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    UK series 

Davina McCall

  • Catchphrase: "Big Brother house, this is Davina. You are live on Channel 4. Please do not swear!" and " You Have 30 seconds to say your goodbyes. I'm coming to get you!"
  • Gameshow Host
  • Team Mom

Brian Dowling

  • Camp Gay
  • Catchphrase: "Big Brother House, this is Brian ... your time has come" and "you've lost your place in the Big Brother House. You have 30 seconds to say your goodbyes."
    • Also, when telling the viewers to not vote if they're watching a repeat, "You're just too late!"
  • Gameshow Host
  • Older and Wiser: Is a former houseguest, and won Ultimate Big Brother before becoming the new host.

Emma Willis

Marcus Bentley

The narrator, who like Mike Goldman, has been narrator for every series.



    US series 

Julie Chen Moonves

  • Berserk Button: Don't talk about Season 15. She almost went off on a particular contestant that year for leveling racist remarks at Asians.
  • Catchphrase: "But first . . . "
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can make a few jokes at a houseguest's expense, all while keeping her professional persona.
  • Dope Slap: With her cue cards in Season 3, and rightfully so! She actually gave a well-deserved one to Marcellas Reynolds after he made the king of stupid moves and didn't use the Golden Power of Veto to save himself from the eviction block when he really needed it, who whined, and shouted, "What were you thinking!?!"
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first few seasons, Julie hosted the show more akin to a news anchor, and there was no live studio audience. Her voice was also subdued and flat. In later seasons, she has grown comfortable with the role of show host and adds a touch of personality to things.
  • Game Show Host: Naturally.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Julie began addressing herself by her full legal name, Julie Chen-Moonves, in light of her husband Les Moonves coming under attack with allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. After he resigned from CBS, Julie stepped forward to show her loyalty to Les and invoked his namesake in defense of him.
  • The Stoic: Is almost always able to hold her own, even when interviewing some of the zanier houseguests. The only people who've been able to make her corpse are William "Mega" Collins from season 1 (bellowing "YEAH!! YEAH!!" as he entered the house, getting her to break into full laughter- from before she became a well-sharpened stoic), Zach Rance from season 16 upon his eviction (getting up to leave without needing to be told he was evicted), and Johnny Mac from season 17 ("YEA, WHADDYA WANT?").

The Zingbot 3000/9000

  • Catchphrase: ZING!
    • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Later seasons have houseguests giving their own zingers to each other (or Zingbot himself) in the Diary Room, and always imitate his trademark "ZING!" afterwards.
  • Characterization Marches On: As the seasons have gone by, Zingbot has been shown starting a family, getting married in Season 13, having a child in Season 14, and celebrating his child's first birthday in Season 15, and being single again in Season 17, which upgraded him to 9000. Well, motivated him to upgrade himself. And as of Season 19, he's the President of his homeworld, Planet Zing... but he may have colluded with President Puntin of Planet Pun.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Flat Character: Justified. Zingbot's one purpose is to crack zings at people, nothing more, nothing less. Although he has become President of Planet Zing as of late...
  • Funny Background Event: During the second eviction of Big Brother 13, the Zingbot is in the audience holding a sign saying, "Comic-con or bust". He actually did attend Comic-con in 2011. Also, during the double eviction of Big Brother 18, Zingbot held a new sign saying "Zingbot for President" a competition that actually happened the next week after Zakiyah and Bridgette were evicted. Although, given that this also coincided with the timing of the 2016 presidential election, one's reaction might become a wee bit uncomfortable... but becomes downright hilarious in hindsight when Zingbot reveals he became president of his home planet in Big Brother 19.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: His debut. He just randomly dropped in on the house, snuck into the bedrooms, then began blaring a siren to wake them up (because no one had ever met him yet and thus had no telltale stimulus to properly react to beyond raw noise to wake them up).
  • No Indoor Voice: Zingbot seems to shout every thing he says.
  • Not Himself: Coupled with We Want Our Jerk Back- in Season 16, Zingbot was malfunctioning and giving contestants "props" instead of "zings", which necessitated the need for an even bigger insult comic to show up... Kathy Griffin. She explained Zingbot needed to be rebooted due to a glitch... after which, he returned to his old, zinging self.
  • Running Gag: He comes in and insults everyone. Naturally, everyone talks about how good/bad the zings were, and then zings everyone else. Also, Zingbot likes to declare "I'M BAA~~AACK!!!" and show up in the wee hours of the morning and declare, "WAKE UP, EVERYBODY!!!"
  • Vocal Evolution: In his debut season, Big Brother 12, Zingbot had a robotic monotone. In 13, it became a shrill, echoing, auto-tuned, high-pitched voice. 14 onward, he has a slightly robotic and stilted high-pitched tone of voice.

Orwell the Owl

  • Companion Cube: A stuffed owl who first appeared as part of the aesthetic design of the Big Brother 19 house of temptation, Josh took a liking to it and christened it Orwell, giving it a lot of attention. He also has a lesser-known brother, Theodore.
  • Running Gag: It's very common for houseguests to hang onto Orwell like a Security Blanket. Josh used him as a friend to talk to when things got tough in the house, Metta practically turned him into an inseparable life preserver, and Haleigh cuddled him on the very first day of Season 20 at the group introductions and never drew very far from him until being evicted.


Celebrity Big Brother:

     Canada Series 

Arisa Cox

Peter Brown, Gary Levy & Sarah Hanlon

Co-hosts of the Side Show with Arisa, and former contestants from season 1 and in Sarah Hanlon's case, 3.

  • Accentuate the Negative: Peter often does this to houseguests after they've been eliminated. Gary, meanwhile, will accentuate the things the houseguest did right.
  • Caustic Critic
  • Promoted Fanboy: All three of them were in the house in season 1 and in Sarah Hanlon's case, 3, before becoming hosts of the Side Show.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Gary's the sensitive guy, Peter's the manly man. While Sarah and Peter have a similar dynamic, one's male and one's female so it doesn't have the same impact.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Both of them tend to do this in their rants after a contestant does something stupid, and occasionally to their face after they've been eliminated.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Peter and Blue Gary.
  • Replacement Goldfish: With Gary Levy leaving the show to pursue his new career, Peter got a new partner in Sarah Hanlon, winner of Big Brother Canada 3.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: They're some of the most well-known contestants from Big Brother Canada, even though Gary was just runner-up and Peter finished in sixth-place. Subverted with Sarah Hanlon who won BB Canada 3.

Marsha The Moose


    OZ series 

Gretel Killeen

The original and most well known host of the Australian series.

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Sonia Kruger

The host for the 2012 Channel 9 revival of the show.

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Mike Goldman

The narrator for the series who has been in every season including the revival.

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The house's pet fish who can secretly talk and give out challenges to any housemate he wants.

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  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Other Darrin: The show is on its fifth or sixth puffer fish. Justified, due to the fact they are wild and are caught in the ocean. They are not used to the lights, but rather require darkness resulting in sickness or death.

Big Brother

This, is Big Brother...

A role shared by several producers and staff members (known as Deputy Big Brothers). He is the unseen man that controls the housemates' lives inside the house. In Australia, Big Brother is somehow seen more as a father-figure with just a fine combination of humor, mischief, seriousness and strictness, which is obviously seen throughout the series during Diary Room conversations, tasks, and during the twists he implements inside the house.

The current main Deputy Big Brother is Australian voice over artist Leon Murray. Follow on Twitter here.

  • Character Title
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion.
  • The Other Darrin: Several producers and staff members have taken on the role of Big Brother. There are three for any given series. Justified, due to the fact that one man cannot watch the house 24 hours a day.



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