Characters: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
A list of the major characters in the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Brad Majors: A hero noteAn 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.
- Biggus Dickus: According to Frank.
- 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!"
- Your Cheating Heart: He cheats on Janet with Frank.
Janet Weiss: A heroinenoteA 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.
- Hypocrite: Is furious at Brad for sleeping with Frank... despite her having done the same thing not an hour before.
- Seemingly Wholesome '50s Girl: When Frank comes to seduce her, the assurance that he won't tell Brad is all she needs to gleefully agree. She then goes on to seduce Rocky.
- Your Cheating Heart: She cheats on Brad with Frank and Rocky.
Dr. Frank N Furter: A scientistFrank 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.
- All Take and No Give: As Columbia pointed out, Frank is very selfish.
- 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.
- Attention Whore: Oh, so very much. He hates it when people steal the spotlight from him.
- Ax-Crazy: Frank is completely and utterly insane.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT make Frank jealous. It will be the absolute last thing you'll ever do.
- Big Bad: or the closest there is to one at least
- 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.
- Evil Brit: Although Frank isn't even from Earth, let alone English, his accent certainly draws on the connotations oft his trope. Tim Curry based it on upper-class English girls he knew.
- The Hedonist: Is a strong believer in "absolute pleasure".
- 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.
- Large Ham: Oh yeah! Even his entrance is a big give away and how much more when he performs?.
- 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.
- Puny Earthlings: Frank views himself as superior to human beings.
- Punny Name: Frank N. Furter, a play on Frankfurter and Frankenstein.
- Shout-Out/Take That: Steve Reeves movies are "something more visual, but not too abysmal".
- Slasher Smile: Does this when he hacks Eddie to pieces with a pick-axe.
- Spoiled Brat: He's implied to be this.
- Crossdresser: As the famous line goes, he's "a sweet transvestite".
- Taken for Granite: He does this to Janet, Brad, Columbia, Rocky and Dr. Scott in the end.
- 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 Lament: His final moments are a desperate attempt to get people to feel sorry for him.
- Villain Song: Sweet Transvestite and Wise Up, Janet Weiss/Planet, Schmanet, Janet.
Riff Raff: A handymanFrank'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).
- 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.
- Mr. Fanservice: He has quite a few fangirls.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "THEY DIDN'T LIKE MEEE! They never liked me."
- GET PARANOID, RIFF! GET RETROACTIVELY PARANOID, RIFF!
- Alt: GET EMO, RIFF! ... GET REALLY EMO, RIFF!
- Alt Alt: GET PARANOID, RIFF! GET REALLY PARANOID, RIFF!
- GET PARANOID, RIFF! GET RETROACTIVELY PARANOID, RIFF!
- Zeerust: The beam of pure antimatter is a deliberate send-up of the fifties.
Magenta: A domesticnoteRiff 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.
- Beehive Hairdo: Sports an Elsa Lanchester-style hairdo near the end of the film.
- Brother-Sister Incest: As mentioned, she and Riff Raff are very very close.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's kind of out-there, what with the bannister-sliding and vampirism.
- French Maid: Her uniform.
- Skunk Stripe: With the beehive hairdo.
Rocky Horror: A creationFrank'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.
- Brainless Beauty: In his defense, he literally only has half of one.
- Genre Savvy: Correctly predicts in his song that things will not end well for him.
- 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.
- 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.
Columbia: A groupieA 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.
- All Take and No Give: Columbia's relationship with Frank pretty much falls under this. She even points out how selfish he is.
- Bi the Way: Hopelessly devoted to Frank but also loves Eddie, but has an, erm, encounter with Magenta while they watch Janet seduce Rocky on hidden camera.
- The Dog Bites Back: It completely backfires, but it was nice while it lasted.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: In the film version, her death is a cheap accident; she screams which startles Riff Raff into shooting her. In the stageplay, it's more appropriate, she jumps in front of a blast meant for Frank.
- Interestingly enough, in the original play, Frank (somewhat) shows a bit of remorse for her death...though, in a Jerkass sort of way. "Stupid bitch..."
- Fiery Redhead: For the most part averted, but in her "Reason You Suck" Speech to Frank, she shows she does have it in her.
- Nice Hat: Very nice, as part of her gold-sequined ensemble.
Dr. Everett Scott: A rival scientistBrad's former science teacher and close friend. He ends up at the castle while looking for his nephew, Eddie. Played by Jonathan Adams.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: He's implied to be one by Frank.
- Historical In-Joke: Check out "Operation Paperclip" on Wikipedia.
- The Von Trope Family: "Or should I say, Dr. von Scott!"
Eddie: An ex-delivery boy noteA 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shout-Out: Eddie has the same "Love/Hate" tattoos as Preacher Powell.
The Criminologist: An expertMr. Exposition. Played by Charles Gray.
- Butt Monkey / 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."
- 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.
- Narrator: Listed as this in the original play.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: "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."
- Only Sane Man: Well, considering he's completely removed from the main action . . .
- Well, unless you count his part of the Time Warp...