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Howard Moon (Julian Barratt)

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Vince Noir's best friend, constantly attempting in vain to make a better life for himself but always failing due to his ego, lack of talent, and generally insufferable personality. He worked at the Zooniverse with Vince, Naboo, Bollo and Bob Fossil in Series 1, then moved into an apartment in Series 2 and later worked at Naboo's antique store in Series 3.

Tropes associated with Howard:

  • Ambiguously Bi: Declares himself to be gay in "Party" after kissing Vince but then immediately returns to pursuing the Girl of the Week the second she reappears. He's also implied to have moonlighted as a male prostitute, and is in a relationship with Old Gregg in the live shows. Also, his adoration of characters like Tommy Nookah, Simon McFarnaby, and Jurgen Haabermaster definitely also has the flavor of a crush about it (Vince even lampshades this when he asks if Howard kissed Tommy).
  • Aside Glance: Is very fond of doing this.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Confesses his love for Vince when they are captured and left for dead. Vince reacts with amusement but then insists that he also loves him after things get awkward.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: Everybody points out that Howard's eyes look way too small for a man of his size.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Sold his soul in exchange for incredible musical ability. Not only has he failed in the music industry, but the entire universe seems to have turned its back on him as a result.
  • Becoming the Mask: In "Stolen", after staking out in a deer costume, he decides he wants to be known as the 'Stag Man'.
  • Berserk Button: Howard is liable to fall into either a deep depression or a violent rage if you criticise his work.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Occasionally claims to be Vince's, which Vince immediately says is false. To his credit, Vince does seem to at least occasionally follow his guidance.
  • Big "NO!": Breaks these out frequently.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Frequently talks up his fighting ability, but his win/loss ratio in no way reflects his alleged skill.
  • Born Unlucky: Even when Howard isn't to blame, things never go his way and people always seem to hate him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Howard just can't catch a break in anything. Even music, which he does have a genuine talent for, often doesn't work out for him. Though he does bring a pretty big portion of it down on himself.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Constantly brags about his skill with the ladies, yet only ever seems to attract men, and monstrous ones at that.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Even the smallest selfish act from Howard will result in him being harmed or injured in some way.
  • Can't Take Criticism: When he attempts to write a book, he comes up with a sentence that he believes is good enough to convince a publisher to commission his book. At even the tiniest hint of criticism from first, Vince, and later, Mrs. Gideon, he goes into fits of rage, even punching the latter. He punched a filly in the face!
  • Catchphrase: "Don't kill me, I've got so much to give!" whenever he appears to be in trouble.
  • The Chew Toy: The universe is always finding ways to screw Howard over, even when it seems like he's hit rock bottom.
  • Closet Key: Kissing Vince made him realize he was gay... which he immediately backpedals on the moment the Girl of the Week of that episode shows up again.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Howard is legitimately talented when it comes to music... he's just terrible at everything else.
  • Deal with the Devil: Howard sold his soul to the Spirit of Jazz in exchange for musical talent.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Considers himself to be a very classy guy, which Vince frequently calls out as complete BS.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Has a new life's goal every episode.
  • Dirty Coward: Tends to run at the first sign of trouble.
  • Distressed Dude: Gets caputured or menaced by the Monster of the Week almost every episode, and has to be rescued by Vince or Naboo.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Try as he might, Howard is doomed to fail at whatever career he aspires to in any given episode.
  • First Kiss: With Vince in "Party".
  • Flanderization: During the radio show, he and Vince discuss some of his failed past flings, implying that he has had a few off screen relationships. By the second to last episode of Series 3, his lack of success with women has reached a point where he's never even been kissed by one.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Many episodes have him become passionately invested in some pursuit, like boxing, acting, writing, the outdoors, poetry, or garbage-collecting, only for it to never be mentioned again once the episode ends.
  • Foil: He and Vince are polar opposites in practically every way, from fashion sense, to attitude, to music taste, to physical appearance and much, much more.
  • Hates Being Touched: Says he doesn't like people touching him, and snaps at Vince or shrugs him off most times he tries.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Frequently gloats about how manly he is, and goes to great lengths to prove himself, but in particularly vulnerable moments he admits that he's afraid he could go gay any second.
  • Hermaphrodite: Apparently. According to Old Gregg he has a "Shenis". Since this was in the live shows, which may or may not be canon, this could be just a joke.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Vince. They live, work, and go on adventures together, and a few characters even assume they are an actual couple. They've also known each other since childhood.
  • Informed Deformity: When he displays his bare chest in "Killeroo", he actually makes people feel sick. In later series, we see him without a shirt frequently, and there's nothing that abnormal about him.
  • It's All About Me: Constantly seeking new ways to elevate himself into fame and fortune at the cost of his friends.
  • It Meant Something to Me: Vince only kisses Howard to stop Dennis from killing them, but it pushes Howard into declaring himself gay (temporarily). It helps that it was his First Kiss.
  • Jerkass: Tends to use his friends for his own benefit and abandon them when things get ugly on a regular basis. To be fair to him though, everyone is a jerk to him already.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does on occasion show that he cares about Vince and values his friendship above all else. He will also, at least attempt, to put things right that have gone wrong.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Tries to present himself as a cool, sophisticated wise man when in reality his intelligence is only impressive compared to the idiotic characters he frequently encounters. He's regularly shown to have no idea what he's talking about, such as when he stated snow leopards lived in the arctic, which even Vince knew was wrong.
  • Large Ham: Goes off on overly dramatic rants on a regular basis.
  • The Load: While he's one of the more rational characters, his ego and general lack of awareness of how life works tend to instigate many problems for the group. During the actual adventures, he generally only burdens the group even further.
  • Loser Protagonist: Howard is hated by everyone he knows, forced to work menial and humiliating jobs on a regular basis, and is too self-absorbed to realize his own faults. He's also one of the main protagonists.
  • Messy Hair: Rarely seems to bother combing his hair, either stuffing it under a hat or leaving it to stick out in whatever direction it likes.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Regularly talks himself up as the grandmaster of whatever task he is currently doing only to prove to be less competent than Vince at it. "Howard Moon: Man of Action... Don't kill me! I've got so much to give!"
  • Morality Chain: Howard seems to be the only person that can make Vince feel guilty when he's acting particularly selfish.
  • The Münchausen: Always has a story ready about his insane skill in whatever field he is currently participating in. Occasionally, his unbelievable boasts are shown to be true, like his job offer from Walt Disney, or the sale of his soul to the Spirit of Jazz.
  • Neat Freak: He used to be a Binman, and is very anal-retentive about Stationary Village.
  • Nice Hat: Post season one he's never seen without one.
  • No Respect Guy: The small handful of characters who ever show him an ounce of respect tend to try to rape him immediately afterwards. Everyone else, Vince included, treats him like garbage most of the time.
  • No Social Skills: Howard seems to have absolutely no idea how society functions. While he does live in Cloud Cuckoo Land, this generally doesn't justify the majority of his oftentimes bizarre actions around other people.
  • Odd Couple: With Vince.
  • Only Sane Man: Plays this at times, though he's frequently no better than the rest of the cast.
  • Oop North: He's from Yorkshire.
  • Playing Gertrude: As noted under Vague Age, he's never given a consistent age in canon, but his actor Julian Barratt is only five years older than Noel Fielding in real life.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's easily offended and frequently goes off on rants while Vince is laid back and generally oblivious. Interestingly, he seems convinced that he's the blue oni.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Old Gregg in the live shows.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Howard's obstinate refusal to understand that Mrs Gideon has no idea he exists, his denying that he is a vain and shallow man (he thinks himself dark and artistic) and he refuses to accept that fact that people find him and his interest/anecdotes/jokes boring. See John Coltrane, the "Pencil Case" story, and everything else Howard enjoys. His way of wooing women? Trumpets and bookmarks.note 
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: An inversion with Vince. While Howard is clearly the more physically masculine of the two and frequently brags about his machismo, he is far more sensitive and easily offended than Vince is and is more likely to run, hide or get kidnapped when trouble arises.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: At any given moment, Howard might call himself an artistic visionary, a nature photographer, a genius salesman, an inventor, or an undiscovered acting talent with "willowy" legs and an impressive mustache. He's usually proven wrong.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Mrs. Gideon, to the point where he modifies a telescope to look like a sandwich to spy on her during lunch time.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Naboo and Bollo tolerate him at best, and even Vince, the one person who is consistently nice to him, spends most of their time together insulting him.
  • The Unfavorite: Fossil clearly prefers Vince over him. In fact, he's this to just about everyone apart from Vince.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: On the outside, Howard is a complete Jerkass; however it's sometimes hinted that Howard acts the way he does because he's socially inept, not a bad person.
  • Vague Age: Continuity is totally ignored in the series, so Howard's true age is never revealed. He once stated he was 32, ten years older than Vince, yet he's also claimed to be 50 years old, and in another episode he despairs at the fact that he looks like an old man, even though he and Vince are the same age. Sometimes it's implied that he's known Vince since they were babies, other times it's hinted that he took Vince out of school to be his apprentice at the Zooniverse.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Vince spend more time belittling each other than they do actually being friends. However, Vince is also the only person who seems willing to spend any time with Howard at all.

Vince Noir (Noel Fielding)

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Vince is Howard's vain, shallow, flighty and impossibly attractive best friend. Exceptionally low on IQ, but makes up for it by possessing the social skills and large eyes that Howard so conspicuously lacks.

Tropes associated with Vince:

  • The Ace: Compared to Howard, Vince is infinitely more lucky, talented, good looking and loved than he is.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Vince is incredibly camp and flamboyant, and if he is anything like his brain cell, is probably bisexual, but only ever actively pursues women.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Vince proudly claims this status. While he doesn't usually dress like a woman, he's frequently mistaken for one. Sometimes he's considered attractive, while other times he's called Howard's ugly wife.
    Vince Noir: I'm the great confuser! 'Is it a man? Is it a woman? Oh, I don't think I mind...'
  • Brainless Beauty: Almost literally, as "Journey to the Center of the Punk" shows him to have only one brain cell. Yet he's still more competent at things than Howard is. In "Nanageddon":
    Howard: Old Comanche Indian saying: the best way to hide a leaf is in the forest.
    Vince: You think [Nanatoo] is in the forest?
  • Bishie Sparkle: Vince frequently wears sparkly, brightly coloured clothing.
  • Born Lucky: Tends to have things work out impossibly in his favor. For instance, when he and Howard were buried up to their necks in the sand, a coyote takes pity on Vince and gives him a pair of sunglasses. That same coyote pees on Howard.
  • Camp: Vince is impossibly camp.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Frequently noted to closely resemble Joan Jett.
  • Chick Magnet: Nearly every female character on the show is instantly as attracted to him as they are repulsed by Howard. The same goes for most of the men as well.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Vince is the personification of this trope, though he actually tends to be Closer to Earth than Howard.
  • Closet Key: Arguable; Howard claims this about him because Vince was the first person to kiss him, although he seems to change his mind when he sees the pencil case girl again.
  • Club Kid: A more subdued case than usual, thanks to Howard keeping him somewhat anchored.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's actually more competent than Howard is during most of their adventures, though it helps that even the bad guys seem to like him more.
  • The Dandy: To an absurd degree. Many of his outfits could barely be considered clothing, such as the mirror ball suit. He also over-stuffs a suitcase for a brief camping trip. Vince is very concerned with the condition of his clothes and hair, and always keeps himself looking fabulous even while adventuring in remote environments.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Generally unfazed by the things he encounters on adventures, only responding with the occasional "cool" or "wicked".
  • The Ditz: Easily the dumbest member of the main cast, which includes a gorilla.
    • Genius Ditz: He's quite talented at several things, such as singing and sewing.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Vince is frequently mistaken for a woman, though how attractive people find him varies. At one point he's called Howard's ugly wife, while in another a "nubile princess". Vince himself brags about being "the confuser" who attracts people of every sexuality.
  • Dumb Is Good: Much dumber than Howard but generally presented more sympathetically.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Plenty of males find Vince attractive enough to 'Switch Teams' for.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: While he's allowed more victories than Howard, he inevitably has whatever fame and popularity he manages to acquire ripped away from him by the end of every episode.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: He tends to change his identifier a couple of times a season. In Season 1, he at first says he's a Mod (which makes him clash with Tommy Nooka, as he's a Rocker) and some wolves even acknowledge him as "King of the Mods", then he calls himself "Electro Boy" in "Electro", then in Season Two he starts dressing like a Goth and calls himself the "Shoreditch Vampire" and then he later becomes a punk and nearly dies after he's infected by the Spirit of Jazz when he takes a bite out of one of Howard's records and accidentally swallows it. To be fair, sometimes he changes his persona to impress girls, especially in "Electro" and "Nanageddon".
  • Foil: He and Howard are polar opposites in nearly every way.
  • The Fool: A perfect example. He's incredibly dimwitted and rarely if ever thinks things through but manages to come out on top in situations through dumb luck and a charming personality.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Frequently wears skintight jumpsuits. Hello, mirrorball suit! Vince is the only person in the world who even remotely pulls it off.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Due to being raised in the jungle, Vince can communicate and empathize with animals easily. This extends to all creatures as well, who generally instantly take a shine to him. Especially noticeable in comparison to Howard. He mainly uses it to chat to them about Gary Numan.
  • Freudian Excuse: His obsession with material possessions and fame seem to be motivated by being raised in a forest by a father who would leave him alone for weeks at a time. If you lived in a treehouse made of bus tickets in a place full of monsters called The Forest of Death, you'd want some luxury too.
  • The Gadfly: Enjoys mildly irritating Howard.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Howard. They live, work and go on adventures together. Vince also apparently does things like trimming Howard's hair in his sleep. He's also often mistaken as Howard's wife or girlfriend by other characters. They've been friends since childhood as well.
  • Hidden Depths: Selfish, vain and incredibly air-headed, but is a talented painter, hairdresser, storyteller, and is extremely gifted with a sewing machine to the point of making most of his own clothes and some of Howard's. He's also a talented singer (despite what Bryan Ferry says). He's also brave, loves animals, and can be surprisingly kind when he isn't distracted by something shiny.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He loves to point out Howard's many flaws while completely ignoring his own.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: His hair gets more and more bizarre each season.
  • It's All About Me: Vince is rather selfish, and generally has the maturity of a child when it comes to not getting his way. When the situation does not directly involve him, however, Vince is a very caring, sympathetic person.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Howard.
  • Manchild: Vince is incredibly naive and innocent and is generally amused by very mundane things. He also hates eating his vegetables and only eats sweets.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's very good looking and is almost constantly showing that fact off.
    Howard Moon: You little tart.
  • Mr. Imagination: Much of his strange stories paint him as this, especially Charlie, who proves that he's actually real.
  • Nice Guy: While he's incredibly vain, Vince is regularly shown to be a very lovable and sympathetic person who is capable of befriending even monsters simply by talking to them. This is especially noticeable in comparison to the paranoid Jerkass Howard.
  • Non-Action Guy: A zigzagged version. While Howard tends to get involved in more physical activities in the adventure than Vince, it's mostly just "getting the tar beaten out of him while Vince resolves the situation through sheer charisma".
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: In Series One, Howard, Vince, and the other zookeepers wear a uniform of a khaki shirt and pants with a green jacket on top. Vince substantially spiced up his jacket with patches, buttons, and his name written in glitter, highlighting his fashion sense, while stodgy Howard wears the standard version, inevitably rumpled.
  • Older Than They Look: Possibly a case of Real Life Writes the Plot; Vince Noir is implied to be in his early thirties while looking no older than his early twenties. Noel Fielding is 40 and looks much younger.
  • Perky Goth: Occasionally adopts this style, most prominently in the episode "Nanageddon".
  • Popular Is Dumb: "Prince of Camden" Vince is... not very bright, and enjoys "simple" tasks such as playing with toy cars; and expressly states at one point that he is confused by sentences that don't relate to fashion in some way.
    Howard: I can't be hemmed in. People try to put me in a box.
    Vince: Who's trying to put you in a box?
    Howard: Oh, people, you know. The man.
    Vince: Have you contacted the police about this??
  • Pretty Boy: He's so pretty that he's frequently mistaken for a girl, usually Howard's wife or girlfriend. It should be noted, though, that every time he is mistaken for a woman, the character responsible makes a point of mentioning how ugly "she" is.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While he's far more impulsive than Howard, Vince is incredibly laid back and air-headed compared to Howard's constant paranoia.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: He doesn't understand when someone's being sarcastic with him. Or when they're using metaphors, for that matter.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Inverted. While Vince is physically more feminine than Howard and incredibly proud of this fact, he tends to be the one doing the majority of the heroics during adventures and is shown to be both braver and less sensitive than Howard is.
  • Sleepyhead: While this doesn't crop up often, Vince has been shown to be able to fall asleep instantly, and sometimes at inopportune moments.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He was sort of a Cockney Mowgli as a child.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Though less so than Howard, Vince is incredibly selfish and is frequently very mean to Howard.
  • Vague Age: Less so than Howard, as Vince tends to be consistently portrayed as being between twenty and thirty, but his age is still constantly flip-flopping.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He spends more time harassing Howard than he does actually being friends with him.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Vince has very large, beautiful blue-grey eyes, which are frequently referred to.
  • With Friends Like These...: Generally spends more time insulting Howard than actually helping him out.

Naboo The Enigma (Mike Fielding)

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A long suffering and cynical shaman who attempts to live a peaceful life with his best friend and familiar, Bollo the Ape, but finds his life constantly disrupted by his two colleagues and later roommates, Howard and Vince. Naboo is almost always high; he does not get along with the other Shamans, especially Saboo. Naboo is technically an alien, and possesses no genitals.

Tropes associated with Naboo:

  • Ascended Extra: Goes from a supporting character in Series 1 to Vince and Howard's roommate and the third main character in Series 2.
  • Asexuality: He literally has no genitals, though he does seem keen to go on a double-date with Bollo and the goth girls in "Nanageddon". Later states that he "doesn't really do anything."
  • Badass Bookworm: The most consistently competent member of the Boosh and also a pretty sharp guy.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Again, no genitals. Has a crotch "as smooth as the bonnet of a Porsche".
  • Based on a Great Big Lie: Naboo was only sent to Earth by mistake. He doesn't seem to resent this.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Naboo is dangerous when he's pissed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His specialty is swooping in at the last minute to save Vince and Howard.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A frequent offender.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: A talented shaman with a good head on his shoulders, but generally prefers sitting around getting high with Bollo over doing anything productive.
  • Catchphrase: "I don't believe this!"
  • The Chosen One: Subverted. The only reason he's on Earth is because he was mistaken to be the mighty hero Banoo, who would save his home planet. He still ends up saving the day though, making him The Unchosen One.
  • Complete Immortality: He has steady access to the Fountain of Youth, and is completely immortal as a result.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tends to snark on other characters, though mostly Howard.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After he loses his title of Shaman.
  • Dull Surprise: His voice is almost always a flat monotone compared to the incredibly expressive Vince and Howard. When recalling a time he needed to feel anger when filming Candide, his voice doesn't go up that much.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He's a cockney shaman stoner who is also Vince and Howard's go to guy for advice.
  • Erudite Stoner: He's generally always portrayed as being stoned out of his mind, but is also the most rational character on the show.
    Naboo: Where's my frog?"
    Bob Fossil: You smoked it last week.
    Naboo: Oh, yeah.
  • Ethnic Magician: Subverted. He dresses like a South Asian/Arabian shaman, but he's played by an actor of the same ethnicity as Vince and Howard. And he's not even from Earth...
  • Heel–Face Turn: Goes from being Bob Fossil's sidekick in Series 1 to Vince and Howard's best friend and mentor in Series 2.
    • Punch-Clock Villain: Even during the first series, Naboo frequently helped out Vince and Howard behind Fossil's back.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bollo from Series 2 onwards.
  • Human Aliens: He's an alien from the planet Xooberon who looks like an average man in a wizard costume. At least, until he pulls down his trousers.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Initially meant to serve as Bob Fossil's, he ends up becoming Vince and Howard's.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Generally pretty mean to Howard. He's nicer to Vince, but only in comparison. To be fair, both are pretty terrible friends. Regardless, he still hangs out with them and comes through for them when they're in trouble.
  • Nice Guy: He has his Jerkass moments, but come Season 3, he's a lot easier to get on with than Vince or Howard.
  • Nice Hat: His turban.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite Naboo being a magical shaman from another planet who dresses like a genie, Mike Fielding speaks with his natural accent when playing him, which is one of the biggest jokes of his character.
  • Only Sane Man: Despite being a perpetually stoned shaman from another planet, Naboo is the most reasonable and normal character on the show.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Naboo was born in the 16th Century but, in the words of Vince, looks about twelve.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The laid back, intelligent stoner to the Axe-Crazy gorilla Bollo.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Naboo is absolutely tiny, but also the smartest guy around.
  • The Stoic: Naboo always keeps his cool.
  • Story-Breaker Power: His magic could resolve several of the conflicts the main duo face in a few minutes, so he's frequently either made unavailable or temporarily has his powers reduced in order to maintain high stakes.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the Future Sailors tour, Naboo has become famous and succumbed to fame's seedier side. He beats Howard with his staff with next to no provocation and it's mentioned he once woke up naked in a children's playground.
  • Troll: While generally very helpful, he's completely willing to give Vince and Howard phony magical items if they annoy him too much.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While the world he lives in is as far from normal as you can get, the fact is that Naboo is a magical immortal alien genie man from the distant cosmos who acts far closer to an actual person than anyone else on the show does.
  • Witch Doctor: Always has some magical potions or lotions to give to Vince and Howard.

Bollo The Ape (Dave Brown)

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Naboo's Ax-Crazy best friend and familiar; an ape who is strong physically but hugely dim otherwise. Bollo is very fond of Vince but hates Howard, frequently mocking him or forgetting his name.

Tropes associated with Bollo:

  • All Drummers Are Animals: He plays the drums in the band and is a talking ape.
  • Ascended Extra: He was an ape at the zoo who was buddies with Vince and had a role in two episodes in Series 1 before becoming the fourth and final member of Vince and Howard's friend group in Series 2.
  • Ax-Crazy: Do not annoy Bollo. He is implied to have killed numerous people, including children, his best friend and others. This is Played for Laughs.
  • The Big Guy: Occasionally acts as the team's muscle.
  • Characterization Marches On: In Series 1, he is portrayed as a wise old ape who only Vince could speak to and served as his mentor of sorts. Come Series 2, he has become the best friend and familiar of Naboo, who he had never interacted with at all in the previous season, as well as an Axe-Crazy Deadpan Snarker. While he still likes Vince a lot (much more so than Howard), the two don't appear to have the deep connection Series 1 showed them to have.
  • Catchphrase: "I've got a bad feeling about this..."
  • Cool Old Guy: He's 40, which is very old for a gorilla, but he still likes to play the drums and smoke weed.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If cutting off your friend's feet and head for irritating you repeatedly is any indication.
  • Dumb Muscle: Bollo is an idiot. He behaves quite childishly at times, becoming attached to objects like clocks.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snarks almost as much as Naboo, though his are almost entirely directed at Howard.
  • Depending on the Writer: His intelligence tends to vary depending on what's funniest.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He cut off his friend Chinquo's feet for pestering him to drive past a speed camera at the edge of town. Later on, he cut off Chinquo's head for pestering him to play at the edge of the forest, where the hunters lived.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: He's a gorilla.
  • Furry Denial: Bollo is treated the same way as every human on the show. This is naturally lampshaded several times:
    Saboo: (to Naboo) You live with a couple of dossbags and an ape!
    (Bollo growls)
    Saboo: What? You are an ape!
    Bollo: Oh.
  • Guttural Growler: He talks with a deep growly voice and a Non-Specifically Foreign accent.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Naboo.
  • Interspecies Romance: Series 3 implies he had a fling with Bob Fossil at one point, but he doesn't want to hang out with him anymore. Series 2 shows him And Naboo going on a double date with two goth girls.
  • Killer Gorilla: He used to behave like this in the past, but is more toned down nowadays.
  • Literal-Minded: Sometimes.
  • Nerdy Inhaler: He pulls one of these out after roaring threateningly at Vince's punk bandmates, causing a Negated Moment of Awesome.
  • Pet the Dog: In a sense. While he antagonises Howard, Bolo never gets violent with him, unlike his old friend Chinko.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Generally comes off as pretty sharp, but frequently loses several IQ points for the sake of humor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the Axe-Crazy ape to Naboo's laid back guru.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: He does this when Vince tries to get him to join Kraftwerk Orange.
  • Talking Animal: Became this in the TV show from season two onwards; in the radio show and season one only Vince can understand him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Naboo—he goes virtually everywhere Naboo does. He's very fond of Vince, too.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: He doesn't sound African, despite being a gorilla. Then again, he doesn't sound like he's from anywhere specific.
  • You Don't Look Like You: He goes from a rather sophisticated animatronic in Series 1 to a cheap gorilla suit in Series 2. The suit is far more iconic. And he changes appearance again in Series 3, with the second costume reappearing as a member of the Flighty Zooz.

Bob Fossil (Rich Fulcher)
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The extremely odd manager of The Zooniverse, originally a sort of Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain but after the Retool became a sort of strange ally to Vince, although he always hated Howard. Fossil ran a zoo but didn't know the names of any of the animals, and sometimes vented his frustration by throwing small children into cages. He had an enormous crush on Dixon Bainbridge and is shown to be almost kind without his presence. Later on he becomes a producer and club manager.

Tropes associated with Bob:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Despite the fact that he's the owner of the zoo, he can't remember the species of any animal. He doesn't even really have names for the animals, just childish descriptions of what they look like. For example, "Elephant" becomes "Grey Leg-Face Man" and "Gorilla" becomes "The Brown Little Hand-Foot Man."
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's not a good guy in the TV show, but he's far better than he was in the radio series.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Or maybe not. He flat out tells Howard at one point that he has "loads of mental problems".
  • Anything That Moves: Bob Fossil is in love with Bainbridge. He also apparently fell for Naboo in "Hitcher", and it's mentioned a few times that he may have paid Howard for sexual favours. In the radio show he really likes Vince, obviously favouring him over Howard whom he seems to hate for no reason. And he had a "summer fling" with Bollo. But he also has a Vietnamese wife.
  • Bad Boss: Particularly to Howard. He likes Vince, maybe a little too much, but still forces him into life-threatening situations on a daily basis.
  • Berserk Button: He does not like seeing animals naked.
  • Big Bad: Of the radio show, where he was the only consistent villain.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He comes to save Vince and Howard from the People of the Box in the radio version of "Hitcher." But that may be because they didn't manage to deliver Tony the Prawn to his brother's zoo on time.
  • Birds of a Feather: On the occasions where it's just him and Vince hanging out, they're shown to get along swimmingly, mostly due to being Man Children with absolutely no self control.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He says to his recorder, "Note to Self: I hate whites." Fossil is a white man.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: A specialty of his.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the radio show. He deserves it, though.
  • Cool Bike: Surprisingly has a pretty nice motorcycle. It even has a sidecar on it for Naboo!
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: In a world where everyone is one of these to some extent, Bob Fossil manages to stand in a league of his own.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he's a useless psychotic moron most of the time, his heroic rescue of Vince and Howard from the People of the Box in the radio version of "Hitcher" was incredibly awesome.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: he attempts to express his affection for Bainbridge several times, all of which failed
  • Demoted to Extra: In series two, where the lack of a zoo setting gave him no real reason for being around. He gets a bit better in series three where he becomes the owner of the club the Boosh frequent, but only slightly.
  • Departmentof Redundancy Department: "I have loads of heroes with eyepatches, uh... Kirk Douglas... me on a Friday night... did I mention Kirk Douglas?"
  • The Ditz: Fossil switches from being a Cloud Cuckoolander to a complete freak in a couple of minutes, become obsessed with Howard, Paper Cups and His 'Talk Box' (actually a tape recorder) in which he stores the names of his animals so as not to forget them. He calls the elephant 'The Grey Leg face man' for example.
  • Don't Tell Mama: His mother thinks he's a prisoner in a Vietnamese war camp, and he's desperate to maintain that lie when Vince blackmails him into giving the Boosh a night-time slot at the Velvet Onion.
  • The Dragon: Serves as an ineffectual lackey to Bainbridge in series one.
  • Dumb Muscle: Bainbridge uses him for grunt work and as a punching bag but little else.
  • Eagleland: Has a strong northeastern American accent, and fits the stereotype of Americans as The Boorish. He's fat, dumb, and accustomed to bullying everyone around him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Was clearly very upset when Dixon Bainbridge stole credit for writing Vince's Charlie novels. He'll murder Vince for Bainbridge without a thought but stealing someone's art? That is just mean.
  • Fat Idiot: He's fat, and he can't even remember the names of his zoo animals.
  • Fan Disservice: He constantly strokes his own nipples, and does a sexy dance in a bikini at one point in Series 3. And in "Party", we see him in a hula skirt and red nipple tassels.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: While he's not really ever a hero, he shifts from being an Incidental Villain to an ally of the Boosh from episode to episode.
    • Heel–Face Turn: In series three he's consistently portrayed as an ally of the band, though a pretty useless one.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: In the radio show—"So my mom used to throw eggs in my bunker at breakfast and call me "Wimp Womp!" And my dad used to dress up and scream at us, 'I'm a Chinese bear, walkin' around the wig hut!' Yeah!"
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: He comes from an incredibly broken home and seemingly just wants others, particularly Bainbridge, to acknowledge him.
  • Incidental Villain: Does incredibly underhanded things to support his zoo, but is genuinely repulsed by anything he considers "evil". However, his concept of what is "evil" is pretty much incomprehensible.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: In the television series. In the radio series he's a more credible threat.
  • Jerkass: That's putting it lightly, particularly in the radio show where he was the closest thing to a main antagonist as a surreal comedy show is going to get. He feeds a little boy to the lions in the first episode, for corn's sake!
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has a very well hidden nice side. In "Charlie", he looks shocked and visibly disturbed when Dixon and Hamilton steal the credit for writing Vince's books, even though he normally sides with Dixon on literally everything.
  • Large Ham: Oh, god, yes.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Goes from the head zoo keeper of the Zooniverse in series 1, to being the host of the Pie Face Records Battle of the Bands competition in series 2 to being the owner of the Velvet Onion night club in series 3.
  • No Indoor Voice: Shouts all of his lines.
  • Noodle Incident: Makes allusions to these happening in the past.
    And that's why you should never bring a cricket bat to Greece.
    And that's why I don't like Cricket!
    What, go in your pick up truck and beat up midgets like last time?
  • Psychopathic Man Child: "I wanna chopper!"
  • Out of Focus: He was only seen once in the second season and twice in the third.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Whenever he gets beaten up his screams of pain are interspersed with cries of how much he enjoys it.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Moon! Christ on a stick, what are you doing here?!"

     Recurring Characters 

Dixon Bainbridge (Matt Berry)

  • The Ace: Much, much better at things than Howard is. He even has a better moustache!
  • Asshole Victim: Eaten Alive by Charlie in the last episode he appears in, after countless amoral decisions, namely stealing the credit for Vince's Charlie books from him.
  • Badass Moustache:
  • Bad Boss: Judging by how often he punches and abuses Bob Fossil.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of series one.
  • Big Damn Villains: Saves Vince and Howard from the Black Frost in the television version of "Tundra".
  • Bold Explorer: In "Tundra", he journeys to the Arctic in search of lost treasure. He has all the arrogant attitude and khaki clothing of a 19th century British colonialist.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Completely vanishes without a word after season one.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: When played by Richard Ayoade in the pilot, he had blonde hair.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: In the television series, Dixon Bainbridge was the only recurring antagonist before the 'Itcher stepped in.
  • Cool Old Guy: Incredibly badass and capable despite being middle aged.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Easily shoots the Black Frost dead with little effort.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Howard. Both are obnoxious blowhards constantly bragging about their accomplishments and abusing their idiotic assistant, but while Howard is all talk, Bainbridge legitimately has done what he claims to have done. However, Bainbridge also lacks the sympathetic traits that Howard possesses and is overall a much bigger asshole.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Whether played by Matt Berry or Richard Ayoade, he has one suave baritone voice.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Dixon Bainbridge, man of action. Dude goes to the Arctic Tundra, alone, survives falling off a cliff (his fall was broken by a wolf, which he then killed with a gun hidden in his mustache, but still), then makes his way back to England, goes off to the Tundra alone again, and somehow finds the fake Egg of Mantumbi, survives being frozen by the terrible "Icy Bastard", who he attempted to fist-fight, thaws himself out with heat hidden in his mustache, goes back to England using a whale's jawbone (he killed the whale, somehow) as a raft to get to another continent, then goes back to England, back to the Tundra, where he finds the real Egg of Mantumbi, and is celebrated as the best explorer and man of action who ever lived. And does it all with great elocution while well dressed in a collared shirt and tie. A negative example, as he's a massive jerk to boot.
  • Jerkass: Dixon Bainbridge is loud, abrasive and sometimes violent.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After escaping punishment for creating mutants, murdering Joey Moose, attempting to leave Howard and Vince to die while he makes off with the Egg of Mantumbi, and trying to sell the zoo to build a runway over it, he ends up being Eaten Alive by Charlie the bubblegum monster for trying to take the credit for writing his books from Vince.
  • Kick the Dog: When he decides to plagiarise Vince's stories, Vince is outraged enough to call Charlie to exact his revenge.
  • Large Ham: He's played by Matt Berry, this was inevitable.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he's about to be eaten alive by Charlie.
  • Playing Gertrude: Male version. He's clearly meant to be in his late forties to mid-fifties, but he's played by an actor who is actually younger than Noel Fielding, who plays Vince as somewhere between the ages of twenty and thirty two.
  • Wicked Cultured: Swears, beats people up and drinks, but he's almost never seen out of a suit and says things like, "I said 'Good day, sir!' to end phonecalls.

The Moon (Noel Fielding)

Dennis the Head Shaman (Julian Barratt)

Saboo (Richard Ayoade)

  • By-the-Book Cop: He and Tony Harrison are the two main enforcers of the Shaman Council, and while he's hyped up as a Cowboy Cop, he's really one of these.
  • Catchphrase: "The crunch, plum duff".
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: He wears raven feathers on his clothes.
  • Informed Loner: He's supposedly the Shaman Council's resident badass who doesn't play by the rules. In actuality, not only is he incredibly uptight, but he's easily the most by the book Shaman in the entire series. To further this, he's played by an actor best known for playing an over the top Holly Wood Nerd with a high pitched and nasally voice.
  • Jerkass: He's very abrasive to pretty much everyone and even tries to stop Howard getting Naboo his magic book back just to spite Naboo.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Handsome with a gravelly voice.
  • Nice Hat
  • Odd Couple: With Tony Harrison.
  • Offing the Annoyance: He throws Tony Harrison off the Magic Carpet when he loses patience with him.
  • Only Sane Man: Among the Shaman, he's incredibly by-the-book and frequently lampshades the ridiculousness of other characters.
  • The Rival: To Naboo, admitting to his face he never liked him.
  • Scary Black Man: Kind of.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He gets attacked by Nanatoo and skewered with her knitting needles, seemingly killing him, but he's back in Season Three.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Complains constantly about being teamed up with Tony Harrison, but he still rubs sun cream on him in one episode.

Tony Harrison (Noel Fielding)

  • The Alcoholic: He uses bourbon instead of milk in his cereal, and is constantly talking about getting plastered.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Of Lester Corncrake's severed head. Also the Honey Monster's head in Future Sailors.
  • Catchphrase: "This is an outrage!"
  • Cephalothorax: His body is a normal-sized human head with six foot-long tentacles attached to the base.
  • Cowboy Cop: He loves to drink and be spontaneous, to the constant ire of Saboo. Together they act as the top enforcers of the Shaman Council.
  • Depraved Bisexual: He has a wife, but he'll happily rape Lester Corncrake's severed head at a party.
  • The Hedonist: Only interested in having fun.
  • Jerkass: He's quite a dick to Saboo and is implied to be an abusive husband.
  • Large Ham: Noel Fielding goes all out in voicing him with a wheezy Cockney accent.
  • Odd Couple: With Saboo, who is dumbfounded why the Dennis would ever partner them up knowing how badly their personalities clash.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Even in a state of outrage, Tony never stops grinning.
  • Reality Ensues: Being a tentacled head means there's things he doesn't have the capacity to do, like climbing up staircases or reading maps.
  • Special Person, Normal Name: He's a magical squid-man thing with a completely ordinary name.
  • Unexplained Accent: A wheezy Cockney accent.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Saboo, oddly enough.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Is implied to have slapped around his wife at times.

Kirk (Kirk Gaitskell-Kendrick)

  • Informed Flaw: Parodied and played for laughs. Everyone, especially Saboo, treats Kirk as a sort of sleeping monster, claiming he is 'a vehicular menace, mowing down everyone in his path,' or that he is a 'violent and sexually deranged being' whilst none of this is ever shown on screen, and to the audience Kirk simply seems like an adorable little boy. The one time the claims are right is when we see Kirk completely stoned out of his mind.

Mrs Gideon (Victoria Wicks)

Joey Moose (Dave Brown)

  • The Ace: Much more of a rough and tumble adventurer than Howard is.
  • Awesome Aussie: Quite the badass and a very stereotypical Australian. At least in the radio version.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Steve Irwin.
  • Combat Commentator: Alongside Bob Fossil during Howard's fight with Killeroo. This is notably the only time in the television series where he gets any lines and the only time he appears before he gets killed in "Mutants".
  • Death by Adaptation: See Demotedto Extra below and Combat Commentator above.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the radio version of "Mutants" he adventures alongside Vince and Howard throughout it and proves to be a competent ally, while in the television version he's killed in the opening scene and his body parts are used to make the mutants.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: In the radio version of "Mutants" he travels with Vince and Howard throughout the episode.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Much more competent than Howard.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed off in the first minutes of the television version of "Mutants" to avoid promoting him to main character status.
  • Madeof Iron: In the radio version, he survives falling off the cliff that Fossil's secret laboratory is located on, though the Colonel conveniently breaks his fall.
  • Mauve Shirt: Gets a very generic personality before getting killed of on the television series.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: In the television version of "Mutants", where his death kicks off the plot of the episode.

Lester Corncrake (Rich Fulcher)

An old jazz lover and seemingly Howard's only friend outside of Vince.
  • Blind Musician: He's blind, plays the trombone, and has devoted his life to jazz. He has something of the personality of a Blind Black Guy and often poses as a worldly mentor, though he's White.
  • Cool Old Guy: He likes to think of himself as this.
  • The Ditz: While he often acts like a wise old mentor, he's also easily distracted and often unhelpful. In "Journey to the Center of the Punk", he's too caught up in his own world the entire time to be of any help to Howard.
  • Fair Weather Friend: When Howard identifies him as a friend when he's making a boring party speech, Lester says, "I don't really know him that well, I just got on the bus with him this morning."
  • Handicapped Badass: He's the one who kills the Spirit of Jazz with a punk disease-infected pin.
  • Losing Your Head: At the hands of Dennis the Head Shaman. Then his head gets raped by Tony Harrison.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: A jazz variant. He's White, but acts just like an old jazzman.
  • Spiteful Spit: To Howard, after his appalling attempt at retro(read "medieval") song and dance at the Velvet Onion. Then he bans him from the Jazz Club.
  • Super Senses: Subverted. He claims to have heightened senses due to his blindness, but is abysmal at throwing and catching things.
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     Monsters, Villains and Freaks 

The Hitcher

  • Affably Evil: The Hitcher can be very charming, and even offers to protect, and seems to have a crush on Howard, but he's mostly doing it for the Lulz.
  • Ax-Crazy: His one goal in life is to slash up everyone in existence.
  • Big Bad: The only villain to appear in every season and is always played up as considerably more of a threat than most villains each time.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Frequently announces how he's a "cockney nutjob" or a "peppermint nightmare".
  • Deceptive Disciple: He went to a shaman hornet as a child to get his tiny thumb enlarged. When the hornet charged him 500 Euros for it, he squashed the insect's head with his swollen thumb.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When The Hitcher caught Jack The Ripper (long story) stabbing up a woman, he killed him out of disgust because he 'doesn't hold for that sort of thing'.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His actual name is Baboo Yagoo, but he's better known as the Hitcher.
  • Evil Mentor: Claims to have known Jack the Ripper "when he was just a nipper", and taught him "how to slice".
  • Excrement Statement: In "Eels", he shuts Howard up by urinating in his face, full-force.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In "Eels", though he's back to being a villain in the live show.
  • Hostile Hitchhiker: Originally introduced as a creepy hitchhiker that Howard picks up, though in subsequent episodes they meet him in other capacities.
  • Green and Mean: A malevolent spirit with a love of slashing people up whose skin is a bright shade of green.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Inverted, he trained Jack the Ripper.
  • Joker Immunity: The show's most iconic villain, he has been killed or banished multiple times but keeps coming back to life.
  • Knife Nut: Being a parody of Jack the Ripper.
  • Large Ham
  • London Gangster: Cockney accent, Affably Evil, Knife Nut, and in Series 3, he tries running a Monster Protection Racket on the Nabootique. He's also a witch.
  • Not So Above It All: He's one of the more frightening villains on the show (along with the Crack Fox and the Spirit of Jazz), but he's still delighted by a toy car when Vince offers to sell it, declaring he will play with it when he gets home.
  • Progressively Prettier: When the Hitcher first appears, he's got a pointed nose and chin, gross teeth and a giant, swollen thumb. By his last appearance, he's got a more normal shaped face and his thumb is regular sized, thanks to taking a shower in the Fountain of Youth. He still isn't exactly "pretty" though.
  • Stalker with a Crush
  • Toilet Humor: Seriously, this guy can literally blow himself into the air with his own urinating.
  • White Hair, Black Heart:
  • Wicked Witch: A male version. He's even named after Literature/Baba Yaga!
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Downplayed; he's fine with certain forms of violence against women, but not cutting them with a knife.

Old Gregg

Black Frost

The Spirit of Jazz/ Howling Jimmy Jefferson

Sandstorm

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: "Glove Love"
  • Cargo Ship: He finds wooden furniture sexy.
  • Gag Lips: You can miss this due to his sandpaper skin, but those lips are pretty large.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Initially shows up as a villain menacing the tribesmen on Xooberon, but after Vince gives him some gloves that allow him to masturbate, he stops bothering the villagers and later comes to rescue Vince and Howard.
  • Power Palms: He has grade four glasspaper palms, powerful enough to grind the Evil Tree down to sandpaper.

Nanatoo

Milky Joe

  • The Bore: Even Howard finds him boring!
  • Companion Cube: Was a coconut that Howard put on a stick and drew a face on that slowly developed its own personality (kind of).
  • Dark Reprise: He sings his own version of Howard's "Isolation" song during the credits.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Howard yells at him to shut up and kicks him over, Milky Joe testifies against him in the trial for killing Precious.
  • French Jerk: He's French, apparently.
  • Real After All: As Howard finds out when he sees him singing on TV over the credits.

Lance Dior and Harold Boon (The Flighty Zoos)

Crack Fox

Tommy Nooka (Radio Show: Richard Ayoade, Television Series: Rich Fulcher)

A zookeeper who went missing for years and Vince and Howard try to find.
  • Badasson Paper: He ends up being extremely boring once they actually meet him.
  • Body Horror: Has large cheese-like growths on his head. In the television version, that is.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He tends to spout nonsense and says strange rhymes.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Howard has to kill him by reducing him to mere cheese gratings with... yes, you guessed it. Then he feeds him to Dixon Bainbridge.
  • Depraved Dwarf: He has dwarfism, and he used to be violent towards mods.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: He goes insane after being locked in the Jungle Room for ten years.
  • Rockers Vs Mods: He violently tries to attack Vince for being a mod when they meet up for the first time. "He is a mod! I am a rocker! We are natural enemies!"

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