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All Three Tim Brooke-Taylor All Men Are Perverts: Has more than a few shades of this. Berserk Button: Insulting the royal family or the UK is likely to get him going. Butt-Monkey: Tim gets hurt and picked on much more than Bill and Graeme. (This was probably due to Tim being the only cast member who wasn't also writing the series.) Camp Straight: Although the 'straight' part is debatable. Catchphrase: "I'm a teapot!" whenever he is panicking. Characterisation Marches On: Starts the series slightly patriotic and highly-strung, but quickly becomes an effeminate, neurotic wreck obsessed with the royal family and patriotic in the extreme. Character Tics: The aforementioned "I'm a teapot!" panicking, making patriotic speeches to "Land Of Hope And Glory" and bursting into tears. Chew Toy: Is constantly getting hurt. Cross Dresser: Frequently. Dirty Coward: Freaks out and tries to flee at the first sign of anything getting even slightly dangerous. Flanderisation: From being slightly patriotic and easily upset to completely neurotic and obsessed with the royal family. Goofy Print Underwear: Along with his Union jack waistcoat, Tim wears Union Jack boxers and socks. Iconic Outfit: The aforementioned Union Jack garb. Inelegant Blubbering: Has a habit of bursting into tears with little to no warning. Large Ham: Particularly when he's panicking or performing one of his speeches. Patriotic Fervor: His patriotism is played up in the later series, including him wearing his Union Jack waistcoat, obsessing about getting an OBE from the Queen, and making patriotic speeches to "Land Of Hope And Glory" in the background. '70s Hair The Leader: In earlier series, when the trio were friendlier with each other and ran their service as a way to help people, he was this. Not so much in later series though. Took a Level in Jerkass: Is The Leader for the earlier series, however becomes increasingly cowardly and unpleasant to the other two as the series goes on. Upper-Class Twit: In demeanor if not in status, especially in the later seasons. Behind-the-scenes commentary traces this back to him having a hyphenated name. Graeme Garden Characterisation Marches On: In series 1, he's simply an eccentric boffin, however with each series starting from series 2 he becomes more and more of a Mad Scientist, and also becomes much more prone to villainy. Cloud Cuckoolander: Comes with the territory of being a mad scientist. Comedic Sociopathy: Particularly in later series, as he starts displaying very little empathy for anyone or anything that isn't science. Cargo Ship: In one episode, he goes on a date with, and nearly marries, his computer, and in another is mentioned to have been "put away for having an unnatural relationship" with it. Deadpan Snarker: The most prone to this of the three. Flanderisation: Goes from an eccentric boffin and the brains of the trio to a raving Mad Scientist. For Science!: Frequently. For the Evulz: In later series, if he's not just doing whatever mad scientist scheme he's working on that episode For Science!, he's doing it for this too. Iconic Item: The pair of thick-rimmed glasses he wore from series 1-5. Mad Scientist: Can end up like this on occasion, and in later seasons was the most likely character to play the Villain of the Week. Nerd Glasses Putting on the Reich: In "Radio Goodies". Sanity Slippage: Over the course of some of his Villain of the Week episodes, most notably "Radio Goodies". '70s Hair: Those sideburns, otherwise known as mutton chops. Averted in series 8 and 9, due to those series being made in The '80s, and Graeme has shaved his sideburns to fit, unlike the other two's hair, which remains pretty much the same. Smart People Wear Glasses Took a Level in Jerkass: In series 1 and 2 he's largely just an eccentric boffin, albeit one who lets it all go to his head a bit sometimes. From series 3 onwards he becomes more of a Mad Scientist and much more likely to be Villain of the Week. Bill Oddie
All Men Are Perverts: Can be pretty crude, also reads smutty magazines and has a topless calendar. Ax-Crazy: Can become this if pushed too far. Characterisation Marches On: In series 1 and 2, he was a laid-back, if slightly grouchy, pacifist. From series 3 onwards he becomes increasingly a crude, violent Comedic Sociopath with a Hair-Trigger Temper. Comedic Sociopath: The most prone to violence out of the three of them. Corpsing: The worst offender. Deadpan Snarker: Frequently. Flanderisation: Gets more and more violent as the series goes on. Hair-Trigger Temper: Often explodes over various things, usually Tim. Iconic Item: His massive clown trousers in "Clown Virus". His Ecky-Thump black pudding and huge flat cap in "Kung Fu Kapers". Iconic Outfit: His Ecky-Thump garb in "Kung Fu Kapers". Large Ham: When he gets going. No Indoor Voice: Is usually shouting. Pet the Dog: Even though he is often mean to Tim, Bill is always quick to reassure him when he gets upset, as seen in "The Baddies", where he comforts his crying friend. '70s Hair Supreme Chef: Quite capable of cooking a lovely roast dinner for a hamster. Took a Level in Jerkass: In series 1 and 2 he's a vocal pacifist and pretty laid-back too, however he gets more and more violent and short-tempered from series 3 onwards.