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Howard Moon (Julian Barratt)

Vince Noir's best friend, constantly attempting, in vain to make a better life for himself but always failing due to his High Opinion of himself and general insufferability. He worked at the Zooniverse with Vince, Naboo, Bollo and Bob Fossil in series 1, then moved into an apartment in series 2 and later worked at Naboo's antique store in season 3.

Tropes associated with Howard:

  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: "Party" reveals him to not only still be a virgin at age 32, but he's also never been kissed before.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Declares himself to be gay in "party" after kissing Vince but then immediately returns to pursuing the Girl of the Week. He's also occasional implied to have moonlighted as a male prostitute.
  • Aside Glance: Is very fond of doing this.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Confesses his (platonic) love for Vince when they are captured and left for dead. Vince reacts with amusement but then claims that he loves him when he sees how upset he gets.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Sold his soul in exchange for incredible musical ability. Not only has he failed in the music industry, but the entire universe seems to have turned its back on him as a result.
  • Becoming the Mask: In 'Stolen', after staking out in a deer costume, he decides he wants to be known as the 'Stag Man'.
  • Berserk Button: Howard is liable to fall into either a deep depression or a violent rage if you insult his work.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Occasionally claims to be Vince's, which Vince immediately says is false. To his credit, Vince does seem to at least occasionally follow his guidance.
  • Big "NO!": Breaks these out frequently.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Frequently talks up his fighting ability, but his win/loss ratio in no way reflects his alleged skill.
  • Born Unlucky: Even when Howard isn't to blame, things never go his way and people always seem to hate him.
  • Butt Monkey: Howard just can't catch a break in anything. Even music, which he does have a genuine talent for, often doesn't work out for him. Though a lot of this is his own making.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Constantly brags about his skill with the ladies, yet only ever seems to attract men, and monstrous ones at that.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Even the smallest selfish act from Howard will result in him being harmed or injured in some way.
  • Can't Take Criticism: He punched a filly in the face!
  • The Chew Toy: The universe is always finding ways to screw Howard over, even when it seems like he's hit rock bottom.
  • Closet Key: Kissing Vince made him realize he was gay... which he immediately backpedals on the moment the Girl of the Week of that episode shows up again.
  • Crippling Over Specialization: Howard is legitimately talented when it comes to music... he's just terrible at pretty much everything else.
  • Deal with the Devil: Howard sold his soul to the Spirit of Jazz in exchange for musical talent.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Considers himself to be a very classy guy, which Vince frequently calls out as complete BS.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Has a new life's goal every episode.
  • Dirty Coward: Tends to run at the first sign of trouble.
  • First Kiss: With Vince in "Party".
  • Flanderization: During the radio show, he and Vince discuss some of his failed past flings, implying that he has had a few off screen relationships. By the second to last episode of series 3, his lack of success with women has reached a point where he's never even been kissed by one.
  • Foil: He and Vince are polar opposites in practically every way, from fashion sense, to attitude, to music taste, to physical appearance and much, much more.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Frequently gloats about how manly he is, and goes to great lengths to prove himself, but in particularly vulnerable moments he admits that he's afraid he could go gay any second.
  • Hermaphrodite: Apparently. According to Old Gregg he has a "Shenis". Since this was in the live shows, which may or may not be canon, this could be just a joke.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Vince. They live, work, and go on adventures together, and a few characters even assume they are an actual couple. They've also known each other since childhood.
  • It's All About Me: Constantly seeking new ways to elevate himself into fame and fortune at the cost of his friends.
  • It Meant Something to Me: Vince only kisses Howard to stop Dennis from killing them, but it pushes Howard into declaring himself gay (temporarily). It helps that it was his First Kiss.
  • Jerkass: Tends to use his friends for his own benefit and abandon them when things get ugly on a regular basis. To be fair to him though, everyone is a jerk to him already.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Tries to present himself as a cool, sophisticated wise man when in reality his intelligence is only impressive compared to the idiotic characters he frequently encounters. He's regularly shown to have no idea what he's talking about, such as when he stated snow leopards lived in the arctic, which even Vince knew was wrong.
  • Large Ham: Goes off on overly dramatic rants on a regular basis.
  • The Load: While he's one of the more rational characters, his ego and general lack of awareness of how life works tend to instigate many problems for the group. During the actual adventures he generally only burdens the group even further.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Regularly talks himself up as the grandmaster of whatever task he is currently doing only to prove to be less competent than Vince at it.
  • Morality Chain: Howard seems to be the only person that can make Vince feel guilty when he's acting particularly selfish.
  • The Munchausen: Always has a story ready about his insane skill in whatever field he is currently participating in.
  • Neat Freak: He used to be a Binman, and is very anal-retentive about Stationary Village.
  • Nice Hat: Post season one he's never seen without one.
  • No Respect Guy: The small handful of characters who ever show him an ounce of respect tend to try to rape him immediately afterwards. Everyone else, Vince included, treats him like garbage most of the time.
  • No Social Skills: Howard seems to have absolutely no idea how society functions. While he does live in Cloud Cuckoo Land, this generally doesn't justify the majority of his oftentimes bizarre actions around other people.
  • Odd Couple: With Vince.
  • Only Sane Man: Plays this at times, though he's frequently no better than the rest of the cast.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's easily offended and frequently goes off on rants while Vince is laid back and generally oblivious. Interestingly, he seems convinced that he's the blue oni.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Old Gregg in the live shows.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: An inversion with Vince. While Howard is clearly the more physically masculine of the two and frequently brags about his machismo, he is far more sensitive and easily offended than Vince is and is more likely to run, hide or get kidnapped when trouble arises.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: At any given moment, Howard might call himself an artistic visionary, a nature photographer, a genius salesman, an inventor, or an undiscovered acting talent with "willowy" legs and an impressive mustache. He's usually proven wrong.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Mrs Gideon, to the point where he modifies a telescope to look like a sandwich to spy on her during lunch time.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Naboo and Bollo pretty much hate him, and even Vince, the one person who is consistently nice to him, spends most of their time together insulting him.
  • This Loser Is You: Howard is hated by everyone he knows, forced to work menial and humiliating jobs on a regular basis, and is too self-absorbed to realize his own faults. He's also one of the main protagonists.
  • The Unfavorite: Fossil clearly prefers Vince over him. In fact, he's this to just about everyone apart from Vince.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Vince, though mainly in "Party".
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: On the outside, Howard is a complete Jerkass; however it's sometimes hinted that Howard acts the way he does because he's socially inept, not a bad person
  • Vague Age: Continuity is totally ignored in the series, so Howard's true age is never revealed. Howard once stated he was 32, Ten years older than Vince, yet he's also claimed to be 50 years old, and in other episodes he despairs at the fact that he looks like an old man, even though he's the same age- sometimes it's implied that he's known Vince since they were babies, other times it's hinted that he took Vince out of school to be his apprentice at the Zooniverse.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Vince spend more time belittling each other than they do actually being friends, however Vince is also the only person who seems willing to spend any time with Howard at all.

Vince Noir (Noel Fielding)

Vince is Howard's vain, shallow, flighty and impossibly attractive best friend. Exceptionally Low on IQ, but makes up for it by possessing the social skills and large eyes that Howard so conspicuously lacks.

Tropes Associated with Vince:

  • The Ace: Compared to Howard, Vince is infinitely more lucky, talented, good looking and loved than he is.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Vince is incredibly camp and flamboyant, and if he is anything like his brain cell, is probably bisexual, but only ever actively pursues women.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Vince proudly claims this status. While he doesn't usually dress like a woman, he's frequently mistaken for one. Sometimes he's considered attractive, while other times he's called Howard's ugly wife.
    Vince Noir: I'm the great confuser! 'Is it a man? Is it a woman? Oh, I don't think I mind...'
  • Brainless Beauty: Almost literally, as "Journey to the Center of the Punk" shows him to have only one brain cell.
  • Bishōnen: One of the few real life examples of this.
    • Bishie Sparkle: Vince frequently wears sparkly, brightly coloured clothing.
  • Born Lucky: Tends to have things work out impossibly in his favor. For instance, when he and Howard were buried up to their necks in the sand, a coyote takes pity on Vince and gives him a pair of sunglasses. That same coyote pees on Howard.
  • Camp: Vince is impossibly camp.
  • Chick Magnet: Nearly every female character on the show is instantly as attracted to him as they are repulsed by Howard. The same goes for most of the men as well.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Vince is the personification of this trope, though he actually tends to be Closer to Earth than Howard.
  • Closet Key: Arguable; Howard claims this about him because Vince was the first person to kiss him, although he seems to change his mind when he sees the pencil case girl again.
  • Club Kid: A more subdued case than usual, thanks to Howard keeping him somewhat anchored.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's actually more competent than Howard is during most of their adventures, though it helps that even the bad guys seem to like him more.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Generally unfazed by the things he encounters on adventures, only responding with the occasional "cool" or "wicked".
  • The Ditz: Easily the dumbest member of the main cast, which includes a gorilla.
    • Genius Ditz: He's quite talented at several things, such as singing and sewing.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Or metaphors, for that matter.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Frequently mistaken for Howard's wife.
  • Dumb Is Good: Much dumber than Howard but generally presented more sympathetically.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Plenty of males find Vince attractive enough to 'Switch Teams' for.
  • The Fashionista: To an absurd degree. Many of his outfits could barely be considered clothing, such as the mirror ball suit.
  • Foil: He and Howard are polar opposites in nearly every way.
  • The Fool: A perfect example. He's incredibly dimwitted and rarely if ever thinks things through but manages to come out on top in situations through dumb luck and a charming personality.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Frequently wears skin tight jumpsuits.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Due to being raised in the jungle, Vince can communicate and empathize with animals easily. This extends to all creatures as well, who generally instantly take a shine to him. Especially noticeable in comparison to Howard.
  • Freudian Excuse: His obsession with material possessions and fame seem to be motivated by being raised in a forest by a father who would leave him alone for weeks at a time. If you lived in a treehouse made of bus tickets in a place full of monsters called The Forest of Death you'd want some luxury too.
  • The Gadfly: Enjoys mildly irritating Howard.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Howard. They live, work and go on adventures together. Vince also apparently does things like trimming Howard's hair in his sleep. He's also often mistaken as Howard's wife or girlfriend by other characters. They've been friends since childhood as well.
  • Hidden Depths: Selfish, vain and incredibly air-headed, but is a talented painter, hair dresser, story teller, and is extremely gifted with a sewing machine to the point of making most of his own clothes and some of Howard's. He's also a talented singer (Despite what Bryan Ferry says). He's also brave, loves animals, and can be surprisingly kind when he isn't distracted by something shiny.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He loves to point out Howard's many flaws while completely ignoring his own.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: His hair gets more and more bizarre each season.
  • It's All About Me: Vince is rather selfish, and generally has the maturity of a child when it comes to not getting his way. When the situation does not directly involve him, however, Vince is a very caring, sympathetic person.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Howard.
  • Man Child: Vince is incredibly naive and innocent and is generally amused by very mundane things. He also hates eating his vegetables and only eats sweets.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's very good looking and is almost constantly showing that fact off.
  • Nice Guy: While he's incredibly vain, Vince is regularly shown to be an incredibly lovable and sympathetic person who is capable of befriending even monsters simply by talking to them. This is especially noticeable in comparison to the paranoid Jerkass Howard.
  • Non-Action Guy: A zigzagged version. While Howard tends to get involved in more physical activities in the adventure than Vince, it's mostly just "getting the tar beaten out of him while Vince resolves the situation through sheer charisma".
  • Older Than They Look: Possibly a case of Real Life Writes the Plot; Vince Noir is implied to be in his early thirties while looking no older than his early twenties. Noel Fielding is 40 and looks much younger.
  • Popular Is Dumb: Vince is... not very bright, and enjoys 'simple' tasks such as playing with toy cars; and expressly states at one point that he is confused by sentences that don't relate to fashion in some way
  • Pretty Boy: He's so pretty that he's frequently mistaken for a girl, usually Howard's wife or girlfriend.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While he's far more impulsive than Howard, Vince is incredibly laid back and air-headed compared to Howard's constant paranoia.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Inverted. While Vince is physically more feminine than Howard and incredibly proud of this fact, he tends to be the one doing the majority of the heroics during adventures and is shown to be both braver and less sensitive than Howard is.
  • Sleepyhead: While this doesn't crop up often, Vince has been shown to be able to fall asleep instantly, and sometimes at inopportune moments.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He was sort of a Cockney Mowgli as a child.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Howard, though mainly in "Party".
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Though less so than Howard, Vince is incredibly selfish and is frequently very mean to Howard.
  • Vague Age: Less so than Howard, as Vince tends to be consistently portrayed as being between twenty and thirty, but his age is still constantly flip-flopping.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He spends more time harassing Howard than he does actually being friends with him.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: Vince has very large, beautiful blue-grey eyes, which are frequently referred to.
  • With Friends Like These...: Generally spends more time insulting Howard than actually helping him out.

Naboo The Enigma (Mike Fielding)

A long suffering and cynical shaman who attempts to live a peaceful life with his best friend and familiar, Bollo the Ape, but finds his life constantly dirupted by his two colleagues and later roommates, Howard and Vince. Naboo is almost always high; he does not get along with the other Shamans, especially Saboo.Naboo is technically an alien, and posseses no genitals.

Tropes associated with Naboo:

  • Affably Evil: Naboo is a drug dealer, yet he's the only sane character and gains much of the audiences sympathy.
  • Ascended Extra: Goes from a supporting character in season one to Vince and Howard's roommate and the third main character in season 2.
  • Asexuality: He literally has no genitals.
  • Badass Bookworm: Tries to be this but.. most of the time it doesn't work.
  • Based on a Great Big Lie: Naboo was only sent to earth by mistake. He doesn't seem to resent this.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Naboo is dangerous when he's pissed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His specialty is swooping in at the last minute to save Vince and Howard.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A frequent offender.
  • Catch Phrase: I don't believe this!
  • The Chosen One: Subverted. The only reason he's on earth is because his was mistaken to be the mighty hero Banoo, who would save his home planet, making him The Unchosen One. He still ends up saving the day though.
  • Complete Immortality: He has steady access to the Fountain of Youth, and is completely immortal as a result.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tends to snark on other characters, though mostly Howard.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After he loses his title of Shaman.
  • Dull Surprise: His voice is almost always a flat monotone compared to the incredibly expressive Vince and Howard.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He's a cockney shaman stoner who is also Vince and Howard's go to guy for advice.
  • Erudite Stoner/Stoners Are Funny: He's generally always portrayed as being stoned out of his mind, but is also the most rational character on the show.
    Naboo: "Where's my frog?"
    Bob Fossil: "You smoked it last week."
    Naboo: "Oh, yeah."
  • Heel-Face Turn: Goes from being Bob Fossil's sidekick in season one to Vince and Howard's best friend and mentor in season two.
    • Punch Clock Villain: Even during season one, Naboo frequently helped out Vince and Howard behind Fossil's back.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bollo in season 2 onwards.
  • Human Aliens: He's an alien from the planet Xooberon despite looking like a dude in a wizard costume.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Initially meant to serve as Bob Fossil's, he ends up becoming Vince and Howard's.
  • Nice Hat: His turban.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite Naboo being a magical shaman from another planet who dresses like a genie, Mike Fielding speaks with his natural accent when playing him, which is one of the biggest jokes of his character.
  • Older Than They Look: Vince claims that he looks about twelve.
  • Only Sane Man: Despite being a perpetually stoned shaman from another planet, Naboo is the most reasonable character on the show.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Naboo was born in the 16th Century.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The laid back, intelligent stoner to the Axe Crazy gorilla Bollo.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Naboo is absolutely tiny, but also the smartest guy around.
  • The Stoic: Naboo always keeps his cool.
  • Troll: While generally very helpful, he's completely willing to give Vince and Howard phoney magical items if they annoy him too much.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While the world he lives in is as far from normal as you can get, the fact is that Naboo is a magical immortal alien genie man from the distant cosmos who acts far closer to an actual person than anyone else on the show does.
  • Witch Doctor: Always has some magical potions or lotions to give to Vince and Howard.

Bollo The Ape (Dave Brown)

Naboo's Ax-Crazy best friend and familiar; an ape who is strong physically but hugely dim otherwise. Bollo is very fond of Vince but hates Howard, frequently mocking him or forgetting his name.

Tropes associated with Bollo:

  • All Drummers Are Animals: He plays the drums in the band and is a talking ape.
  • Ascended Extra: He was an ape at the zoo who was buddies with Vince who had a role in about two episodes in season one before becoming the fourth and final member of Vince and Howard's friend group in season two.
  • Ax-Crazy: Do not annoy Bollo. He is implied to have killed numerous people, including children, his best friend and others. This is Played for Laughs.
  • The Big Guy
  • Characterization Marches On: In season one he is portrayed as a wise old ape who only Vince could speak to and served as his mentor of sorts. Come season two he has become Naboo, a character he had never interacted with before,'s best friend and familiar and became an Axe Crazy Deadpan Snarker. While he still likes Vince a lot (much more so than Howard), the two don't appear to have the deep connection season one showed them to have.
  • Catch Phrase: "I've got a bad feeling about this..."
  • Cool Old Guy: He's 40, which is very old for a gorilla, but he still likes to play the drums and smoke weed.
  • Dumb Muscle: Bollo is an idiot. He behaves quite childishly at times, becoming attatched to objects like clocks.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snarks almost as much as Naboo, though his are almost entirely directed at Howard.
  • Depending on the Writer: His intelligence tends to vary depending on what's funniest.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: He's a gorilla.
  • Furry Denial: Bollo is treated the same way as every human on the show. This is, naturally lampshaded several times:
    Saboo: (to Naboo) You live with a couple of dossbags and an ape!
    (Bollo Growls)
    Saboo: What? You are an ape!
    Bollo: Oh.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Naboo.
  • Literal-Minded: Sometimes.
  • Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ: Generally comes off as pretty sharp, but frequently loses several IQ points for the sake of humor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the Axe Crazy ape to Naboo's laid back guru.
  • Talking Animal: Became this in the TV show from season two onwards; in the radio show and season one only Vince can understand him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Naboo- he goes virtually everywhere Naboo does. He's very fond of Vince, too.
  • You Don't Look Like You: He goes from a rather sophisticated animatronic in season one two a cheap gorilla suit in season two. The suit is far more iconic.

Bob Fossil (Rich Fulcher)

The extremely odd manager of The Zooniverse, originally a sort of Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain but after the Re Tool became a sort of strange ally to Vince, although he always hated Howard. Fossil ran a zoo but didn't know the names of any of the animals, and sometimes vented his frustration by throwing small children into cages. He had an enormous crush on Dixon Bainbridge and is shown to be almost kind without his presence.

Tropes associated with Bob:

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Or maybe not. He flat out tells Howard at one point that he has "loads of mental problems".
  • Ambiguously Gay: Bob Fossil loved Bainbridge.
    • He also apparently fell for Naboo in "Hitcher", and it's mentioned a few times that he may have paid Howard for sexual favours.
    • In the radio show he really likes Vince, obviously favoring over Howard whom he seems to hate for no reason.
    • He does however have a Vietnamese wife, so he's more likely a case of Anything That Moves.
  • Bad Boss: Particularly to Howard. He likes Vince, maybe a little too much, but still forces him into life-threatening situations on a daily basis.
  • Berserk Button: He does not like seeing animals naked.
  • Big Bad: Of the radio show, where he was the only consistent villain.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He comes to save Vince and Howard from the People of the Box in the radio version of "Hitcher."
  • Birds of a Feather: On the occasions where it's just him and Vince hanging out, they're shown to get along swimmingly, mostly due to being Man Children with absolutely no self control.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: A specialty of his.
  • Butt Monkey: In the radio show. He deserves it, though.
  • Cool Bike: Surprisingly has a pretty nice motorcycle. It even has a sidecar on it for Naboo!
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: In a world where everyone is one of these to some extent, Bob Fossil manages to stand in a league of his own.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he's a useless psychotic moron most of the time, his heroic rescue of Vince and Howard from the People of the Box in the radio version of "Hitcher" was incredibly awesome.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: he attempts to express his affection for Bainbridge seveal times, all of which failed
  • Demoted to Extra: In series two, where the lack of a zoo setting gave him no real reason for being around. He gets a bit better in series three where he becomes the owner of the club the Boosh frequent, but only slightly.
  • Departmentof Redundancy Department: "I have loads of heroes with eyepatches, uh... Kirk Douglas... me on a Friday night... did I mention Kirk Douglas?"
  • The Ditz: Fossil switches from being a Cloud Cuckoolander to a complete freak in a couple of minutes, become obsessed with Howard, Paper Cups and His 'Talk Box' (actually a tape recorder) in which he stores the names of his animals so as not to forget them. He calls the elephant 'The Grey Leg face man' for example.
  • The Dragon: Serves as an ineffectual one to Bainbridge in series one.
  • Dumb Muscle: Bainbridge uses him for grunt work and as a punching bag but little else.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Was clearly very upset when Dixon Bainbridge stole credit for writing Vince's Charlie novels. He'll murder Vince for Bainbridge without a thought but stealing someone's art? That is just mean.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: While he's not really ever a hero, he shifts from being an Incidental Villain to an ally of the Boosh from episode to episode.
    • Heel-Face Turn: In series three he's consistently portrayed as an ally of the band, though a pretty useless one.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: In the radio show "So my mom used to throw eggs in my bunker at breakfast and call me "Wimp Womp! And my dad used to dress up and scream at us, 'I'm a Chinese bear, walkin' around the wig hut!' Yeah!"
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: He comes from an incredibly broken home and seemingly just wants others, particularly Bainbridge, to acknowledge him.
  • Incidental Villain: Does incredibly underhanded things to support his zoo, but is genuinely repulsed by anything he considers "evil". However, his concept of what is "evil" is pretty much incomprehensible.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: In the television series. In the radio series he's a more credible threat.
  • Jerkass:.. is putting it lightly, particularly in the radio show where he was the closest thing to a main antagonist as a surreal comedy show is going to get. He feeds a little boy to the lions in the first episode, for corn's sake!
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has a very well hidden nice side. In "Charlie", he looks shocked and visibly disturbed when Dixon and Hamilton steal the credit for writing Vince's books, even though he normally sides with Dixon on literally everything.
  • Large Ham: Oh, god, yes.
  • No Indoor Voice: Shouts all of his lines.
  • Noodle Incident:
    And that's why you should never bring a cricket bat to Greece.
    And that's why I don't like Cricket!
    What, go in your pick up truck and beat up midgets like last time?
  • Psychopathic Man Child: "I wanna chopper!"
  • Out of Focus: He was only seen once in the second season and twice in the third.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Whenever he gets beaten up his screams of pain are interspersed with cries of how much he enjoys it.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Moon! Christ on a stick, what are you doing here?!"
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Goes from the head zoo keeper of the Zooniverse in series 1, to being the host of the Pie Face Records Battle of the Bands competition in series 2 to being the owner of the Velvet Onion night club in series 3.

     Recurring Characters 

Dixon Bainbridge (Matt Berry)

  • The Ace: Much, much better at things than Howard is.
  • Badass: Dude goes to the Arctic Tundra, alone, survives falling off a cliff (his fall was broken by a wolf, which he then killed with a gun hidden in his mustache, but still), then makes his way back to England, goes off to the Tundra alone again, and somehow finds the fake Egg of Mantumbi, survives being frozen by the terrible "Icy Bastard", who he attempted to fist-fight, thaws himself out with heat hidden in his mustache, goes back to England using a whale's jawbone (he killed the whale, somehow) as a raft to get to another continent, then goes back to England, back to the Tundra, where he finds the real Egg of Mantumbi, and is celebrated as the best explorer and man of action who ever lived. Bad. Ass
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of series one.
  • Big Damn Villains: Saves Vince and Howard from the Black Frost in the television version of "Tundra".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Completely vanishes without a word after season one.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Easily shoots the Black Frost dead with little effort.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Howard. Both are obnoxious blowhards constantly bragging about their accomplishments and abusing their idiotic assistant, but while Howard is all talk, Bainbridge legitimately has done what he claims to have done. However, Bainbridge also lacks the sympathetic traits that Howard possesses and is overall a much bigger asshole.
  • Gentleman Adventurer
  • Jerkass: Never shown doing anything remotely heroic.
  • Large Ham: He's played by Matt Berry, this was inevitable.
  • Playing Gertrude: Male version. He's clearly meant to be in his late forties to mid-fifties, but he's played by an actor who is actually younger than Noel Fielding, who plays Vince as somewhere in his twenties(and very early thirties in series 3).
  • Wicked Cultured: Swears, beats people up and drinks, but he's almost never seen out of a suit and says things like, "I said 'Good day, sir!' to end phonecalls.

The Moon (Noel Fielding)

Dennis the Head Shaman (Julian Barratt)

Saboo (Richard Ayoade)

  • Badass: Considered to be the Shaman Council's top man, though we get no indication of his skill beyond a few throw away lines during his introduction.
  • By-the-Book Cop: He and Tony Harrison are the two main enforcers of the Shaman Council, and while he's hyped up as a Cowboy Cop, he's really one of these.
  • Catch Phrase: "The crunch, plum duff".
  • Informed Loner: He's supposedly the Shaman Council's resident badass who doesn't play by the rules. In actuality, not only is he incredibly uptight, but he's easily the most by the book Shaman in the entire series. To further this, he's played by an actor best known for playing an over the top Holly Wood Nerd with a high pitched and nasally voice.
  • Jerkass
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Nice Hat
  • Odd Couple: With Tony Harrison.
  • Only Sane Man
  • The Rival: To Naboo.
  • Scary Black Man: Kind of.
  • This Loser Is You
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Complains constantly about being teamed up with Tony Harrison, but he still rubs suncream on him in one episode.

Tony Harrison (Noel Fielding)

  • Aerith and Bob: He's a magical squid-man thing with a completely ordinary name.
  • The Alcoholic: He uses bourbon instead of milk in his cereal, and is constantly talking about getting plastered.
  • Black Comedy Rape
  • Catch Phrase: "This is an outrage!"
  • Cephalothorax
  • Cowboy Cop: He loves to drink and be spontaneous, to the constant ire of Saboo. Together they act as the top enforcers of the Shaman Council.
  • The Hedonist: Only interested in having fun.
  • Jerkass: He's quite a dick to Saboo and is implied to be an abusive husband.
  • Odd Couple: With Saboo, who is dumbfounded why the Dennis would ever partner them up knowing how badly their personalities clash.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Saboo, oddly enough.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Is implied to have slapped around his wife at times.

Mrs Gideon (Victoria Wicks)

Kirk (Kirk Gaitskell-Kendrick)

  • Informed Flaw: Parodied and played for laughs. Everyone, especially Saboo, treats Kirk as a sort of sleeping monster, claiming he is 'a vehicular menace, mowing down everyone in his path,' or that he is a 'violent and sexually deranged being' whilst none of this is ever shown on screen, and to the audience Kirk simply seems like an adorable little boy.

Joey Moose (Dave Brown)

  • The Ace: Much more of a rough and tumble adventurer than Howard is.
  • Awesome Aussie: Quite the badass and a very stereotypical Australian.
  • Badass: Capable of scaling a mountain while carrying Howard in a papoose.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Steve Irwin.
  • Combat Commentator: Alongside Bob Fossil during Howard's fight with Killeroo. This is notably the only time in the television series where he gets any lines and the only time he appears before he gets killed in "Mutants".
  • Demoted to Extra: In the radio version of "Mutants" he adventures alongside Vince and Howard throughout it and proves to be a competent ally, while in the television version he's killed in the opening scene and his body parts are used to make the mutants.
  • Guest Star Party Member: In the radio version of "Mutants" he travels with Vince and Howard throughout the episode.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Much more competent than Howard.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed off in the first minutes of the television version of "Mutants" to avoid promoting him to main character status.
  • Mauve Shirt: Gets a very generic personality before getting killed of on the television series.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: In the television version of "Mutants", where his death kicks off the plot of the episode.

     Monsters, Villains and Freaks 

The Hitcher

  • Affably Evil: The Hitcher can be very charming, and even offers to protect, and seems to have a crush on Howard, but he's mostly doing it for the Lulz.
  • Ax-Crazy: His one goal in life is to slash up everyone in existence.
  • Big Bad: The only villain to appear in every season and is always played up as considerably more of a threat than most villains each time.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Frequently announces how he's a "cockney nutjob".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: See Pet the Dog.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In "Eels", though he's back to being a villain in the live show.
  • Large Ham
  • Not So Above It All: He's one of the more frightening villains on the show (along with the Crack Fox and the Spirit of Jazz), but he's still delighted by a toy car when Vince offers to sell it, declaring he will play with it when he gets home.
  • Pet the Dog: When The Hitcher caught Jack The Ripper (long story) stabbing up a woman, he killed him out of disgust because he 'doesn't hold for that sort of thing'.
    • Should be taken with a pinch of salt, as he is perfectly willing to do everything else to them.
  • Stalker with a Crush
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Apparently.

Old Gregg

Black Frost

The Spirit of Jazz

Sandstorm

Nanatoo

Milky Joe

Lance Dior and Harold Boon (The Flighty Zoos)

Crack Fox

Tommy Nooka (Radio Show: Richard Ayoade, Television Series: Rich Fulcher)

A zookeeper who went missing for years and Vince and Howard try to find.
  • Badasson Paper: He ends up being extremely boring once they actually meet him.
  • Body Horror: Has large cheese-like growths on his head.