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This page is for the characters in the HBO TV series Flight of the Conchords.

The Conchords

     As a band 
The eponymous two-man band: an "almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand" trying to make it big in New York City.

  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Jokes are occasionally made about how much bigger Jemaine is than Bret. In reality, Jemaine is only slightly taller, but is so broad and muscular (and Bret is so wiry and slight) that he appears to be significantly larger.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They're genuinely talented musicians and, without Murray's incompetent leadership, actually manage to pretty quickly gain some recognition for it.
  • Butt-Monkey: The two are screwed over in every episode.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Jemaine thinks that Richard Gere was the prostitute in "Pretty Woman"; Bret has a mould collection and thinks camera phones are made by gluing cameras to phones; and both space out regularly in order to act out fantasy music sequences in their heads.
  • Country Mouse: They were originally shepherds back in New Zealand, and their move to NYC proves just how woefully unsuited to big city life they are.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Neither of them likes it when the other gets a girlfriend.
  • Dreadful Musician: Averted. They are actually quite talented, especially in regard to songwriting, but their flat delivery and awkward stage presence don't exactly help bring in the crowds.
  • Dull Surprise: Their most common facial expression (not aided by their "robotic" New Zealand accents).
  • Fantasy Sequence: Bret and Jemaine aren't good at expressing themselves in real life, and so they resort to expressing themselves through songs, with most music numbers happening inside their heads.
  • Farm Boy: They were both shepherds back in New Zealand. Seemingly everyone from there is.
  • Fish out of Water: Thanks to Murray's expert advice, the two aren't great at surviving in New York City.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Their swearwords of choice are "flip", "motherflippin'", and "mutha 'uckas".
  • Gullible Lemmings: They're very easy to deceive, manipulate and otherwise exploit.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bandmates, best friends, and roommates.
  • Hollywood Dateless: The two often mention their sordid love lives, despite dating a number of women throughout the show's run.
  • The Illegal: Both are illegal immigrants, which costs them the occasional career opportunity and gets them deported for good in the series finale.
  • Loser Protagonist: They're two awkward, inept and incompetent idiots who constantly fail in life and live in near-squalor.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Repeatedly.
  • Moment Killer: The two of them sleep in the same tiny room, which means that opportunities for some...alone time are hard to come by.
  • Mr. Fanservice: They're both occasionally sexualized during the music videos. While this is always Played for Laughs, they're still two attractive men, so it still works as conventional Fanservice.
  • Only Sane Man: The fact that these two grossly naive, monotone idiots manage to be the most normal and relatable characters on the show says a lot about the rest of the cast. Jemaine in particular is generally slightly more on the ball than Bret.
  • Outdated Outfit:
    Dave: You guys seem a lot cooler today. Usually you guys wear clothes from the 70's.
    Jemaine: They're not from the 70's, they're from New Zealand.
    Dave: Isn't that the same thing?
  • Perpetual Poverty: In one episode, Bret goes on a "spending spree" of 2.79 dollars...causing a chain reaction that leaves the duo with unpaid bills, bounced checks, and no electricity.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: In-Universe, the two get a gig as replacement Simon & Garfunkel lookalikes. They look nothing like Simon and Garfunkel, but Murray claims they're practically identical to the Simon and Garfunkel lookalikes they were sitting in for.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: The Series.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: While neither is exactly manly, Bret is more in touch with his emotions while Jemaine is more assertive (although he doesn't think so: he claims to have low self-esteem in relationships and to be a pushover when making arrangements on the phone).
  • Smart Ball: Trade off on being the show's relative Straight Man from scene to scene. Jemaine tends to hold onto the title for longer than Bret does.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Two odd, geeky, mild-mannered guys with a genuine passion for music.
  • Starving Artist: Lampshaded by Mel; the guys then note that while it sounds romantic, in real life it's actually a sad situation to be in.
  • The Stoic: It takes a lot to rile either of them.
  • Stylistic Suck: Some of their concert staples, such as "Rock the Party", fall under this category.
  • Those Two Guys: They are normally seen in each other's company, and Dave, for one, has trouble telling them apart and remembering which is which.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Muesli, for both of them.



Jemaine Clemaine

Played by: Jemaine Clement
Well, it wouldn't have to be that big to be our biggest tour ever.

Bret's best friend and roommate, and one half of New Zealand's fourth most popular digi-folk bank (normally playing bass). He rarely smiles or laughs and typically overthinks even the most mundane situations.

  • Ambiguously Brown: He's part Maori, which gets a mention late in season 2. Prior to that, however, viewers simply get exchanges like this:
    Police officer (describing Jemaine): About 6'1, 6'2, Caucasian?
    Bret: Eh...He's from New Zealand.
  • The Big Guy: At 6'1, he's only an inch taller than Bret, but he's much more physically imposing, and surprisingly good in a fight.
  • Blind Without 'Em: In a deleted scene from "Love is a Weapon of Choice", he loses his glasses (Bret stole them to wear them on a date with Brahbrah) and ends up in somebody else's apartment that he mistakes for his own.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    Jemaine (on why he's similar to Chandler Bing): I'll just say something sarcastic and no one will notice, but the people watching will really appreciate it.
  • Can't Take Criticism: To a ridiculous degree.
  • Carpet of Virility: He has a lot of body hair, something both Bret and Murray occasionally joke about.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Both Jemaine and Murray insist that Jemaine is the ladies' man of the group, despite Bret having more romantic success onscreen.
  • The Comically Serious: There's a lot of comedy mined from his lack of reaction to anything, as well as from his attempts at rationality and clear thinking.
  • Compliment Backfire: "Sure you're weedy (and kind of shy), but some girlie out there must be needy for a weedy shy guy."
    • All of "Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)".
  • Control Freak: Fond of things like drawing up rosters for who gets to use the Cochords' only cup.
  • Creepy Monotone: Repeatedly described as sounding like a robot.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much more acerbic than Bret.
    Jemaine (when asked if he can hold a sign): Sounds like something a lamppost could do. That's all but you just never thought of it before.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Prostitution, natch! Albeit for the duration of one episode.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Good Is Not Nice: His social skills may need some work, but he's a good guy underneath it all.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: The entirety of "Bret You've Got It Goin' On", leading to the discovery that Jemaine once put a wig on Bret while he was sleeping and spooned him. There's also this line from "Sally Returns":
    Jemaine: Hey, Bret, how come you don't tickle me anymore?
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He's often arrogant, but admits to having low self-esteem and gets jealous at the drop of a hat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's selfish and can often be petulant, but he cares about his friends.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: If the song "Carol Brown" is anything to go by, he has an even worse dating record than Bret, with his girlfriends running away, slipping into comas, getting amnesia, and having epiphanies. Mmm, would you like a little cereal?
  • Men Can't Keep House: "He doesn't cook or clean / He's not good boyfriend material..."
  • No Social Skills: His dour outlook and snide remarks do not earn him any favors with the people he meets.
    Bret: You've got to work on your people skills.
    Jemaine: Yeah, shut up, Bret.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He is capable of smiling, but only on specific (and highly rare) occasions.
  • Serial Romeo:
    Bret: You said Michelle was the one.
    Jemaine: Yeah, she's the one.
    Bret: You said Claire was the one.
    Jemaine:Yeah, she's another one.
    Bret: So you get more than one "one"?
    Jemaine: Some people are lucky. I've had a few ones.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's a dorky loser but considers himself to be a cool ladies' man. In fairness to him, both Murray and Bret generally reinforce this behavior by also considering him to be a cool ladies' man.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Relatively speaking. He wears glasses, and, while still very much being an idiot, is generally the smartest out of him, Bret and Murray.
  • Stoic Spectacles: He wears glasses, and is the smarter and more aloof of the Conchords.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Jemaine is dark, towers over the rest of the cast and is fond of muttering criticisms under his breath.
  • Third Wheel: Bret's dates with Coco are closer to being dates with Jemaine that Coco gets to tag along for.
  • Tough Room: In-universe, nobody appreciates his (great, but admittedly dry) sense of humor; Jemaine himself lampshades this (see Breaking the Fourth Wall, above).
  • Verbal Tic: Says "Whut?" a lot.


Bret McClegnie

Played by: Bret McKenzie
Other rappers diss me, say my rhymes are sissy...

Jemaine's best friend and roommate, and one half of the Conchords (playing guitar and piano). He's the more sensitive and naive of the pair, and has a day job as a human billboard.

  • Angry Dance: Bret's way of expressing himself in "The Third Conchord".
  • Anxiety Dreams: About cannibalism, no less.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: His job as a human billboard occasionally entails this, such as the instance when he had to "wear the big condom" and give away condoms for free. The rest of the time he usually wears an ill-fitting suit.
  • Black Comedy Rape: In the season 1 episode "Girlfriends", he dates an aggressive woman who coerces him into sex; Bret clearly feels violated afterwards, but the situation is at least partially played for laughs.
  • Catapult Nightmare: In a deleted scene from "The Tough Brets", he wakes up screaming, "Please don't chop off my penis!"
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He doesn't drink beer, because it makes him want to pee.
  • Covert Pervert: He's very naive and sweet-natured, but his ideas of foreplay are a bit freak-ay; see Let's Get Dangerous!, below.
  • Dandere: Very sweet and easygoing if he's among friends, but painfully quiet and shy otherwise. See Shrinking Violet, below.
  • Dirty Coward: He runs away and leaves Jemaine behind when the two are attacked by muggers in "Mugged".
  • The Ditz: He thinks epilepsy is pronounced "pepilepsy" (although he pronounced it correctly a couple of times), doesn't know that bluetooth speakers only work with phones, and once sold Super-Straws for a dollar despite them costing twice as much to make.
  • Extreme Doormat: After getting kicked out of the band, he sticks around and tries to become the Conchords' roadie, a behavior his replacement describes as "pathetic". See also Black Comedy Rape, above.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He decides to use one because of Bowie's advice. He feels cooler, but it backfires soon, as he loses the sense of depth and stumbles into things.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Friend to All Living Things: His interest in animals manifests in everything from his wardrobe (mostly animal print T-shirts and jerseys) to his choice of reading material.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Has a large collection of animal print T-shirts, probably bought at the Salvation Army.
  • Genius Ditz: He may be a bit ditzy but he has a great knowledge of music.
  • Homemade Inventions: He makes Jemaine a camera phone by gluing a camera to the phone, and he makes himself a bike helmet that looks like his hair, to look good when biking.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He's open, sensitive and non-aggressive, with sentimental notions of romance and interests like "weaving", "Jazzercize" and "animals".
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Thanks to the New Zealand accent, his name is pronounced like "Brit", causing confusion for the people who get acquainted with him.
  • The Klutz: He has gotten hands stuck in jars and heads stuck in chairs, and has accidentally driven cars into pools and thrown TVs out of windows. His clumsiness only gets amplified if he unwisely decides to wear an eyepatch (to look cooler) or prescription glasses (to look smarter).
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: As detailed in "I Told You I Was Freaky", the normally shy, sensitive Bret gets, well, freak-ay if you catch his fancy: you may end bodypainted to match the wall, photographed with a goat on a boat, dressed as a squirrel in order to steal his nuts or performing foreplay with cardboard silhouettes of yourselves...
    • There was also that one time he showed his penis to a greeting card company manager.
  • Manchild: While neither of the Conchords is emotionally mature, Bret in particular is very naive and has the fashion sense of someone still in grade school.
  • Mellow Fellow: Nonchalant, easygoing, and near-impossible to upset or rile up.
  • Messy Hair: Murray's often annoyed at Bret's hair, telling him to get it cut on several occasions and even listing it among Bret's flaws when comparing him with a tape. (It should be noted that Bret's hair and beard are quite scruffy, but within reason).
  • Muscle Angst / Height Angst: He dislikes being described as small or weedy (he's six feet tall, which isn't exactly "small"), and being told that only a woman's wetsuit will fit him.
    Bret (rapping): I'm not gonna wear a lady's wetsuit — I'm a man! Bring me a small man's wetsuit, please!
  • Mushroom Samba: He has an LSD trip in "New Fans" after trying drugs for the first time.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: Gender-flipped; he worries that he comes across as "easy" and refuses to have sex early on in the relationship.
  • Nice Hat: He has a handmade helmet that looks like his hair.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: Bret is attracted to "bastard girls", as Jemaine puts it; best seen in the episode "Girlfriends" (see Black Comedy Rape, above).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Is seen wearing a pink T-Shirt with ducks on it saying "You Quack Me Up" in one episode.
  • Running Gag: His passion for handicrafts such as embroidery and weaving, and his tendency to wear whatever it is he's made. See Textile Work Is Feminine, below, and Homemade Inventions, above.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's very shy and quiet. Weirdly, he's able to have a measure of success with the ladies despite this.
  • Super Gullible: If a girl working at a bakery tells him she's actually a soldier leaving for Iraq, he'll believe it.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Invoked and inverted, as Bret comes from a family of weavers and even weaves himself.
  • The Unintelligible: His New Zealand accent is so thick that American characters often have trouble understanding him; best seen in this deleted scene.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In "Wingmen", he tries out stock sitcom "wooing" plots; his reasoning being that since they never worked on TV, they would work better in real life.

Friends and fans


Murray Hewitt

Played by: Rhys Darby
Roll call!

The Deputy Cultural Attaché at the New Zealand consulate who doubles as the band's inept but well-meaning manager.

  • Badbutt: The best example being when he told Bret and Jemaine about how he used to be in a bikie gang.
    "We used to ride around on our bikes. Dad was the leader, Graham found nice places for us to ride to. And I was the guy who looked after the bags!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's normally a mild, easygoing guy and hard to rile up — but if you do, prepare to be shamed and berated, as Bret and Jemaine find out in "What Goes on Tour".
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: Bret and Jemaine are clueless morons, but Murray is an even bigger one.
  • The Bore: Murray is an extremely boring man, and Bret and Jemaine, far from the most interesting guys in the world themselves, occasionally go out of their way to avoid having to hang out with him outside of band-related activities as a result.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's constantly humiliated and beaten down, though he generally brings it on himself due to making very poor decisions almost constantly.
  • Divorce Is Temporary: Murray and his wife Shelly have a testy, on/off relationship which has included several separations.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine.
  • Goshdang It To Heck: His insult of choice is "Stuff You".
  • Gullible Lemmings: He's even easier to trick than Bret and Jemaine are.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: His offhand mentions of family (Played for Laughs) imply that both his father and brother used to bully him.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: His social circle is severely limited, and his desire to have more friends is the subject of the season 2 episode "Murray Takes It to the Next Level".
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: His knowledge of music, management, and New York City is severely lacking, and yet he believes he's an authority in all those areas.
  • The Millstone: The Conchords would probably be at least slightly better off if they didn't leave someone like him in charge. This is eventually proven correct in the season 2 premiere, where, without him as their manager, they manage to land a commercial deal fairly quickly, and only end up losing it due to lacking valid visas, which was also Murray's fault.
  • Nerd: Unhip, formally dressed, and with hobbies like "making graphs".
  • Nice Guy: He's, at the very least, generally very polite and friendly.
  • No Respect Guy: He gets no respect at his job at the New Zealand consulate, to the point of nobody noticing he's quit.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: From roll calls to tour planning, he somehow manages to make band-managing look mind-numbingly dull.
  • The Pollyanna: He is unfailingly cheerful and optimistic, despite the world constantly screwing him over.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Go fuck yourself, Bret."
  • Redheads Are Uncool: He's a nerdy, socially inept redhead, with an Embarrassing Nickname of "Ginger Balls".
  • Sarcasm-Blind: He has to have jokes explained to him.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He delusionally believes himself to be a competent band manager, when in reality he has absolutely no knowledge of music, of what a manager is supposed to do, or even how to survive in New York.
  • Spock Speak: He's overly officious even in "casual" conversation.
  • Straw Loser: Murray is so pathetic that he manages to make Bret and Jemaine look kind of cool in comparison.
  • Team Mom: He's fussy and overbearing, and often treats the Conchords like children, such as driving them to nightclubs and giving them pocket money.



Played by: Kristen Schaal
It's like Bonnie and Clyde, you know, they would rob banks and then they would do each other...

The band's only fan: an obsessive stalker who dreams of a romantic liaison with Bret, Jemaine or (preferrably) both, despite being married to her former college professor Doug.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Mel has an insatiable lust for both members of the band, who, in turn, are repulsed by her, but can't spurn her outright because she's their only fan.
  • Action Girl: As Bret finds out the hard way, she's pretty good at tae kwon do.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She's less a fan and more of an obsessive stalker, and doesn't like it when either Conchord shows any interest in other women.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: As befitting of a Kristen Schaal role.
  • Cute and Psycho: With emphasis on the "psycho" part.
  • The Determinator: Mel claims that she always gets what she wants.
  • Erotic Dream: Her (off-screen) sexy dreams about Bret and Jemaine are the subject of a B-plot in "Murray Takes It To The Next Level."
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Happily Married: Miraculously, she and Doug seem to have become this by the series finale.
  • Loony Fan: She is based on a number of crazed fans the real-life Conchords have met.
  • Only One Name: Mel. Just Mel.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: Mel singing "Why can't the world be more like in my dreams" leads to a Disney Acid Sequence including Singing Synchro-Vox cookies, human airplane propellers, Bret and Jemaine as adult infants, and teeth falling out.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female in the main cast.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Mel stalks the pair and hits on them shamelessly in front of her husband in spite of the band's obvious disinterest. In a later episode, it's revealed that this was her original relationship with Doug before they got married, and that she has run into legal trouble for stalking at times.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Doug was once her psychology professor, who got fired thanks to his affair with Mel.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Fantasizes about Bret and Jemaine getting it on and having babies.


Devjeet "Dave" Mohumbhai

Played by: Arj Barker
I heard of one rapper, he chopped this guy's whole body off. Just left the dick behind.

A pawn shop owner and a friend of Bret and Jemaine.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Keeps being called "David" by Murray. His real name is Devjeet.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Never seen without a bandana around his head and fancies himself to be a badass, suggesting that he deliberately wears one for this effect.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He considers himself a ladies' man and regales the Conchords with tales of his exploits with women, all of which are shown to be entirely fictional.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Hustler: He's a surprisingly efficient salesman, and manages to land a job at the New Zealand Town information desk despite knowing nothing about New Zealand (and thinking it's a fictional country).
  • Jerkass: Generally comes off as pushy, crass and rude, though not in a particularly hostile way.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The Conchords often go to him for all kinds of advice, despite it being obvious that he's woefully incompetent in most matters (except the art of swearing).
    • He can't tell Jemaine and Bret from one another, and can never remember what country they come from.
  • Nice Hat: He's rarely seen without one of his numerous bandanas on.
  • Only Friend: While Murray is the band's manager and Mel is their fan, Dave is just their friend, and has no connection to their music at all.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Peppers everything he says with a liberal amount of swearing.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks that he's a cool ladies man, but really he's a pawn shop owner who lives with his parents.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: To hear him describe his sexcapades, he's swimming in hot naked chicks all the time and refusing threesomes because he's so tired.
  • With Friends Like These...: He can't tell Bret and Jemaine apart from each other, frequently bullies them and only ever offers terrible advice.

Recurring characters



Played by: Eugene Mirman

Bret and Jemaine's apathetic, ineffectual landlord, who often interjects into conversations in which he is not welcome. His main occupation appears to be fixing the faulty plumbing in the building.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He occasionally sneaks into the Conchords' apartment to give Jemaine a kiss on the cheek while he's asleep, and shows undue interest in the details of Jemaine's job as a prostitute.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's generally friendly and apathetic, but doesn't hesitate to throw Bret and Jemaine out on the street when they can't pay the rent.
  • Hidden Depths: He appears to be proficient in several instruments including saxophone & steel drums.
  • Right Under Their Noses: He tends to pop up at random moments from behind shower curtains or the like.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Eugene's defining character trait is his tendency to dispense unwanted and unneeded advice to the Conchords, and to fix things which weren't broken to begin with.



Played by: David Costabile

Mel's long-suffering, much-put-upon husband, often accompanying Mel to her stalking gigs.

  • Extreme Doormat: He puts up with Mel's abuse without so much as a peep.
  • Happily Married: Miraculously, he and Mel seem to have become this by the series finale.
  • Henpecked Husband: Unavoidable, what with Mel as his wife.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a talented harp player; his beautiful performance at the Conchords' musical re-ignites Mel's feelings for him.
  • One Name Only: Doug. Just Doug.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: He was once the senior professor of psychology at one of New York's universities, but lost his job after having an affair with Mel (who was his student at the time).
  • Unwanted Spouse: Mel was into him at one point, but the feelings have cooled down by the time the show starts. She falls in love with Doug again at the show's end.



Played by: Sutton Forster

Bret's season 1 girlfriend.

  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Sally's Veronica and Bret's Archie.
  • Birds of a Feather: Like Bret, she is shy yet friendly and works as a human billboard in order to support her career in art.
  • Office Romance: She is Bret's coworker at the sign-holding place.
  • Only One Name: Her last name is unknown, like with many of the recurring characters.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: She's an artist, albeit one who has to hold signs to make ends meet.
  • Yoko Oh No: Jemaine believes she is hell-bent on ruining the band's dynamic. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, as she is actually very relaxed and supportive.



Played by: Frank Wood

Murray's patient, quiet, long-suffering assistant.

  • Beleaguered Assistant: Possibly the only person at the New Zealand consulate who is even lower-ranked and put-upon than Murray.
  • Butt-Monkey: He somehow manages to be even worse off than Murray.
  • Nice Guy: He is very patient, nice and understanding.
  • No Respect Guy: Even Chew Toy Murray gives him no respect.
  • Only One Name: First name Greg, last name unknown.
  • Only Sane Employee: The only reasonable person working at the New Zealand consulate, and probably the most normal and well-adjusted character on the show.
  • The Quiet One: He tends to keep quiet in social situations.



Played by: Rachel Blanchard

An ex-girlfriend of both Bret and Jemaine.

  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Coco's Betty (with Bret as the Archie).
  • Has a Type: She only likes Australians and only dated Bret and Jemaine because she got mixed up about their nationality.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Hot, popular, manipulative, but a good person overall.
  • Only One Name: Her last name is unknown, like with many of the recurring characters.


Prime Minister Bryan

Played by: Brian

New Zealand's laid-back, uncouth and largely incompetent Prime Minister.

     John & Mickey 

John & Mickey

Played by: Lenny Venito (John), Luther Creek (Mickey)

The two muggers who Bret and Jemaine encounter in "Mugged". John strikes up a friendhsip with Jemaine and re-appears in season 2 to assist the Conchords in Bret's "woo the shopgirl" plot.

  • Affably Evil: John (the more vocal of the muggers) is outraged at the thought of anyone running out on a friend and befriends Jemaine when the two of them are jailed together. Mickey (the peroxide blond) returns Jemaine's camera phone, develops some of their pictures and on the whole seems like a very pleasant man...who just so happens to be a White Supremacist.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bret and Jemaine: they are best friends who work together; John is sulky and assertive while Mickey is quiet and friendly; and in both sets of friends, one abandons the other to be arrested by the police.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Jemaine and John hit it off pretty well once jailed together, bonding through the shared experience of having been abandoned by their best friend.
  • Only One Name: Same as with most recurring characters on the show.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Both muggers are fairly friendly when off the job.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: John is brash, burly and aggressive; Mickey is quiet, mellow and easier to reason with.
  • Those Two Guys: They are nearly inseparable and normally work together, bar some disagreements they have.


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