The Woobie: Martin, mostly due to his luck or lack there of.
- Most obvious in 'Qikiqtarjuaq', 'Fitton' and 'Limerick' — aside from the fact that Martin had to retake his CPL seven times, with even his own family not believing he'd manage it, he also has to live in the tiny attic of a student house, and because Carolyn doesn't pay him for being a pilot, his only monetary income is the jobs he takes as a stupidly cheap man-with-a-van which he has to fit around his MJN flights.
- A passenger makes him cry in 'Boston.'
- Arguably Arthur in 'St Petersburg'. His frantic attitude and desperate desire to please his father are completely out of character, and even Martin and Douglas notice it.
Martin: What’s he like then, Mr Shappey?
Douglas: I don’t know, I’ve never met him either, what’s he like Arthur?
Arthur: Ooh he’s er ... he’s er ...he’s er ...
Arthur: No, no, no it’s just that he’s er ...he’s er ...
Douglas: I think – I think what we may be witnessing here is Arthur attempting to describe something with an adjective other than “brilliant.”
Arthur: Yeah, n-n-no I wouldn’t say he was b-b – I mean obviously everyone’s br- – no, he’s not brilliant. He’s er ...he’s alright.
Martin: He must be awful.
- Even Carolyn at the end of 'Douz' and 'Helsinki', when first she admits she's nearly broke and runs MJN Air at loss so she doesn't have to feel like 'a little old lady' and second when she crumbles under her sister's verbal attacks.