Characters / The Rocky Horror Picture Show

DA list of the major characters in the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its sequel Shock Treatment. For characters originating in the script to the unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen, see here.
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    Brad Majors 

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 in the first movie, Cliff De Young in Shock Treatment and Ryan McCartan in the remake.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Does this by the corner when Ralph gets into his car, when Rocky is being born and when watching Rocky sing Sword Of Damocles.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: When he sings Dammit Janet.
    • He sounds pretty anguished in the sequel with his "I'm looking for love!" lines during "Looking For Trade" in Shock Treatment.
  • Aside Glance: Gives a confused look into the camera in the remake, when Dr. Scott talks into it during the dinner scene.
  • Belated Backstory: We don't find out until Shock Treatment, that he's an orphan with a long lost twin brother.
  • Betty and Veronica: Is Janet's Betty with Farley being Veronica.
  • 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.
  • Blue Is Heroic: According to a behind the scenes look run during the commercial break of the remake, he and Janet wear blue as an example of Good Colors, Evil Colors.
  • Call-and-Response Song: "Duel Duet" is one of these with Farley near the end of Shock Treatment.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: In his police statement he claims he never liesnote , though claims he was asleep when someone came into his bedroom and never knew it was Frank.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: He and Janet are The Lovers.
  • Demoted to Extra: Though still technically one of the main characters, Brad spends most of Shock Treatment drugged and gagged in Dentonvale.
  • Deceptive Disciple: For some reason Farley calls him "a pupil with no scruples who knew better than the teacher" during Duel Duet.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Early in the film.
    Brad: This is my fiancee.
    (Frank looks at Brad.)
    Brad: Janet Vice.note 
    Janet: Weiss.
    Brad: (clears throat.) Weiss.note 
  • Distressed Dude: If you play as Janet in the video games, you have to rescue Brad after he's been turned to stone.
    • In Shock Treatment, Betty and Oliver have to rescue him from a mental institution.
  • 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!".
  • Glasses Pull: Takes off his glasses when he first see Doctor Scott on Frank's monitor.
  • 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!"
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: His police statement calls him "Bradley J. Majors".
  • 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.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: He and Farley. Brad's a nice middle class guy, while Farley's a rich jerk.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Is Janet's poor suitor compared to the billionaire, Farley.
  • 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.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Can be seen puffing on a cigarette after sleeping with Frank.
  • Stock Underwear: Tightey Whities.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen would have said that not long after the first movie, Brad became a bottomless go-go dancer in Las Vegas and fell to his death from a trapeze.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Some of the unmade sequels would have said that the events of the movie turned him gay. Rocky Horror Shows His Heels has him leaving Janet and shacking up with Dr. Scott and Revenge of the Old Queen said that he left Janet to become a bottomless go go dancer in Las Vegas.
  • Superfluous Solo: His song Once In A While was added because he was the only major character who didn't get a solo. It was then cut from the movie for being weak. compared to the other songs.
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by the Medusa device, revealing his rather impressive physique.
  • Tempting Fate: "It's all right, Janet. Everything's going to be all right".
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Brad proposes to Janet in the form of the song Dammit Janet near the start of the movie.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Does one of these when Frank seduces him.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He accidentally cheats on Janet with Frank.

    Janet Weiss 

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 in the original, Jessica Harper in Shock Treatment and Victoria Justice in the remake.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Goes from blonde to brunette in the remake.
  • All There in the Manual: Scans of her police statement in The Criminologist's file say her middle name is Margaret and she's 22 years old.
  • Bad Girl Song: "Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me" has her sing about her libido and attraction to Rocky.
  • Bi the Way: Fantasizes about every character in the movie when having sex with Rocky.
  • Bouquet Toss: Throws one into the audience in The Rocky Horror Show Live while singing Dammit Janet.
  • Break-Up Song: In My Own Way, which she sings to Brad while he's sedated in Dentonvale.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: She realizes this in Shock Treatment.
  • Comedic Spanking: Angrily does this to Frank after she kinkily spanks Janet in the remake.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: She and Brad are The Lovers.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: She even states during "Rose Tint My World" that she's happier this way.
    I feel released, bad times deceased - my confidence has increased! Reality is here!
    The game has been disbanded, my mind has been expanded, it's a gas that Frankie's landed!
    His lust is so sincere!
  • Damsel in Distress: When Frank's dragging her off to the lab after the dinner scene.
    • If you play as Brad in the video games, you have to rescue her after Frank has turned her to stone.
  • Evil Makeover: Dr Cosmo gives her one in Shock Treatment.
  • Fainting: Does it a few times during The Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Janet bandages Rocky's wounds with strips from her own slip. Afterward, they do more than just kiss.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: Taken to a ridiculous extreme when Janet's father sees her after she becomes a TV star in the sequel.
    Janet's father: You're practically naked!
    The Cinema Snob: Um.... except for that black dress that's covering her entire body!
  • Gratuitous French: Does a lot of this during Me Of Me.
  • Groin Attack: Does this to Frank in "Planet Schmanet Janet".
  • Girl Next Door: Is actually referred to as this a couple of times in Shock Treatment.
  • The Hedonist: Becomes this after The Floor Show.
  • Hypocrite: Is furious at Brad for sleeping with Frank... despite her having done the same thing not an hour before.
  • Hysterical Woman: When she cries out "STOP!" during Planet Schmanet Janet.
  • It's All About Me: Her song, "Me of Me" in Shock Treatment.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In her police statement, she describes the castle blasting off as "so much smoke I couldn't really tell whether the house disappeared or whether the producers decided that there wasn't enough money and they'd cover everything with smoke on stage one instead.".
  • Lingerie Scene: Wears only her bra and panties throughout most of
  • Little Black Dress: Gets one during her Evil Makeover, Cosmo even sings a song with this as the title.
  • Modeling Poses: When she's a celebrity, and after given a wardrobe makeover she ignores her husband while posing for pictures.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: After she sleeps with Rocky upon Frank N. Furter's discovering them. Justified in that they were surrounded by people at the time.
  • Morning Sickness: Her police statement says she keeps getting sick in the mornings.
  • Not So Above It All: During "I Can Make You A Man (Reprise)", after previously proclaiming that she doesn't like men with too many muscles.note 
    Janet: *singing* I'm a muscle fan!
  • Parental Incest: Revenge of the Old Queen would have ended with Janet living on the planet Transsexual, in a relationship with her and Frank's teenage son.
  • Pink Means Feminine: How she dresses in the first movie until Magenta and Columbia strip her and in Shock Treatment until she gets her Little Black Dress. The remake goes with True Blue Femininity.
  • Prompting Nudge: Does this to Brad to make him ask Frank about using the phone.
  • Pinball Protagonist: With Brad.
  • Rip Tailoring: During Janet and Rocky's impromptu lovemaking sesh, the former uses her dress as a dressing to cover the latter's wounds. She gets a bit carried away, though, and her appearance is noticeably more ragged than before.
  • Screaming Woman: The first time she sees Frank and who could blame her.
  • 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.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In the sequel's song "Bitchin' In The Kitchen", she refers to an alarm clock as a "micro digital awaker" and a leg razor as a "depilatator".
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Decides to cheat on Brad by sleeping with Rocky after discovering Brad slept with Frank. Though, Frank did seduce Janet before going to Brad...
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by the Medusa device while in a rather unflattering pose.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Isn't very nice to Brad in the sequel.
  • True Blue Femininity: Wears a blue dress in the remake , the costume designer even referred to the color as "victim blue",
  • Vapor Wear: Comes up in Shock Treatment, when Janet's parents are upset by her new outfit.
    Mr. Weis: She's practically naked in that thing!
    Janet: Well I can't wear anything under it, Daddy, it would spoil the lines.
  • Wacky Cravings: Her police report has her wondering why she keeps craving liquorice allsorts.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: An early draft for a sequel would have had her pregnant with Frank's son but not knowing whether Frank, Brad or Rocky was the father until he was born.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She cheats on Brad with Frank and Rocky.

    Dr. Frank N. Furter 

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. Played by Laverne Cox in the remake.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Is a Fiery Red Head in the remake.
  • 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).
  • And You Were There: Appears as the vicar at the wedding.
  • 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.
  • Back from the Dead: Was planned to happen in some of the unmade sequels.
  • 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.
  • Belated Backstory: The unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen would have said that he was a prince on his home planet. The first movie gives no mention of this other than that he likes sitting on a throne.
  • 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.
  • Blood Is the New Black: Gets his surgical gown covered in blood after killing Eddie.
  • Blood Magic: The first idea for a sequel would have had Dr Scott temporarily bringing him back to life using a formula made from Scott's, Brad's and Rocky's blood. He would have got a transfusion of 11 pints of virgin blood to make him live longer but dies again after finding out that one of the donors lied about being a virgin.
  • Bond One-Liner: Delivers one in the remake, after she has knifed Eddie and pushed him off the window to his demise:
    "Fellow Transylvanians... Eddie has left the castle!" *Mic Drop*
  • 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.
  • British Accents: Curry abandoned the German accent after hearing a woman with a posh accent on a bus. He made Frank's voice a combination of this and his mother's "telephone voice".
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Considering that "Cheshire Cat" is one of Tim Curry's nicknames, take a wild guess who uses this.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: Has elements of both The Captain (obviously "not from around here," interested in Anything That Moves) and Pantalone (abusive of Eddie, his Arlecchino, hints of a relationship with Columbia.)
  • 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 Is Unforeseen: Doesn't elaborate, but claims it was an accident that made everything fall into place when creating Rocky.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: He wears stockings and lingerie.
  • 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 this trope. Tim Curry based it on upper-class English girls he knew.
  • Evil Laugh: When Rocky is being born.
  • Evil Red Head/ Fiery Redhead: In the remake.
  • Gender Flip: Played by Laverne Cox in the remake.
  • Glove Snap: Twice: "I snap my glove and scare myself!" and "I snap my glove and don't scare myself!"
  • Gratuitous French: Kisses Janet's hand and says "Enchantez" when she introduces herself.
  • 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.
  • Horny Scientist: He creates a Frankenstein's Monster and has sex with it, though he is better at bedding Anything That Moves than most examples of this trope.
  • Human Aliens: He comes from another planet but looks like an ordinary human.
  • 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.
  • "I Am" 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.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Kisses Janet's when she first introduces herself.
  • 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 
  • Kinky Spanking: Does this to both Brad and Janet while bedding them in the remake.
  • Knife Nut: In the remake, towards the end of "Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul", she grabs a knife and slashes Eddie before stabbing him and pushing him off the window to his death.
  • Large Ham: Oh yeah! Even his entrance is a big giveaway, and how much more when he performs?
  • Looks Like Cesare: With his pale skin and dark hair.
  • 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.
  • Mic Drop: Does this in the remake after pushing Eddie out of a window and saying "Eddie has left the castle.".
  • 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.)
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: The only science we see him do is creating a Frankenstein's Monster but Scott implies that Frank perfected the teleportation/time travel that can beam people to the planet Transsexual.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: He’s a male alien who wears women’s lingerie and sleeps with Anything That Moves.
  • Parental Incest: The I'M A MOTHER, (A REAL MOTHER) from Revenge of the Old Queen implies that he was in a sexual relationship with his mother and that she expected him to come back to her after he was done sowing his oats on Earth.
  • 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: 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.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Dresses in these colors in the remake. Word of God confirms it's a deliberate example of Good Colors, Evil Colors.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: He hallucinates an audience appearing during "I'm Going Home".
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In the remake, when Riff Raff shoots her, she makes a pained woman's scream. It also helps that she is played... by a trans-woman.
  • The Slacker: Word of God says he just partied and had sex while Riff Raff did all the work on Rocky.
  • 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 toward the end.
  • Take That!: Steve Reeves movies are "something more visual, but not too abysmal".
  • Technologically Advanced Foe: Has technology that can paralyse you, turn you into a statue or teleport you to another planet.
  • 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Janet at the end of the dinner scene.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: If you count Laverne Cox's Frank as a villainess and Bradnote  as a hero in the remake.
  • Villainous Lament: His final moments are a desperate attempt to get people to feel sorry for him right 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 

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) and by Reeve Carney in the remake.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: In the remake, Riff Raff's hair is gray instead of blonde.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the video games, he tries to kill Brad and Janet with his Ray Gun.
  • Alliterative Name: Riff Raff.
  • 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.
  • And You Were There: Was one of the workers in the church at the start.
  • 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 
  • Battle Butler: Is proficient with a Ray Gun and he's referred to as "General Riff Raff" in Revenge of the Old Queen, implying he's a soldier on his home planet.
  • 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. The main reason why Riff Raff killed Frank was purely out of jealousy.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Drops one of these on Magenta when they're BOTH in the middle of a laughing fit after Eddie's corpse is revealed under the table.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Riff Raff shares a rather, erm, close bond with his sister Magenta.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: Pulcinella complete with hunchback.
  • Creepy Housekeeper: An Affectionate Parody of this type of character, combined with The Igor.
  • Crusty Caretaker: Lacks in people skills.
  • Cue Card: Riff Raff reads from cue cards that Magenta holds during the scene where he addresses to Dr. Frank N. Furter that Rocky has escaped in the remake.
  • 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..
  • Death Ray: Has one at the end which he uses to kill Frank and Rocky.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He eventually kills Frank for the abuse he suffered from him.
  • Dull Surprise: His face during Dammit Janet.
  • Evil Laugh: Does one in the play when Brad and Janet say he's too kind for inviting them into the castle.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Both his singing and speaking voices.
  • Future Spandex/Tron Lines: He and Magenta wear these in the remake when they come out to shoot Frank.
  • 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 "
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: To Frank when he confronts him at the end.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal:
    Magenta: You killed them! But I thought you liked them. They liked you.
    Riff Raff: They didn't like me! They NEVER liked me!!
  • Human Aliens: He comes from the planet Transylvania and looks like a normal human being.
  • I Don't Like You and You Don't Like Me: He and Magenta say a variation on this. See Hidden Disdain Reveal above.
  • The Igor: He is Frank's lab assistant, though Word of God says he did most of the work on Rocky.
  • I Love the Dead: The script for the unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen starts and ends with him about to climb into Magenta's coffin.
  • Incest Subtext: Riff Raff and Magenta give a strong impression of this.note 
  • Instrument of Murder: In the remake, his Ray Gun is also an electric guitar.
  • Karma Houdini: Doesn't get punished for killing Frank.
    • A draft script for an unmade sequel says that he never told anyone on Transexual that he killed him and starts with Riff being sent back to Earth in order to bring Frank home.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Was partly patterned after Orlok - dark overcoat, balding, thin features and a hunchback. Richard O'Brien would later play the creepy Orlok-alike Mister Hand in Dark City.
  • Multicolored Hair: Reeve Carney has brown hair with streaks of blond through it.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He has quite a few fangirls.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Has a hump through most of the movie that's gone by the end.
  • The Peeping Tom: He and Magenta watch Frank seduce Janet, then Brad.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "THEY DIDN'T LIKE MEEE! They never liked me."
  • 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.


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 in the original and Christina Milian in the remake.
  • Dull Surprise: Her face during Dammit Janet.
  • Enigmatic Minion: It's never made clear if she hates Frank as much as her brother does. She seems to be on Riff's side but is shocked when he kills Frank and Rocky saying that she thought he liked them.
  • Evil Laugh: During Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me.
  • Evil Redhead: Some of the time, mostly when she calls Frank out on his Transylvania bullshit.
  • Future Spandex/Tron Lines: She and Riff Raff wear these in the remake when they come out to shoot Frank.
  • French Maid: Her uniform.
  • Human Aliens: She's from the planet Transylvania and looks just like a human would.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Has one in The Rocky Horror Show Live at the end of "Planet Schmanet Janet".
  • Incoming Ham: "You're lucky, he's lucky, I'm lucky, WE'RE ALL LUCKY!!!"note 
  • Incest Subtext: With Riff Raff.
  • Mean Character Nice Actress: Quinn complains in the commentary about Jim Sharman making her yawn when Frank sings I'm Going Home as she thought it was a terrible thing to do when somebody else was performing.
  • Meaningful Look: To Riff Raff when Frank refers to him as a "Faithful handyman".
  • The Peeping Tom: Was with Riff Raff and Columbia during their examples.
  • Race Lift: She's played by the black Christina Milian in the remake.
  • Skunk Stripe: With the beehive hairdo.
  • Starfish Alien: In the 2008 European Live tour, same as Riff Raff.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen would have said that Riff Raff killed Magenta out of jealousy at some point between the two movies.
  • Taken for Granite: She absolutely revels in turning people to stone, including her supposed friend Columbia.
  • Vampire Vords: Talks like this at times.

    Rocky Horror 

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 in the original and Staz Nair in the remake.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the play, he gets killed by one blast from Riff Raff's Death Ray. In the movie, the rays just bounce off him but he eventually dies when the RKO tower falls into the swimming pool. An unmade sequel would have took this further by saying he was only put into a coma. The remake has him being killed in one hit again.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Rocky wears sheer boxer shorts for most of the movie rather than the speedo from the theatrical version.
  • Artificial Human: Created from scratch by Frank.
  • Belly Buttonless: An indication that he's artificial. Subverted in the Remake.
  • Bi the Way: Sleeps with Frank and Janet.
  • Blank Slate: In the 1975 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.
  • Convenient Coma: The Rocky Horror Shows His Heels sequel idea would have had him waking up from one.
  • 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.
  • Escaped from the Lab: Briefly when Riff Raff scares him with a candelabra but he comes back pretty soon.
  • 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.
  • He's Just Hiding: There were plans for a sequel where he was revealed to be in a Convenient Coma rather than dead, but it was rewritten into Shock Treatment where this never happened.
  • "King Kong" Climb: Rocky carries Frank up the RKO tower as a nod to the Trope Namer.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Eats using his hands.
  • Made of Iron: It takes several shots from Riff Raff's antimatter gun to kill him.
  • Multicolored Hair: In the remake, he's blond on top but brown below it.
  • Mummy: How he's originally dressed when he's born until Magenta and Columbia cut him out of his bandages.
  • Only Mostly Dead: An early idea for a sequel would have had him waking up nine months after the first movie.
  • 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.
  • Sword of Damocles: It's the name of the song he sings after being born.
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by the Medusa device while showing off his muscles for no apparent reason.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: Rocky tears into his dinner with his hands, prompting Columbia to remind him to use a fork. This is likely his first ever meal.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Rocks back and forth in this position in his freezer after singing Sword Of Damocles in the remake.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Pantsless, too: all he wears is gold briefs.
  • Zombie Gait: Walks with a Frankenstein's Monster type shuffle in the remake.


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 in the original and Annaleigh Ashford in the remake.
  • Accidental Pervert: Columbia is supposed to come across this way. Emphasis on supposed - most plays and the movie just turn her into an outright pervert, with the film's actress deliberately sexing her up and purposefully putting in nipple slips when she could.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Columbia sports pink hair instead of the traditional red in the remake.
  • Adaptational Modesty: In the remake, Columbia is fully clothed for her "Rose Tint My World" number because Annaleigh Ashford was pregnant at the time.
  • All Take and No Give: Columbia's relationship with Frank pretty much falls under this. She even points out how selfish he is.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's not clear if she is an Earthling or a Transylvanian and if it's the former she doesn't seem to mind Frank and the servants are aliens.
  • And You Were There: Was one of the workers in the church at the start.
  • Attention-Deficit Disciple: Usually dances along when other characters are singing.
  • Audience Participation: In-universe, she yells abuse and asks questions to the screen while she's watching Janet seduce Rocky.
  • Big "NO!": When she leaves the dining room after finding out that they ate Eddie. Toward the end of the remake, she also does this in her attempt to get Frank to run away before Riff Raff makes her his first casualty.
  • 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.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: Colombia, fittingly.
  • Covert Pervert: All of Columbia's nipple-slips were done intentionally by Nell Campbell.note 
  • The Dog Bites Back: It completely backfires, but it was nice while it lasted.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: In the 1975 film version, her death is a cheap accident; she screams which startles Riff Raff into shooting her. In the stageplay and the remake, it's more appropriate, she either jumps in front of a blast meant for Frank or screams in her attempt to get him to run before Riff Raff makes her his first casualty.
    • Interestingly enough, in the original play, Frank (arguably) shows a bit of remorse for her death...though, in a Jerkass sort of way. "Stupid bitch..."
  • Dull Surprise: Her face during Dammit Janet.
  • Fangirl: Columbia, for Frank, then for Eddie then for Frank again...I think.
  • Fiery Redhead: For the most part averted, but in her "Reason You Suck" speech to Frank, she shows she does have it in her.
  • Hysterical Woman: Overlapping with Screaming Woman after she finds out they had Eddie for dinner.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: She kisses Eddie's near the start of Hot Patootie.
  • Mad Love: Columbia is hopelessly devoted to Frank despite the fact that he considers her to be nothing more than his "groupie".
    • Of course, this is later subverted when Columbia (after witnessing Frank brutally murder Eddie, another man she loved deeply) realizes that Frank doesn't love her back at all and berates him for being such a heartless jerk.
  • Nice Hat: Very nice, as part of her gold-sequined ensemble.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Happens with Columbia during a few scenes. When she's in pajamas, during the scene where she confronts Frank, she has a hole in her top and one nipple makes a covertnote  appearance. During the "Rose Tint My World" and "Don't Dream It, Be It" scenes, when she's wearing a corset, her nipples are intermittently visible above the bodice. Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn discuss it on the commentary as a form of exhibitionism on the actress' part.
  • Oral Fixation: Sucks on lollipops through most of the remake, leaving her tongue blue.
  • Patter Song: Her verse of "Time Warp".
  • The Peeping Tom: She and Magenta watched Janet seduce Rocky. And enjoying it quite a bit.
  • Perky Female Minion: Fits this trope perfectly before Eddie gets killed.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Columbia gives one to Frank N. Furter, telling how he's All Take and No Give, right before she's Taken for Granite.
  • Screaming Woman: Columbia either before (remake) or after Frank's death (1975 film). Riff Raff, either startled or annoyed, immediately kills her either first or second depending on which film version you watch.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In both the original play and the 2016 film remake.

    Dr. Everett Scott 

Brad's former science teacher and close friend. He ends up at the castle while looking for his nephew, Eddie. Played by Jonathan Adams in the original and Ben Vereen in the remake. Appears in an early draft of Shock Treatment called The Brad And Janet Show but due to Adams not wanting to reprise the role, the finished movie has the Suspiciously Similar Substitute Bert Schnick.
  • All There in the Manual: His police statement in The Criminologist's file says his middle name is "Zanuck" and he was born at the Bulgarian border.
  • 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.
  • Banana Peel: Claims in his police report that slipping on one of these is the reason that he's in a wheelchair.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Ben Vereen in the remake.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Dr. Strangelove. They're both wheelchair-bound, former Nazi scientists working for the American government.
  • Cool Teacher: He got Brad and Janet together and they stayed friends with him after they finished high school.
  • Evil Cripple: In The Brad And Janet Show script.
  • Genius Cripple: He's a scientist in a wheelchair.
  • Given Name Reveal:
    Frank: Dr. Scott—or should I say, Dr. von Scott!
  • Gratuitous German: In the movie he says "und" instead of "and".
  • 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 
    • In the remake, Brad gives a confused look into the camera as if he's trying to work out who Scott's talking to.
  • The Men in Black: Doesn't dress like this trope but works for "the bureau of investigation of that which you call UFO's!!!". The text below his photograph in The Criminologist's file calls it "THE OFFICIAL ORGAN. OF UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS INTERNATIONAL.".
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: He's implied to be one by Frank.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Ben Vereen.
    • Though this might be deliberate as Richard O'Brien prefers Dr Scott to speak in an American accent because he's pretending to be American. It was Jim Sharman who insisted that he have a german accent in the first movie.
  • Obfuscating Disability: He's able to move his legs during the floorshow.
    • In the shooting script he gets up and starts walking after his wheelchair is destroyed by the castle blasting off.
    • The Brad and Janet Show was going to reveal that Scott was faking his disability. Jonathan Adams didn't want to reprise his role for The Brad and Janet Show, so what it eventually became replaced him with a similar character who's pretending to be blind.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He's a german pretending to be American that talks in a german accent.
  • The Peeping Tom: In an early draft of Shock Treatment, he gets hit in the face with a door when trying to watch Janet shower through a keyhole.
  • Race Lift: Played by the black Ben Vereen in the remake.
  • 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 getnote  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.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Seems to be on Brad and Janet's side in the first movie but in The Brad And Janet Show he falsely commits Brad to a mental institution and helps Farley try to steal Janet.
  • Stuka Scream: 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.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: The unmade sequel Rocky Horror Shows His Heels, would have said that the events of the first movie turned him and Brad gay.
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by the Medusa device along with his wheelchair, oddly enough.
  • Technology Marches On: The only thing that sets the remake in modern day is the fact that his wheelchair is motorised.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Frank implies that he was a Nazi and he now works for a government agency investigating UFOs.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: As mentioned above, the shooting script would have him get up and start walking when his wheelchair was damaged and The Brad And Janet Show would have had him get up and walk during the Shock Treatment song, pretending the shock treatment had cured him.
  • The Von Trope Family: "Or should I say, Dr. von Scott!"
  • 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.
    • The Brad And Janet Show would have had him being dragged along by a rope attached to a car.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Was implied to be a Nazi scientist before becoming a science teacher and then joining a government bureau that investigates what we call U.F.Os.
    • The Brad And Janet Show started with him managing a TV station and ended with him directing a mental institution.


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. Played by Adam Lambert in the remake.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the video games, he tries to run Brad and Janet down with his motorcycle.
  • Badass Biker: He rides on a motorcycle.
  • Bi the Way: Like Columbia but was implied to be with Frank at one stage.
  • Bloodless Carnage: In the remake Frank stabs him but we never see any blood.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: Fits Arlecchino quite well.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: He sent Doctor Scott a letter for help written in blood.
  • Handicapped Badass: Is able to ride a motorbike while singing with half his brain missing.
  • 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.
  • Hot Potato: The characters do this with a bag of his remains in the play.
  • Identical Grandson: In the stage plays, Eddie and Dr. Scott (nephew and uncle) are played by the same actor.
    • A photograph of his mother is seen in the movies and she's also played by Meat Loaf/Lambert.
  • 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.
  • Killed Offscreen: In the play, Frank chases him backstage and comes back covered in blood. In the movie we see Frank swinging an axe from Eddie's point of view.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: Eddie has the same "Love/Hate" tattoos as Preacher Powell.
  • Minor Character, Major Song: "Hot Patootie" is one of the more catchy songs.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Bursts out of the freezer, gives one of the best songs in the show/film, dies immediately.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: In the video games, you can stop him charging at the player by holding up a speeding ticket.
  • 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.
  • Super Window Jump: In the remake he enters the castle by riding his motorcycle in through a window.

    The Criminologist 

Mr. Exposition. Played by Charles Gray note  in the original and Tim Curry in the remake.
  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: He's the one from whom we hear the details of the play and movie, though he doesn't actually sing, per se (the most he does is intone to the beat of whatever song's playing). Tim Curry's version actually sings at one point in the remake.
  • 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.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Christopher Lee plays him in The Rocky Interactive Horror Show Game.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: The Doctor.
  • Decomposite Character: Due to Tim Curry's stroke, the remake gives him an assistant to turn pages and do his dance moves.
    • The Rocky Horror Show Live simulcast had the narrator role split between Emma Bunton, Ade Edmondson, Mel Giedroyc, Anthony Head and Richard O'Brien himself.
  • 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.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration: Parodies this, especially with his closing lines. See Straw Nihilist.
  • Fictional Document: ''The Denton Affair", a file he uses to show pictures of the characters, their police statements and various artwork.
  • Full-Name Basis: It's notable that when he talks to Rocky during "The Sword of Damocles", it's the only time anybody ever refers to him as "Rocky Horror". The verse in question is cut from the film version of the song, making the end credits the only thing to refer to Rocky Horror by his full name.
  • Gratuitous French: Says "However informal it might appear, you can be sure that there was to be very little.. bon ami. note  " before the dinner scene.
  • Greek Chorus: In the play, the Phantoms (Transylvanians) also fulfill this role.
  • Horror Host: He narrates the movie in this style from his office.
  • Humans Are Insects: Refers to us as this during his closing narration. See Straw Nihilist below.
  • Interactive Narrator: Joins in with a lot of the songs, even though in the movie he seems to be narrating from some point after the other events are over.
  • Lemony Narrator:He explains the dance steps for "The Time Warp". "It's just a jump to the left—" The viewer could easily get the feeling the Criminologist wishes he were physically present for the insanity he's narrating.
  • Magical Security Cam: Has black and white photographs of earlier scenes in the movie. Some could be explained as pictures the wedding photographer took but it's unlikely he followed our heroes all the way through Dammit Janet.
    • In the remake he has photographs of Brad and Janet during the Time Warp in Frank's castle.
  • Mr. Exposition: Without him, it would be hard for the audience to understand what's going on.
  • Named by the Adaptation: If you can call Criminologist a name.
  • Narrator: Listed as this in the original play.
  • No-Neck Chump: Pointed out several times during the audience participation.
  • Only Sane Man: Well, considering he's completely removed from the main action . . .
    • Well, unless you count his part of the Time Warp...
  • Pet the Dog: In the play he sings part of Sword Of Damocles where he reassures Rocky. It's the only time he directly speaks to another character.
  • Remake Cameo: He's played by Tim Curry in the remake.
  • Role Reprisal: The shooting script for Shock Treatment seems to imply that Gray's new character, "Judge Oliver Wright'' is the same person by having the cast list refer to him as "A Local Expert".
  • Straw Nihilist: "And crawling on the planet's face, some insectsnote  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...".
  • V-Sign: Tim Curry does a peace sign the first time he appears on screen.
  • Written-In Infirmity: In the remake, the Criminologist remains in his chair the entire time, as Tim Curry was rendered paraplegic by a stroke a few years earlier (his limited facial movement is also quite visible).

    The Transylvanians 

Party-goers from the planet Transexual who've come to Frank's Castle to see Rocky being unveiled.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: They were meant to invoke a freak show in the original movie but are all young and good looking in the remake.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Are called Phantoms rather than Transylvanians in the play.
  • Aliens Among Us: The shooting script says that they are Transylvanian secret agents assembled from all over the world.
  • And You Were There: They're played by most of the same actors as the wedding guests.
  • Badass Biker: How they get to the castle in the first place.
  • Canon Foreigner: Their counterparts in the play are called phantoms and don't take part in the story in any way. The movie has them as Frank's party guests.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Aren't seen again after Frank kills Eddie.
  • Evil Laugh: In the play they do a lot of cackling during Over At The Frankenstein Place and back up Riff's laugh when he lets Brad and Janet into the castle.
  • Fan Convention: A banner saying "ANNUAL TRANSYLVANIA CONVENTION" is hanging in the ballroom when they dance the Time Warp. Frank even calls them unconventional conventionists at one point.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In the play, Phantoms tend to harass audience members when they're not needed on stage.
  • Glasses Pull: One of them removes her glasses and replaces them with opera glasses during Brad's The Glasses Come Off moment.
    • Most of the ones that Rocky approaches during Sword Of Damocles do it.
  • High-Class Glass: One of the party guests prominently features a monocle.
  • Hot Scientist: Dress like this in the lab scenes in The Rocky Horror Show Live.
  • Human Aliens: They are from planet Transylvania and look just like humans.
  • Little People Are Surreal: One of them is played by Sadie Corré.
  • Named After Their Planet: Actually named after the galaxy they come from.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: They wear these in some versions of the play during Sword Of Damocles.
  • No Name Given: None of them are given any names.
  • Studio Audience: Word of God says they’re supposed to invoke this in Frank’s lab. The raised area they stand in is opposite from the stage like area where Frank delivers his speech.
  • Sunglasses at Night: They wear them inside, it can be considered Fridge Brilliance because the planet Transexual is implied to have no sun so they're probably not used to the light.

    The Usherette 

An Usherette who introduces the play by singing Science Fiction-Double Feature. In the play she's usually played by the same actress who plays Magenta but in the remake she's played by Ivy Levan.
  • Adapted Out: The movie replaced her with Patricia Quinn's lips and Richard O'Brien's voice singing the opening song.
  • Book Ends: The play ends starts and ends with her singing Science Fiction-Double Feature.
  • Dark Reprise: Her sad reprise of Science Fiction-Double Feature at the end.
  • Decomposite Character: The movie replaces her with a pair of lipsnote  but the remake has her singing at the start and two pairs of lipsnote  singing the Dark Reprise at the end.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Usually just called The Usherette but some productions have called her Miss Strawberry Time or Trixie. The show's run in the Belasco Theatre called her The Belasco Popcorn Girl.
  • Gender Flip: Richard O'Brien played her role for one week in 2007 at the New Wimbledon Theatre.
  • Greek Chorus: Is meant to be a worker in the theatre/cinema you're watching it in and doesn't exist in universe.
  • Horror Host: One of the more upbeat examples.

    Ralph Hapschatt 
An old high school friend of Brad and Janet's who gets married at the start of the first movie and divorced by the time of the second.Is played by Jeremy Newson in in the first movie and Shock Treatment, then by Jeff Lillico in the remake.
  • Ascended Extra: Only appears in the first few minutes of the first movie but is a more major character in the sequel.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Gets everybody to stand by announcing the president. Then they allsit back down again when they realize it's the president of Lapsey Autos.
  • Broken Smile: He does this when Farley kisses Macy, only trying to keep smiling because he's on TV.
  • Canon Foreigner: Is only mentioned in the play but seen in the movies.
  • Double Take: Does this when Bert mutters that Brad and Janet should be sent down the Danube at dawn.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Was an old friend of Brad and Janet's but spends most of the sequel helping Farley.
  • I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: He and some of the other characters dress like doctors for Farley's Faith Factory broadcast.
  • Role Reprisal: Ignoring fan theories that Cosmo is Riff Raff in disguise etc., Jeremy Newson is the only actor to play the same character in both The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment.
  • Small Town Boredom: Implied in Look what I did To My Id where he optimistically sings about a whole new career that could take him and Macy "to a town that's nowhere near here".
  • Smug Snake: Loves lording his success over his ex-wife Betty.

    Betty Munroe Hapschatt 
Marries Ralph at the start of the first movie but has divorced him by the second.Is played by Hilary Farr in the first movie, Ruby Wax in the second and Kelly Van der Burg in the remake.
  • Ascended Extra: Only appears in the first few minutes of the first movie but is a more major character in the sequel.
  • Bi the Way: Fantasizes about every character in the movie when having sex with Rocky.
  • Bouquet Toss: Throws her wedding bouquet and Janet catches it.
  • Canon Foreigner: Is only mentioned in the play but seen in the movies.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Betty is really good at picking locks. Becomes a Brick Joke when she hotwires the convertible at the end.
  • Hairpin Lockpick: Betty is extremely handy with one.
  • Hassle-Free Hotwire: Betty can somehow hotwire a car with her hairpin by sticking it under the hood.
  • Karmic Thief: Hotwires the car that Irwin Lapsey gave Janet so that the heroes can all get away after Cosmo swipes the keys.
  • Kent Brockman News: The Denton Dossier show she works on.
  • Likes Older Men: When Oliver asks if she minds being seen with an older man she says she looks for maturity in a man.
  • Phoney Call: She and Oliver at adjacent pay phones to cover up the fact that they're actually talking to each other while listening in on a conversation between some nearby bad guys.
  • Screaming Woman: Screams when Vance shows her a dead sea gull.
  • True Blue Femininity: Wears a blue blouse in Shock Treatment.

Characters introduced in Shock Treatment.

     Cosmo McKinley  
Played by: Richard O'Brien

Runs the Dentonvale mental home show with his sister Nation.
  • Bald of Evil: O'Brien has even less hair than he had in the first movie.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Between him and Nation Justified because they're only actors pretending to be brother and sister.
  • Camp Straight: Cosmo must be straight or at least bi as he sleeps with Nation but in "Little Black Dress" he sings about how his favourite thing to do as a child was to make and wear women's clothes. Though this song was originally intended to be sung by Dr Frank N. Furter in an earlier draft.
  • Character Name Alias: Cosmo and Nation turn out to be using these and aren't really doctors, just actors.
  • Enigmatic Minion: It's not really clear why he's helping Farley. He doesn't know he exists at the start of the movie, is furious when he finds out that Farley is Dentonvale's new sponsor but then spends the rest of the movie helping him. It made more sense in The Brad And Janet Show script where he and Nation can't pay their rent but Farley covers it.
  • Expy: Of Riff Raff from the first movie.
  • Fashion Designer: Has loved making dresses since he was a child.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Not in the movie but in the trailer he tells viewers to watch the movie.
  • I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: He and Nation are revealed to be actors with no actual medical background.
  • Kinky Spanking: Smacks Nation's ass with a riding crop during Lullaby.
  • Mad Doctor
  • Synchro-Vox: The trailer uses his image from the movie's poster and edits O'Brien's moving mouth onto it.
  • Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: Said by Cosmo at the end of the movie trailer, when assuring "You'll be pathetically crazy about "Shock Treatment"."
  • You Look Familiar: O'Brien plays Riff Raff in the original movie.

    Farley Flavors 
Played by: Cliff De Young.

"Local boy turned billionaire" who recently returned home and bought the DTV station.

     Bert Schnick 
Played by: Barry Humphries of Dame Edna fame.

The blind, German Game Show Host who works for Farley.
  • Catch-Phrase:Uses "Hoopla!" as a greeting. It's a reference to Frank saying it as he pulls the cover off Rocky's tank in the first movie.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Without a script or orders from Farley, Bert tends to drift into his own world.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: See Gratuitous German.
  • Game Show Host: Hosts Marriage Maze.
  • Gratuitous French: Refers to Cosmo and Nation as "neuro-specialist par excellence.".
  • Gratuitous German: During Little Black Dress, Bert sings "Ever since I was the ein klein herren". Which translates as "a small man".
  • Immoral Reality Show: Has Brad put in a mental home and tries to split him and Janet up when they appear on Marriage Maze.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Bert isn't actually blind.
  • The Peeping Tom: The first clue we get that Bert isn't really blind, is Nation catching him watching Janet in the shower.
  • Phrase Catcher: People tend to greet him with his "Hoopla!" catch phrase.
  • Shoe Phone: Bert's walking stick doubles as a phone/radio that he can use to talk to Farley.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: This role was originally intended for Dr Scott but Bert was created when Jonathan Adams didn't want to reprise the role.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: It's vaguely implied that he was a Nazi when he said that Brad and Janet should be sent down the Danube at dawn.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Bert's blindness is Obfuscating Disability, but he stops wearing the dark glasses and pretends to be cured during the title song and claims the "miracle" is all thanks to Farley and company during the Faith Factory telecast.

Alternative Title(s): The Rocky Horror Picture Show Lets Do The Time Warp Again, Shock Treatment