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The four stars of the hit comedy reality TV series, Impractical Jokers.

In General:

  • Butt-Monkey: All four have their moments, given that it's essentially the premise of the show, but Murr gets it the worst because he's treated this way even outside the challenges.
  • Catchphrase: Whenever the jokers need to give someone directions: "Up your ass and to the left."
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Q is Melancholic, Murr is Sanguine, Joe is Choleric and Sal is Phlegmatic.
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  • Gag Haircut: In the Season 1 finale - Joe got a mullet, Q got bright red curls, Sal got two bleached horns, and Murr's head was completely shaved except for a tuft at the front.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They may be best friends, but the amount of hell they're willing to throw each other's way has to be seen to be believed at times.

Brian Michael "Q" Quinn

"I'm thirty-six, I live alone, and I have two cats."

  • Badass Beard: Starting mid-Season 2.
  • Bald of Awesome: After sacrificing his hair to make Murr's wig, he is rendered (mostly) bald for a time. That said, it's rarely noticeable because he still wears hats most of the time.
  • Butt-Monkey: Started down this road in season 2; the other guys suddenly started to give him worse punishments than ever (probably because he's won so many), culminating in the episode where they would pull a challenge out of a lottery barrel at random and they would vote on who should do it. Q got the first one, and while he was doing it, the others decided to make him do every challenge they picked. But, he managed to succeed at all three, and the others made the mistake of taking the punishment together if he managed to unzip a man's fly, resulting in Q testing them about his life (to see who his best friend was) on the edge of a CLIFF. Joe won.
    • In some older episodes, Q would either get a free pass for the challenge or he'd forfeit because he had such bad luck with the crowds. A man even threatened to kill him and several other people if Q's charity was fake in one of his challenges.
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  • Celebrity Resemblance: The other guys jokingly compare his appearance to Rosie O'Donnell.
  • Does Not Like Spam: There are two foods he refuses to eat: peanut butter and sushi. The latter has been exploited once to make him lose a challenge.
  • Everyone Hates Mimes: He thinks mimes are creepy and the punishment of "Mime and Punishment" found him forced to spend 24 hours chained to one. A montage shows Q slowly breaking down because the actor refuses to break character. Once the punishment is over, the mime walks off after saying a farewell.
  • Face of a Thug: Q is a nice enough guy, but the fact that he looks like a hobo is often poked fun at by the others.
    • In one challenge involving the guys finding a potential roommate, Q was given a free pass because, supposedly, no-one answered his poster.
    • Funny enough, people have been nicer to him on sight with a beard. Earlier episodes had people actually tell him to leave them alone even when he was hardly saying anything let alone being rude.
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  • Flanderization: A real-life example, mentioned in the "Anniversary" episode, that the guys started off telling Q he resembled a homeless person (despite being originally clean-shaven) and over time, he actually started to look and act like a homeless person.
  • Heel–Face Turn: There are a few times when Q thinks a punishment goes a little too far.
    • In "Look Out Below", he is clearly not as enthusiastic as Sal and Joe are to watch Murr skydive. In the Inside Jokes special for the episode, it was revealed that Q even tried to talk the other guys out of having him skydive in the first place, but it was decided they would go ahead with the punishment.
    • While Q was in high spirits during the 'Browbeaten' punishment, which had them shaving Murr's hair and eyebrows off right before he had to update his driver's license photo, he stated at the beginning that if he were the one getting the punishment, he would've quit the show entirely.
  • I Can't Dance: Q is arguably the worst dancer of the four. It ended up serving as his downfall in a challenge. He wasn't supposed to talk but the girl who danced with him ratted him out and disqualified him, making Q the only loser even though the other guys also failed the challenge (Joe and Sal were even given physical threats to go away).
    • Especially noticable and exploited in the "Q'S CREW" punishment.
  • Jabba Table Manners: In the "Eat and Run" challenge.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: In the punishment special, he revealed one of his 3 cats was rescued from traffic right before Murr became a human pinata. Said cat is lying in his arms for all of his segments.
  • Loophole Abuse: He loves doing this, in episodes such as "Take the Cake", where the guys had to convince someone to let them stay for dinner, which Q did by offering to pay for their meal (Joe subsequently referred to him as both "a genius and a cheater").
  • Malaproper: He gets words and letters mixed up when speaking. The kicker is the punishment in the episode "Film Fail", where he has to explain scenes he created to an audience of movie buffs.
    Q: We met at an-, uh, at a- orchid. (He meant "orchard").
    In another episode, he pronounces shiitake mushrooms as shit-take mushroom.
    Q: I was wondering what Kate Upton would look like with texticles.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In the picture where he and Murr are in bed with Sal's sister, and during the "Sweat the Small Things" home invasion.
  • Nice Hat: It's downright weird to see Q without a hat of some kind.
  • No Social Skills: Due to his habit of mumbling and mixing up words and letters, he's had some poor luck with social interaction at times especially in earlier episodes where he was given a pass in some challenges because not a lot of people want to approach him. He's even forfeited challenges if people have been intentionally ignoring him or have threatened him.
  • Noodle Incident: Why did Q's tooth fall out? Apparently, it has something to do with a German police officer...
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Brian.
  • Only Sane Man: Well, the sanest of the bunch. With a Neat Freak Nervous Wreck of a germophobe (Sal), a Large Ham with a Thousand-Yard Stare (Joe), and a sensitive Butt-Monkey with acrophobia (Murr), he's a step closer to normal.
  • Raised Catholic: Attended Catholic School with the other Jokers but confirmed on a Twitter Q&A that he is an atheist, and actually apologized to a fan for making what was interpreted as an anti-Christian joke.
  • Retired Badass: He's a former firefighter, which the becomes the basis of a few punishments. One punishment had Q perform in a badly written play for his fellow firefighters, then, as revenge for that punishment, Q had the other three go through a firefighting boot camp in a later episode.
  • True Companions: He tests it by ordering his friends to answer questions about him while standing over a cliff. Joe wins while Murr and Sal, in that order, are forced over the edge into the very cold river below.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In the "Not Safe For Work" punishment, where the sight of Murr posing nude in front of a classroom of art enthusiasts was apparently just too much for Q's stomach to handle, prompting him to drop his lunch in a bucket (from laughing too hard).
    • It happens to him again during "Stare Master", when he went behind a tree, and "Statue of Limitations", where he ducked behind a counter to throw up.
  • Why Did It Have to be Spiders?: Is revealed to be arachnophobic in his "Spider-Man" punishment.

James Stephen "Murr" Murray

"You don't ever want to confise the inferior vena cava with the pulmonary valves, or someone could die."

  • Animal Motifs: Ferrets, Much to his annoyance.
  • Bald of Awesome: Sort of.
    • Completely subverted when he's forced to shave his head and eyebrows, then get his driver's license picture taken. He looks like a serial killer.
    • Then inverted when he had to wear a wig made of Q's hair for the rest of season 6.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is often subjected to My Friends... and Zoidberg treatment by the other guys and his punishments are noticeably more brutal than anyone else's. Chances are, if someone's gonna get screwed over, it's Murr; i.e. Joe making him lose the hide-and-seek challenge by calling his phone, even though Sal and Q were also fair game. There's also they fact they've used his crippling fear of heights against him numerous times.
  • Catchphrase: Some variation of "I think I have a foolproof plan."
  • Celeb Crush: Danica McKellar and Tristin Mays. Naturally, they've both appeared on the show, in a Murr punishment and challenge, respectively.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Too many to list; the guys seem to always give Murr the worst punishments.
    • A notable example is the punishment for "Human Pinata." Even though both Joe and Murr lose, the guys decide to give the punishment to Murr for no apparent reason, other than because it was funny.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: There is a particularly humiliating one of a younger, hairy-chested Murr wearing nothing but his favorite blanket, which once popped up in a live theater in front of a hundred people.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He is into boy bands and intense personal grooming (such as shaving his chest and plucking his eyebrows).
  • Mr. Fanservice: Murr is the thinnest of the four, has been naked the most times and there are hundreds of fangirls calling him cute/hot/etc. on social media.
    • Zig-zagged in "Stripteased," where he is forced to participate in a strip show for a packed house... covered in red skin and sores from an induced allergic reaction.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: He is often subjected to "odd man out" treatment by the other guys, though they obviously care for him.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In "Strip High Five." It happens twice more in the first three episodes of the second half of Season 2, both of them as part of a joke on Sal: pictures of Murr and Q in bed with Sal's sister, and Murr, Joe, and Q hopping around naked in Sal's house.
    • In the episode "Not Safe For Work", Murr's nudity is so funny that it causes Q to laugh so hard he has to puke in a bucket.
  • Nice Guy: Is quite possibly the most sincere and sensitive member of the cast, especially when it comes to outright insulting a woman.
  • Oh, Crap!: After losing an episode, Murray gets dressed as a pinata and hit with bats by the other Jokers until candy comes out. Unfortunately for Murr, they decide to bring in a ringer: Joe's brother-in-law, a muscular man who wasn't exactly pleased about Murr groping his wife, Joe's sister, during a raunchy political correctness video on a previous episode. Murray is understandably terrified when they hand him a bat and let him go to town.
    • Up to Eleven: Actually, more like eleven million, in the third season premiere. Murr is the episode's big loser, and he's tricked by the other guys into thinking that his punishment was just another challenge; he thought that they were teaching a skydiving class, but in fact, he would have to actually go skydiving (something he had vehemently refused to do his entire life). His desperate pleading didn't help, and he screamed his way all the way down to the ground.
  • Omniglot: Which earns him a pass in the challenge where the guys must teach foreign language classes, demonstrating at least a passing familiarity with Armenian, Dutch, and Chinese.
  • On Second Thought: In the episode "Joke & Dagger", Murr, the episode's loser, was forced to take a Coney Island knife show's "Wheel of Doom". Murr refuses this in fright, but the other Jokers tell Murr that if he refuses the punishment, he's out of the show, causing Murr to take the punishment with fear. Thankfully, the wheel was rigged for the balloons to pop themselves and the knife thrower was faking throwing the knives. Only one would think if the Jokers would try to do this punishment un-rigged.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The other guys mostly call him Murr.
  • Panty Thief: As part of his punishment in "Panty Raid."
  • Perpetual Smiler: His smile never seems to crack even under the worst punishment.
  • Prematurely Bald: He mentions in "The Butt of the Jokers" that he started balding at 20. He still has some hair, though.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Memorably when he has to skydive, he screams the whole way down.
  • The Strategist: Murr at least sees himself as this and usually walks confidently into a challenge with a foolproof plan. With a couple of exceptions, the end results usually don't go his way.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: His reaction when he has to cross the tightrope first in the Live Punishment.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: While he was the first loser in the Nitro Circus special, he made up for it by having the fastest time on the obstacle course and winning $100,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sal. There have been several instances where Q and Joe will leave and they'll immediately begin arguing about something.
  • Why Did it Have to Be Heights?: The skydiving punishment.
    • It happens again in the Live Punishment Special when Q picks him to be the first one to cross the tightrope.
    • "Hell-Copter" has Murr once again punished alongside Sal and sitting on the edge of a helicopter. Thankfully, he didn't have to jump like Sal did.

Joseph Anthony "Joe" Gatto

"If Ray Ray come 'round these parts looking for me, you don't go droppin' no dime. Do yous?"

  • Achilles' Heel: Ever since Joe got married to his wife Bessy, he's gained a new weakness.
    • His Achilles Heel got discovered in the season 3 premiere in the hotdog stand challenge when he refused to say that a pig in a blanket is his wife on a cold day.
    • A season later, the jokers played a challenge where they have to kiss the actor hidden in the scene. Joe found his in a snap, but Bessy came over and sat beside her. When he tries to go for the kill, he chickens out and kisses her. Leaving, he tells the other jokers to go f--- themselves.
    • Later on in the season, Joe asks a woman some questions. When he gets to the question "Are you a good kisser?", he closes the book and tells her he's done. Asked if he found out she's a good kisser, Joe replies "No, I'm good".
      • In the next season, in a recent challenge, the boys had to be managers at a Hooters restaurant. When it was Joe's turn he first had to clink his wedding ring against a glass, which he did with an uncomfortable look. But then when an attractive waitress passed by the guys told Joe to take off his ring and go after her, which he refused to do. He even turned to the camera, showed his ring and said "My kryptonite."
  • Aside Glance: He throws these out quite frequently, usually whenever the challenge is ridiculous.
  • Belly Dancer: He got hit with this in the punishment at the end of "Bellydancer."
  • Big Eater: Seriously, the guy can stuff an entire doughnut into his mouth in one sitting!
    • There's a challenge where Joe is eating a large pastry while Murr is up and Sal calls him out on it. He had breakfast at home, a breakfast sandwich, a big bowl of macaroni and cheese, two slices of pizza, a sub sandwich, a pickle, and an apple before he began eating the pastry.
      Joe: What's your point?
      Sal: You're like rail thin for what you eat.
      Q: You're like the Kate Moss of fat fucks.
  • Big Fun
  • Catchphrase: "LARRY!"
  • Dragged into Drag: In "Bellydancer", "Dog Days of Bummer" and "Fe-Mail".
  • Fearless Fool: Joe is constantly described as by the other guys because he apparently has no fear. Although, there are barriers even he wouldn't reach. For example, Joe will shake his rear end in a woman's face, but couldn't work up the nerve to insert the word "circumcision" into a sentence. A case of Everyone Has Standards, according to Joe himself.
  • Fun Personified
  • Imaginary Friend: We have yet to find Larry.
  • Incoming Ham: Pretty often, particularly when Larry is mentioned.
  • Large Ham: Is he ever.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Narrowly subverted in "Strip High Five", where he survives humiliation in front of hundreds by ending up in his underwear. Also in "Down in the Dump", when he's wearing only Q's cap in front of his crotch, and during the "Sweat the Small Things" presentation for Sal's home invasion.
    • And in one of the White Castle challenges, "White Castle regulations is the cap and apron."
    • Then his rear on Q's computer during an identity theft presentation...
  • Nerves of Steel: Joe got this label from the start, as the "shameless" one, but it got the display of a lifetime when he sat on a toilet in a cafe, threw the door open, and yelled for toilet paper for several minutes. See also Fearless Fool.
  • No Indoor Voice: Whenever he calls for Larry.
    • In the first episode as well, when he screams a White Castle customer's order back to him.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: His common trick of "nosing" slips into this category.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His pet dog, Cannoli. Likewise for the other five dogs of his we meet over the course of the show.
  • The Teetotaler: As revealed in the nightclub challenge.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: One of Joe's signature traits. It becomes even funnier in "Stare Master" when he goes around staring at people in the gym without changing his expression and just staring. He even stares while eating a sub sandwich!
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Doughnuts.
  • Troll: Joe is the most prone to messing with the other guys (usually Murr) even outside of challenges.
  • True Companions: He won Q's friendship test and didn't have to go over a cliff.

Salvatore Edward Anthony "Sal" Vulcano

"If you ever do that to me again, our real relationship is gonna be in jeopardy."

  • Acrofatic: In spite of his girth, Sal is a very good dancer, which certainly stands out among the other three, particularly Q.
  • Apologizes a Lot: This was turned against him in a punishment where he was had to step on a man's shoe, woof at a baby, sneeze on someone, blow an airhorn at someone, and flip off an old lady...all without saying "I'm sorry." Seems like an easy punishment that any of the Jokers could do, right? Nope; Sal was asking to back out as soon as he was at the park waiting for a baby to woof at, the second part of the challenge. He continues on, though, but he was screaming by the time he had to do his last task of flipping off an old lady.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: His weapon of choice when it comes to challenges where he has to speak a different language.
  • Awesome McCoolname: His last name is one letter away from being "Volcano". That's pretty damn cool.
  • Badass Beard: Has one as of the second half of Season 2.
  • Berserk Button: Messing with his sister. Murr can sometimes be one for him.
  • Butt-Monkey: He runs second to Murr in this category, since so many things irk him. Frequent targets include his germaphobia, his fear of cats, and his sister.
  • Corpsing: It's not hard to get him to fall on the floor laughing.
    • In fact, during one challenge where the other Jokers were deliberately trying to make each other laugh, the other guys lampshaded this during Sal's turn. Sal tried to show the others how well he could maintain his composure and Joe got him to giggle by saying "fart noise." Just to be clear: Joe didn't actually make a fart noise, he said the words "fart noise." And Sal broke. That's how easy it is to make Sal laugh. Suffice to say he lost that challenge miserably.
    • Although, a rare subversion did occur during the first challenge in "Browbeaten," where the Jokers had to read off funny made-up names without laughing. Despite his reputation, Sal broke less than either Q or Murr.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: The guys like to pull this one on Sal, a picture from a heavier time that has been displayed in a movie theater, a photo booth, and an Employee of the Month picture.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Has one on his thigh of Jaden Smith.
  • Gasshole: During the boardwalk massage challenge.
  • The Hyena: More than the others, Sal will laugh so hard at a challenge that he'll fall over. He's usually the first to lose it.
  • Insistent Terminology: "I'm not Mexican!"
  • Lethal Chef: In the Hibachi restaurant challenge.
  • Lovable Coward: He is very easily frightened, which the other guys exploit by making him endure a creepy cornfield, a haunted house, and a scary virtual reality game.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Gets weepy around couples, which earns him a pass during the jewelry store challenge.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Taken to extremes when she and Murr got legally married for a Sal punishment.
  • Neat Freak: To the point that he starts dry-heaving when Murr accidentally spits in his mouth.
  • Nervous Wreck: He's the fussiest member of the group by far and thus the easiest to mess with.
  • Nice Guy: So nice, he was able to do THIS .
  • Pizza Boy Special Delivery: Referenced in his past as a delivery boy, having the door answered by a topless woman.
  • Politeness Judo: His method of choice during challenges, particularly in the early seasons. It's eventually used against him in the "No Apologies Gauntlet" punishment, which included woofing at a baby and flipping off an old lady without Sal being allowed to say he was sorry.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Benjamin the Cat.
  • Super OCD: As the group's resident Neat Freak he has this. He even takes time to point out all the faults in his hotel room in the "Practically Live!" special. In their "One Night Stand-Up" special, Joe picks on Sal's OCD by pranking him on hotel visits. He starts by cranking the heat up to high and takes a dump in Sal's toilet without flushing. Joe then gives a Hammy re-enactment to Sal's reaction at the "hot shit".
  • The Load: In team challenges, Sal is the weakest link, due to being more prone to Corpsing than the others and worse at coming up with convincing responses on the fly. Joe especially seems to become visibly exasperated with him in numerous team challenges.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Welcome to White Castle, bitch."
  • Token Minority: Sal is part Italian, part Cuban and part Puerto Rican.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He used to bow out of challenges a lot more frequently in the early seasons. He stopped doing this around the time he grew out his Badass Beard.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Murr. Q and Joe have even jokingly stated that Sal and Murr wouldn't be friends if they weren't in the picture.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sal is particularly terrified of cats in addition to being a germaphobe. Of course, the other guys are all too willing to exploit these fears.

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