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 is Edward and Tubbs' son, who inexplicably turned out normal and left to study in London.
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.
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 uncles house kidnapped to being kept in a cage as David's sex slave by the Tubbs family, he finally is able to escape the town during the chaos of the nose-bleed epidemic.
- The Chew Toy
- Only Sane Man
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
- Cargo Ship "Use a pen on me!"
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Attention Whore: He constantly derails his friends' conversations, and shows only a superficial interest in Mike's upcoming wedding, even though he's obsessed with being his Best Man.
- Boisterous Weakling
- Berserk Button: When you tell a joke around Geoff, make sure you tell it right.
- Butt Monkey
- Cannot Tell a Joke - one of the many reasons he's...
- The Friend Nobody Likes
- Giftedly Bad: His stand-up routine, and any informal attempt he makes to be funny. Of course, he thinks he's a natural.
- Green-Eyed Monster
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: His stand-up comic ambitions in a nutshell.
- Jaded Washout: He's repeatedly shown as being a feckless and incompetant employee, to the point where the firm is trying to get rid of him in Season 3.
- The Load: To Mike and Brian, especially when they get lost in the woods.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He is oddly childlike, which probably explains why he finds adult life so frustrating.
- The Resenter: He resents EVERYONE, but especially Mike and Brian, who lead full, happy lives compared to him.
- Straw Loser
- With Friends Like These...: When your so-called "best friend" is threatening your life with a gun because you can't remember the punchline to a joke, perhaps it's time to re-evaluate the friendship.
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.
- 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...
- Expy: Definitely based on James Herriot, wellington boots and all.
- Friend to All Living Things: Until he kills them.... yes
- 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.
- Catch Phrase: "You're my wife now!" and "Hello Dave!"
- Evil Is Hammy: He's one of the evilest characters (which is saying a lot) and also one of the most flamboyant and theatrical.
- Evil Plan: To turn people into circus animals. Even though it would just be easier to just get some ordinary circus animals.
- Humanoid Abomination: Whatever he is, he isn't human. And that's about all we know about him.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: "You're my wife now!"
- Karma Houdini
- Kubrick Stare
- Monster Clown, and one who owns a Circus of Fear at that.
- Not a Mask: He's not a white guy in blackface, that's his actual face.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Calls people by the wrong name and flat-out ignores what people say to him. This is his way of confusing them enough to hand over their personal items and/or capture them.
- Phony Psychic: Oddly enough, even though he's a Humanoid Abomination who's Really 700 Years Old, his psychic act is an obvious and not even remotely convincing fake.
- Really 700 Years Old: When he goes through his Book of Wives in Season Three, some of the photos are clearly old, sepia ones that heavily imply that he's a lot older than he appears. There are more on the wall of his room, too.
- Speaking Simlish: Sometimes lapses into a weird, menacing babble.
- Slasher Smile
- The Spook
- Write Who You Know: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton once had a Greek landlord called Peter Papalazarou, who was always unwilling to speak to Reece. He would always demand to talk to Steve, even when he wasn't there, hence Papa Lazarou's eternal quest to speak to Dave. (Steve talks about it here.
Herr Wolff Lipp
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
, 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.
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.