The unlucky protagonist.
- Abusive Parents: Ignores and mistreats Mariangela almost all the time. In the fourth movie, he beats her to a pulp when he finds out she is pregnant. Later he becomes an abusive grandfather to Uga.
- Adorkable: Awkward and clumsy to pitiable levels.
- Author Avatar: Fantozzi's working life is based on Paolo Villaggio's former experience as an employee at the Italsider company. Inverted in that Villaggio's personality is nothing like Fantozzi's.
- Born Unlucky: His entire life is a big Humiliation Conga and his bad luck is exaggerated to cartoonish and unbelievable levels.
- Butt-Monkey: The punching bag of the entire world.
- The Chew Toy: The most abused and unlucky character in history. In the Italian version of this wiki, The Chew Toy is named Il Fantozzi.
- Did Not Get the Girl: A running gag between him and Miss Silvani, the "real love of his life". Although there's some Unrequited Love Switcheroo later on and finally sleeps with her before dying in the eigth movie.
- Extreme Doormat: A complete pushover around his bosses and co-workers who always treat him like shit. On the other hand, with his family, he's an overbearing Jerkass.
- Fat Idiot: His weight becomes a problem sometimes.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Miss Silvani. He never had a chance with her.
- Jerkass: Most of the time he's an asshole. A horrible husband, a horrible father, and later a horrible grandfather.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Usually has one Pet the Dog moment in almost every movie. A notable example is when he comforts his daughter after she was insulted by his Jerkass co-workers in the first movie.
- Last-Name Basis: To everyone except his family.
- Made of Iron: How Fantozzi manages to survive with all the horribly painful things that happen to him. At some point he's even literally used as a human lightning rod. He eventually dies in the eighth movie.
- Malaproper: He often uses incorrect verb forms, like everyone in the saga.
- This Loser Is You: Fantozzi is a parody of the Italian salaryman of the 70s. And he is huge Association Football fan like the Italian audience.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- He has a few successful moments, notably defeating his boss in a biliard match. Or standing up to another abusive boss in front of everyone and receiving much applause by his colleagues.
- The seventh movie, Fantozzi alla riscossa, ends on a relatively positive note for him (he and Pina getting back together and holding hands), in contrast to the Downer Ending of all the other movies.
- He finally bangs Miss Silvani in his last days before dying. And she loved it.
- Would Hit a Girl: He has used physical violence against his daughter, a widow at a funeral, and a nun. In fairness, the widow and the nun really had it coming and it was self-defence.
- Your Cheating Heart: He's married to Pina but always hits on his co-worker Miss Silvani.
Fantozzi's plain-looking and long-suffering wife.
- Adorkable: Bosisio's Pina is awkwardly sweet and well-meaning.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Implied with her attraction to obnoxious pervert Cecco and slobby hitchhiker Franchino.
- Ascended Extra: A minor character in the first two movies, because the story focuses more on Fantozzi's life at his workplace. After the actress change, she has a more active role in the plot and in later movies she pretty much becomes the Deuteragonist.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She snaps a couple of times in later movie.
- Characterization Marches On: In the first two films, Pina, as portrayed by Liù Bosisio, was an awkward, sweet, and submissive wife who genuinely loved her husband. When Milena Vukotic takes over the role (at least in the third and fourth films), she's more apathetic towards Fantozzi and even willing to flirt with other men. From the sixth film onwards, Pina is a rather sweet and loyal wife, although still more independent and assertive than Bosisio's Pina.
- Extreme Doormat: In an inversion of Henpecked Husband, she's always being bossed around by her husband and doing everything for him. Ironically, as her husband is an Extreme Doormat to everyone else.
- Housewife: The only purpose of her life, apparently.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When she learns about her husband's imminent death, she secretly pays Miss Silvani to spend one night with him. While she doesn't like her (understandably), Pina knows Miss Silvani is the only one who can make Ugo really happy.
- Nice Girl: The nicest character in the saga. Well, the only nice character. In a Crapsack World, most of the heartwarming moments happen thanks to her.
- Women Are Wiser: Vukotic's Pina is much more intelligent and levelheaded than Fantozzi.
- Your Cheating Heart: In the third and fourth movies, she is briefly attracted to other men. She gets better.
Fantozzi's hideous daughter.
- Animal Motifs: Monkeys. She is compared to/mistaken for a monkey in all of her appearances.
- Break the Cutie: The Christmas scene in the first movie. Yes, she's too ugly to be The Cutie but seeing an innocent child being bullied for her appearance and driven to tears by cruel adults is heartbreaking. It's the only scene where the Mariangela abuse is not Played for Laughs.
- Butt-Monkey: Literally. She's treated like a monkey by almost everyone. Her mother is the only one who loves her and treats her like a human being.
- Cross-Cast Role: Played by a man, except in the last two movies.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Brunette as a child, blonde as an adult. She looks horrible either way.
- Gonk: Everyone, except her mother, is disgusted by her ugliness.
- Interspecies Romance: Fittingly, she ends marrying a gorilla named Bongo.
- Satellite Character: She's mostly Out of Focus except for a few gags about her ugliness.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the eight movie, when she locks her parents out of their own house. Even Doting Parent Pina tells her off and insults her for the first time.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Was a harmless, nice girl as a child. As an adult, she was ok...until the eight movie.
Mariangela's equally hideous daughter and Fantozzi's granddaughter.
- Animal Motifs: Monkeys, like her mother. A producer of Planet of the Apes even wanted her in the cast.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Or granddaughter. She becomes one in the 9th movie Fantozzi il ritorno, dressing like a punk and acting like a demanding brat to her grandparents.
- Cross-Cast Role: Played by the same man who plays her mother, except in the last two movies.
- Cousin Oliver: A child character introduced when Mariangela is old enough to be a mother.
- Gonk: She looks exactly like her mother. Played by the same actor.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad In later movies she gets more focus than her mother.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To her mother in her childhood days. There's absolutely no difference between the two.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the ninth movie, when she pretends to be kidnapped and uses her grandparents's ransom money to buy a scooter for herself.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Like mother, like daughter. From a Cheerful Child to a selfish Bratty Teenage Daughter.
Fantozzi's co-worker who always organizes trips, parties, and any kind of special event.
- Blind Without 'Em: He can't see anything without his glasses.
- Composite Character: Of two characters from the original Fantozzi book: a generic co-worker and minor character named Filini and Fantozzi's friend/sidekick named Fracchia. The latter is Adapted Out in the movie and is replaced by Filini.
- Last-Name Basis: We hear his first name only twice...and it was inconsistent.
- Only Friend: The closest thing Fantozzi has to a friend.
- The Pollyanna: He's cheerful and energetic, in contrast to Fantozzi's apathetic demeanor.
- Sidekick: On a lot of Fantozzi's adventures. Inverted in-universe, Filini is the one who comes up with all the ideas, while Fantozzi himself is his reluctant follower.
- Sudden Name Change: Renzo Filini in the first movie, Silvio Filini in the third movie.
- With Friends Like These...: While he is Fantozzi's only friend and usually hangs out with him, there are a few times when he joins in the other co-workers on picking on him. And even if they spend a lot of time together, there's no real friendship between them, as they speak to each other formally like old co-workers and nothing else.
Fantozzi's crush. Apparently the only woman in the company.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She picked The Casanova Calboni over Extreme Doormat Fantozzi.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Her politess in early movies is often used to manipulate Fantozzi for her own ends.
- Characterization Marches On: While always an unlikable character, in early movies Miss Silvani acts more like a classy, elegant, and polite Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, very different from the vulgar, foul-mouthed, and obnoxious woman she becomes in later movies.
- Femme Fatale: She knows about Fantozzi's crush on her and can manipulate him into doing anything.
- Fiery Redhead: Not in early movies where she was a brunette. But in later movies she has red hair, and is also much more bad-tempered.
- Informed Attractiveness: An intentional example. Miss Silvani is not supposed to be pretty and the book explicitly states she is not, but since she's the only woman in the office, she has her male co-workers (mainly Fantozzi and Calboni) fighting over her.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She starts the story as a classy and confident Dude Magnet. As she gets older, she becomes a trashy and washed-up loser rejected by everyone.
- Jerkass: There's nothing likable about her. Which makes Fantozzi's crush even more pathetic.
- The Lad-ette: Her personality in later movies, which is the complete opposite of how proper and feminine she was initially.
- Last-Name Basis: Just Miss Silvani. Does she even has a first name?
- Took a Level in Jerkass: As the story goes on, she becomes more and more rude and obnoxious.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: She has rejected Fantozzi all her life but in later movies, she's desperate enough to beg Fantozzi to be her lover. On her knees.
Fantozzi's Jerkass co-worker and his rival for Miss Silvani's affection.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In later movies, but there's a reason. The original actor passed away after the airing of the third film and they hired another actor for the fourth one. Since he wasn't memorable like the original, the character is completely eliminated in the other sequels.
- Consummate Liar: Lampshaded in the first movie. He blatantly lies to make himself look better. When he farts in the train (third movie), he makes everyone believe that Fantozzi was the one who farted.
- Friendly Enemy: He is Fantozzi's rival and a total jerk to him, but they occasionally hang out outside of work, along with Filini or other co-workers.
- Gasshole: Has a farting problem in the third movie.
- Jerkass: Always makes fun of Fantozzi and is an overall smug, slimy asshole.
- Last-Name Basis: Like everyone in the company, he's always referred to as this.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: To his bosses. Everyone in the company acts like but he's such a blatant kiss-ass that it's funny to watch.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Other than confidence and charisma, he has nothing. In the mountain trip he says everyone knows him, but when he starts greeting people, they just ignore him. He pretends to be a high class man, but he has no money and forces Fantozzi to pay for him.
- Your Cheating Heart: In the second movie he's married to Miss Silvani but they eventually break up because of his cheating.
Fantozzi has many different bosses over the years. Here are tropes shared by all of them.
- 0% Approval Rating: Whoever the boss is, he's universally hated by the workers. If a boss dies, the entire company celebrates his death.
- Bad Boss: All of them are evil and tyrannical like Mr. Burns, and treat their employees very, very badly.
- Big Bad: Every boss is the main villain of his story arc.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: They are perfectly willing to violate business or social ethics, as well as commit crimes to gain power and profit.
- The Dreaded: All the employees are terrified of their current boss.
- Invincible Villain: They are simply too powerful to be defeated by their utterly pathetic and "inferior" employees, especially Fantozzi.
- Jerkass: Apparently, the Benevolent Boss trope is something no one has ever heard of, in Fantozzi's universe.
- Jerkass to One: While they are abusive to all the employees, all the bosses seem to be especially cruel to Fantozzi, unsurprisingly.
- Karma Houdini: They always get away with everything they do. Riccardelli is the only boss who gets a humiliating comeuppance, but he still gets back on top by the end of his story arc.
- Laughably Evil: They are way too over the top, to Card-Carrying Villain levels. Their pure "evilness" is hilarious.
- Legacy Character: Fantozzi's current boss changes all the time. At least twice a movie (the first four movies, at least).
- Malaproper: They always mess up Fantozzi's name ("Fantocci!"), and even their pompous speeches have grammar mistakes.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Some of the bosses have unflattering long names or titles that emphasize how bad they are. One of them even has "pezz. di merd." (pezzo di merda = piece of shit) among his titles.
- Overly Long Name: Many of them have long names which are supposed to be pompous, like Mega-Director Clamorous Count-Duke Pier Carlo Engineer Semenzara.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: And they don't try to hide it. Quite a few of the bosses even have similar names, like Cobram and Cobram II.