Characters: The Mighty Boosh
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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.
- 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. Though a lot of this is his own making.
- Big "NO!": Breaks these out frequently.
- 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?: Howard often declares himself as manly, and attempts to do things to confirm it.
- 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, 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 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:
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:
Bollo The Ape (Dave Brown)
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:
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.
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.
- 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!"
- 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
- 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.
The Spirit of Jazz
Lance Dior and Harold Boon (The Flighty Zoos)
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.