Characters / The League of Gentlemen

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Edward and Tubbs Tattsyrup

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, respectively
A bizarre, incestuous married couple who manage the local shop, on the remote moors surrounding Royston Vasey. They pride themselves and the town on being "local", and fear corruption from the outside world. Edward is a vicious psychopath who will let nothing get in his way to ensure the town stays local, and with the help of the childlike, sheltered naive Tubbs, he wages war on those who would connect Vasey to the rest of the world.

David Tattsyrup

Mark Gatiss
David is Edward and Tubbs' son, who inexplicably turned out normal and left to study in London.

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Harvey and Val Denton

Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss, respectively
Two people with a passion for breeding fancy toads and extreme house cleanliness, Val and Harvey are made for one another. Unfortunately, their strange habits and incredible intolerance to anything outside their precious routines make them impossible to live with. When their nephew Benjamin comes to stay for one night, he finds he can't do anything that doesn't violate one of their endless house rules.

Chloe and Radclyffe Denton

Megan and Rosy De Wolf, respectively
Val and Harvey's twin girls, who often seem to know much more than two young children should.

Benjamin Denton

Reece Shearsmith
Unlucky would-be hiker Benjamin makes plans to stay over with his Auntie Val and her family for one night so he can go and meet his friend for a ramble in the moors. He ends up staying over the course of two series, unable to escape the Denton's clutches.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Harvey thinks Benjamin does this in his house constantly. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest he's even done it once.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After two seasons of absolute HELL in Royston Vasey, ranging from being imprisoned in his aunt and uncle's house to being kidnapped and kept in a cage as David's sex slave by the Tattsyrup family, he is finally able to escape the town during the chaos of the nose-bleed epidemic.
  • The Chew Toy
  • Only Sane Man
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Pauline Campbell-Jones

Steve Pemberton
A tyrannical Restart Officer who uses her position as an outlet to vent her hatred of "dole scum". She has absolutely no interest in actually getting anyone back to work, and is more concerned with useless workshops and whether or not her pens have been returned at the end of the day. She has a Hair-Trigger Temper, and can turn violent if challenged. Despite treating everyone on her Restart like morons, she's not too bright herself, and resents Ross for his education and superior vocabulary.

  • Ambiguously Gay
  • Break the Haughty
  • The Bully
  • Burger Fool: she has to work at Burger Me in a suitably humilating uniform after getting fired.
  • Butch Lesbian: During her time in prison, and perhaps outside it.
  • The Caligula
  • Companion Cube: The pens are all she's got.
  • Evil Is Petty: "Iím extending your restart by a month, and then Iím sending you on a whole series of meaningless courses, and then youíre going to come back here and Iím going to re-re-start you!"
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Iconic Item: Pauline's obsession with pens is perhaps her most famous trait.
  • I Take Exception To That Last One:
    Pauline: Just who do you think you're talking to?!
    C.C. Smith: Well according to my report, a psychotic 50-year old lesbian!
    Pauline: How dare you! I'm 48!
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: To an egregious degree.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Pauline ends up getting fired and on unemployment benefits herself. She also has to beg Ross for an appeal, which she made him do previously.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Pauline once prevented Mickey from going to an interview because it clashed with his Restart (which has mandatory attendance). Her reason was he hadn't covered the "Getting An Interview" portion of the course.
  • Old Maid: Ross uses this against her.
  • Pet the Dog: Has a soft spot for her braindead minion, Mickey.
  • No Sympathy
  • Smug Snake: She's really not as clever as she thinks she is, and it gets her into a lot of trouble.
  • Strawman Political: Pauline represents right-wingers who think all unemployed people are indolent, stupid and making a career out of leeching off the state.

Ross Gaines

Reece Shearsmith
  • Friendless Background: The only entry in his address book is "Mother".
  • Jerkass: Not at first, but he morphs into a colder, more arrogant unlikeable character over the course of his story arc.
  • The Mole: After four episodes, The Reveal occurs. As a member of the social services, he has the evidence and jurisdiction to have Pauline fired.


Mark Gatiss

Geoff Tipps

Reece Shearsmith
An enbittered, volatile and unhappy man working in a lower-level position in a plastic-moulding firm in Vasey. His best friends are colleagues Mike and Brian, who have been promoted far ahead of him and secretly only keep him around because he's an old schoolmate of theirs. Geoff constantly alienates them by playing cruel practical jokes like faking his own suicide, pulling a gun on them over trivial matters and utterly failing to tell a joke. Despite this, he has ambitions to be a stand-up comic in London, and leaves Vasey to persue his dream in Season 3.

Mr. Chinnery

Mark Gatis
The long suffering and ever kind vet of Royston Vasey. Unfortunately he has a habit of accidently killing any animal he happens to go near.
  • Accidental Murder: Even when he's NOT called to a sick animal (just ask that poor Jack Russell who was accidently caught on the back of his bike and pulled around until....... *shudders*)
  • Break the Cutie: Every animal that he accidently kills takes its toll and he slowly breaks down throughout the series.
  • Expy: Definitely based on James Herriot, wellington boots and all.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Until he kills them.... yes
  • Catch Phrase: Please sit down, I have some rather upsetting news....
  • Kindly Vet: Considering he works as a vet... yes I'd say he would fit under this trope...

Papa Lazarou

Reece Shearsmith

Herr Wolff Lipp

Steve Pemberton
An effeminate teacher on an exchange trip from Duisberg who is also a predatory pederast with a fondness for school-age teenage boys. He's unhappily married to Lotte, who is disgusted by his perversions. He's tragic and pathetic rather than stone-cold evil, and the horrible things he does seem to be motivated out of loneliness and a desire to find love. He also may be a vampire.

Ollie Plimsolls

Reese Shearsmith

Founder of the Legz Akimbo- "Put yourself in a child" travelling theatre troupe, Ollie fancies himself as a gifted writer/performer of important works tackling issues like homosexuality ("Everybody Out!"), teenage homelessness ("No Home 4 Johnny") and disability ("Vegetable Soup"), but of course they are all badly-researched, unrealistic and laughably over the top. Phil and Dave, the two other members of the troupe can't stand Ollie because of his histrionic personality, bad temper and egotism. He is also incredibly bitter, especially concerning his ex wife.