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 hibecause he liked her and struck an unusual chord for her.
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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. Probably because they represent her job and how much she depends upon it for her self-worth.
  • I Take Offense 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 by calling her too old and then adding Miss dismissively, thinly-veiled as an act by his role as interviewer.
  • Pet the Dog: Has a soft spot for her braindead minion, Mickey after he breaks through her wall of emotional apathy and gives her the only pen that is really hers to keep.
  • No Sympathy
  • Smug Snake: She's really not as clever as she thinks she is, and it gets her into a lot of trouble. It's what helped Ross see through her and get under her skin in front of the entire class, when she haughtily asked for one of those so-called scum to evaluate her as a candidate.
  • 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
An attendee of Pauline's restart, he is often the target of her bullying, as his good education and self esteem annoys her.
  • 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.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: After five episodes, The Reveal occurs. As a member of the social services, he has the evidence and jurisdiction to have Pauline fired.

Mickey Michaels

Mark Gatiss
Another attendee of the restart, childlike, braindead and unemployable Mickey is Pauline's good-natured lackey.

Cathy Carter-Smith

Reese Shearsmith
Another restart officer and Pauline's nemesis.

  • Eviler Than Thou: A middle-aged, overweight Ambiguously Gay woman with anger issues and dodgy lipstick, Cathy is basically Pauline with the small amount of humanity stripped away.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: With Pauline. They even end up passionately kissing in the stage show.
  • Sadist Teacher
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: She manages to do this even after Pauline's time as restart officer, running the course in a much more abusive and dehumanising way than before.

Hilary Briss

Mark Gatiss
Royston Vaseys' resident butcher and self-proclaimed "Purveyor of fine Meats". His status as a respectable businessman has earned him some considerable standing in the community, but there seems to be a dark undercurrent to his business practices...
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Mrs Briss is revealed to be a Jersey cow.
  • Evil Tastes Good: The reason why he was able to get all the pillars of Vasey in on his racket. They just can't get enough of the Special Stuff.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He seems to consider sheep's eyes a tasty snack. But he doesn't go so far as to sample the Special Stuff... someone has to stay in control.
  • Faux Affably Evil: With his quaint shopfront, muttonchop sideburns and wide smile, Briss seems to cultivate a jolly, amiable image, but this veneer is paper thin and it's not too difficult to see the sociopath lurking beneath.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: Briss is, for all intents and purposes, a very dangerous drug lord who happens to deal in meats instead of narcotics. It's not revealed if the Special Stuff produces a high, but is apparently so delicious it's highly addictive.
  • Insistent Terminology: The illegal and appallingly immoral food he sells under the counter is only ever called "The Special Stuff". What is actually is can only be speculated on.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: A common misconception. His Special Stuff is not human meat, it's something much, much worse.
  • Really 700 Years Old: According to the character biography in Series 1, Briss says that his age "spans great oceans of time".
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He is protected by the police, the council and many other powerful individuals, as he supplies them all with his product.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Briss rarely raises his voice above a slightly fey whisper. When he shouts you know it's Serious Business.

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 Gatiss
The long suffering and ever kind vet of Royston Vasey. Unfortunately he has a habit of accidentally killing any animal he happens to go near.
  • Accidental Murder: Even when he's NOT called to attend a sick animal (just ask that poor Jack Russell who was accidentally caught on the back of his bike...)
  • Break the Cutie: Every animal that he accidentally 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...
  • Catch-Phrase: "Please sit down, I have some rather upsetting news...."
  • Kindly Vet: He's perhaps the nicest character in all of Vasey. He is also an excellent vet in theory, but his cursed nature leads to one appalling incident after another.

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.

Barbara Dixon

Steve Pemberton (voice only)

Owner and driver of "Bab's Cabs", Barbara is a chatty and friendly cabbie who likes nothing more than to regale her customers with the latest news of her gender transitioning in graphic detail. She finally gets what she calls "the chop" at the end of Series One, but unfortunately her surgeon is Mr Chinnery, and the outcome isn't so good.

  • Artistic Licence Biology: She is apparently able to get pregnant and bear children.
  • Hairy Girl: Not a fan of hair removal, Babs proudly displays a thick thatch on her chest.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Barbara is cursed with a very masculine body, copious body hair and a gruff, gravelly voice.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Not to be confused with the Musical Theatre star Barbara Dixon.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She's looking for love and finds it in the arms of David, the Tattsyrup's horrifying son.
  • Too Much Information: She loves to chat about the various challenges and tribulations of transitioning, not recognising that it makes her passengers squirm with discomfort.
  • Transsexual: Barbara is a Male to Female transgendered person, but after the ambiguous results of her operation, she's not sure which category she falls into.