The characters present in the Jamaican reggae/dancehall series Stir It Up,
done by the Twin Of Twins
duo (Patrick and Paul Gaynor). Nearly all of the voices are done by the Twins, and most of the characters are Expies
of the real-life persons they are intended to portray.
Some of the characters are listed below.
One of the two main hosts of the show, and supposedly the more educated and cultured of the two. He is based on real-life Jamaican journalist and sometime pastor Ian Boyne; this fact was lampshaded
when the Twins appeared as guests on Mr. Boyne's television programme Religious Hard Talk.
Mr. Boyne himself was quite amused at the Twins' portrayal of him via Ian Lyad.
The other of the show's two main hosts, he is rude, confrontational, profane and very direct. He's not afraid to let his opinion be known, and will often take verbal pot-shots at guests and occasionally at Ian. He is based on the real-life Rastafarian poet, Mutabaruka.
- Angry Black Man: Is described this way several times.
- Berserk Button: He'll flip out at the mere suggestion of what he perceives as sexual deviancy (oral sex, homosexuality, etc.)
R. Kelly: Freakin' is like an art, you understand? You gotta hold that p—-y, you gotta...
Mr. Muta: Wha—?
R. Kelly: You gotta, you gotta—
Mr. Muta: NO! You gotta! You and Ian gotta!
Ian Lyad: What're you saying?
Mr. Muta: Nuh bring dem thing deh to Rastafari, 'bout we gotta! Gotta do, mi b——c——!!! (abruptly hangs up on R. Kelly)
- Calling the Old Man Out: Does this to George W. regarding the White House having "nothing black" in it.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He does not like racists.
- Jerk Ass: 90% of the time.
- Pet the Dog: He's capable of this, sometimes. One example: he counsels a teenage girl against following the poor advice of her friends simply to fit in with the crowd.
- Scary Black Man
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: He's the Wise Guy to Ian Lyad's Straight Man.
Mr. Bob Bob, the King of Reggae
A frequent co-host alongside Ian and Muta, he often feels like he gets the crappy end of the stick.
He is based on the late reggae superstar, Bob Marley.
and a frequent guest on the show, he opposes Muta on theological grounds and dispenses advice to callers. Based on Jamaican Baptist pastor and advice columnist Reverend Aaron Dumas, who is well-known for his "Tell Me Pastor" newspaper column and his "Dear Pastor" night-time radio call-in show.
A very controversial cop who uses less than legal methods to do his job. Based on Renato Adams, a former senior superintendent of Jamaica's police force, who gained notoriety for the March 2001 killing of seven youths in an alleged shootout in Braeton, Kingston, and for his involvement in a flare-up of violence that took place in West Kingston between July 7-10 later that same year.
A white man who has taken up the Rastafarian way of life. A frequent guest on the show, but he clashes often with Mr. Muta.
- Butt Monkey: He's been gang-beaten and swindled out of his finances in the past.
- I Know Karate: "I used to practice with these Buddhist monks who taught me a lot of things...I'll show you my Eagle's Claws of Shaolin!"
- Innocent Innuendo: This once caused him to be beaten by a group of Rastafarians, as he explains to the others.
I said, "No! Rastafari is for the love of all mankind!" He (leader of the gang) said to me, "We don't love mankind, we love womankind." I was - oh, my God - I was kicked, I was punched, I was called names! They called me Judas, they called me Jesus, they called me Caesar, they called me Luciano - who's Luciano?
- Mistaken for Racist: By Muta. The fact that he calls Muta some very unsavory names doesn't help matters at all.
Ras Whitey: Mr. Big, Thick and Black, you think you can scare me?
Mr. Muta: Oh, you turn racist now! Ooohh!
Ras Whitey: Hey man, I'm not afraid of you! You loud-mouthed, thick-lipped -
Mr. Muta: —wha—!
Amuro and Adube Abugane
An African couple who are introduced in Volume 7. Amuro Abugane is a university professor, and Adube is his neglected and very
- Broken Pedestal: Professor Abugane becomes this for Muta.
- Establishing Character Moment: Adube storms into the studio moments after her husband has left her alone in the car. This sets the stage for the listener to find out about the antagonistic relationship they have.
- Hypocritical Humor: Professor Abugane brags that in Africa, if a woman cheats on her husband, he can be authorized to kill her for her infidelity, whereas a man can cheat on his wife without fear of repercussion. When Adube reveals that she's cheated on him and threatens to leave him, however, he breaks down in tears and begs her to stay, even offering to let her "rule over his head"...much to Muta's utter disappointment.
- Last Name Basis: Amuro Abugane is referred to as "Abugane" by nearly all the other characters, and only his wife Adube calls him by his first name.
- Your Cheating Heart: Adube is driven to develop this due to her husband's neglect of her. She cheats with Mr. Adams.