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    Horrid Henry
The main protagonist of the series, Henry is a selfish, greedy troublemaker who likes to play tricks on his enemies.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Henry had a crush on Nasty Nicola (until he saw her for the despicable monster she truly was), but he and Ralph are much closer than guy best friends should be. He also kissed Ralph one time and actually enjoyed it. He also has no problem dancing with Ralph or holding his hand in public.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Believe it or not, in the original books Henry is even worse, to the point of displaying some sociopathic behavior. He physically abuses Peter, never shows any remorse for ANY of his actions, bullies other kids For the Evulz, and seems to genuinely hate his own family (he even says this to their faces). These aspects are either toned down or completely removed in the show.
  • Adorkable: Henry is a horrid, disgusting and ill-mannered brat, but he can also be playful, fun, cheerful, and silly. He especially shows this side of him when he is having fun or excited about something.
  • Afraid of Needles: The only thing he truly fears.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It sometimes appears that there is more to Henry’s horridness than meets the eye. He frequently blame shifts, acts out for no reason, doesn’t have the best social skills, lacks empathy, has tons of anger issues, and is pretty self-righteous. His illiteracy and inability to pay attention in class also implies that he may have some kind of learning disability.
  • Anti-Hero: Of The Nominal Hero variety. However, he comes across as Good Is Not Nice on his better days
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Has his moments with Peter.
  • Big Bad: He's often the main conflict maker of the show/books.
  • Big Brother Bully: Towards Peter, much more so in the books than the animated series.
  • Big Eater: Whenever there’s lots of delicious food, Henry gluts like there’s no tomorrow.
  • Big "NO!": But of course.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Of course he is.
  • Break the Cutie: Horrid Henry's Unhappy Day is an entire episode dedicated to Henry's bad luck and Horrid Henry’s New Best Friend is about his crush playing with his heart and trying to get him expelled for crimes she committed. It doesn’t help that these are episodes where he wasn't really being naughty at all.
  • Book Dumb: Henry is not only horrid, he is illiterate as well. Then again, this may be more a case of Brilliant, but Lazy.
  • Black Sheep: Henry’s relatives don’t seem to be fond of him either.
  • Butt-Monkey: He soon changes from a horrid brat to a total scapegoat in later seasons.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Cain and Abel: With Peter and Stuck-Up Steve. He's the Cain in the former and the Abel in the latter.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': He hardly ever goes unpunished.
  • Characterization Marches On: Became less bratty and more dorky as the TV series went on. In Season 5 he's more of a Deadpan Snarker than outright horrid.
  • Childish Older Sibling: Henry and Peter are both unsympathetic, but Henry is more reckless and immature than Peter.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Henry’s whole character revolves around him remorselessly making everyone’s life a living hell.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Henry is relatively unpopular due to his horridness, but his best and only friend is Rude Ralph, one of the most popular kids in class.
  • Creepy Child: Henry is far more malicious in the books, as stated above.
    • As a baby, he screamed day and night, threw things around constantly, actually tried to kill Peter as soon as he was born, and he never, ever went to sleep.
    • He’s also physically abusive towards Peter and the other kids in the books, as opposed to verbally in the show.
    • Every time he goes to a friend’s house, he ends up nearly destroy the entire place. Apparently, he did something so bad at Ralph’s place one time, that it actually caused Ralph’s parents to file a restraining order to prevent him from visiting them again.
    • His dream is to take over the world and rule as a tyrannical dictator, who will personally execute anyone who questions or disagrees with him.
  • Crossdressing Voices: In the cartoon.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: In “Horrid Henry and the New Best Friend”, when Henry finds out that Nicola was just using him, he is actually genuinely crushed and heartbroken, showing even that a horrid brat has feelings.
  • Dirty Coward: When the going gets tough, Henry gets going...out of there.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Because of how Henry treats him, Peter has no respect for his older brother.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: More often than not, he would dish this out from time to time (mostly in earlier seasons). An example of this is in "Horrid Henry and the Time Machine" where he would trick and humiliate Peter into believing he can time travel just because he wanted Henry to share using the cardboard box.
    • Ironically, Henry himself becomes the victim of this by some characters, especially Margaret.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: There are several lines that he will not step and sometimes, he can feel guilty for his actions. Francesca Simon has even stated that he’s a brat, not a delinquent.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Peter's Responsible.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: At times in the cartoon. At one point Peter asks "Who are you talking to?"
  • Friendless Background: Since he’s a rude, insensitive, bullying brat, he has no actual friends, except for Ralph.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Due to being well, horrid. Ralph, Walter, and Paul genuinely like him, but even they turn on him now and then.
  • Freudian Excuse: Surely he’s mean and selfish, but can you blame him? His parents blame him for everything, his brother is a spoiled brat who likes getting him in trouble, his other relatives are no better, his teachers hate his guts, and his neighbor is more horrid than he could ever be. No wonder he thinks the world is unfair.
  • Future Loser: Sees himself as one in "Horrid Henry Gets Married". Henry grows up to be an unhappy and bullied man who is constantly slaved by Margaret (his future wife), Susan and is thoroughly despised by his parents, to the point that they would let Margaret treat him like a lap dog. His younger brother is far more successful than him and the only ones who seem to like (or at least tolerate) him are Ralph, Peter and Peter's future children. Thankfully, it all turned out to be a bad dream.
  • Genius Ditz: Although he's not very smart and barely knows how to read or write, he can think of intricate plans for his pranks. He is also a musical genius.
  • Goal in Life: To take over the world and become “King Henry the Horrible.”
  • Go to Your Room!: He's often sent to his bedroom as punishment.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Many works depict Henry's hair as being brown, while in other appearances, his hair seems more reddish.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: To the points where he’s not afraid to say it to their faces.
  • Hates Their Parent: He often tells his Mom and Dad that he hates them whenever they don't give him what he wants. It's somewhat toned down in the later seasons of the cartoon.
  • Hidden Depths: Some episodes imply or even outright states that Henry might actually be more self-conscious and insecure about himself and isn't quite as egotistical or conceited as he makes himself out to be.
    • An example is in "Horrid Henry Gets Married", where Henry sees himself as a Future Loser whilst everyone else has moderately successful lives. This was all a dream of course but it gets you thinking, maybe that's how Henry actually views himself. He probably thinks he’s a total loser who will never amount to anything in life, have nothing to live for, and will end up in a terrible marriage with an abusive future wife who hates him and parents who will despise him.
      • Given that Paul has a similar life to the one Henry dreamed of and how much the two have in common, it makes you wonder if this future will actually come true.
    • In “King Henry the Ninth”, when he finds out that he is not royalty after all, he openly says that there is nothing special about him and is worth nothing.
    • In “Horrid Henry’s New Best Friend”, he was completely heartbroken when he found out that Nicola didn’t love him and was just using him. Given how Henry felt when he thought Nicola did love him, it seems that he thinks no one could ever love him.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Henry is always blamed for everything and his parents ignore his needs, but he has too much fun messing with them to really be bothered by it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He has a lot of anger issues.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He’s a selfish brat, but he will help others when the plot calls for it.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Henry frequently teases Peter by calling him a baby and he hates Margaret, Steve, and Bill for being spoiled. Yet, whenever somebody tells him to do something or if he doesn’t get what he wants, he always screams and throws a tantrum.
  • Idiot Hero: He zigzags between this and Genius Ditz.
  • It's All About Me: Henry only does nice things if it means he will get something out of it.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Some episodes imply this is part of the reason for his horridness.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Says this word-for-word in “King Henry the Ninth.”
  • Interclass Friendship: Henry, a lower-class citizen, is best friends with Rude Ralph, the richest kid in his whole school.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Pimply Paul and Mr. Walter.
  • Jerkass: What do expect? He’s horrid, disgusting, insensitive, bullying, self-centered and likes to remorselessly make everyone’s life a living hell. It’s in his name, for goodness sake!
  • Jerkass Has a Point: There are times when Henry actually is right about things behind unfair.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On his good days.
    • Horrid Henry, Nothing But The Truth is one notable example where he decided to cover up for Peter after he broke his mother's vase so he wouldn't get into trouble.
    • Another example is Horrid Henry's Perfect Protest where he was seemingly disgusted that a film director wouldn't cast Wheely Walter, one of the teachers (whom Henry actually likes and doesn’t treat badly), for being crippled.
    • Unlike the books, where he actually hates Vera and dreams of seeing her behind bars, he seems to genuinely love and care for her in the show, even though he still dislikes changing her and her barfing on him.
    • In “Horrid Henry Delivers the Milk”, when Henry sees what a lousy job Paul has and all the oppression he has to go through everywhere he goes, he actually has a Jerkass Realization and decides to be nicer to Paul from now on.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: At his best, he can come off as this.
  • Lack of Empathy: In the books, Henry never shows any guilt for anything he does and continues being horrid.
  • Lazy Bum: He outright refuses to do his schoolwork or help around the house, just because he doesn’t feel like it.
  • Never Learned to Read: Due to being lazy and dimwitted, he can’t even read the words on a stop sign. In fact, his handwriting is literally just a bunch of scribbles.
  • Never My Fault: Henry never learns from his mistakes or admits when he’s wrong and is always looking for a scapegoat. In fact, he seems literally incapable of doing so.
  • Not Me This Time: As mentioned below, there are times where he gets the blame for something bad happening even when he isn't at fault.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In the very first story, he decides to not be horrid for the day just to see what it would be like.
  • Parental Neglect: Henry is so horrid, that Mum and Dad ignore his needs and dote on Peter.
  • Pet the Dog: Aside from his Big Brother Instinct moments, in the episode wherein Peter has a sleepover, Henry interrupts, but he actually isn't there to terrorize them - he comes in to have fun with the boys and show them how to really have a good time.
  • Metal Head: He loves the Killer Boy Rats' music.
  • The Sociopath: In the books, but not in the show.
    • As a baby, he screamed all day and night, threw things around constantly, hardly ever smiled, and never went to sleep.
    • He treated Peter’s birth with complete and utter disdain. He even actually tried to kill him in various ways, such as pushing him off a steep hill or throwing him into a mailbox.
    • He claims that when he takes over the world, he will personally execute anybody who questions him or defies him.
  • Spoiled Brat: As if you couldn’t tell from his screaming and temper tantrums.
  • The Scapegoat: Due to his naughty behavior, 90% of the time he's often blamed for anything bad happening in the household or just in general. He even lampshades it at the end of "Horrid Henry Gets The Blame."
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Henry believes he’s entitled to rule the world as a tyrannical dictator and he should get everything he thinks he deserves, despite the fact that nobody likes him and he does many horrid things to the people around him.
  • Straw Loser: Troubled kids are supposed to identify with Henry and all the things he goes through every day.
  • Sweet Tooth: Henry loves sugary snacks.
  • The Unapologetic: Name one time when Henry has ever apologized to anyone.
  • The Unfavorite: Henry’s parents even go so far as to pretend Henry isn’t their son.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Although he's not smart to begin with, he becomes noticeably more illiterate and dimwitted per season when compared to his earlier appearances.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Series 3, he’s still pretty horrid at times, but he has toned down significantly compared to the previous seasons and is nowhere near as vile towards his friends and family (especially in comparison to the earlier seasons, where he would often turn against them or treat them badly). He becomes more of an Adorkable Kiddie Kid than an entitled brat. He also helps out his more timid classmates such as Anxious Andrew and Weepy William, as opposed to how he used to antagonize them.
    • This would inevitably continue in Series 4 and 5, when his behavior would become less bratty and obnoxious. He would only start acting up when provoked (well, mostly anyway).
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Henry never thanks anybody for anything (he does from time to time in later seasons).
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He’s not called, “horrid” for nothing.
  • Villain Protagonist: At his absolute worst.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Has no qualms against attacking the girls in his class, especially Margaret.


    Perfect Peter
Henry's younger brother and main foil. In stark contrast to Henry, he is organised, polite and well-behaved, bordering on obsequious. However, in spite of his name, he can be a bit 'horrid' himself - he is something of a tattletale who takes pleasure in seeing Henry being punished.
  • Adorkable: A sweet, cheerful and caring little boy who loves to be helpful.
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • Peter is a neat freak, always makes sure things are organized the way he left it, is very bright for his age, and panics when Henry touches his things.
    • He also craves attention and praise for literally everything he does and has a grandiose sense of self.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Henry will stop at nothing to prevent Peter from bothering him.
  • Anti-Role Model: Peter is not as perfect as you may think.
  • Attention Whore: Having been rewarded so much for his good behaviour his whole life, Peter has been conditioned to expect praise and attention for even the most minor things such as using a fork or “being normal.”
    • His parents paying more attention to Henry than him during one mealtime is what drives him to behave more like his older brother for the day in "Perfect Peter's Horrid Day".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Do not take his bunny away from him.
  • Break the Cutie: Henry has almost too much fun bullying him.
  • Butt-Monkey: He rarely gets a break from being teased and bullied by his older brother (and to an extent, Margaret).
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite what his name claims, he is actually very whiny, spoiled, petty, and self centered.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Henry's Cain.
  • Catchphrase: "Mooooooom, Henry's being horrid."
  • Child Prodigy: He is able to invent amazing things such as soap box derby cars and perfume that also works as hair tonic.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Some of Henry’s brattiness seems to have rubbed off on him.
  • Depending on the Writer: Most episodes will either have him be the responsible and considerate boy his name illustrates or a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing that uses his "perfect" nature to his advantage and to get Henry in trouble.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Peter doesn't like anything sugary in contrast to Henry.
  • Dirty Coward: Sometimes when something goes wrong, Peter will abandon the other Best Boys or Henry.
  • Ditzy Genius: This varies depending on the episodes. He's an excellent student who is much smarter than Henry could ever be and is able to invent incredible things like perfume that can make hair grow very fast, but is known to fall for Henry's very obvious lies such as faries existing, curses from gizmos, time travel with a cardboard box and a Fangmangler hiding in a bush. Granted, he's six years old but one would expect him to wisen up.
    • He does eventually stop believing his lies in later episodes though it may happen every now and then.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Henry's Foolish.
  • Freudian Excuse: He’s whiny, pathetic and spoiled, but with an awful brother like Henry who bullies you day and night, you’d want to get back at him too.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Despite being the leader of the Best Boys Club, the other members actually can’t stand him because he’s always bossing them around.
  • Hero Antagonist: In some stories.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He has several interests that are traditionally deemed feminine, such as fairies, butterflies, flowers and bunnies, and is not ashamed of this at all.
  • It's All About Me: Peter never listens to the other Best Boys when they suggest something, because he’s the self-proclaimed unquestioned leader.
  • Jerkass Ball: Holds several of these moments throughout the series.
  • Jerkass to One: Peter is polite to most people except for Henry. It's justified because you'd probably act like a jerk to somebody if they did nothing but torment you.
  • Mama's Boy: He’s shown to be closest to his mother and expects praise from her most of all.
  • Neat Freak: He takes pleasure in cleaning his room and even does it twice.
  • Not So Different: Can be just as horrid as Henry when he's in the mood or pushed too far. Some episodes even outright show that Peter secretly enjoys doing horrid things, if it meant he could get away with it.
    • An example is "Horrid Henry and the Best Boys Club Sleepover", after Henry and the Best Boys decide to raid a fridge, Peter acknowledges that they were being naughty and gleefully continues to do so anyway.
    • He has also shown delight in taunting Henry, even when unprovoked. All the while knowing that he'll get away with it.
  • Prone to Tears: Peter is not perfect at keeping his emotions under control and cries rather easily.
  • Smug Snake: On his worst days.
  • The Stool Pigeon: He is always telling tales on Henry.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Peter seems to think he’s entitled to all the praise and affection in the world, even if he does nothing to deserve it at all.
  • Spoiled Brat: Constant praise and reward for his good behavior has led him to expect it all the time.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Ironically enough, in contrast to his older brother who has toned down his horrid behavior, Peter seems to have become more vile in later seasons to the point of almost becoming as nasty as Henry (at his worst anyway), possibly due to the influence of Henry's behavior. This doesn't always happen but it has become a more defining trait of his.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Despite his alliterative nickname, he can be just as petty and insecure as his brother.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Peter is always honest, which is a common reason why Henry rarely gets away with anything. But sometimes Henry takes advantage of this to get him or another character in trouble.

    Delightful Desiree

    Silly Simon

  • Abusive Parents: Also downplayed. He and Mum are always blaming Henry when he didn't even do anything at all, or what happened was completely out of his control.
  • Adorkable: Given that he and Henry have a lot in common, his childish nature during their father-son time is quite endearing.
  • Catchphrase: "Go to your room, NOW!!!"
  • Closer to Earth: He's sometimes portrayed as being more reasonable towards Henry then his wife.
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: Averted. Even though he, along with Desiree, are not the best parents to begin with, they've never resorted to physical punishment.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Every now and again he'll agree with Henry on something despite often disagreeing with him.
  • First-Name Basis: His name is revealed to be Silly Simon in "Horrid Henry and the Silly Siblings".
  • Former Teen Rebel: It's revealed in the episode "Horrid Henry and the Silly Siblings" that Henry seems to have gotten some of his horridness from him.
  • Freudian Excuse: It is implied he treats Henry badly because he reminds him too much of himself as a kid. Not to mention, he agrees with Henry on a few things.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He isn't entirely wrong about Henry being a possible culprit, given that he constantly causes damage and he and Desiree always end up being held responsible.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his (occasionally) unfair treatment towards Henry, he does care for him and can be reasonable. He also mellows out a lot more in later seasons.
  • Manchild: Especially when he's around his brother, Fussy Francis in "Horrid Henry and the Silly Siblings". Henry even lampshades this.
    • It's important to note that even without his brother, he still acts very childish sometimes when he hangs around with Henry, particularly whenever they both share the same interests.
  • Not So Different: Actually revealed that he was (and occasionally still is to a degree) like Henry in his youth towards his brother, Fussy Francis. It also doesn't help that he also shares a few interests with his son and sometimes helps him with his brilliant plans.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: He went from Reasonable Authority Figure to Bumbling Dad with childish tendencies.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He treats Henry a lot better in seasons 4 and 5.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: With Henry.


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    Moody Margaret

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Margaret's hair colour changes depending on the medium. In the books, Tony Ross's full colour illustrations depict her as having brown hair like Henry. In the television series, however, her hair is maroon, and in the live-action Horrid Henry movie, she is ginger.
  • Catchphrase: "I'll get you Henryyyy!!!"
  • Evil Is Petty: She bullies and bosses around her parents and Susan for no reason at all!
  • Evil Redhead: In the cartoon.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even moreso than Henry. Henry’s family even makes it perfectly clear that they are better off with Henry instead of Margaret.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: In "Horrid Henry, Rockstar".
    • This eventually became a running gag around the character whenever someone asks for her name.
  • Jerkass: Believe it or not, she is even more horrid than Henry, with good examples being "Horrid Henry's Unhappy Day", where she stole a comic book from him that he had been wanting to buy and then uploads a humiliating picture of him online and "Horrid Henry's Hideo Video" where she records the embarrassing advert for Ring-A-Ding-Pizzas that Henry took part in and the ending implies that she's going to take it to school so Henry can be humiliated even further. There’s also the time where she actually started spreading lies about Henry and ruined his reputation for no good reason.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her resentment towards Henry is somewhat justified since he does torment her most of the time.
  • Karma Houdini: Most of the time, she will get away with tormenting Henry. Only on several occasions her actions will be called out on.
  • Kick the Dog: Horrid Henry's Unhappy Day. Starting with her snatching a comic book Henry had wanted before moving into making him work as a slave for her in exchange for the comic and then to top it all off, she doesn't give him the comic book and uploads a humiliating picture of him on social media.
  • No Indoor Voice: She tends to yell a lot.
  • Pet the Dog: She'll help those around her in their hour of needs, even Henry. An example of this would be in "Horrid Henry and the Big Dig", where she helped Henry save his fort from being taken down (all without double-crossing him).
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Surprisingly moreso than Stuck-Up Steve.
  • Spoiled Brat: Big time, mostly in later episodes.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Whilst she was never the nicest person to begin with and always had a nasty streak towards those around her, her behaviour was sometimes justified when it came to how Henry would treat her. Nowadays, she's an ungrateful, spoiled brat who will bully those around her (even her own friends and family) just because she can and knows that she will get away with it. She will bully Henry constantly, even when unprovoked.
  • With Friends Like These...: Margaret doesn’t even consider Susan her friend and openly calls her a slave.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Acts like this towards her friends and her own parents.

     Miss Battle Axe

     Miss Lovely 

     Soggy Sid 
  • Ascended Extra: He only appears in one story in the books, but is a major recurring character in the series.
  • Jerkass: He's shown to be very mean and impatient.
  • Jerk Jock: He's a P.E. teacher and he's a Jerkass.
  • Ship Tease: With Ms. Battle-Axe.


     Mrs. Oddbod 

     Mr. Walter 

     Greasy Greta, the Demon Dinner Lady 

     Mr. Nerdon 

  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the books, he was initially Henry's teacher before Henry caused him to get hospitalized leading to Miss Battle Axe taking his position. In the TV show, he's substituting for Miss Battle Axe while she is sick.
  • Fainting: In the book version, he faints after Henry's final prank on him. (Which consists of him making Mr. Nerdon think that he dropped Peter out of the window to his death.)
  • Stern Teacher: He is the toughest, meanest, nastiest and baddest teacher in Henry's school and is very strict.
  • Unfortunate Name: Henry even makes fun of his name at one point.

     Rabid Rebecca 

     Rude Ralph 
  • Ambiguously Bi: Ralph and Henry are much closer than guy best friends should be. They even have no problem dancing together or holding hands in public. However, he also felt disturbed when Henry kissed him one time.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Ralph is the richest kid in class and pretty much nobody likes Henry, but they are still best buddies.
  • Gasshole: The only rude things he ever does are fart the alphabet and burp.
  • Hidden Depths: Much to Henry’s surprise, he dreams of becoming a fashion designer and actually gets stage fright sometimes.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Ralph would be this if he didn’t have Henry.
  • Only Friend: To Henry.
  • Only Sane Man: He’s much more sensible than Henry.
  • Morality Pet: Ralph brings out the best in Henry.
  • Nice Guy: Surprisingly, despite what his nickname suggests, he really isn’t so bad and is noticeably more polite than Henry. He even had no problem spending time with Peter in one episode (as opposed to earlier episodes where he seemingly disliked him).
  • True Companions: Henry’s family is poor and Ralph’s family is rich, but that doesn’t affect their friendship at all.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Henry.

     Lazy Linda 

     Anxious Andrew 
  • Adorkable: A timid, insecure, nervous wreck who is very sweet and kind.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He’s very meek, fidgets a lot when he’s nervous, is quite intelligent for his age, has overprotective parents, and is mostly nonverbal.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Much like Henry and Ralph, Andrew and William are much closer than guy best friends are normally, they have similar personalities, are rarely seen apart, get upset when they are, and have a similar fashion sense.
  • Break the Cutie: That ultimately seems to be Henry’s goal when dealing with him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Henry tends to antagonize him the most of all the kids in the class.
  • The Cutie: As sweet as he is insecure.
  • Lovable Coward: He may be scared of a lot of things, but he's far from unlikable.
  • Nervous Wreck: He's rather neurotic.
  • Nice Guy: Well mannered and soft spoken.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's very shy and timid.
  • The Quiet One: It is a rare occasion when he speaks a full sentence.

     Weepy William 
  • Adorkable: He’s a crybaby, but also very sweet.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Much like Henry and Ralph, Andrew and William are closer than guy best friends are normally, they have similar personalities, are rarely seen apart, get upset when they are, and have a similar fashion sense.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor William can’t seem to catch a break from crying.
  • Butt-Monkey: Along with Andrew, Henry antagonizes the most out of all the kids in Henry's class.
  • The Cutie: A sweet, friendly emotional kid without a bad bone in his body.
  • Cry Cute: His crying is just plain adorable.
  • Lovable Coward: He's a coward, but he's overall friendly.
  • Nice Guy: He's a nice kid.
  • Potty Failure: In "Horrid Henry's Autobiography," he had wet himself on a trip to the ice cream factory.
  • Prone to Tears: A lot of things make him cry.

     Beefy Bert 
  • Adorkable: He’s not bright, but his shrugging and confusion are part of his charm.
  • Catchphrase: "I dunno..."
  • The Ditz: He doesn't seem to be very bright, since he literally just says one thing.
  • Fat Idiot: Airheaded and chubby.
  • Hidden Depths: He is sometimes shown to be much smarter than most people make him out to be.

     Sour Susan 
  • The Chew Toy: Margaret doesn’t even consider Susan a friend, and openly calls her a slave.
  • The Dragon: To Margaret.
  • Jerkass: She can be just as rude as Margaret at times.
  • Only Friend: To Margaret. If by “friend” you mean, a girl you treat like a slave.
  • With Friends Like These...: Susan sometimes wonders why she’s friends with a selfish brat like Margaret.

     The Best Boys Club 
  • Adorkable: They’re just as cute and sweet as Peter.
  • Black Best Friend: Gordon to Peter.
  • Hidden Depths: It is implied they actually don’t like Peter because of how badly he treats them.
  • Jerkass Ball: Goody Gordon grabs it in the book version of "Perfect Peter's Revenge" wherein he takes part in teasing Peter about how Henry had tricked him into thinking that he'd gone into the future.
  • Names to Trust Immediately: With names like Tidy Ted, Spotless Sam and Goody-Goody Gordon, how can you not trust them?
  • Nice Guy: They are all kind and willing to help others.

     Gorgeous Gurinder and Singing Soraya 

     Brainy Brian 

     Nasty Nicola 

     Clever Claire 
  • Age Lift: While she was around Henry's age in the books, it's implied that in the series, she's older then Henry.
  • Only Sane Woman: In the book version of "Horrid Henry's Injection" she was the only one of the kids who called Henry out for acting hysterical about the injection while the other kids were throwing fits about it.

Henry's Relatives

     Stuck-Up Steven 
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Just like his equally horrid cousin.
  • Cainand Abel: The Cain to Henry's Abel.
  • Evil Redhead: You could say he's like a male version of Moody Margaret, who he is implied to have a crush on.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Averted in the books where he does have a recurring friend, but in the show, he’s never seen with any friends at all. Makes you wonder why he and his mother invite their relatives over so often.
  • Pet the Dog: He and Henry sometimes do get along quite nicely.
  • Rich Bitch: He's pretty much Henry if he was rich.
  • Smug Snake: He’s always taunting Henry about how he’s rich and he’s not.
  • Spoiled Brat: He and his mother always gloat about their wealth.
  • Upper-Class Twit: In spite of going to a prestigious private academy, he’s just as idiotic as Henry.

     Rich Aunt Ruby 
  • Always Someone Better: Ruby has fabulous wealth and tons of amazing stuff to show off, unlike Desiree, who is a lower class citizen without much to brag about.
  • Big Sister Bully: Usually when she invites Mum over for tea, it’s just an excuse to rub her wealth in her face.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Mum’s Abel.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's not afraid to gloat about her wealth to Desiree, though she doesn't really mean any harm.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Mum.
  • Rich Bitch: Always feeling the need to gloat about her fabulous wealth to her sister.

    Great Aunt Greta 
  • Accidental Misnaming: She always mistakes Henry for a little girl named, "Henrietta", no matter how many times they correct her. This is Truth in Television, since some elders tend to lose their hearing and seeing, causing them to mistake one thing for another.
  • Cool Old Lady: Even though she mistakes Henry for a girl and Peter for a teenager, she is great at yo-yo tricks, sold a rare stamp for a small fortune, and is a great rope skipper.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She’s pretty weird and freaky, but Henry doesn’t mind.
  • The Ghost: In the books, she was just mentioned, but we never met her until the show.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: A rather hilarious, but somewhat realistic example.
  • They Who Must Not Be Seen: She was only mentioned in the books, but she’s a recurring character in the show and used in the place of Henry’s grandparents (who don’t even appear in the show).

     Prissy Polly 
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • Always wants people to stick to her plan, whines at the slightest thing that throws it off, can never be reasoned with, and rejects anything she doesn’t like. Sound familiar?
    • Polly’s constant smiling, even in her angriest moments seem to have a story to them.
  • Brainless Beauty: She’s not very bright.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She, Paul and Vera vanish in Series 5.
  • Distaff Counterpart: You can probably see where Peter gets his whininess from.
  • Dumb Blonde: As prissy as she is ditzy.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It seems that Henry’s other relatives would prefer him over her any day.
  • It's All About Me: Polly expects everything to be her way, all the time, even to the discomfort of others (even her own family).
  • Jerkass: She's yet another character that's more horrid then Henry.
  • Spoiled Brat: Polly is an overgrown Womanchild who bosses everyone around and acts like she’s the queen.
  • Stepford Smiler: Polly always tries to act jolly when things go wrong, until she reaches her breaking point.
  • Straw Vegetarian: She rejects Peter's animal crackers because they remind her of meat.
  • Super OCD: They don’t call her “prissy” for nothing.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Pimply Paul is rather sinister looking and Prissy Polly is rather beautiful, but Paul’s a much kinder person than his selfish, spoiled wife.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: If she doesn’t get what she wants or if it’s not exactly how she wanted it, Polly always whines.
  • What Does He See in Her?: Henry often wonders why Paul would marry someone like her.

     Pimply Paul 
  • Butt-Monkey: Especially when Horrid Henry is involved.
  • Child Hater: Henry believes him to be this, especially since he mumbled it at his and Polly’s wedding, but that was just because Henry was acting up.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He, Polly and Vera vanish in Series 5.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He’s an honest and hardworking person, but he never gets the respect or thanks he deserves, not even from his own wife.
  • Extreme Doormat: He gets pushed around a lot, especially by his boss, his wife, his coworkers, and Henry.
  • Freudian Excuse: With an oppressive job, a wife who bosses you around, a 10-year-old in-law who bullies you and the Crapsack World the show is set in, you can’t blame him for being a sour puss.
  • Grumpy Bear: It’s a rare occasion when Paul is in a good mood. Given the Crapsack World the show is set in, we can’t honestly blame him.
  • Henpecked Husband: He’s practically defenseless when it comes to Polly.
  • Hypocritical Humor: As noted above, Paul is said to hate children, but he loves his daughter and Perfect Peter, so he may just hate Henry.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Henry.
  • Like a Son to Me: He eventually becomes Henry’s father-figure.
  • No Accounting for Taste: He and Polly have a very rocky relationship.
  • Not So Different: Paul and Henry soon discover how much they have in common, especially in the episodes when they team up against Polly. They even develop a father-son relationship throughout the course of the show.
  • Papa Wolf: He does not trust Henry with Vera.
  • Straw Loser: Paul is apparently supposed to represent put upon young adults.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Pimply Paul is rather sinister looking and Prissy Polly is rather beautiful, but Paul’s a much kinder person than his spoiled wife.

    Vomitting Vera 
  • Baby Talk: Though she does speak a little bit in her spotlight episodes.
  • Big Brother Worship: She seems to love Henry more than Peter.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She and her parents vanish in the fifth season.
  • The Cutie: Vera's adorableness truly stands out, especially in this show.
  • Cute Mute: Whenever she is not barfing.
  • Daddy's Girl: Vera is seen with her father more than her mother.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a baby, but still the kindest and cutest character on the show.
  • The Heart: Vera seems to be the one thing that’s preventing her parents from their potential divorce.
  • Morality Pet: To Pimply Paul and Horrid Henry, to some extent.
  • Token Good Teammate: The nicest member of Henry’s very dysfunctional family, which mainly consists of jerkasses and morons.

     Henry’s Grandparents 
  • Adapted Out: The only major characters to not appear in the show.
  • Only Sane Man: They’re much more grounded and sensible than the rest of Henry’s family.

Other characters

     Vic Van Wrinkle

     Bossy Bill 
  • Broken Ace: Before we meet him, he's said to be a perfect child, think again.
  • Broken Pedestal: When his Dad, Bossy Bob finds out that he had been getting Henry into trouble all day and copied his own bottom, he tells him to his face that he's "Not the son he thought he was."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Vanishes in Series 4 and 5.
  • Frame-Up: He blames Henry for a lot of the bad things he did.
  • Evil Brit: Inverted. He and his dad are the only characters that are given american accents in the audiotapes.
  • Jerkass: Bossy Bill really lives up to his nickname.

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