[[folder:Local Shop]]
!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.

* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Tubbs seems fearful of any man who enters the shop doing this.
* BadSamaritan: You do not want to encounter Edward when your leg is caught in a bear trap, chances are he's set it for you.
* BrotherSisterIncest
* {{Catchphrase}}: "This is a local shop, for local people! There's nothing for you here!"
* CloudCuckooLander / [[ManChild WomanChild]]: Tubbs
* EvilPlan: To stop New Road in series 1, and to find a bride for David in series 2.
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether
* ForcedIntoEvil: Tubbs doesn't seem to understand what she's ordered to do.
* {{Gonk}}
* TheGrotesque
* [[OldDarkHouse Old Dark Shop]]
* SerialKiller
* [[spoiler:SurprisinglySuddenDeath]]
* SiblingsInCrime
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Tubbs is quite prone to doing this.
* ThatCameOutWrong: "WE DIDN'T BURN HIM!"
* VillainousIncest

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

* ArrangedMarriage: To [[spoiler: Barbara.]]
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous
* TragicMonster
* TheUnseen: He was seen in series one as a normal man, but has since morphed into a terrifying off-screen beast after Edward persuaded him to "stay local".
[[folder:The Dentons]]
!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.

* AnimalMotifs: Toads.
* BerserkButton: Harvey hates the "f-word" (frog.)
* ControlFreak
* CreatureOfHabit: Their obsessive routines, lists and timetables make them unbearable to live with.
* FanDisservice: "Nude Day".
* {{Gonk}}: Harvey strongly resembles a toad, which has given him a strange obsession with them.
* HairTriggerTemper: Harvey flies off the handle if you insult toads, do something that causes a mess, or give him reason to believe you were [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating.]]
* HappilyMarried
* [[NeatFreak Neat Freaks]]
* SpringCleaningFever
* StepfordSmiler: Val.
* SuperOCD: Colour coded towels and a brush for every task!
* TerrifiedOfGerms: Which is why they keep their house unnaturally clean.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Madame Palm and her five lovely daughters", "Shaking white hot coconuts from the veiny love-tree", and so on...

!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.

* AerithAndBob
* AmbiguouslyBrown: They've very tanned in the 2017 series. Which is strange as it's implied they never leave the house anymore.
* [[CreepyChild Creepy Children]]
* CreepyTwins
* [[EmotionlessGirl Emotionless Girls]]
* {{Expy}}: They're obviously based off the twins from ''Film/TheShining''. It's even more obvious in the 2017 series where they are now brunettes instead of blonde.
* PsychicPowers
* ShesAllGrownUp: They return in the 2017 series, now in their 20's.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior
* TwinTelepathy

!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.

* ADateWithRosiePalms: Harvey thinks Benjamin does this in his house constantly. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest he's even done it once.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: 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.
[[folder:Job Centre]]
!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 HairTriggerTemper, 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.

* AmbiguouslyGay
* BreakTheHaughty
* TheBully
* [[spoiler:BurgerFool: she has to work at Burger Me in a suitably humilating uniform after getting fired.]]
* [[spoiler:ButchLesbian: During her time in prison, and perhaps outside it.]]
* TheCaligula
* CompanionCube: The pens are all she's got.
* EvilIsPetty: "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!"
* HairTriggerTemper
* IconicItem: 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.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''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!
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: To an egregious degree.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: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.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: 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.
* OldMaid: 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.
* PetTheDog: 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.
* NoSympathy
* SmugSnake: 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.
* StrawmanPolitical: 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.
* FriendlessBackground: 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.
* UndercoverCopReveal: After five episodes, TheReveal occurs. [[spoiler: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.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: He's unable to concentrate on anything beyond a few seconds.
* {{Gonk}}: Even by [[GrotesqueGallery Royston Vasey]] standards, Mickey isn't easy on the eye.
* ManChild: Mickey seems to have the cognitive abilities of a 4 or 5 year old, as well as having the same interests in diggers and drawings done in crayon.
* MoralityPet: For Pauline after the final episode of Series one where he brought her a gift just because he liked her and struck an unusual chord for her.
* ThePigpen
* TooDumbToLive
* UndyingLoyalty: To Pauline.

!Cathy Carter-Smith
->Reese Shearsmith
Another restart officer and Pauline's nemesis.

* EvilerThanThou: A middle-aged, overweight AmbiguouslyGay woman with anger issues and dodgy lipstick, Cathy is basically Pauline with the small amount of humanity stripped away.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: With Pauline. [[spoiler:They even end up passionately kissing in the stage show.]]
* SadistTeacher
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: 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...
* BestialityIsDepraved: Mrs Briss is revealed to be a Jersey cow.
* EvilTastesGood: 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.
* ExtremeOmnivore: 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.
* FauxAffablyEvil: 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.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: 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.
* InsistentTerminology: 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.
* ImAHumanitarian: A common misconception. His Special Stuff is not human meat, it's something much, much worse.
* Really700YearsOld: According to the character biography in Series 1, Briss says that his age "spans great oceans of time".
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: He is protected by the police, the council and many other powerful individuals, as he supplies them all with his product.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Briss rarely raises his voice above a slightly fey whisper. When he shouts you know it's SeriousBusiness.

!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.
* AttentionWhore: 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.
* BoisterousWeakling
* BerserkButton: When you tell a joke around Geoff, make sure you tell it right.
* ButtMonkey
* CannotTellAJoke - one of the many reasons he's...
* TheFriendNobodyLikes
* GiftedlyBad: His stand-up routine, and any informal attempt he makes to be funny. Of course, he thinks he's a natural.
* GreenEyedMonster
* HairTriggerTemper
* HighHopesZeroTalent: His stand-up comic ambitions in a nutshell.
* JadedWashout: He's repeatedly shown as being a feckless and an incompetent employee, to the point where the firm is trying to get rid of him in Season 3.
* TheLoad: To Mike and Brian, especially when they get lost in the woods.
* PsychopathicManchild: He is oddly childlike, which probably explains why he finds adult life so frustrating.
* TheResenter: He resents EVERYONE, but especially Mike and Brian, who lead full, happy lives compared to him.
* StrawLoser
* WithFriendsLikeThese: 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.

!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.
* AccidentalMurder: 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...)
* BreakTheCutie: Every animal that he accidentally kills takes its toll and he slowly breaks down throughout the series.
* {{Expy}}: Definitely based on Creator/JamesHerriot, wellington boots and all.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Until he kills them...
* CatchPhrase: "Please sit down, I have some rather upsetting news...."
* KindlyVet: 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
* BackForTheFinale: [[spoiler: He returns in the final episode of the 2017 series where it's revealed that he was the one behind the photobooth.]]
* CatchPhrase: "You're my wife now!" and "Hello Dave!"
* EvilIsHammy: He's one of the evilest characters (which is [[BlackAndGrayMorality saying a lot)]] and also one of the most flamboyant and theatrical.
* EvilPlan: To turn people [[spoiler: into circus animals.]] Even though it would just be easier to just get some [[spoiler: ordinary circus animals.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: Whatever he is, he isn't human. And that's [[TheSpook about all we know about him.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: "You're my wife now!"
* KarmaHoudini
* KubrickStare
* MonsterClown, and one who owns a CircusOfFear at that.
* NotAMask: He's not a white guy in blackface, that's his actual face.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: 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.
* PhonyPsychic: Oddly enough, even though he's a HumanoidAbomination who's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, his psychic act is an obvious and not even remotely convincing fake.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: 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.
* SpeakingSimlish: Sometimes lapses into a weird, menacing babble.
* SlasherSmile
* TheSpook

!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 [[UnwantedSpouse unhappily married]] to [[TheBeard 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. [[spoiler:He also may be a vampire.]]

* AbhorrentAdmirer: To everyone he persues through the course of the show.
* AllGaysArePedophiles: He's is exclusively interested in teens who look to be around 16 or so, but it flies very close to this.
* BlackComedyRape
* CampGay
* CatchPhrase: "Alas Klar."
* DepravedHomosexual
* DodgyToupee: Justin pulls it off [[spoiler:after Lipp throws scalding coffee in his face to knock him out.]]
* DoubleEntendre: He's barely capable of getting a sentence out without making one, much to his chagrin.
* FunnyForeigner
* {{Gayngst}}
* {{Gonk}}: Steve Pemberton achieved his look by taping his lower eyelids down and stuffing his top lip.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: He hates his status as a FlatCharacter who's only good for [[DoubleEntendre Double Entendres]] and wants to break free.
* LoverAndBeloved: To be part of this type of relationship is his dream.
* {{Malaproper}}
* MeaningfulName: "Wolff" for a sexual predator is rather fitting.
* NationalStereotypes
* QueerPeopleAreFunny
* PunnyName
* SissyVillain
* SlippingAMickey: That Duisberg coffee looks suspicious.
* StalkerWithACrush
* TransparentCloset: He confesses his sexuality to Justin, who tries his hardest to feign surprise.
* UnwantedSpouse: To Lotte. It's mutual.
* VillainDecay: His first story arc showed him as an immoral, sociopathic rapist who [[spoiler:buried Justin alive just so he could keep him as a lover for his return to Vasey next year.]] His next appearance was the Christmas special, while he was still predatory, he was much more pathetic and sacrificed himself to save the boy who spurned him. Finally, in the movie he's shown as more of a sympathetic person who struggles against being written as a FlatCharacter. He also finds out he's great with kids (really!) and [[spoiler:ultimately saves Vasey from destruction.]]

!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.

* AttentionWhore
* BadBoss: He's the leader of the troupe, and absolutely loathed for good reason.
* BerserkButton: LESBIANS.
* CondescendingCompassion: One of the reason his plays are so insulting is they're always about minority groups of people who Ollie feels superior to.
* ControlFreak: One of the reasons he's so unbearable to work for.
* CrazyJealousGuy
* CriticalResearchFailure:[[invoked]] It's clear from all his plays he has nothing more than a glancing knowledge of anything he writes about.
* GiftedlyBad
* GreenEyedMonster: It's not pretty when Phil announces he's leaving the troupe for a real acting gig on TV.
* {{Hypocrite}}
* ItsAllAboutMe
* {{Jerkass}}
* MisplacedKindergartenTeacher: He's incredibly patronising to many people, but especially to school kids.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Ollie tries to be right-on, but he often lets his secretly bigoted views slip. He has a special hatred of lesbians because his wife left him for another woman.
* TheResenter
* SissyVillain
* StylisticSuck
* SmallNameBigEgo
* TotallyRadical: Any time he tries to relate to children.

!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.

* ArtisticLicenceBiology: She is apparently able to get pregnant and bear children.
* HairyGirl: Not a fan of hair removal, Babs proudly displays a thick thatch on her chest.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Barbara is cursed with a very masculine body, copious body hair and a gruff, gravelly voice.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Not to be confused with the Musical Theatre star Barbara Dixon.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: She's looking for love and [[spoiler:finds it in the arms of David, the Tattsyrup's horrifying son.]]
* TooMuchInformation: 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.