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    Kenneth Williams 

Kenneth Williams

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Kenneth Williams appeared in 26 films of the film series, being the most frequent actor of the bunch. He mostly portrayed main characters of higher authority, mostly characters that were heavily in charge of a business or had higher achievements that many other major characters never had or could get (a high rank in the Armed Farces, for example).

Lots of his characters are quite slimy and smarmy, as well as very arrogant and smug. They also had nasal Deadpan Snarker voices and had haughty and proud body language. This demeanor was probably why many embarrassing things happened to his characters (commonly through Comedic Underwear Exposure).

Strange to some, he was usually the affection of Hattie Jacques' characters, who usually tried to make a pass on him in the hospital-based films. He would either give in or try to get away from her.

  • Actual Pacifist: Not many liked to start fights or get involved in one. CPT Fearless orders his men to steer around enemy boats and Camembert doesn't try to defend himself when Darcy and Pommfrit try to attack him.
  • Ambiguously Gay/Camp Straight: Many of his roles were this, possibly because Williams was gay in real life. This comes into play when women flirt with him and he would try and pull himself away swiftly.
    • Also the implications that many of characters were not married.
      Queen Marie: But how would you feel if your wife didn't give you what you wanted?
      Thomas Cromwell: I am not married, ma'am.
    • His characters are always at the affections of Hattie Jacques' characters, that usually come on too strongly.
      Miss Haggerd: Can't you see? I've got so much appeal!
      Dr Soaper: Yes, and so's a banana, but I don't even want that!
    • When Sir Bernard sprays a foamy fire extinguisher in Dr Goode's face... yeah...
  • Ambiguously Human: As the electrically-powered Orlando Watt.
  • Asexuality: Many of his characters can be seen as this, if you take out all the gay undertones.
    • The Khasi says that he doesn't have sex and gets his servants to do all that for him. No wonder he has so many wives in his harem.
    • Percival intends to marry, but says that his wife-to-be wouldn't need to share a bed with him, because his house is big enough for her to have her own room.
  • Asshole Victim/Alas, Poor Villain: Due to his characters' repulsiveness, many of them are hard to feel sorry for when things go wrong for them.
  • Big Bad: Khasi of Khalabar.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Typical of some of his characters.
  • Brownface: As the Khasi of Khalabar.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: As Thomas Cromwell and as other characters who are second-in-command to another.
  • Butt-Monkey: When up against Sid James' characters.
  • Camp: Some of his roles played up to this a lot, even though the character had no reason to be this.
  • Catchphrase: Williams had several that spanned through the series; the notable one being "Ooh, Matron!" from Dr Soaper and other films.
    • There was also Sir Bernard's "Stop messin' about!" which was Williams' catchphrase from a radio show he used to do before the films.
    • Variations of "frying tonight", whether being quoted like this or just put in a sentence (such as Agent Simpkins' "looks like we won't be frying tonight, boys!")
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Someone get his characters a belt!
    • CST Stanley's trousers fall down on one of his rounds around the neighbourhood.
    • Percival's smitten housekeeper pulls his trousers down accidentally when she's trying to embrace him, just as Sophie walks into the room.
    • When Marjoribanks' tight Painted-On Pants split when he bends over.
    • Desiree Dubary rushes over to him in a smitten panic during his Russian Roulette and rips Camembert's trousers down when she tries to hug him.
    • If you look closely, Burke has suspenders hanging over his shoulders on the outside of his waistcoat in one scene, but they're not clipped onto his trousers. You're surprised to find that this trope doesn't happen in the movie.
  • The Danza: invoked As Dr Soapernote  and Dr Tinkle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly towards other characters he's superior to (or so he thinks). An example is this from Carry On Henry:
    Cardinal Wolsey: [about Queen Marie's refusal to come to the dinner table] Perhaps I should go and see her... [coughs] ... tell her to come down, I mean.
    Thomas Cromwell: Any talk from you would bring anybody down.
  • Everyone Went to School Together:
    • Back in school, Dr Watt was friends with Dracula, and was bullied by Dr Jekyll and Dr Frankenstein.
    • Burger and Lady Jane went to the same European university, which led to Jane's accident, making Burger join the army in shame.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Francis spends time with a monkey he's looking after and is constantly mocked in the street.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When Dr Carver comes back from his trip to the Beatific Islands, he has noticeable stubble on his chin. Considering how you never see Williams' characters like this (Judge Burke's moustache doesn't count), it's rather distracting.
  • Fan Disservice: There were many comedic shots of his bare behind that are played up as this. Doubles as Naked People Are Funny.
  • Foil: Charles Hawtrey and Peter Butterworth this to him, while he is this to Sid James.
  • Funny Foreigner: A mild one when he was the Khasi of Khalabar.
  • General Failure: Julius Caesar. If you know the history of the Roman emperor, it wouldn't comes as a surprise.
  • Hero Antagonist: Usually, especially when Sid James' character was the leading man.
  • Henpecked Husband: Julius Caesar towards Calpurnia, although her flirtaious attempts to make him agree to make love with her fail miserably.
  • High-Class Glass: CMDNT Burger wears a monacle, reflecting his implied wealth, considering that he went to the same university as the aristocratic Lady Jane.
  • Hypochondriac: Sir Bernard was the first to believe a rumour that there was a disease spreading around and that he's probably caught it.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: When his character's looking down at people he can't stand.
  • Idiot Hero: Is mostly this when he's up against a Sid James' villain.
    • Definitely played straight with agent Simpkins, who's so self-centred and obnoxiously dim-witted, it might make you root for the villains or pray that one of his students will step in.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro Pay: Marjoribanks is pronounced "Marsh-banks".
  • The Judge: Judge Burke, but he's such a coward, he doesn't do anything to stop the tyrant. The only judge-like thing you see is him pointing to the sign he made of abolishing firearms.
  • Kavorka Man/Chick Magnet: In many roles.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Especially if he's going after a Sid James character, who constantly outwits him. He mostly does this when he's trying to suck up to someone superior.
  • Lovable Coward: Caesar, who couldn't fight to save his life and willingly threw his guards into it.
  • Mad Scientist: Orlando Watt intended to harbor all of the technology (and human remains) in order to resurrect a mummified corpse. It backfires horribly.
  • Never My Fault: Rarely has moments of regret and/or admitting defeat.
    • Camembert will always blame Bidet whenever Robespierre called him out on his idiocy.
    • CPT Fancey will never admit that his plans have failed and always blames Jock.
  • Nice Hat: CPT Fancey and Thomas Cromwell.
  • Oblivious to Love: Had the ability to be the affections of two private women, and could not recognise the subtext of their bickering, or their sudden change in body language and attitude whenever they were alone together.
  • Omniglot: Francis, who speaks at least a few words of every language given to him.
  • Perma-Shave: Even when out in the middle of nowhere with no food and toiletries, none of his characters grow facial hair.
  • Police are Useless: CST Stanley and other constables help a gang of robbers steal a car.
  • Porn Stache: Judge Burke had the closest thing to one.
  • Pride: A large problem with many of Williams' characters were because of this. They were mostly so full of themselves and their greatness that they were easily outwitted.
  • Reaction Shot: If someone said anything with innuendo in it, or just anything unexpected, there would be a cut to a close-up Williams' face of him either looking appalled or worried.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Judge Burke is kidnapped by the Rumpo Kid's gang and ridden on horseback to their lair, but is much more annoyed that they ordered him out of his bed and didn't allow him to change into something comfortable.
      Judge Burke: [after being asked how he was] You obviously have never been ordered out of your bed at gunpoint and not being allowed to put your SLIPPERS ON!! DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW PAINFUL IT IS TO RIDE A HORSE BAREFOOT?! IT HURTS!!!
    • As Camembert, wounded soldiers collapse onto vases and tables in the grand mansion where their fight takes place with the Black Fingernail, and Camembert scolds them for damaging property as he sobs over the "irreplaceable" furniture.
  • Simpleton Voice: Mostly when he portrayed the stupid secret agent Desmond.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: When he portrayed James, who was an economics graduate that believes he should be treated better than everyone in the National Service.
  • The Smart Guy: Whether claimed, lampshaded or implied, or the closest thing that the characters have to one.
  • Smug Super/Smug Snake: Loads of his characters are this to others that work underneath them. In the hospital films in which he's the head doctor/surgeon, he takes a dislike to Jim Dale and Terry Scott's doctor characters and sometimes hold grudges over hiring them in the first place.

    Joan Sims 

Joan Sims

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Joan Sims appears in 24 films in the series, making her the longest-serving female and the second longest-serving actor. She played a variety of character types in the series, ranging from friendly to aggressive to attractive.

She's more likely to be married to a Henpecked Husband like a Sid James or a Kenneth Williams, or be pawning after another man who may or may not show interest in her.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: A couple of roles, mostly towards Kenneth Williams' characters.
  • Accent Relapse: As Madame Desiree, she pretends to be French to fit with her showbiz life as a travelling entertainer, and sometimes drops the accent in anger or when she's caught.
  • All Women Are Lustful: As Lady Joan, Calpurnia, Desiree Dubarry.
  • All Women Are Prudes: As Joan Fussey.
  • Apron Matron: Mostly, as Emily, who never sees her husband because of his long working hours.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Most famously from Desiree Dubarry when the Black Fingernail crashes through her window.
    The Black Fingernail: Don't start screaming! Please!!
    Desiree Dubarry: Why? What're you gonna to do me?
    The Black Fingernail: Well, nothing!
    Desiree Dubarry: Well, that settles it. [screams]
  • Big Eater: As Mrs Tidely, who's expecting a three-week overdue baby and is in no real hurry to give birth because she sees her stay in the hospital as an excuse to gorge herself on a seemingly endless banquet of hospital food.
  • Crying Wolf: As Mrs Tidely; her Big Eater habit gives her chronic attacks of wind and indigestion, which end up being mistaken for the onset of her long-awaited labor. Invoked at one point when the doctors discuss the possibility of artificially inducing labor at last; she immediately feigns that she's felt her first contractions come on again in order to put them off the idea so that she can continue lounging around and stuffing her face.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: As Nurse Stella.
  • Daddy's Girl: As Calpurnia to Seneca. Whenever her husband insults him, she immediately jumps in to defend him.
  • The Danza: invoked Lady Joan Ruff-Diamond and Joan Fussey.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When her character wasn't being ravished by her husband, or when her husband/lover was flirting with another woman. Usually if she's married to Sid James.
  • Disabled Love Interest: As the deaf Chloe, who tries to invoke this with her orator partner Francis because he fears that he'll never meet another woman and/or marry if his condition becomes worse.
  • Gasshole:
    • Played with as Mrs Tidely; she only burps the one time in the film, but it's referenced in her first appearance that almost all of her apparent contractions in the last three weeks had turned out to be bouts of gas, when they weren't attacks of indigestion. Justified in that she's eating constantly; no wonder she's bloated and gassy.
    • As Desiree Dubarry, one of her first dedicated jokes involves her loudly belching after drinking some champagne, much to the disgust of Citizen Camembert, which sets up for a Double Entendre about her bosom.
  • Grande Dame: As Lady Bagley, Desiree and Lady Joan.
  • Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: The 5'5 Mrs Tidely to her 5'2 husband.
  • Lady Drunk: In almost all of her appearances, bar as Mrs Tidely, for obvious reasons.
  • Last-Name Basis: Mrs Tidely is only ever known by that name, although that makes sense given she's in a hospital and being something all of a difficult patient who treats the whole affair as a holiday cum free all-you-can-eat banquet.
  • Mama Bear: As Madame Desiree, she is very protective of the women she travels around with and threatens all the drunk men in the bar on what she'll do to them if they try anything with the women.
  • Miss Kitty: As Belle, ZigZig and Connie.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In some roles.
  • My Beloved Smother: As Daphne, who goes on her daughter's caravan weekend with her husband.
  • Punny Name: As Joan Fussey.
  • Sex for Services: As Lady Joan, who tried to invoke this on the Khasi in exchange for secret information on the British Army.
  • Unfortunate Name: When she was Sarah Allcock.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment
    • Lady Joan keeps a tiny gun in her cleavage.
    • Belle does this with a tiny pistol too.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Queen Marie sleeps with a knight twice while married to Henry VIII.

    Charles Hawtrey 

Charles Hawtrey

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Charles Hawtrey appeared in 23 films and is the third longest-serving cast member in the series. He mostly played meek and ditzy characters that were mostly the reason of things going wrong, as well as womanizing lechers. Other characters were usually prissy and uptight, usually over a dislike of another character — memorably, some of Jim Dale's.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Some of his stupid characters turn out to be able to handle themselves. A good example is Duke de Pommfrit, who tries to impress some younger aristocrats by claiming that the Black Fingernail didn't rescue him and that he fought the guards until they allowed him to leave; Camembert and Bidet, in earshot of the conversation, scoff at Prommfrit's stupidity, then in Chateau Neuf, Pommfrit kills about ten soldiers in a swordfight.
  • The Danza: invoked Charles Coote, Charlie Bind and Charlie Muggins.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has some moments. Seneca has one of the best moments out of them all, especially when Julius Caesar acts like an idiot or doesn't listen to him.
    Seneca: [about Julius' unconscious body] I told him, told him, told him! "Beware the Ides of March" I said!
    Calpurnia: It's not March.
    Seneca: Well, you wouldn't expect an idiot like him to know that.
    Calpunia: He looks a little wet.note 
    Seneca: He looks a BIG wet, if you ask me.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Terry, as a Driver of a Black Cab.
  • Dull Surprise: Often, due to his ditziness.
  • Foil: To Kenneth Williams' characters, often to make Kenneth look like the smarter one.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Humphrey, who listens to the radio 24/7 through headphones.
  • Idiot Hero: Sometimes, but believes that he is better than everyone else.
  • Innocent Innuendo: His cuckoolander nature led him to some of this, oblivious to all of the shocked and concerned reactions around him.
  • Kavorka Man: Hawtrey was no heartthrob or model-like attractive, but somehow had women either fawning over his characters or eventually sleeping with them.
  • LadyKiller: Duc de Pommfrit and Sir Roger.
  • Lovable Coward: PVT Widdle is this because he never wanted to join the army and has no choice but to fight against the Indian soldiers.
  • Man in a Kilt: PVT Widdle.
  • The Klutz: His characters either tripped a lot or dropped things.
  • Mummy's Boy:
    • Eustace Tuttle, who is implied to be still living with his mother and is even escorted to the coach bus by her.
    • Charlie Bind writes a letter to his mother when he is set to face some armed STENCH agents on the train home.
  • Nerd Glasses: Sometimes nicknamed "granny glasses", which all his characters wear.
  • Not Now, Bernard: Mostly on the end of this.
  • Repetitive Name: As Dan Dann.
  • Sex God:
    • As Sir Roger, who is apparently so satisfying that Queen Marie willingly has more with him when Henry VIII disappears from the bedroom.
    • Invoked with Walter Bagley, who is the sperm donor of the Lubby-Dubby tribe.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Big Heap has lived with his Native American tribe for all his life, yet speaks perfect English when he meets cowboys. His son is the complete opposite.
  • The Can Kicked Him: When Dan Dann is drowned in a toilet by one of the Watt siblings' henchman.
  • Those Two Guys: Mostly with Kenneth Williams' characters.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Adds to the Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: If his characters loathed another with a passion, he might end up trying to get them fired or on the wrong side of a superior.
  • Unfortunate Name: Dan Dann the Lavatory Man.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: A common theme with many of Hawtrey's characters were that they disappeared out of the story either in the middle of it or just didn't get a satisfying conclusion like the rest of the characters.
    • CPT le Pice is sent by Burger to get the reinforcements at the backup base while the rest of the army go back to the campsite which he does — saving the remainder of the team's asses by commanding the entire gang of reinforcements to save Burger and the rest. After that scene, the movie timeskips to Bo West and Jane being married and Knocker eventually being promoted, and Burger is implied to have died on the battlefield, but there is no talk of le Pice and his bravery and how he came to their rescue. So, could he have died in battle too?
    • Sir Roger de Lodgerley is tortured several times after his adulterous adventures with Queen Marie, which led to her pregnancy out of wedlock. After spending a month in an iron maiden, he gives in to signing Cromwell's contract, but not before having a drink of water first, which exposes a lot of Invisible Holes in his body. He isn't seen in the movie after that, probably implying that he eventually died. If that's the case, at least Cromwell managed to get the contract signed by him before he officially kicked the bucket.
    • Big Heap is broken out of prison by the Rumpo Kid's gang but they are caught and banished to the woods by Marshall. Implied to have spent at least a week in a drunken coma with the group, he is eventually released by Rumpo and disappears out of the movie. That's fine, but has anyone told him that his son was killed in a failed bomb plot?
    • Dr Ernest Stoppidge is forced to disguise as a female client in Nookey's slimming clinic to see what his secret formula is. When he and Dr Carver eventually find the ointment, Carver forces Stoppidge to quickly some to work out the ingredients from its taste, just as Nookey and Screwer catch them in the office, making Stoppidge accidentally take a large gulp of it and seizure on the floor. A scream from the hallway distracts them all to the cries of several female patients with hairy faces and slight masculine features rushing around the building, making the group realise that the formula has made the consumers change sexually. The final scene shows Nookey and Goldie leaving the local church happily married with Nookey pointing out that Goldie's kiss has probably given him stubble rash, implying that the hormone formula has left permanent effects on the consumer. However, Stoppidge is never seen after his seizure in Nookey's office. Did he have a slight hormonal change too, or did he completely change into a woman?
    • After staking out and spying on Sid for days, Sophie's hired PI James Bedsop disappears out of the movie. He doesn't show up for the forced wedding of Sophie and Sid, although considering what James had been doing for most of the movie, his absence is understandable.
    • The subplot of PVT James Widdle learning how to be brave in his time in the army seems to disappear once the enemy arrive outside the governor's mansion. Does Widdle even survive the war?
  • Zettai Ryouiki: As Seneca and PVT Widdle.

    Sidney James 

Sid James

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Sid James appeared in 19 films in the film series, being the fourth most-frequent regular in the main regular cast. He mostly played lovable rogues and Antiheroes that were either charmers or dirty old men. Sometimes, he played inspirational people such as father figures and men of high authority.

  • A Father to His Men: When he's CPT Crowther and SGT Wilkins.
  • The Alcoholic: Bill Boosey, who hides his alcoholism with a bottle of wine under a crate that he takes a swig from when he thinks no one is looking.
  • All Men Are Perverts: His characters' common traits.
    • Henry VIII has his fourth wife executed for not having as much sex with him as he wants, then he pawns after other women when his new wife becomes undesirable for him.
    • Sir Sidney is sex-crazy, complaining about being interrupted because he hasn't been able to do it in ages (when invading Calcutta, he got to have sex twice a day), and doesn't show any sign of slowing down when he's ravished by members of the Khasi's harem.
    • Gladstone and his harem of wives, all nicknamed after the day he schedules to have sex with them.
    • Sid Boggle, who tries to excuse a nudist camp for being liberating for all in order to hopefully convince girlfriend Joan to show him what she's got and most importantly have sex with her. She's not fooled.
  • Badass Beard: As Henry VIII.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: When he's Sir Sidney in the climax. He casually shoots an enemy soldier from a gun he got completely out of nowhere, all while his hands were behind his back.
  • Badass Preacher: Dick Turpin must count as this as the Rev Flasher, even though it's his alter ego. The final scene counts as this.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Often his character's ideology when it comes to women. If the woman was single and "unattractive", then that obviously meant that they were evil, in his eyes, which gives him quite a shock when he finds out the female evil mastermind was young and attractive. Unsurprisingly, he falls for her.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy:
  • The Captain: As CPT Crowther.
  • Catchphrase: In a way, they sort of are.
    • "Cor, blimey!"
    • "A fat-lot of help [insert a pronoun here] is/are!"
    • "KNICKERS!!"
  • The Charmer: Many of his characters, especially the obvious dirty old men.
    • Henry VIII charms himself into a farmer's daughter's pants after paying her for sex.
    • Boggle charms the schoolgirls after he helps them with their tent at the campsite and an offer for a friendly night-in complete with wine.

    Kenneth Connor 

Kenneth Connor

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Kenneth Connor appeared in 17 films in the series. He was a rather important regular in the early days of the films but after the mid-1960s, his six-year departure led to him Commuting on a Bus and having much smaller roles among the recurring minor cast members. He mostly plays meek put-upon men that are either shy-like or pompous and are occasionally leering sexually-frustrated men, mostly trying to win the affections of an oblivious or uninterested love interest.

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    Peter Butterworth 

Peter Butterworth

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Peter Butterworth appeared in 15 films in the movie series. He varied between major and minor roles, as well as memorable cameos in entertaining appearances. He usually portrayed benign and slightly-bumbling characters who could either be easily scared or unable to see chaos around him. Most infamously, he was usually the sane characters that would have nervous breakdowns in life-threatening situations as the other characters were distracted.

    Hattie Jacques 

Hattie Jacques

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Hattie Jacques appeared in 14 movies in the film series. She mostly played heavyset authority figures who gave motherly support, mostly as the matron of the hospital movies, before featuring in much more comedic roles in the later years.

  • Apron Matron: Most of her roles.
  • Battleaxe Nurse: The Matron in Doctor.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her attempts to sabotage other suitors' chances to get with a character they like.
  • The Cameo:
    • As CPT Clark, the nurse. She didn't have a main role until the next film.
    • Then she cameoed as a nurse.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • The Matron character is mostly this to any of Kenneth Williams' doctors or "annoying" patients.
    • Other characters that are fighting to win the affections of a Kenneth Williams character, usually to another she suspects has the same intentions.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Whenever a character seems to get too friendly with someone she's in love with, Jacques' character might become cold and snappy.
  • Incompatible Orientation: The ones attracted to Kenneth Williams' characters, although that's debatable.
  • Kindly Housekeeper: Martha from Dick, who carries an affection for the highwayman's alter ego, and even throws herself at him at some points.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: Sophie pretending to be the computer that sorts out the matchmaking in Loving.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Many characters that are attracted to Kenneth Williams, even though his characters were usually jerkasses.
  • Typecasting: invoked As the Matron character. Some other actresses were suggested, but they turned it down because they claimed only Jacques could be the best one.

    Bernard Bresslaw 

Bernard Bresslaw

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Bernard Bresslaw appeared in 13 films in the series, varying between the overgrown buffoon to a respected foreign leader, as well as a major threat to the Designated Hero and playing a powerful bodyguard. Many argue that his character types became more developed and he'd become more than a comic relief big guy, considering that his last two films were against his type, even though they did provide just as much laughs.


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