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Characters from both the original and animated series

Mr. Bean
  • Adaptational Intelligence: He is more competent in the animated series. Not to say he has no moments of clarity and ingenuity in the live action.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Bean's sense of perspective is terrible, and his behavior consistently baffles others.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not as much, but he receives the long end of the stick at times.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His main characteristic. Episode plots are based on his odd behavior and the ridiculous ways Mr. Beans goes about his life.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Undoubtedly a danger to others on the road, in ways no typical road rager would even fathom.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He sometimes proves himself to be this, photographing the wildlife in "In the Wild" and even being unable to bring himself to kill the captured titular animal in "The Mole".
  • Genius Ditz: He engineered a way to drive his car from a recliner on the roof because he bought so much stuff he couldn't fit in his car.
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  • Innocently Insensitive: Mr. Bean frequently veers into this, particularly where his girlfriend is involved. Special mention to "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean", where he asks her what she wanted for Christmas and she points to an engagement ring in a store window. Unfortunately, Mr. Bean mistakes her gesture for pointing to the portrait behind the ring and buys that instead. This leads to Irma tearfully running out on him during their Christmas evening together and a Bean, who seemed quite proud of himself for getting her what he thought she asked for, commenting in a hurt tone of voice, "W... what was wrong with it?"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not really malicious; his selfishness and unpleasantness is more childlike, he just doesn't know any better. He's not horrible just to be so.
  • Kavorka Man: Goodness knows what Irma sees in him, and in the cartoon, the attractive female celebrity found him funny and more interesting than her handsome date, enough to give him a kiss.
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  • Large Ham: Manages to be this even though he rarely speaks and never shouts.
  • Leitmotif: In the animated series, he's almost always accompanied by a rendition of the opening theme.
  • Limited Wardrobe: The same brown suit everywhere he goes.
  • Manchild: He sleeps with a teddy bear. In the first episode, he puts two dolls on the table when he sits down to take an examination. In general he is of the more common, Fish out of Water type, although his strangeness goes beyond childlike and into the realm of truly bizarre.
  • No Social Skills: He lacks a knowledge of social conventions, never demonstrates normal human thought processes, and even occasionally shows a lack of natural fear (shushing people while he's on a rollercoaster). In one set of titles he is beamed down from space, but possibly this is metaphor for his unearthliness.
  • Only One Name: He's only known as Mr. Bean with his first name being unknown.
  • Shock and Awe: "Back to School Mr Bean" seems to imply that his Walking Techbane tendencies are some sort of static electricity effect.
  • The Voiceless: He rarely ever speaks. Slightly more often he will make various sounds that are vaguely ''word-esque''.
    • In the fourth season of the animated series, he started speaking in complete sentences.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Subverted. Much of the time he's a borderline sociopath, but there's plenty of moments that show that there's a real heart underneath all the madness.
  • Walking Techbane: Or at least, when he's dressed. Unless he's naked, he completely screws up tv signals and tends to break stuff or cause unexpected effects. In one episode he somehow absorbs electricity which causes objects to stick to him.

  • Butt-Monkey: Downplayed; Mr. Bean treats him much better than he does most humans, but this still doesn't stop moments where he was accidentally shrunk or had his head ripped off.
  • Companion Cube: Bean treats Teddy as if a four-year-old would treat a teddy, and it's both hilarious and ridiculously cute.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Teddy's been shrunk in one episode, decapitated in another and covered with paint in another, but is always back to his original size and shape by the next.
  • Your Size May Vary: Depending on the episode, he is either regular sized (like in the featured picture) or small enough to fit into Mr. Bean's coat.

The Car
  • Drives Like Crazy: Especially in the episode The Trouble with Mr. Bean where he dresses in the car while driving himself to the dentist, and Do It Yourself Mr. Bean where he drives on the roof of the car after stuffing the inside full of things he bought.
  • Free Wheel: Occurs every time he drives his car and meets up with the Reliant (see below)
  • Removable Steering Wheel: It's his primary security measure.
  • Running Gag: Often times while driving Mr. Bean encounters an unseen person driving a blue Reliant three-wheeler, which always winds up crashed, knocked out of its spot, or tipped over onto its roof.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Mechanical example. The car has been damaged/destroyed about at least three times.
    • In the first episode, Mr. Bean almost collides with the Reliant and accidentally turns into a one-way street, crashing his car in the process. A wheel which bounces into the scene afterwards is all that remains of the car.
    • In "Back to School Mr. Bean", it gets crushed by a tank rolling into it.
    • In "Car Wars", it gets crushed into a cube by the Reliant's driver, though at the end of the episode, Mr. Bean manages to "revive" it by taking it to the scrapyard to be fixed up.

The Reliant Robin
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The driver lets Bean go, since all he wants is to have the latter have a taste of his own medicine.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Sooner or later, Bean will eventually piss the driver off.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr Bean relishes the chance to cause it some distress. Any episode where the Reliant Robin appears, it will inevitably end up on its side by the end.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Finally gets the upper hand on Mr. Bean in "Car Wars", first by pursuing him, then dropping the latter's beloved green car into a car crusher.
  • The Ghost: Throughout the entire series, the audience nor Bean knows what the driver looks like. The only ever time we see him is in a flashback of Mr. Bean's childhood in "Young Bean".
  • Leitmotif: A 9-note ditty in the animated series.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "Car Wars" is this. After being pushed around by Bean for the last time, the driver of Reliant Regal tries various ways to make Bean's life miserable or at least, wrecks his car like he did to him.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Mr Bean hates this car for no explained reason.

Irma Gobb
  • Amusing Injuries: After Mr Bean frightens her, she passes out. When she comes to, she's got an X-shaped bandage on her forehead.
  • Idiot Ball: Really, if she wanted someone as dense as Mr Bean to get her an engagement ring for Christmas, she should have just said it outright rather than point at a jeweler's window and hope he'd figure it out.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses and looks attractive.
  • Women Are Wiser: She seems to be more intelligent and less buffoonish then Mr. Bean.

Characters exclusive to the animated series

Mrs. Wickett


  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: His fur is yellow with black and brown spots.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not to the same extent as Mr. Bean, but he suffers quite a bit, being frightened or pushed around by Bean (intentional or not) and often failing to catch prey.
  • Cats Are Mean: He despises Mr. Bean with a passion and often finds ways to inflict misfortune upon him. Even as a kitten, he's just as vicious and bad-tempered.
  • Cat Up a Tree: In "Cat-Sitting", a mishap with the microwave causes him to be launched through a window and land in a tree, forcing Mr. Bean to try to get him down. It fails spectacularly, as the tree then shoots Scrapper into outer space.
  • Ear Notch: Two on his right ear.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: When Mrs. Wickett is taken to the hospital in "Cat-Sitting", Scrapper looks genuinely upset at what happened to her and then glares at Mr. Bean for accidentally injuring her, likely thinking "This is all your fault!".
  • Fat Bastard: Chubby and not pleasant to be around.


  • The Ace: Unlike Mr. Bean, Pod is an excellent cook and treats Irma better.
  • Identical Stranger: He was this at first until it's revealed that they are of the same species.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the end, Mr.Pod chooses Irma's happiness, sending Mr. Bean back to her.


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