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.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Confesses his love for Vince when he believes the Black Frost is about to kill them. Vince reacts with amusement but admits his own love for Howard soon afterward when he sees how upset he made him.
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.
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, even though a lot of thisis his own making.
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. It helps that it was his First Kiss and he was hardly particularly straight before.
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.
Just Friends: Although neither he nor Vince are fooling anyone.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Vince follows up Howard's rather pathetic attempt in 'Tundra' with his own, though only after he sees how upset he made Howard after scoffing at it.
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.
Bi the Way: His brain cell goes both ways, and he has no problem kissing a man.
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.
Brutal Honesty: In the radio show version of 'Tundra', when Howard tries to kill himself out in the tundra by going out and dying there, he keeps coming back to his tent, and Vince points out that it's because he's got one leg shorter than the other.
Vince generally has no problem pointing out Howard's many, many flaws.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morality Chain: Though Howard isn't completely exempt from the brunt of his selfishness and occasional mean moments, Howard is also the only one that keeps him from turning into a complete asshole.
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".
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.
Urban Legend Love Life: An odd case. There's no denying Vince is popular with members of both sexes and is hit on frequently, but we never actually see him date anyone or have sex. He rarely pursues anyone and he only pursues someone if they have a friend Howard can date, and all the people he's gone after have rejected him, which never upsets him at all to Howard's confusion. Much is made of Vince's popularity and attractiveness, but he seems to only be concerned with general popularity, rather than romantic or sexual conquest. Considering that he's frequently hinted to be in love with Howard, this has interesting implications.
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.
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.
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.
Only Sane Man: Despite being a perpetually stoned shaman from another planet, Naboo is the most reasonable character on the show.
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.
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 CrazyDeadpan 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.
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.
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".
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Badass Bookworm: Oh, and he's apparently smart enough to splice together man and beast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evil Counterpart: To Vince. They were both naiive, kind and calm sentients growing up among animals far from civilisation, until they moved to London for the prospect of fame, fashion and popularity, at which point they got so far into the party lifestyle they lost sight of reality and Took a Level in Jerkass. The difference between them is that Vince retained his heart of gold and had Howard to keep him comparatively grounded.
Fartillery: The Crack Fox uses his bad diet against Vince to render him unconscious.