Characters / The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A list of the major characters in the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Brad Majors: A hero note 

An All-American man who proposes to his girlfriend Janet Weiss. However, on the way to meet his old friend and science teacher, Dr. Scott, Brad Majors ends up with a flat tire on his car. He soon finds himself at the mercy of Dr. Frank N Furter, his servants, and ends up confused over his own sexuality after the events in the castle. Played by Barry Bostwick.

  • Adorkable
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: "Damn it, Janet!"
    • He sounds pretty anguished in the sequel with his "I'm looking for love!" lines during "Looking For Trade".
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: According to Frank.
  • Bound and Gagged: Spends most of Shock Treatment gagged in a straight jacket.
  • Bi the Way: Is attracted to Janet, but gets seduced by Frank.
  • Call-and-Response Song: "Duel Duet" is one of these with Farley near the end of Shock Treatment.
  • Demoted to Extra: Though still technically one of the main characters, Brad spends most of Shock Treatment drugged and gagged in Dentonvale.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: early in the film.
    Brad: This is my fiancee.
    (Frank looks at Brad.)
    Brad: Janet Veiss.note 
    Janet: Weiss.
    Brad: (clears throat.) Weiss.note 
  • Evil Twin: Farley Flavors.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Pulls his glasses off while shouting angrily at Frank prompting the Audience Participation line "It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SUPER ASSHOLE!"
  • Happily Adopted: Shock Treatment reveals he was this.
  • The Hedonist: Seems to become this after his sexcapades with Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: FRAAAANK-FURT-EEEEER!. Brad and Dr Scott say this to Frank when he's threatening Janet. A rare use of this line by two men who are not in any position to threaten Frank-n-Furter at all.
  • I Want My Mommy: Brad in "The Floor Show": "It's beyond me/Help me, Mommy!"
  • Pinball Protagonist: The only thing of note that he or Janet do is get laid and survive the evening.
    • The film is very much about how Brad and Janet are either sexually liberated or corrupted.
  • Separated at Birth: Shock Treatment reveals that he and his brother Farley were adopted by different families after their parents died in a car crash.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He accidentally cheats on Janet with Frank.

Janet Weiss: A heroinenote 

A formerly innocent girl who is Brad's fiancee. Though, during her time in the castle, she has sex with both Frank N. Furter and Rocky...the latter prompting pure rage from the former. In the end, she's also confused about what has occurred, but also realizes the benefits of living a sexually active life. Played by Susan Sarandon.

Dr. Frank N Furter: A scientist

Frank is a Mad Scientist bent on creating the "perfect man," which he succeeds in doing so by creating Rocky. He's something of the antagonist of the film, causing all sorts of trouble for Brad and Janet. In the end, he's killed by Riff Raff. Star-Making Role for Tim Curry.

  • Adaptational Wimp: A minor case with Frank. In the film, he helplessly tries to run away when Riff Raff comes at him with a laser. In the stage show, however, he stands his ground and even provokes him to do it ("Do your worst, inferior one!").
  • Affably Evil: He murders Eddie and manipulates Brad and Janet into sleeping with him, but he's still quite charming.
  • Agent Peacock: Swishy and a crossdresser but, he's a brilliant and manipulative schemer who seduces anyone he wants.
  • Aliens of London: Has an English accent. He originally had a German accent in the early days of the stage show. For reasons unknown, the idea was quickly dropped.
  • All Take and No Give: Frank's very selfish, as Columbia so blatantly points out. His greatest scientific achievement was simply so he could be lauded as a genius (and for a sex toy he could keep all to himself).
  • Anything That Moves: Frank's not picky when it comes to gender...or species for that matter. The original stage show stated that Frank came to Earth to conquer it for the planet Transsexual, but loved having sex with Earthlings so much he just stopped giving a shit.
  • Aside Glance: Often, and always intentional.
    • When Frank says "How nice!" in the lab.
    • And during "Sweet Transvestite," Frank raises an eyebrow at the camera as he says "Well you got caught with a flat, well, how 'bout that?"
  • Attention Whore: Oh, so very much. He hates it when people steal the spotlight from him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Frank is completely and utterly insane, when he sees Eddie stealing attention away from him, he goes to chop him up. With an axe.
  • Bad Boss: Frank is sometimes shown yelling hysterically at his servants when they make mistakes (especially towards Riff Raff - he even whips him when he finds out he let Rocky escape).
  • Bed Trick: Frank does this to both Brad and Janet, which sends them spiraling into being sex deviants.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT make Frank jealous. It will be the absolute last thing you'll ever do, it is a very, very, VERY bad idea to make Frank jealous. Just seeing Rocky with Janet was enough to drive Frank into a blind fury and chase Janet around the castle. And then there's Eddie who just busts out of the vault with his motorcycle to sing his song.
  • Big Bad: or the closest there is to one at least
  • Big Entrance: Dr. Frank N. Furter's first appearance, during "Sweet Transvestite".
  • Big "NO!": Right before he is killed.
  • B.S.O.D. Song: Frank gets "I'm Going Home"note  as he faces death by anti-matter at the hands of Riff-Raff. Most of the floor show also seems to count.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Considering that "Cheshire Cat" is one of Tim Curry's nicknames, take a wild guess who uses this.
  • Clingy Jealous Boy: Sure, he flirts with nearly everyone. But, if he sees anyone with his beloved Rocky, he unleashes his jealousy-induced rage upon them. Janet Weiss had to find this out the hard way.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He'll sleep with (almost) anyone. But, if he sees ANYONE with his beloved Rocky, he'll unleash his jealousy-induced rage upon you. Janet had to find this out the hard way.
  • Creating Life: The whole point of Frank's experiment is to do this.
  • Crossdresser: As the famous line goes, he's "a sweet transvestite".
  • Death Song: "I'm Going Home".
  • Depraved Bisexual: He's not exactly mentally stable and he seduces both Brad and Janet.
  • Dr. Fakenstein: He's essentially Victor Frankenstein as a crossdresser.
  • The Eleven O'Clock Number: I'm Going Home, he sings about how well-meaning and misunderstood he is.
  • Evil Brit: Although Frank isn't even from Earth, let alone English, his accent certainly draws on the connotations of his trope. Tim Curry based it on upper-class English girls he knew.
  • Gender Flip: Will be played by Laverne Cox in the remake who was ironically born a man.
  • Glove Snap: Twice: "I snap my glove and scare myself!" and "I snap my glove and don't scare myself!"
  • The Hedonist: Is a strong believer in "absolute pleasure".
  • The Hero Sucks Song: "Planet, Schmanet, Janet" mostly consists of him lambasting Janet.
  • Herr Doctor: He had a German accent in the early days of the stage show. * Hypocrite:
    • As a hedonist, he's all for people being faithless in relationships and sleeping with whoever.....unless Rocky does it. If Rocky does it, all hell breaks loose.
    • Though this is possibly because he's more than a bit of a control freak. He is always the one to initiate sexual encounters and is always in control of those sexual encounters, any other arrangement seems to make him uncomfortable or angry.
  • Human Aliens: He comes from another planet but looks like an ordinary human.
  • "I Am" Song/"I Want" Song: Sweet Transvestite can count for both. Frank's describing himself as a sweet transvestite, yet he's also asking (or demanding because he never gave them the option) Brad and Janet to "stay for the night."
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "Sweet Transvestite" note .
  • I Can Explain: Frank says this right before singing his final song. Too bad Riff Raff and Magenta aren't convinced of his story. They shoot him anyway.
    • And "I'm Going Home" doesn't explain a damn thing.
  • It's All About Me: It becomes extremely clear Frank is an attention whore who only cares about people if they A) pay attention to him, or B) are of some use to him. And even then... in the musical, when Columbia takes the first anti-matter shot for Frank...
    Frank-n-Furter: You did that for me...?
    [Columbia nods yes.]
    Frank-n-Furter: Stupid bitch. note 
  • Large Ham: Oh yeah! Even his entrance is a big giveaway and how much more when he performs?.
  • Mad Scientist Frank, in the style of (duh) Dr Frankenstein. Creating life, big castle, etc etc etc.
    • He is, after all, "a man of little moralsnote ... and some persuasionnote ."
  • Manipulative Bastard: Frank's an expert at convincing people to sleep with him by playing with their emotions.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Frank is his first name and Furter is his last name. His middle initial is "N" and it's never revealed what it stands for.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Frank's appearance is very reminiscent of rock star Lou Reed in the early seventies, when he associated with Glam Rock stars such as David Bowie and adopted a sexually ambiguous, raunchy image. Just compare Frank to this photo of Reed. And this one. (Frank's singing and other mannerisms aren't very Reed-like, though.)
  • Pep Talk Song: "I Can Make You A Man" is sort of one but it's more Frank boasting about his own skills than trying to encourage Rocky.
  • Precision F-Strike: "A mental mindfuck can be nice!"
  • Puny Earthlings: Frank views himself as superior to human beings.
  • Punny Name: Frank N. Furter, a play on Frankfurter and Frankenstein.
  • Race Lift: Will be black in the remake.
  • Really Gets Around: By the time all is said and done, Frank has slept with over half of the main characters.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: He hallucinates an audience appearing during "I'm Going Home".
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!
  • Slasher Smile: Does this when he hacks Eddie to pieces with a pick-axe.
  • Slouch of Villainy: During the 3rd verse of "Sweet Transvestite." It's also found on the 25th-anniversary movie poster.
  • Spoiled Brat: He's implied to be this.
  • Tablecloth Yank: Does this after the song "Eddie's Teddy" to reveal Eddie's unfortunate fate.
  • Taken for Granite: He does this to Janet, Brad, Columbia, Rocky and Dr. Scott in the end.
  • Take That: Steve Reeves movies are "something more visual, but not too abysmal".
  • Too Funny to Be Evil: Part of the reason why he's so popular with the fans. He's crazy, but he's also just so charming.
  • Truly Single Parent: Sort of. In a sense, he could be considered both Rocky's mother and father...which only adds to the Squick factor of their relationship.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: He wears stockings and lingerie.
  • Villainous Lament: His final moments are a desperate attempt to get people to feel sorry for himright before Riff Raff zaps him.
  • Villain Song: Sweet Transvestite and Wise Up, Janet Weiss/Planet, Schmanet, Janet.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Frank tries to desperately to get Riff Raff and Magenta to take pity on him in the ending. It doesn't work, and Riff Raff kills him.
  • Wanderlust Song: The first couple lines of "I'm Going Home" imply it will be this note , but the rest of the song inverts this.
  • Welcoming Song: He welcomes Brad and Janet to stay for the night during "Sweet Transvestite" but mostly just creeps them out.

Riff Raff: A handyman

Frank's personal butler, Riff Raff is a shady character who seems to be up to something throughout the film. In the end, he kills Frank, Rocky, and Columbia before he and his sister Magenta return to their home planet of Transsexual, Transylvania. Played by Richard O'Brien, who wrote the stageshow (and co-wrote the film).

  • American Gothic Couple: He and Magenta pose as the couple in front of the arched church doors during the song "Dammit Janet", after the wedding at the start. At the end, when they reveal their alien identities, the pitchfork has been replaced with a trident-shaped raygun.
  • Antimatter: His Ray Gun fires a laser! Made of pure antimatter!note 
    • Fun fact: the idea of an antimatter laser is completely redundant because photons are their own antiparticles. note 
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Takes this a step further.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Making Riff Raff jealous is even worse than making Frank jealous, and that's putting it very mildly.
    • Case in point, Richard O'Brien stated in an interview that the main reason why Riff Raff killed Frank was purely out of jealousy.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Riff Raff shares a rather, erm, close bond with his sister Magenta.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As some sort of defense mechanism for having his work stolen by Frank-n-Furter. Also, any audience member familiar enough with the show to use the callbacks will become this during a viewing by default..
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Both his singing and speaking voices.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He eventually kills Frank for the abuse he suffered from him.
  • Give My Regards in the Next World: Riff Raff tells Dr. Frank N. Furter before he kills him, "Say goodbye to all of thisnote ...and hellonote  to oblivion.note "
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal:
    Magenta: "You killed them! But I thought you liked them. They liked you."
    Riffraff: "They didn't like me! They NEVER liked me!!
  • Human Aliens: He comes from the planet Transylvania and looks like a normal human being.
  • The Igor: He is Frank's lab assistant.
  • Incest Subtext: Riff Raff and Magenta give a strong impression of this.note 
  • Karma Houdini: Doesn't get punished for killing Frank.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He has quite a few fangirls.
  • The Peeping Tom: He and Magenta watch Frank seduce Janet, then Brad.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "THEY DIDN'T LIKE MEEE! They never liked me."
  • Ray Gun: Has one at the end which he uses to kill Frank and Rocky.
  • Servile Snarker: Riff Raff can barely conceal his contempt for his boss, even as doing his job.
  • Starfish Alien: In the 2008 European live tour of the play had this as a twist ending. Riff Raff and Magenta reappear toward the end as twelve-foot-tall monstrosities with human upper bodies mounted on long robes concealing God-only-knew what, thus making their (and Frank's) human appearances throughout the rest of the show nothing more than A Form You Are Comfortable With.
  • The Starscream: He eventually turns on Frank.
  • Zeerust: The beam of pure antimatter is a deliberate send-up of the fifties.

Magenta: A domesticnote 

Riff Raff's sister, and also Frank's maid. In the end, her brother kills Frank, Rocky, and Columbia before they head back to their home planet of Transsexual, Transylvania. Played by Patricia Quinn.

  • Fiery Redhead: Some of the time, mostly when she calls Frank out on his Transylvania bullshit.
  • French Maid: Her uniform.
  • Human Aliens: She's from the planet Transylvania and looks just like a human would.
  • Incoming Ham: "You're lucky, he's lucky, I'm lucky, WE'RE ALL LUCKY!!!"note 
  • Incest Subtext: With Riff Raff.
  • The Peeping Tom: Was with Riff Raff and Columbia during their examples.
  • Skunk Stripe: With the beehive hairdo.
  • Starfish Alien: : In the 2008 European Live tour, same as Riff Raff.

Rocky Horror: A creation

Frank's beloved creation, Rocky is supposed to be the "perfect man." However, things don't go well when Janet seduces him causing Frank to go into a jealous rage. In the end, he's killed by Riff Raff while mourning the loss of Frank and trying to escape. Played by Peter Hinwood.

  • Artificial Human: Created from scratch by Frank.
  • Bandage Mummy: How he originally appears but Magenta and Columbia cut him out of his bandages when he emerges from the tank.
  • Belly Buttonless: An indication that he's artificial.
  • Blank Slate: In the film, he never says anything and doesn't really do much.
  • Born as an Adult: He's a fully grown adult when brought to life and even states in "Rose Tint My World" that he's just seven hours old.
  • Brainless Beauty: In his defense, he literally only has half of one.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In the original play - he's eccentric, but it's implied it's stemming from the fact he's a grown adult/sex toy for a crazed megalomaniac, according to his dialogue with Janet.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Columbia's assessment of Rocky? "He's okay!" Frank is not amused.
  • Dumb Blonde: Rocky, thanks to only having half a brain. He can't even speak properly in the film. In the musical, he's more aware of it, but unfortunately can't do much about his situation.
  • Elective Mute: In the movie he seems to be able to sing but not talk.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: A rare fit and attractive example of this trope.
  • Genre Savvy: Within moments of being brought to life, Rocky is already singing about how he suspects his story will end. He's right.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's the only character (besides Columbia and the Criminologist) that really doesn't do anything wrong. He's basically jerked around by everyone else and for the most part has no idea what's going on.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Not directly stated, but he's likely half human and half Transylvanian. All we know is that he has half of Eddie's brain.
  • Made of Iron: It takes several shots from Riff Raff's antimatter gun to kill him.
  • Really Gets Around: To be fair, it's not like anyone gives him much of a choice.
  • Really Was Born Yesterday: "I'm just seven hours old..."
  • Shooting Superman: The first few times Riff Raff shoots him with his Ray Gun, they just bounce off him, irritating him. But Riff manages to kill him after a few hits.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Pantsless, too: all he wears is gold briefs.

Columbia: A groupie

A groupie who is both Frank's and Eddie's ex-girlfriend. She starts off as being extremely loyal to Frank. Though, she quickly realizes that he's simply using her and turns on him. In the end, she's killed by Riff Raff. Played by "Little Nell" Campbell.

Dr. Everett Scott: A rival scientist

Brad's former science teacher and close friend. He ends up at the castle while looking for his nephew, Eddie. Played by Jonathan Adams.

  • Accent Adaptation: In the play he speaks in an American accent because he's a German pretending to be American, but in the movie, Jim Sharman insisted that he speak only in a German accent. Richard O'Brien was furious about this.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: He's implied to be one by Frank.
  • Cool Teacher: He got Brad and Janet together and they stayed friends with him after they finished high school.
  • Genius Cripple: He's in a wheelchair.
  • Given Name Reveal:
    Frank: Dr. Scott—or should I say, Dr. ''von'' Scott!
  • Herr Doctor: Dr. Scott.
    "Go on, Dr. Scott. Or, should I say, Dr. Von Scott!"note 
  • Historical In-Joke: Check out "Operation Paperclip" on Wikipedia. note 
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Sings this along with Brad while they're both paralysed so can't stop Frank anyway.
  • I Can't Feel My Legs: After Frank paralyses them all, Dr Scott complains that he can't move his wheels.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Does this in the dining room scene when he says:
    I knew he was in with a bad crowd, but it is even worse than I imagined! note 
  • The Men in Black: Doesn't dress like this trope but works for "the bureau of investigation of that which you call UFO's!!!".
  • Obfuscating Disability: He's able to move his legs during the floorshow.
    • In The Brad and Janet Show note  was going to reveal that Scott was faking his disability. In the the actual movie they replace him with a similar character who's pretending to be blind.
  • Sanity Slippage: Dr. Scott feels that's what is happening to him in "Don't Dream It, Be It":
    Ach!note  We've got to get out of this trap
    Before this decadence saps our wills.
    I've got to be strong, and try to hang on
    Or else my mind may well snapnote 
    And my life will be livednote  for the thrills.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the original play (and some subsequent versions), after Riff announces the castle is about to blast off into space, Dr. Scott immediately wheels out, leaving Brad and Janet behind. In the movie though, they all leave together.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Frank implies that he was a Nazi and he now works for a government agency investigating UF Os.
  • The Von Trope Family: "Or should I say, Dr. von Scott!"
  • Wacky Sound Effect: When the electromagnet has him rolling down the ramp, a sound effect that's a bit like an air plane about to crash is played.
    • We hear the same effect again later on when the RKO tower falls into the swimming pool.
  • We Have Been Researching Phlebotinum for Years:
    Dr. Scott: This sonic transducer... it is, I suppose, some kind of audio-vibratory-physio-molecular transport device?
    Brad: You mean...?!note 
    Dr. Scott: Yes, Brad, it's something we ourselves have been working on for quite some time.note  But it seems our friend here has found a means of perfecting it.note  A device which is capable of breaking down solid matternote  and projecting it note  through space... note  and who knows, perhaps even time note  itself!note 

  • Wheelchair Antics: Played with, somehow, in the Floor Show part: Dr. Scott is de-Medusa'd to find that he can move his legs, but whilst wearing fishnet stockings. He then joins the ongoing chorus line, but instead of getting out of the wheelchair, he just flails his legs around helplessly.

Eddie: An ex-delivery boy note 

A former delivery boy who was Columbia's ex-boyfriend (in the stage show he was also Frank's). Half of his brain was used to create Rocky. After escaping from the freezer (and singing a song), Eddie is promptly killed by Frank. One of the earliest roles for Meat Loaf.

  • Badass Biker: He rides on a motorcycle.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Richard O'Brien points out in the commentary that nothing actually happens to make Eddie come out of the freezer, and that he should have made Frank accidentally hit against a button or something. In stage plays, Columbia is shown accidentally opening the freezer door, and discovering Eddie.
  • Disco Dan: Eddie is the Fifties given life. It's by no small coincidence that Frank (representing all the decadence of the Sixties and Seventies) hacks him to pieces.
  • Harmless Freezing: He comes out of a freezer and starts riding a motorcycle while singing. The next time he goes in Frank kills him.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears a leather jacket.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: He has sideburns and is quite ecstatic.
  • Identical Grandson: In the stage plays, Eddie and Dr. Scott (nephew and uncle) are played by the same actor.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The musical number "Eddie's Teddy" happens sort of randomly to establish that he was a low-down cheap little punk.note 
    • "Eddie's Teddy" was not in the original UK stage show. It was added to the US stage play because Richard O'Brien didn't want audiences to feel sympathy for Eddie's death. It didn't work.
  • Minor Character, Major Song: "Hot Patootie" is one of the more catchy songs.
  • Shout-Out: Eddie has the same "Love/Hate" tattoos as Preacher Powell.
  • Sound-Only Death: We don't see what happens to him, but we sure do hear his screams and Frank's pick-axe hacking him to pieces.

The Criminologist: An expert

Mr. Exposition. Played by Charles Gray.

  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator
  • Butt Monkey: Thanks to Original Cast Precedent, should you be portraying the Criminologist, get ready for a load of neck-related jokes, from "THAT MAN HAS NO NECK!" to your every line being greeted with "WHERE'S YOUR FUCKING NECK?"
    • "What diabolical chicken kicked your forehead, shat on your tie, and pecked out your neck!?"
    • "The man you are about to see has no neck...obviously, his mother didn't fuck a giraffe."
  • Canon Foreigner: The play had a more generic narrator who had nothing to do with the story. The movie makes him a criminologist investigating the events afterwards.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: A recent Broadway revival had Dick Cavett as the Narrator, and would sometimes interrupt the show to discuss some of the audience riffs, such as the "describe your balls!" directed at him. In this case, Cavett was hilarious.
  • Dramatic Pause: Very fond of these... which gives the audience plenty of opportunities to mock him.
  • Greek Chorus: In the play, the Phantoms (Transylvanians) also fulfill this role.
  • Mr. Exposition: Without him, it would be hard for the audience to understand what's going on.
  • Narrator: Listed as this in the original play.
  • No-Neck Chump
  • Only Sane Man: Well, considering he's completely removed from the main action . . .
    • Well, unless you count his part of the Time Warp...
  • Remake Cameo: He'll be played by Tim Curry in the remake.
  • Straw Nihilist: "And crawling on the planet's face, some insects called the human race, note  lost in time, and note  lost in space, and note meaning."
  • A Storm Is Coming: The Criminologist invokes the trope directly: "It's true, there were dark storm clouds - heavy, black, and pendulous - towards which they were driving...".

The Transylvanians
Party-goers from the planet Transexual who've come to Frank's Castle to see Rocky being unveiled.