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Matthew "Matt" Trent
Portrayed By: Jon Hamm

  • Asshole Victim: He definitely was an amoral person and more deserving of being blocked than most people. On the other hand, his punishment (effectively being cut off from all human contact, presumably for the rest of his life), is extreme and horrifying. YMMV as to whether he deserved it or not.
  • Boxed Crook: He's revealed to be in police custody, bargaining for his freedom by extracting a confession from Joe.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As only Jon Hamm is capable of. Insightful, quick-witted and good-looking, Matt can come across as a truly charming fellow. In reality he's a ruthless sociopath concerned primarily with himself.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Matt's a pickup artist, which makes him this trope by default. We don't see the worst of his misogyny, but it's clearly present.
  • Ironic Hell: His fate is tailor-made for the type of person he is. Matt was a charming people person who derived pleasure from manipulating and toying with others; now he's become an Unperson and everyone will know what he is, and will either shun him or attack him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Matt is a charming man in a relatively subtle way, operating on insight.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Matt is a perverted pickup artist.
  • The Sociopath: In some ways, Matt is a straight-up sociopath. Sometimes he appears to show remorse, but in reality it's regret that he's screwed up his own life. He doesn't care about the role he played in the death of Harry or the fact that his job was essentially that of a slavemaster breaking the wills of sentient beings; he only cares about how his actions affected himself, not others. The only time he appears to empathize with anyone is when Joe brings up not being able to see his own child. Contrast Joe, who is a Sympathetic Murderer.
  • Unperson: His ultimate fate is to be blocked by the rest of humanity, becoming entirely alone in the world.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Matt is a manipulative liar at the best of times, so it isn't a surprise that he lies to Joe about the exact extent of his own sins.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's not without somewhat sympathetic qualities, but on the whole, Matt is manipulative and callous to the point of being a sociopath in the vein of Chad.


Joseph "Joe" Potter
Portrayed By: Rafe Spall

  • The Alcoholic: He gets absolutely slammed at the karaoke night to the point that Beth and her co-worker Tim have to drag him out of the bar.
    • There's a bit of Fridge Brilliance in this. Joe only starts talking about himself when he starts drinking. This also may justify Beth keeping the fact the baby wasn't his from him. Him exploding at her when she said she wasn't going to keep it on top of his alcohol induced belligerence suggests that he wasn't going to take the news of the affair well.
    • It should be noted, however, that he only actually started yelling when he realized she was drunk and pregnant. Before then, he was upset but not yelling.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Discovering that his ex-girlfriend cheated on him and had the other guy's child, leading him to believe the kid was his for years because she never admitted it pushes him over the edge.
  • Mind Prison: The fate of his Cookie self, condemned to spend the next few million years in a deserted cabin surrounded by reminders of his crime, all with I Wish It Would Be Christmas Everyday blaring in the background.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Accidentally killing your ex's father in reflexive anger and inadvertently leading to her daughter's death are terrible, but his psychological torture throughout the past few years and his ultimate fate (for both him and his cookie) is so awful in its own way that the audience feels awful for him.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Joe. After undergoing what amounts to a years-long mental breakdown over the estrangement of Bethany and his daughter, he cracks completely and accidentally kills Bethany's father once he finds out it's not his daughter. Bethany's daughter dies frozen while trying to get some help for her grandpa, adding more salt to the wound.

Part I


Portrayed By: Rasmus Hardiker

  • Adorkable: Nebbish and awkward in a charming way.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: The reason he enlists Matt and company for help at picking up women at a Christmas party is because of his social awkwardness.


Portrayed By: Natalia Tena

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Compared to her bubbly blonde co-worker, Jennifer is pointed out as being aloof and reserved. It turns out there's a reason for that.
  • Broken Bird: She suffered from schizophrenia, and commits a murder-suicide with a suitor convinced that he is also tortured by 'the voices in the head'.
  • Hearing Voices: It turns out that her line about having voices arguing in your head wasn't metaphorical; she actually is a schizophrenic.

Part II


Portrayed By: Oona Chaplin
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Goes barefoot for the whole episode, even in her virtual reality form. It appears to be a characteristic of Oona Chaplin roles.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: And she's the current page image!
  • Rich Bitch: She's clearly wealthy but also impatient and condescending to most people around her.

Part III


Bethany Grey
Portrayed By: Janet Montgomery

  • Daddy's Girl: Which seems to arise from her father apparently being a single father, but he reminds Joe that he's not good enough for his daughter, while she defends him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Beth is a liar and a cheater...but Joe was also wrong to flip out at her about having an abortion.
  • Poor Communication Kills: When she finds out she's pregnant, she tells Joe she's going to have an abortion, then blocks him when he objects, making communication literally impossible. If she had just admitted to Joe that she didn't love him anymore and had cheated on him and the baby she's pregnant with was not his kid, her own father and daughter would probably still be alive.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Bethany dies very suddenly off-screen in a train crash, which plunges Joe deep into mourning.
  • Your Cheating Heart: When Joe sees that the child he thought was his daughter looks nothing like him, he realizes this.

Alternative Title(s): Black Mirror Christmas Special


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