amiably break off an effectively one-sided relationship with a girl he was never attracted to, only to create a scene during his friend's birthday party.
      • This was partly the girl's fault; she had manipulatively claimed that Will attempted to have sex with her, prior to breaking off the "relationship".
    • Becoming the subject of abuse after making several pretentious, patronising but ultimately not malicious claims towards a group of garage workers he would be employed by during his work experience.
    • Claiming to have engaged in several sexual encounters in order to secure his relationship with a slightly older, promiscuous girl, only to face more severe humiliation when his lack of sexual experience is evidenced.
    • Making wild claims of said girl's opinion of him and an extreme exaggeration of their "relationship" to avoid being further abused by the afore mentioned group of mechanics.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: He has a more advanced vocabulary than pretty much anyone else in the show, but he's not about a Cluster F-Bomb when he gets angry.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He is academically more knowledgeable than his three friends and usually more grounded uptight and sensible than them (other than possibly Simon, as the voice of relative sanity alternates between the two characters depending on the situation)while he has his own moments of tactlessness, he is generally among the most rationally minded and logical of characters in the series.

Simon Cooper

Played by Joe Thomas

Jay Cartwright

Played by James Buckley

  • Abusive Parents: His Dad belittles him in almost every conversation he has in the series and his mother just sits there and lets him.
  • Attention Whore
  • All Men Are Perverts
  • Berserk Button: "FOOTBALL FRIEND! FUCKING FOOTBALL FRIEND!"
  • Blatant Lies: Just about everything he says.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He gets unusually annoyed when Will makes a joke about his sister and demands Will takes it back. Will does, then switches to a Your Mom joke. Jay ignores it.
  • Casanova Wannabe
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Surprisingly, but when he actually does get a girlfriend in-series, he's actually quite respectful towards her. He also becomes this in the movie with Jane.
  • The Danza: Sort of.
  • Dirty Coward: Often; He immediately tells Donovan that Will is upstairs with Charlotte, mocks Simon after some guys threaten to beat him up over something Jay did, ditches his friends when some chav pre-teen girls get their brother to chase them with a baseball bat...
  • Drives Like Crazy: In contrast to Simon, who drives like an old woman, Jay is extremely reckless behind the wheel of his mother's car.
  • Freudian Excuse: The way his Dad treats him explains a lot of Jay's behaviour.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?
  • Hidden Depths: When he actually does have a girlfriend, he's a pretty attentive and caring boyfriend. He's also a pretty good DJ and is Not So Different from Big John.
  • Jerk Ass
    • Jerk Ass Facade: In the series 1 finale, he lets slip to Big John that he only acts the way he does to get attention.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Especially in the movie. In the series, while he is shown to have some (rather well-hidden) redeeming traits, he is more often portrayed as a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk. But that may be due to the cynical nature of the series, while the movie, comparatively, has more heart-warming and Throw the Dog a Bone moments.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All
  • Large Ham: Can slip into this at times.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He wishes.
  • Men Don't Cry: Averted- Jay ends up crying after his first serious girlfriend dumps him. It actually makes you feel sorry for him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: This happens to Jay when his lie ends up getting his dog put down.
  • The Nicknamer: Almost never calls Will by name in the first two series, but instead some variation of "briefcase". In the third series, when Will becomes more known for shitting himself at an exam than carrying around a briefcase, Jay starts calling him by name, though still lets slip a briefcase insult/joke once in a while.
  • The Obi-Wannabe: When it comes to love advice.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Probably has the filthiest mouth out of the lads, although they have their moments too.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Evil is a strong word, but most of the time, Jay isn't actually nicer than school bully Donovan - the main difference simply is that Jay is too big of a coward to use violence. His jerkassery is played more for laughs than Donovan's, though, but except for his very few Pet the Dog moments, he only seems to be part of the group by virtue of having known Simon since early childhood and being admired by Neil who is stupid enough to believe in his lies.
    • There's also the fact the lads are clearly aware of Jay's Freudian Excuse- Simon even accuses Jay of be being scared of his Dad in the movie. Donovan on the other hand mostly seems to act like a dick For the Lulz.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • What You Are in the Dark: When he talks alone with Big John in the sixth episode, he shows a surprisingly nice side of himself and even seems to find John sympathetic. However, when others are around, he doesn't miss one chance to gravely insult John, especially about his weight - because the general consensus is that John is a loser.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: A lot of his lies are to impress his Dad, but his Dad is Genre Savvy enough that he doesn't fall for it. Unfortunately, he then tends to respond to Jay's attention seeking by belittling him.

Neil Sutherland

Played by Blake Harrison

Recurring Characters

Mr Gilbert

Played by Greg Davies

  • Actor Allusion: Greg Davies really was a teacher before taking up acting.
  • Child Hater: He really seems like one at times.
  • Cool Old Guy: On holidays at least.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the biggest in the show.
  • Dean Bitterman
  • Do Not Call Me Phil
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Will thinks he's a good enough guy to help Neil out once (he thinks) he got a girl pregnant. He's wrong.
      • He does at least stop Mr. Kennedy from trying to molest Neil several times, so at least there's that.
  • Not So Different: Despite hating Will with passion most of the time, he genuinely agrees with him when Will argues that a fashion show is a stupid, unethical way to collect money for charity since only good-looking people are able to take part. However, he is still enough of an asshole to force Will to take care of the charity money anyways.
  • Pet the Dog: Neil mentions Gilbert takes him making a move on Ms. Timms after one too many beers quite well.
  • Sadist Teacher / Apathetic Teacher: The former against students who have managed to personally annoy or insult him, especially Will. The latter against students in general.

Carli D'Amato

Played by Emily Head

Charlotte Hinchcliffe

Played by Emily Atack

Mark Donovan

Played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes

  • Axe Crazy: Will refers to him as "the school psycho." Hash seems to make him "spread butter like a maniac."
  • The Bully
  • The Charmer: Gets away with his bullying because he's very polite and pleasant towards adults. (And girls.)
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He's threatened Will for being with Charlotte and is implied to have beaten Patrice to a pulp for sleeping with her.
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: None of the protagonists are physically inclined, so Donovan can pretty much get away with screwing with them without retaliation.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Beats up Patrice for sleeping with Charlotte.
  • Mr. Fanservice

Big John

Played by John Seaward

  • Butt Monkey
  • The Danza
  • Fat Idiot
  • Kavorka Man: Is seen at a house party with his hand on a girl's breast.
  • The Pig Pen
  • Straw Loser: He often appears when the four main characters seem to be complete losers to point out that they are actually not at the bottom of the hierarchy (there is a reason they're called "inbetweeners" - they're not really losers, at least not if they pull themselves together, but they are surely not popular either), because guys like John are much worse off.
    • However, it's inverted in the episode "Will's Birthday" where the fact that even John is invited to a party shows how uncool the four main characters are.
      • Although, when confronted, the girl in question says the only reason she didn't invite the lads simply because she didn't know them that well.

Polly McKenzie

Played by Belinda Stewart-Wilson

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents
  • Buxom Is Better
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments.
  • Genre Savvy: Knows perfectly well the text she got from Will's phone sent by Neil wasn't written by Will, so she simply tells him she's happy he got there safely.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Will goes anywhere with his mates, she goes off to get him a jumper.
  • Stacy's Mom: Everybody, from the school psycho to the head of sixth form, has a thing for her. The lads always make comments about her, much to Will's chagrin.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Her attempts to comfort Will usually have her accidentally insulting him, but she does try.

Kevin Sutherland

Played by Alex McQueen

Alan Cooper

Played by Martin Trenaman

Terry Cartwright

Played by David Schaal

John "Paedo" Kennedy

Played by Waen Shepherd

I'm In The BandCharacters/Live-Action TVIntelligence (2014)

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