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A list of the major characters in the films The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment. For characters originating in the script to the former's unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen, see here.

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    Brad Majors
A hero
An All-American man who proposes to his girlfriend Janet Weiss. However, on the way to meet his old friend and science teacher, Dr. Scott, Brad Majors ends up with a flat tire on his car. He soon finds himself at the mercy of Dr. Frank N. Furter and his servants, and ends up confused over his own sexuality after the events in the castle. Played by:
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: Does this by the corner when Ralph gets into his car, when Rocky is being born and when watching Rocky sing "The Sword of Damocles".
  • Anguished Declaration of Love:
    • His part of "Dammit Janet" is this, with him becoming frustrated and literally saying that, damn it, he loves Janet!
    • He sounds pretty anguished in Shock Treatment with his "I'm looking for love!" lines during "Looking for Trade".
  • Ambiguously Bi: He was very reluctant to do the Floorshow, but gave into Frank-N-Furter's desires.note 
  • Aside Glance: Gives a confused look into the camera in the remake, when Dr. Scott talks into it during the dinner scene.
  • Belated Backstory: We don't find out until Shock Treatment, that he's an orphan with a long lost twin brother.
  • Betty and Veronica: Is the boring Betty for Janet with Farley being the dangerous and exciting Veronica.
  • Bound and Gagged: Spends the majority of Shock Treatment gagged in a straight jacket.
  • Bi the Way: Is attracted to Janet, but gets seduced by Frank.
  • Blue Is Heroic: According to a behind the scenes look during the commercial break of the remake, he and Janet wear blue as an example of Good Colors, Evil Colors.
  • Call-and-Response Song: "Duel Duet" is one of these with Farley near the end of Shock Treatment.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: In his police statement, he claims he never liesnote , though claims he was asleep when someone came into his bedroom and never knew it was Frank.
  • Demoted to Extra: Though still technically one of the main characters, Brad spends most of Shock Treatment drugged and gagged in Dentonvale.
  • Deceptive Disciple: For some reason, Farley calls him "a pupil with no scruples who knew better than the teacher" during Duel Duet.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Early in the film.
    Brad: This is my fiancee.
    (Frank looks at Brad.)
    Brad: Janet Vice.note 
    Janet: Weiss.
    Brad: (clears throat.) Weiss.note 
  • Distressed Dude:
    • If you play as Janet in the video games, you have to rescue Brad after he's been turned to stone.
    • In Shock Treatment, Betty and Oliver have to rescue him from a mental institution.
  • Driving a Desk: The play starts with Brad and Janet sitting in a wooden car that Brad's meant to be driving.
  • Evil Twin: Farley Flavors, in Shock Treatment, is Brad's morally-corrupt twin brother. He looks exactly like Brad if you were to subtract the glasses and add a lot more confidence and style.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Pulls his glasses off while shouting angrily at Frank, prompting the Audience Participation line "It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SUPER ASSHOLE!".
  • Glasses Pull: Takes off his glasses when he first see Doctor Scott on Frank's monitor.
  • Happily Adopted: Stated to be this in Shock Treatment.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: FRAAAANK-FURT-EEEEER! Brad and Dr. Scott say this to Frank when he's threatening Janet. A rare use of this line by two men who are not in any position to threaten Frank-n-Furter at all.
  • I Want My Mommy!: In "Rose Tint My World": "It's beyond me/Help me, Mommy!"
  • Male Frontal Nudity: His penis is seen when he is turned into a naked statue.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: His police statement calls him "Bradley J. Majors".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: De Young based his performance on author David Eisenhower.
  • Pinball Protagonist: The only thing of note that he or Janet do is get laid and survive the evening. The film is very much about how Brad and Janet are either sexually liberated or corrupted.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: He and Farley. Brad's a nice middle class guy, while Farley's a rich jerk.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Is Janet's poor suitor compared to the billionaire, Farley.
  • Separated at Birth: Shock Treatment reveals that he and his brother Farley were adopted by different families after their parents died in a car crash.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Can be seen puffing on a cigarette after sleeping with Frank.
  • Stock Underwear: Tightey Whities.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen would have said that not long after the first film, Brad became a bottomless go-go dancer in Las Vegas and fell to his death from a trapeze.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Some of the unmade sequels would have said that the events of the film turned him gay. Rocky Horror Shows His Heels has him leaving Janet and shacking up with Dr. Scott and Revenge of the Old Queen said that he left Janet to become a bottomless go-go dancer in Las Vegas.
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by the Medusa device, revealing his rather impressive physique.
  • Tempting Fate: "It's all right, Janet. Everything's going to be all right".
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Brad proposes to Janet in the form of the song Dammit Janet near the start of the film.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Does one of these when Frank seduces him.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He accidentally cheats on Janet with Frank.

    Janet Weiss
A heroine
A formerly innocent girl who is Brad's fiancee. Though, during her time in the castle, she has sex with both Frank N. Furter and Rocky...the latter prompting pure rage from the former. In the end, she's also confused about what has occurred, but also realizes the benefits of living a sexually active life. Played by:
  • Accidental Misnaming: Brad introduces her to Frank as Janet Vice.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Goes from blonde to brunette in the remake.
  • All There in the Manual: Scans of her police statement in The Criminologist's file say her middle name is Margaret and she's 22 years old.
  • Bad Girl Song: "Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me" has her sing about her libido and attraction to Rocky.
  • Bi the Way: Fantasizes about every character in the movie when having sex with Rocky.
  • Bouquet Toss: Throws one into the audience in The Rocky Horror Show Live while singing Dammit Janet.
  • Break-Up Song: In My Own Way, which she sings to Brad while he's sedated in Dentonvale.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: She realizes in Shock Treatment that being famous doesn't make her happy.
  • Comedic Spanking: Angrily does this to Frank after she kinkily spanks Janet in the remake.
  • Commedia dell'Arte: She and Brad are The Lovers.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: She even states during "Rose Tint My World" that she's happier this way.
    I feel released, bad times deceased - my confidence has increased! Reality is here!
    The game has been disbanded, my mind has been expanded, it's a gas that Frankie's landed!
    His lust is so sincere!
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • When Frank's dragging her off to the lab after the dinner scene, she becomes his captive and Brad and Dr. Scott race to save her.
    • If you play as Brad in the video games, you have to rescue her after Frank has turned her to stone.
  • Evil Makeover: Cosmo gives her one when she becomes famous in Shock Treatment.
  • Fainting: Does it a few times during The Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Janet bandages Rocky's wounds with strips from her own slip. Afterward, they do more than just kiss.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: Taken to a ridiculous extreme when Janet's father sees her after she becomes a TV star in the sequel.
    Janet's father: You're practically naked!
    The Cinema Snob: Um.... except for that black dress that's covering her entire body!
  • Gratuitous French: Sings a lot of French during Me of Me.
  • Groin Attack: She kicks Frank in the balls when he's chasing her during "Planet Schmanet Janet".
  • Girl Next Door: Is actually referred to as this a couple of times in Shock Treatment.
  • Hypocrite: Is furious at Brad for sleeping with Frank... despite her having done the same thing not an hour before.
  • Hysterical Woman: When she cries out "STOP!" during Planet Schmanet Janet.
  • It's All About Me: Her song, "Me of Me" in Shock Treatment.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In her police statement, she describes the castle blasting off as "so much smoke I couldn't really tell whether the house disappeared or whether the producers decided that there wasn't enough money and they'd cover everything with smoke on stage one instead.".
  • Lingerie Scene: Wears only her bra and panties throughout much of the film.
  • Little Black Dress: Gets one during her Evil Makeover, Cosmo even sings a song with this as the title.
  • Modeling Poses: When she's a celebrity, and after given a wardrobe makeover, she ignores her husband while posing for pictures.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: After she sleeps with Rocky upon Frank's discovering them. Justified in that they were surrounded by people at the time.
  • Morning Sickness: Her police statement says she keeps getting sick in the mornings.
  • Not So Above It All: During "I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)", after previously proclaiming that she doesn't like men with too many muscles.note 
    Janet: *singing* I'm a muscle fan!
  • Parental Incest: Revenge of the Old Queen would have ended with Janet living on the planet Transsexual, in a relationship with her and Frank's teenage son.
  • Pink Means Feminine: How she dresses in the first film until Magenta and Columbia strip her and in Shock Treatment until she gets her Little Black Dress. The remake goes with True Blue Femininity.
  • Prompting Nudge: Does this to Brad to make him ask Frank about using the phone.
  • Pinball Protagonist: With Brad; The only thing of note that she or Brad do is get laid and survive the evening. The film is very much about how Brad and Janet are either sexually liberated or corrupted.
  • Rip Tailoring: During Janet and Rocky's impromptu lovemaking sesh, the former uses her dress as a dressing to cover the latter's wounds. She gets a bit carried away, though, and her appearance is noticeably more ragged than before.
  • Screaming Woman: She screams and faints first time she sees Frank, and who could blame her?
  • Seemingly-Wholesome '50s Girl: When Frank comes to seduce her, the assurance that he won't tell Brad is all she needs to gleefully agree. She then goes on to seduce Rocky.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Shock Treatment's "Bitchin' in the Kitchen" has her refer to an alarm clock as a "micro digital awaker" and a leg razor as a "depilatator".
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Both in Rocky Horror and Shock Treatment, the latter with a Little Black Dress.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Decides to cheat on Brad by sleeping with Rocky after discovering Brad slept with Frank. Though, Frank did seduce Janet before going to Brad...
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by the Medusa device while in a rather unflattering pose.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Isn't very nice to Brad in Shock Treatment, going as far as calling him an "emotional cripple".
  • True Blue Femininity: Wears a blue dress in the remake. The costume designer even referred to the color as "victim blue".
  • Vapor Wear: Comes up in Shock Treatment, when Janet's parents are upset by her new outfit.
    Mr. Weiss: She's practically naked in that thing!
    Janet: Well I can't wear anything under it, Daddy, it would spoil the lines.
  • Wacky Cravings: Her police report has her wondering why she keeps craving liquorice allsorts.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: An early draft for a sequel would have had her pregnant with Frank's son but not knowing whether Frank, Brad or Rocky was the father until he was born.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She cheats on Brad with Frank and Rocky.
  • "You!" Exclamation: To Frank when he does his Bed Trick in the play only.

    Dr. Frank N. Furter
A scientist
Frank is a Mad Scientist bent on creating the "perfect man", which he succeeds in doing so by creating Rocky. He's something of the antagonist of the film, causing all sorts of trouble for Brad and Janet. In the end, he's killed by Riff Raff.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Is a Fiery Red Head in the remake.
  • Adaptational Wimp: A minor case with Frank. In the film, he helplessly tries to run away when Riff Raff comes at him with a laser. In the original stage show, however, he stands his ground and even provokes him to do it ("Do your worst, inferior one!").
  • Affably Evil: He murders Eddie and manipulates Brad and Janet into sleeping with him, but he's still quite charming.
  • Agent Peacock: Swishy and a crossdresser, but he's a brilliant and manipulative schemer who seduces anyone he wants.
  • Aliens of London: Has an English accent. He originally had a German accent in the early days of the stage show. For reasons unknown, the idea was quickly dropped.
  • All Take and No Give: Frank's very selfish, as Columbia so blatantly points out. His greatest scientific achievement was simply so he could be lauded as a genius (and for a sex toy he could keep all to himself).
  • And You Were There: Appears as the vicar at the wedding.
  • Anything That Moves: Frank's not picky when it comes to gender...or species for that matter. The original stage show stated that Frank came to Earth to conquer it for the planet Transsexual, but loved having sex with Earthlings so much he just stopped giving a shit.
  • Aside Glance: Often, and always intentional.
    • During "Sweet Transvestite", Frank raises an eyebrow at the camera as he says "Well you got caught with a flat, well, how 'bout that?"
    • When Frank says "How nice!" in the lab.
  • Attention Whore: Oh, so very much. He hates it when people steal the spotlight from him. To the point where even accidentally stealing his spotlight causes him to go into a jealous rage (Poor Eddie).
  • Ax-Crazy: Frank is completely and utterly insane, when he sees Eddie stealing attention away from him, he goes to chop him up. With an axe.
  • Back from the Dead: Was planned to happen in some of the unmade sequels.
  • Bad Boss: Frank is sometimes shown yelling hysterically at his servants when they make mistakes. He is especially mean towards Riff Raff - he even whips him when he finds out he let Rocky escape.
  • Bed Trick: Frank does this to both Brad and Janet, which sends them spiraling into being sex deviants.
  • Belated Backstory: The unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen would have said that he was a prince on his home planet. The first movie gives no mention of this other than that he likes sitting on a throne.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT make Frank jealous. It will be the absolute last thing you'll ever do, it is a very, very, VERY bad idea to make Frank jealous. Just seeing Rocky with Janet was enough to drive Frank into a blind fury and chase Janet around the castle. And then there's Eddie who just busts out of the vault with his motorcycle to sing his song.
  • Between My Legs: In the remake we get a shot of Dr. Scott through Frank's legs.
  • Big Bad: He's the closest there is to a main villain in this story.
  • Big Entrance: His first appearance, during "Sweet Transvestite".
  • Big "NO!": Right before he is killed.
  • Blood Is the New Black: Gets his surgical gown covered in blood after killing Eddie.
  • Blood Magic: The first idea for a sequel would have had Dr. Scott temporarily bringing him back to life using a formula made from Scott's, Brad's and Rocky's blood. He would have got a transfusion of 11 pints of virgin blood to make him live longer but dies again after finding out that one of the donors lied about being a virgin.
  • Bond One-Liner: Delivers one in the remake, after she has knifed Eddie and pushed him off the window to his demise:
    "Fellow Transylvanians... Eddie has left the castle!" *Mic Drop*
  • BSoD Song: Frank gets "I'm Going Home"note  as he faces death by anti-matter at the hands of Riff-Raff. Most of the floor show also seems to count.
  • By the Hair: Gets Brad by the hair to stop him reaching his glasses when Frank surprises him in bed in the remake.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Considering that "Cheshire Cat" is one of Curry's nicknames, take a wild guess who uses this.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He'll sleep with (almost) anyone. But, if he sees ANYONE with his beloved Rocky, he'll unleash his jealousy-induced rage upon you. Janet had to find this out the hard way.
  • Creating Life Is Unforeseen: Doesn't elaborate, but claims it was an accident that made everything fall into place when creating Rocky.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: He wears nylons and lingerie while flirting with Brad and Janet.
  • Death Song: "I'm Going Home", sang as a last-ditch effort to gain sympathy before he's killed.
  • Dr. Fakenstein: He's a thinly-veiled parody of Victor Frankenstein, being a Mad Scientist who lives in a creepy old castle and is obsessed with creating life in his image.
  • The Eleven O'Clock Number: I'm Going Home, he sings about how well-meaning and misunderstood he is.
  • Evil Brit: Although Frank isn't even from Earth, let alone English, his accent certainly draws on the connotations of this trope. Curry based it on upper-class English girls he knew.
  • Evil Laugh: Does one when Rocky is being born.
  • Evil Red Head: Has dyed red hair in the remake.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Does an Aside Glance with a raised eyebrow when Brad asks to use the phone.
  • Fiery Redhead: In the remake.
  • Gender Flip: Played by Laverne Cox in the remake.
  • Glove Snap: Twice: "I snap my glove and scare myself!" and "I snap my glove and don't scare myself!"
  • Gratuitous French: Kisses Janet's hand and says "Enchantez" when she introduces herself.
  • Hand Gagging: Does this to Brad in the play so he won't scream while they're having sex.
  • The Hedonist: Is a strong believer in "absolute pleasure".
  • "The Hero Sucks" Song: "Planet, Schmanet, Janet" mostly consists of him lambasting Janet.
  • Herr Doctor: He had a German accent in the early days of the stage show.
  • Horny Scientist: He creates a Frankenstein's Monster and has sex with it, though he is better at bedding Anything That Moves than most examples of this trope.
  • Human Aliens: He comes from another planet but looks like an ordinary human.
  • Hypocrite: As a hedonist, he's all for people being faithless in relationships and sleeping with whoever.....unless Rocky does it. If Rocky does it, all hell breaks loose.
  • "I Am" Song: "Sweet Transvestite". Frank's describing himself as a sweet transvestite, yet he's also asking (or demanding because he never gave them the option) Brad and Janet to "stay for the night."
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "Sweet Transvestite" note .
  • I Can Explain: Frank says this right before singing his final song. Too bad Riff Raff and Magenta aren't convinced of his story. They shoot him anyway.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Kisses Janet's when she first introduces herself.
  • It's All About Me: It becomes extremely clear Frank is an attention whore who only cares about people if they A) pay attention to him, or B) are of some use to him. And even then... in the musical, when Columbia takes the first anti-matter shot for Frank...
    Frank-n-Furter: You did that for me...?
    [Columbia nods yes.]
    Frank-n-Furter: Stupid bitch.note 
  • Kinky Spanking: Does this to both Brad and Janet while bedding them in the remake.
  • Knife Nut: In the remake, towards the end of "Hot Patootie", she grabs a knife and slashes Eddie before stabbing him and pushing him off the window to his death.
  • Large Ham: Oh yeah. Even his entrance is a big giveaway, and how much more when he performs?
  • Looks Like Cesare: With his pale skin and dark hair.
  • Mad Scientist Frank, in the style of Dr. Frankenstein. Creating life, big castle, etc etc etc. He's not exactly mentally stable.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Frank's an expert at convincing people to sleep with him by playing with their emotions.
  • Mic Drop: Does this in the remake after pushing Eddie out of a window and stating "Fellow Transylvanians... Eddie has left the castle.".
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Frank is his first name and Furter is his last name. His middle initial is "N" and it's never revealed what it stands for.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Frank's appearance is very reminiscent of rock star Lou Reed in the early seventies, when he associated with Glam Rock stars such as David Bowie and adopted a sexually ambiguous, raunchy image. Just compare Frank to this photo of Reed. And this one. (Frank's singing and other mannerisms aren't very Reed-like, though.)
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: The only science we see him do is creating a Frankenstein's Monster but Scott implies that Frank perfected the teleportation/time travel that can beam people to the planet Transsexual.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: He’s a male alien who wears women’s lingerie and sleeps with Anything That Moves.
  • Parental Incest: "I'm a Mother, (A Real Mother)" from Revenge of the Old Queen implies that he was in a sexual relationship with his mother and that she expected him to come back to her after he was done sowing his oats on Earth.
  • Pep-Talk Song: "I Can Make You a Man" is sort of one, but it's more Frank boasting about his own skills than trying to encourage Rocky.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Word of God says he just partied and had sex while Riff Raff did all the science work on Rocky.
  • Precision F-Strike: "A mental mindfuck can be nice!"
  • Puny Earthlings: Frank views himself as superior to human beings.
  • Punny Name: Frank N. Furter, a play on Frankfurter and Frankenstein.
  • Race Lift: Black in the remake.
  • Really Gets Around: By the time all is said and done, Frank has slept with over half of the main characters.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Dresses in these colors in the remake. Word of God confirms it's a deliberate example of Good Colors, Evil Colors.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: He hallucinates an audience appearing during "I'm Going Home".
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In the remake, when Riff Raff shoots her, she makes a pained woman's scream. It also helps that she is played by a trans woman.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: He's used to getting whatever he wants because of his good looks.
  • Slasher Smile: Does this when he hacks Eddie to pieces with a pick-axe.
  • Slouch of Villainy: During the third verse of "Sweet Transvestite". It's also found on the 25th-anniversary poster.
  • Splash of Color: An early script started in black and white, the first thing we'd see in colour would be Frank's lips.
  • Tablecloth Yank: Does this after the song "Eddie" to reveal Eddie's unfortunate fate.
  • Taken for Granite: Turns Brad, Janet, Columbia, Dr. Scott and Rocky to statues.
  • Take That!: Steve Reeves movies are "something more visual, but not too abysmal".
  • Technologically Advanced Foe: Has technology that can paralyse you, turn you into a statue or teleport you to another planet.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: During his final musical number, he hallucinates a fully-packed theater audience.
  • Too Funny to Be Evil: Part of the reason why he's so popular with the fans. He's crazy, but he's also just so charming.
  • Truly Single Parent: Sort of. In a sense, he could be considered both Rocky's mother and father...which only adds to the Squick factor of their relationship.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In the play when Columbia takes the bullet for him, he'll sometimes call her a stupid bitch.
  • Up to Eleven: Riff declares Frank's lifestyle "too extreme", suggesting that he's a bit of a weirdo even by Transylvanian standards, where incest and open promiscuity are apparently common.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: If you count Laverne Cox's Frank as a villainess and Bradnote  as a hero in the remake.
  • Villainous Lament: His final moments are a desperate attempt to get people to feel sorry for him right before Riff Raff zaps him.
  • Villain Song: Sweet Transvestite and Wise Up, Janet Weiss/Planet, Schmanet, Janet.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Frank tries to desperately to get Riff Raff and Magenta to take pity on him in the ending. It doesn't work, and Riff Raff kills him.
  • Voice Changeling: Can mimic Brad and Janet's voices when doing his Bed Trick.
  • Wanderlust Song: The first couple lines of "I'm Going Home" imply it will be this,note  but the rest of the song inverts this.
  • Welcoming Song: He welcomes Brad and Janet to stay for the night during "Sweet Transvestite" but mostly just creeps them out.
  • Whip It Good: Whips Riff Raff after he lets Rocky escape. According to the commentary, Curry actually did whip O'Brien during this scene.
  • Widow's Weeds: Dress completely in black during the funeral at the start of the remake with a veil covering her face.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Janet at the end of the dinner scene.

    Riff Raff
A handyman
Frank's personal butler, Riff Raff is a shady character who seems to be up to something throughout the film. In the end, he kills Frank, Rocky, and Columbia before he and his sister Magenta return to their home planet of Transsexual, Transylvania. Played by:
  • Richard O'Brien, who wrote the stageshow (and co-wrote the film)
  • Reeve Carney in Let's Do the Time Warp Again

  • Adaptational Dye Job: In the remake, Riff Raff's hair is gray instead of blonde.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the video games, he tries to kill Brad and Janet with his Ray Gun.
  • Alliterative Name: Riff Raff.
  • American Gothic Couple: He and Magenta pose as the couple in front of the arched church doors during the song "Dammit Janet", after the wedding at the start. At the end, when they reveal their alien identities, the pitchfork has been replaced with a trident-shaped raygun.
  • And You Were There: Was one of the workers in the church at the start.
  • Antimatter: His Ray Gun fires a laser! Made of pure antimatter!note 
  • Battle Butler: Is proficient with a Ray Gun and he's referred to as "General Riff Raff" in Revenge of the Old Queen, implying he's a soldier on his home planet.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Frank treats him like shit, he even whips him.
  • Berserk Button: Making Riff Raff jealous is even worse than making Frank jealous, and that's putting it very mildly. The main reason why Riff Raff killed Frank was purely out of jealousy.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Drops one of these on Magenta when they're BOTH in the middle of a laughing fit after Eddie's corpse is revealed under the table.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Riff Raff shares a rather, erm, close bond with his sister Magenta.
  • Cue Card: Riff Raff reads from cue cards that Magenta holds during the scene where he addresses to Dr. Frank N. Furter that Rocky has escaped in the remake.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As some sort of defense mechanism for having his work stolen by Frank-n-Furter.
  • Death Ray: Has an anti-matter gun at the end which he uses to kill Frank and Rocky.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He eventually kills Frank for the abuse he suffered from him.
  • Dull Surprise: His face during when doing the "Janet" responses in Dammit Janet.
  • Evil Laugh: Does one in the play when Brad and Janet say he's too kind for inviting them into the castle.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Both his singing and speaking voices have a notable rasp.
  • Freudian Slip: In the play he refers to Rocky as "a credit to my, uh, your [Frank's] genius". The audio commentary confirms that Riff did most of the work.
  • Future Spandex: He and Magenta wear these in the remake when they come out to shoot Frank.
  • Give My Regards in the Next World: Riff Raff tells Dr. Frank N. Furter before he kills him, "Say goodbye to all of thisnote ...and hellonote  to oblivion.note "
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: To Frank when he confronts him at the end.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal:
    Magenta: You killed them! But I thought you liked them. They liked you.
    Riff Raff: They didn't like me! They NEVER liked me!!
  • Human Aliens: He comes from the planet Transexual and looks like a normal human being.
  • The Igor: He is Frank's lab assistant, though Word of God says he did most of the work on Rocky.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Kisses the hand of the skeleton in the clock in the remake.
  • I Love the Dead: The script for the unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen starts and ends with him about to climb into Magenta's coffin.
  • Incest Subtext: Riff Raff and Magenta give a strong impression of this.note 
  • Instrument of Murder: In the remake, his Ray Gun is also an electric guitar.
  • Karma Houdini: Doesn't get punished for killing Frank. Although that might be because Frank had it coming. Possibly justified; A draft script for an unmade sequel says that he never told anyone on Transexual that he killed him and starts with Riff being sent back to Earth in order to bring Frank home.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Was partly patterned after Orlok - dark overcoat, balding, thin features and a hunchback. Richard O'Brien would later play the creepy Orlok-alike Mister Hand in Dark City.
  • Multicolored Hair: Reeve Carney has brown hair with streaks of blond through it.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Has a hump through most of the movie that's gone by the end.
  • The Peeping Tom: He and Magenta watch Frank seduce Janet, then Brad.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "THEY DIDN'T LIKE MEEE! They never liked me."
  • Servile Snarker: Riff Raff can barely conceal his contempt for his boss, even as doing his job.
  • Starfish Aliens: In the 2008 European live tour of the play had this as a twist ending. Riff Raff and Magenta reappear toward the end as twelve-foot-tall monstrosities with human upper bodies mounted on long robes concealing God-only-knew what, thus making their (and Frank's) human appearances throughout the rest of the show nothing more than A Form You Are Comfortable With.
  • The Starscream: He eventually turns on Frank.
  • Zeerust: The beam of pure antimatter is a deliberate send-up of the fifties.

A domestic
Riff Raff's sister, and also Frank's maid. In the end, her brother kills Frank, Rocky, and Columbia before they head back to their home planet of Transsexual, Transylvania. Played by:Patricia Quinn in the original
  • Christina Milian in Let's Do the Time Warp Again

  • Dull Surprise: Her face during Dammit Janet.
  • Enigmatic Minion: It's never made clear if she hates Frank as much as her brother does. She seems to be on Riff's side but is shocked when he kills Frank and Rocky saying that she thought he liked them.
  • Evil Laugh: Laughs like this at Janet during Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me.
  • Evil Redhead: She's a villain with ginger haor.
  • Future Spandex: She and Riff Raff wear these in the remake when they come out to shoot Frank.
  • Fake Nationality: Quinn gave her a German accent because she thought the characters were actually from Transylvania.
  • French Maid: She dresses in a French maid's uniform.
  • Going Commando: In the dinner scene, she wears a see-through dress that makes it apparent that she is not wearing undergarments.
  • Karma Houdini: Like Riff Raff, she seems to get away with it at the end.
  • Human Aliens: She's from the Transylvania galaxy and looks just like a human would.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Has one in The Rocky Horror Show Live at the end of "Planet Schmanet Janet".
  • Incoming Ham: "You're lucky, he's lucky, I'm lucky, WE'RE ALL LUCKY!!!"note 
  • Incest Subtext: She and Riff Raff are... very close...
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: She wears heart-shaped sunglasses when she and Riff Raff confront Frank in The Rocky Horror Show Live.
  • Meaningful Look: To Riff Raff when Frank refers to him as a "Faithful handyman".
  • The Peeping Tom: Was with Riff Raff and Columbia watching Frank have sex with both Janet and Brad.
  • Race Lift: She's played by the black Christina Milian in the remake.
  • Skunk Stripe: Has a white one going down the side of her beehive hairdo.
  • Starfish Alien: In the 2008 European Live tour, same as Riff Raff; Riff and Magenta reappear toward the end as twelve-foot-tall monstrosities with human upper bodies mounted on long robes concealing God-only-knew what, thus making their (and Frank's) human appearances throughout the rest of the show nothing more than A Form You Are Comfortable With.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The unmade sequel, Revenge of the Old Queen would have said that Riff Raff killed Magenta out of jealousy at some point between the two movies.
  • Taken for Granite: She absolutely revels in turning people to stone, including her supposed friend Columbia.
  • Vampire Vords: Talks like this at times, "I grow veary of this Vorld!".

    Rocky Horror
A creation
Frank's beloved creation, Rocky is supposed to be the "perfect man". However, things don't go well when Janet seduces him causing Frank to go into a jealous rage. In the end, he's killed by Riff Raff while mourning the loss of Frank and trying to escape. Played by:
  • Peter Hinwood in the original
  • Staz Nair in Let's Do the Time Warp Again

  • Adaptational Badass: In the play, he is killed by one blast from Riff Raff's Death Ray. In the film, the rays just bounce off him but he eventually dies when the RKO tower falls into the swimming pool. An unmade sequel would have took this further by saying he was only put into a coma. The remake has him being killed in one hit again.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: In the play, despite being freshly created, he can talk just like a regular person. In the film, with the exception of the song he sings upon his birth, Rocky is only able to make grunts.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Rocky wears sheer boxer shorts for most of the movie rather than the speedo from the theatrical version.
  • Angry Fist-Shake: At Riff Raff when Riff shoots at Rocky as he's carrying Frank's body up the RKO tower.
  • Artificial Human: Created from scratch by Frank.
  • Belly Buttonless: An indication that he's artificial. Subverted in the Remake.
  • Bi the Way: Sleeps with Frank and Janet.
  • Blank Slate: In the 1975 film, he never says anything and doesn't really do much.
  • Born as an Adult: He's a fully grown adult when brought to life and even states in "Rose Tint My World" that he's just seven hours old.
  • Brainless Beauty: He’s gorgeous, but not very bright. In his defense, he literally only has half a brain (and one belonging to a “low-down, cheap little punk” at that,) and he Really Was Born Yesterday.
  • Chandelier Swing: Rocky hangs into the one above his tank as it retracts back to the ceiling.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In the original play - he's eccentric, but it's implied it's stemming from the fact he's a grown adult/sex toy for a crazed megalomaniac, according to his dialogue with Janet.
  • Convenient Coma: Rocky Horror Shows His Heels would have had him waking up from one.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Columbia's assessment of Rocky? "He's okay!" Frank is not amused.
  • Dumb Blonde: Rocky, thanks to only having half a brain. He can't even speak properly in the film. In the musical, he's more aware of it, but unfortunately can't do much about his situation.
  • Elective Mute: In the film, he seems to be able to sing but not talk.
  • Escaped from the Lab: Briefly when Riff Raff scares him with a candelabra, but he comes back pretty soon, chased in by dogs.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: A rare fit and attractive example of this trope.
  • Genre Savvy: Within moments of being brought to life, Rocky is already singing about how he suspects his story will end. He's right.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's the only character (besides Columbia and the Criminologist) that really doesn't do anything wrong. He's basically jerked around (and off) by everyone else and for the most part has no idea what's going on.
  • He's Just Hiding!: There were plans for a sequel where he was revealed to be in a Convenient Coma rather than dead, but it was rewritten into Shock Treatment where this never happened.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Eats using his hands. Well, it’s not like anyone taught him proper dining etiquette during his first few hours of life anyway...
  • "King Kong" Climb: Rocky carries Frank up the RKO tower as a nod to the Trope Namer.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Brings him to life in the remake.
  • Made of Iron: It takes several shots from Riff Raff's antimatter gun to kill him.
  • Multicolored Hair: In the remake, he's blond on top but brown below it.
  • Mummy: How he's originally dressed when he's born until Magenta and Columbia cut him out of his bandages.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Peter Hinwood couldn't sing, so his singing voice was dubbed by Australian singer, Trevor White.
  • Only Mostly Dead: An early idea for a sequel would have had him waking up nine months after the first film.
  • Really Gets Around: He sleeps around quite a bit. To be fair, though, it's not like anyone gives him much of a choice.
  • Really Was Born Yesterday: "I'm just seven hours old..."
  • Screaming Birth: Is born screaming in the play.
  • Shooting Superman: The first few times Riff Raff shoots him with his Ray Gun, they just bounce off him, irritating him. But Riff manages to kill him after a few hits.
  • Sword of Damocles: It's the name of the song he sings after being born.
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by the Medusa device while showing off his muscles for no apparent reason.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: Rocky tears into his dinner with his hands, prompting Columbia to remind him to use a fork. This is likely his first ever meal.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Rocks back and forth in this position in his freezer after singing The Sword of Damocles in the remake.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Pantsless, too: all he wears is gold briefs.
  • Zombie Gait: Walks with a Frankenstein's Monster type shuffle in the remake.

A groupie
A groupie who is both Frank's and Eddie's ex-girlfriend. She starts off as being extremely loyal to Frank. Though, she quickly realizes that he's simply using her and turns on him. In the end, she's killed by Riff Raff. Played by:
  • Accidental Pervert: Columbia is supposed to come across this way. Emphasis on supposed - most plays and the film just turn her into an outright pervert, with the film's actress deliberately sexing her up and purposefully putting in nipple slips when she could.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Columbia sports pink hair instead of the traditional red in the remake.
  • Adaptational Modesty: In the remake, Columbia is fully clothed for her "Rose Tint My World" number because Annaleigh Ashford was pregnant at the time.
  • All Take and No Give: Columbia's relationship with Frank pretty much falls under this. She even points out how selfish he is.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's not clear if she is an Earthling or a Transylvanian, and if it's the former, she doesn't seem to mind that Frank and the servants are aliens.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Has a Yiddish accent in the remake.
  • And You Were There: Was one of the workers in the church at the start.
  • Attention-Deficit Disciple: Usually dances along when other characters are singing.
  • Audience Participation: In-universe, she yells abuse and asks questions to the screen while she's watching Janet seduce Rocky.
  • Big "NO!": When she leaves the dining room after finding out that they ate Eddie. Toward the end of the remake, she also does this in her attempt to get Frank to run away before Riff Raff makes her his first casualty.
  • Bi the Way: Hopelessly devoted to Frank and also loves Eddie, but has an, erm, encounter with Magenta while they watch Janet seduce Rocky on hidden camera.
  • Fangirl: Columbia, for Frank, then for Eddie, then for Frank again...
  • Fiery Redhead: For the most part averted, but in her "Reason You Suck" speech to Frank, she shows she does have it in her.
  • Hysterical Woman: Overlapping with Screaming Woman after she finds out they had Eddie for dinner.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: She kisses Eddie's near the start of Hot Patootie.
  • Mad Love:
    • Columbia is hopelessly devoted to Frank despite the fact that he considers her to be nothing more than his "groupie".
    • Of course, this is later subverted when Columbia (after witnessing Frank brutally murder Eddie, another man she loved deeply) realizes that Frank doesn't love her back at all and berates him for being such a heartless jerk.
  • Meaningful Name: Named for Columbia Pictures.
  • Nice Hat: Very nice, as part of her gold-sequined ensemble.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Happens with Columbia during a few scenes. When she's in pajamas, during the scene where she confronts Frank, she has a hole in her top and one nipple makes a covertnote  appearance. During the "Rose Tint My World" and "Don't Dream It, Be It" scenes, when she's wearing a corset, her nipples are intermittently visible above the bodice. O'Brien and Quinn discuss it on the commentary as a form of exhibitionism on the actress' part. (When not allowed to do it in Shock Treatment, Little Nell decided Panty Shots were a good substitution.)
  • Oral Fixation: Sucks on lollipops through most of the remake, leaving her tongue blue.
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by the Medusa device, revealing that one of her breasts is significantly larger than the other.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the play she jumps in front of the laser blast that Riff Raff shoots at Frank.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: In the play, when Riff Raff sprays her with the transducer, she asks him to spray her again, then dances around caterwauling for over a minute.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Near the end of the floorshow, Columbia's breasts slip out of her top. Little Nell did this on purpose and you can play a drinking game out of how many times she gets her nips on screen.

    Dr. Everett Scott
A rival scientist
Brad's former science teacher and close friend. He ends up at the castle while looking for his nephew, Eddie. Played by:
  • Jonathan Adams in the original
  • Ben Vereen in Let's Do the Time Warp Again
He also appears in an early draft of Shock Treatment called The Brad and Janet Show but due to Adams not wanting to reprise the role, the finished film has the Suspiciously Similar Substitute Bert Schnick.
  • Accent Adaptation: In the play, he speaks in an American accent because he's a German pretending to be American, but in the film, Director Jim Sharman insisted that he speak only in a German accent. O'Brien was furious about this.
  • Banana Peel: Claims in his police report that slipping on one of these is the reason that he's in a wheelchair.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Dr. Strangelove. They're both wheelchair-bound, former Nazi scientists working for the American government.
  • Cool Teacher: He got Brad and Janet together and they stayed friendly after they finished high school.
  • Evil Cripple: In The Brad And Janet Show script, he's a villain helping Farley steal Janet from Brad.
  • Expositing the Masquerade:
    Dr. Scott: This sonic transducer... it is, I suppose, some kind of audio-vibratory-physio-molecular transport device?
    Brad: You mean...?!note 
    Dr. Scott: Yes, Brad, it's something we ourselves have been working on for quite some time.note  But it seems our friend here has found a means of perfecting it.note  A device which is capable of breaking down solid matternote  and projecting it note  through space... note  and who knows, perhaps even time note  itself!note 
  • Funny Foreigner: Pronounces things wrong in a German accent.
  • Genius Cripple: He's a scientist in a wheelchair.
  • Given Name Reveal:
    Frank: Dr. Scott—or should I say, Dr. von Scott!
  • Gratuitous German: In the film, he says "und" instead of "and".
  • Herr Doctor: Dr. Scott.
    "Go on, Dr. Scott. Or, should I say, Dr. Von Scott!"note 
  • Historical In-Joke: Check out "Operation Paperclip" on Wikipedia. note 
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Sings this along with Brad— while they're both paralysed, so he can't stop Frank anyway.
  • I Can't Feel My Legs: After Frank paralyses them all, Dr Scott complains that he can't move his wheels.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • Does this in the dining room scene when he says:
    I knew he was in with a bad crowd, but it is even worse than I imagined! note 
    • In the remake, Brad gives a confused look into the camera as if he's trying to work out who Scott's talking to.
  • The Men in Black: Doesn't dress like this trope but works for "the bureau of investigation of that which you call UFO's!!!". The text below his photograph in The Criminologist's file calls it "THE OFFICIAL ORGAN. OF UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS INTERNATIONAL.".
  • Named After Someone Famous: His police statement gives his middle name as "Zanuck" after film producer Darryl F. Zanuck.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: He's implied to be one by Frank.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Ben Vereen.
    • Though this might be deliberate as Richard O'Brien prefers Dr Scott to speak in an American accent because he's pretending to be American. It was Jim Sharman who insisted that he have a german accent in the first movie.
  • Obfuscating Disability:
    • He's able to move his legs during the floorshow, but oddly seems unable to stand up.
    • In the shooting script, he gets up and starts walking after his wheelchair is destroyed by the castle blasting off.
    • The Brad and Janet Show was going to reveal that Scott was faking his disability. Adams didn't want to reprise his role for The Brad and Janet Show, so what it eventually became replaced him with a similar character who's pretending to be blind.
  • Organ Autonomy: Some versions of the play have his arm doing Nazi salutes against his will as a nod to Dr. Strangelove.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He's a German, pretending to be American, that talks in a German accent.
  • The Peeping Tom: In an early draft of Shock Treatment, he gets hit in the face with a door when trying to watch Janet shower through a keyhole.
  • Race Lift: Played by the black Ben Vereen in the remake.
  • Sanity Slippage: Dr. Scott feels that's what is happening to him in "Don't Dream It, Be It":
    Ach!note  We've got to getnote  out of this trap
    Before this decadence saps our wills.
    I've got to be strong, and try to hang on
    Or else my mind may well snapnote 
    And my life will be livednote  for the thrills.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the original play (and some subsequent versions), after Riff announces the castle is about to blast off into space, Dr. Scott immediately wheels out, leaving Brad and Janet behind. In the movie though, they all leave together.
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Seems to be on Brad and Janet's side in the first film but in The Brad and Janet Show, he falsely commits Brad to a mental institution and helps Farley try to steal Janet.
  • Stuka Scream:
    • When the electromagnet has him rolling down the ramp, a sound effect that's a bit like an air plane about to crash is played.
    • We hear the same effect again later on when the RKO tower falls into the swimming pool.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: The unmade sequel Rocky Horror Shows His Heels, would have said that the events of the first film turned him and Brad gay.
  • Taken for Granite: Gets turned to stone by the Medusa device along with his wheelchair, oddly enough.
  • Technology Marches On: The only thing that sets the remake in modern day is the fact that his wheelchair is motorised.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Frank implies that he was a Nazi and he now works for a government agency investigating UFOs.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: As mentioned above, the shooting script would have him get up and start walking when his wheelchair was damaged and The Brad and Janet Show would have had him get up and walk during the song "Shock Treatment", pretending the shock treatment had cured him.
  • The Von Trope Family: "Or should I say, Dr. von Scott!"
  • Wheelchair Antics:
    • Played with, somehow, in the Floor Show part: Dr. Scott is de-Medusa'd to find that he can move his legs, but whilst wearing fishnet stockings. He then joins the ongoing chorus line, but instead of getting out of the wheelchair, he just flails his legs around helplessly.
    • The Brad And Janet Show would have had him being dragged along by a rope attached to a car.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?:
    • Was implied to be a Nazi scientist before becoming a science teacher and then joining a government bureau that investigates what we call U.F.O.s.
    • The Brad and Janet Show started with him managing a TV station and ended with him directing a mental institution.

An ex-delivery boy
A former delivery boy who was Columbia's ex-boyfriend (in the stage show he was also Frank's). Half of his brain was used to create Rocky. After escaping from the freezer (and singing a song), Eddie is promptly killed by Frank. One of the earliest roles for Meat Loaf. Played by Adam Lambert in Let's Do the Time Warp Again.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the video games, he tries to run Brad and Janet down with his motorcycle.
  • Badass Biker: He rides on a motorcycle.
  • Bi the Way: Likes Columbia, but was implied to be with Frank at one stage.
  • Bloodless Carnage: In the remake Frank stabs him but we never see any blood.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He presents himself as a macho punk, but he doesn’t even try to put up a fight when Frank butchers him.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: His corpse when it's revealed inside the table in the remake.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: He sent Dr. Scott a letter for help written in blood.
  • Crowd Surfing: Does it with the Transylvanians while singing "Hot Patootie" in the remake.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Downplayed; Eddie and his mom argued all the time, but it’s heavily implied that he never got over her death and that he turned to hedonism to fill the void.
  • Greaser Delinquents: Let's see... leather jacket? Check. Ducktail haircut with long sideburns? Check. Rides a motorcycle? Check. Loves rock n roll? To be expected from Meat Loaf. Carries a switchblade? Check. Has zero regard for authority? All present and correct.
  • Handicapped Badass: Is able to ride a motorbike while singing with half his brain missing.
  • Harmless Freezing: He comes out of a freezer and starts riding a motorcycle while singing. The next time he goes in Frank kills him.
  • The Hedonist: He lives a life of rock n roll, porn, motorbikes, and drugs. Then he got involved with Dr. Furter...
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He wears a leather jacket.
  • Hotblooded Sideburns: He has sideburns and is quite ecstatic.
  • Hot Potato: The characters do this with a bag of his remains in the play.
  • Identical Grandson:
    • In the stage plays, Eddie and Dr. Scott (nephew and uncle) are played by the same actor.
    • A photograph of his mother is seen in the film and she's also played by Meat Loaf/Lambert.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The musical number "Eddie’s Teddy" happens sort of randomly to establish that he was a low-down cheap little punk.note 
  • Killed Offscreen: In the play, Frank chases him backstage and comes back covered in blood. In the film, we see Frank swinging an axe from Eddie's point of view.
  • Knife Nut: He likes to threaten people’s lives with his switchblade knife.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: Eddie has the same "Love/Hate" tattoos as Preacher Powell.
  • Minor Character, Major Song: "Hot Patootie" is one of the more catchy songs, but Eddie is only alive in the film for the song's duration.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Bursts out of the freezer, gives one of the best songs in the show/film, dies immediately.
  • Only One Name: In the play, Scott says that Eddie is his sister's son, meaning that unless Eddie has his mother's surname then we don't know what it is.
  • Putting on the Reich: Wears a German World War II style helmet and an Iron Cross ring. Has an Iron Cross tattoo in the 40th anniversary play.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Starts his note to Doctor Scott with "I'M OUT OF MY HED. O HURRY...".
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: In the video games, you can stop him charging at the player by holding up a speeding ticket.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: He wears a sleeveless leather jacket to complete his “tough guy” image. Didn’t do him much good when Frank chopped him up.
  • Sound-Only Death: We don't see what happens to him, but we sure do hear his screams and Frank's pick-axe hacking him to pieces.
  • Super Window Jump: In the remake, he enters the castle by riding his motorcycle in through a window.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Dr. Scott first suspected that something was wrong with his nephew when a young Eddie said he didn’t like his childhood teddy bear.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In the shooting script when The Criminologist calls him "a low down cheap little punk", he turns to a newspaper clipping in his book that says "Thug bashes woman".

    The Criminologist
An expert
Mr. Exposition. Played by:
  • Charles Gray note  in the original
  • Tim Curry in Let's Do the Time Warp Again

  • All-Knowing Singing Narrator: He's the one from whom we hear the details of the play and movie, though he doesn't actually sing, per se (the most he does is intone to the beat of whatever song's playing). Tim Curry's version actually sings at one point in the remake.
  • Butt-Monkey: Thanks to Original Cast Precedent, should you be portraying the Criminologist, get ready for a load of neck-related jokes, from "THAT MAN HAS NO NECK!" to your every line being greeted with "WHERE'S YOUR FUCKING NECK?"
  • Canon Foreigner: The play had a more generic narrator who had nothing to do with the story. The movie makes him a criminologist investigating the events afterwards.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Christopher Lee plays him in The Rocky Interactive Horror Show Game.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Due to Curry's stroke, the remake gives him an assistant to turn pages and do his dance moves.
    • The Rocky Horror Show Live simulcast had the narrator role split between Emma Bunton, Ade Edmondson, Mel Giedroyc, Anthony Head and O'Brien himself.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: A recent Broadway revival had Dick Cavett as the Narrator, and would sometimes interrupt the show to discuss some of the audience riffs, such as the "describe your balls!" directed at him. In this case, Cavett was hilarious.
  • Dramatic Pause: Very fond of these... which gives the audience plenty of opportunities to mock him.
  • Fictional Document: ''The Denton Affair", a file he uses to show pictures of the characters, their police statements and various artwork.
  • Full-Name Basis: It's notable that when he talks to Rocky during "The Sword of Damocles", it's the only time anybody ever refers to him as "Rocky Horror". The verse in question is cut from the film version of the song, making the end credits the only thing to refer to Rocky by his full name.
  • Gratuitous French: Says "However informal it might appear, you can be sure that there was to be very little.. bonhommie." note  before the dinner scene.
  • Horror Host: He narrates the film in this style from his office.
  • Humans Are Insects: Refers to us as insects during his closing narration.
  • Interactive Narrator: Joins in with a lot of the songs, even though in the movie he seems to be narrating from some point after the other events are over.
  • Lemony Narrator: He explains the dance steps for "The Time Warp". "It's just a jump to the left—" The viewer could easily get the feeling the Criminologist wishes he were physically present for the insanity he's narrating.
  • Magical Security Cam:
    • Has black and white photographs of earlier scenes in the film. Some could be explained as pictures the wedding photographer took but it's unlikely he followed our heroes all the way through "Dammit Janet".
    • In the remake, he has photographs of Brad and Janet during "The Time Warp" in Frank's castle.
  • Mr. Exposition: Without him, it would be hard for the audience to understand what's going on.
  • Named by the Adaptation: If you can call Criminologist a name.
  • Narrator: Listed as this in the original play.
  • No-Neck Chump: His lack of a neck is pointed out several times during the audience participation.note 
  • Pet the Dog: In the play he sings part of Sword of Damocles where he reassures Rocky. It's the only time he directly speaks to another character.
  • Remake Cameo: He's played by Tim Curry in the remake.
  • Straw Nihilist: "And crawling on the planet's face, some insectsnote  called the human race,note  lost in time, and note  lost in space, and note  meaning."
  • A Storm Is Coming: The Criminologist invokes the trope directly: "It's true, there were dark storm clouds - heavy, black, and pendulous - towards which they were driving...".
  • V-Sign: Curry does a peace sign the first time he appears on screen.
  • Written-In Infirmity: In the remake, the Criminologist remains in his chair the entire time, as Tim Curry was rendered paraplegic by a stroke a few years earlier (his limited facial movement is also quite visible).

    The Transylvanians
Party-goers from the planet Transexual who've come to Frank's Castle to see Rocky being unveiled.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: They were meant to invoke a freak show in the original film, but are all young and good looking in the remake.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Are called Phantoms rather than Transylvanians in the play.
  • Aliens Among Us: The shooting script says that they are Transylvanian secret agents assembled from all over the world.
  • And You Were There: They're played by most of the same actors as the wedding guests, though the shooting script refers to them as different characters rather than being Frank and co. in disguise like the cleaners in the church.
  • Camera Fiend: A couple of them take snap shots of Rocky in the remake.
  • Canon Foreigner: Their counterparts in the play are called phantoms and don't take part in the story in any way. The movie has them as Frank's party guests.
  • Evil Laugh: In the play they do a lot of cackling during Over At The Frankenstein Place and back up Riff's laugh when he lets Brad and Janet into the castle.
  • Fan Convention: A banner saying "ANNUAL TRANSYLVANIA CONVENTION" is hanging in the ballroom when they dance the Time Warp. Frank even calls them unconventional conventionists at one point.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In the play, Phantoms tend to harass audience members when they're not needed on stage.
  • Glasses Pull:
    • One of them removes her glasses and replaces them with opera glasses during Brad's The Glasses Come Off moment.
    • Most of the ones that Rocky approaches during "The Sword of Damocles" do it.
  • High-Class Glass: One of the party guests prominently features a monocle.
  • Hot Scientist: Dress like this in the lab scenes in The Rocky Horror Show Live.
  • Human Aliens: They are from planet Transylvania and look just like humans.
  • Little People Are Surreal: One of them is played by Sadie Corré.
  • Named After Their Planet: Actually named after the galaxy they come from.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: They wear these in some versions of the play during Sword Of Damocles.
  • No Name Given: None of them are given any names.
  • Quirky Girl, Quirky Tux: A few of the women wear weird tuxedos.
  • Studio Audience: Word of God says they’re supposed to invoke this in Frank’s lab. The raised area they stand in is opposite from the stage like area where Frank delivers his speech.
  • Sunglasses at Night: They wear them inside, it can be considered Fridge Brilliance because the planet Transexual is implied to have no sun so they're probably not used to the light.

    The Usherette
An Usherette who introduces the play by singing Science Fiction-Double Feature. Playwise, she's usually played by the same actress who plays Magenta but in the remake she's played by Ivy Levan.
  • Adapted Out:
    • The film replaced her with Patricia Quinn's lips and Richard O'Brien's voice singing the opening song.
    • The comic book omits the lips singing "Science Fiction Double Feature" and its dark reprise.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Sings that she "really got hot, when I saw Janette Scott fight a triffid that spits poison and kills".note 
  • Book-Ends: The play ends starts and ends with her singing "Science Fiction-Double Feature".
  • Dark Reprise: Her melancholy reprise of "Science Fiction-Double Feature" at the end.
  • Decomposite Character: The film replaces her with a pair of lipsnote  but the remake has her singing at the start and two pairs of lipsnote  singing the Dark Reprise at the end.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Usually just called The Usherette but some productions have called her Miss Strawberry Time or Trixie. The show's run in the Belasco Theatre called her The Belasco Popcorn Girl.
  • Gender Flip: O'Brien played her role for one week in 2007 at the New Wimbledon Theatre.
  • Greek Chorus: Is meant to be a worker in the theatre/cinema you're watching it in and doesn't exist in universe.
  • Horror Host: One of the more upbeat examples.
  • Scary Flashlight Face: Does it while singing "Science Fiction Double Feature" in the remake.

    Ralph Hapschatt
An old high school friend of Brad and Janet's who gets married at the start of the first movie and divorced by the time of the second. Played by:
  • Jeremy Newson in the original and Shock Treatment
  • Jeff Lillico in Let's Do the Time Warp Again

  • Ascended Extra: Only appears in the first few minutes of the first film but is a more major character in the sequel.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Gets everybody to stand by announcing the president. Then they all sit back down again when they realize it's the president of Lapsey Autos.
  • Bit Character: Has four lines in the first film.
  • Broken Smile: He does this when Farley kisses Macy, only trying to keep smiling because he's on TV.
  • Canon Foreigner: Is only mentioned in the play but seen in the films.
  • Double Take: Does this when Bert mutters that Brad and Janet should be sent down the Danube at dawn.
    Ralph: What?
    Bert: Just memories.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Was an old friend of Brad and Janet's but spends most of the sequel helping Farley.
  • Handshake Substitute: Fist bumps with Brad in the remake.
  • I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: He and some of the other characters dress like doctors for Farley's Faith Factory broadcast.
  • Small Town Boredom: Implied in "Look What I Did to My Id" where he optimistically sings about a whole new career that could take him and Macy "to a town that's nowhere near here".

    Betty Munroe Hapschatt
Marries Ralph at the start of the first movie but has divorced him by the second. Played by:
  • Hilary Farr in Rocky Horror
  • Ruby Wax in Shock Treatment
  • Kelly Van der Burg in Let's Do the Time Warp Again

  • Ascended Extra: Only appears in the first few minutes of the first film but is a more major character in the sequel.
  • Bouquet Toss: Throws her wedding bouquet and Janet catches it.
  • Canon Foreigner: Is only mentioned in the play but seen in the films.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Betty is really good at picking locks. Becomes a Brick Joke when she hotwires the convertible at the end.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: When she's locked out of her office, it doesn't occur to her to use her Hairpin Lockpick.
  • Genius Book Club: Likes poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge but thinks his name is "Coleridge Taylor".
  • Hairpin Lockpick: Betty is extremely handy with one.
  • Hassle-Free Hotwire: Betty can somehow hotwire a car with her hairpin by sticking it under the hood.
  • Karmic Thief: Hotwires the car that Irwin Lapsey gave Janet so that the heroes can all get away after Cosmo swipes the keys.
  • Kent Brockman News: The Denton Dossier show she works on.
  • Likes Older Men: When Oliver asks if she minds being seen with an older man she says she looks for maturity in a man.
  • Phoney Call: She and Oliver at adjacent pay phones to cover up the fact that they're actually talking to each other while listening in on a conversation between some nearby bad guys.
  • Screaming Woman: Screams when Vance shows her a dead sea gull.
  • Spear Carrier: All she does in the original film is say "O.K. you guys, this is it!" and toss her bouquet.
  • True Blue Femininity: Wears a blue blouse in Shock Treatment.
  • Working with the Ex: Has to still work with Ralph after they divorced.

Characters introduced in Shock Treatment.

     Cosmo McKinley  
Played by: Richard O'Brien

Runs the Dentonvale mental home show with his sister Nation.

  • Artistic License – Medicine: Checks Brad's heart rate by putting a stethoscope to his forehead and shines a light into his eyes without removing his glasses. This might be Foreshadowing that he isn't really a doctor.
  • Bald of Evil: O'Brien has even less hair than he had in the first film.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Between him and Nation Justified because they're only actors pretending to be brother and sister.
  • Camp Straight: Cosmo must be straight, or at least bi, as he sleeps with Nation; but in "Little Black Dress" he sings about how his favourite thing to do as a child was to make and wear women's clothes. Though, this song was originally intended to be sung by Dr Frank N. Furter in an earlier draft.
  • Character Name Alias: Cosmo and Nation turn out to be using these and aren't really doctors, just character actors.
  • Enigmatic Minion: It's not really clear why he's helping Farley. He doesn't know he exists at the start of the film, is furious when he finds out that Farley is Dentonvale's new sponsor but then spends the rest of the movie helping him. It made more sense in The Brad and Janet Show script where he and Nation can't pay their rent but Farley covers it.
  • Expy: Of Riff Raff.
  • Fashion Designer: Has loved making dresses since he was a child.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Not in the film, but in the trailer he tells viewers to watch the movie.
  • I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: He and Nation are revealed to be actors with no actual medical background.
  • Kinky Spanking: Smacks Nation's ass with a riding crop during "Lullaby".

    Farley Flavors 
Played by: Cliff De Young

"Local boy turned billionaire" who recently returned home and bought the DTV station.

     Bert Schnick 
Played by: Barry Humphries of Dame Edna fame

The blind, German Game Show Host who works for Farley.

  • Captain Ersatz: Like Dr. Scott, he has similarities to Dr. Strangelove. (When he reveals he's not blind, you expect him to say, "Mein Fuhrer! I can see!") Also the production notes say that Humphries played the part in the style of Dr. Caligari from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
  • Catchphrase: Uses "Hoopla!" as a greeting. It's a reference to Frank saying it as he pulls the cover off Rocky's tank in Rocky Horror.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Without a script or orders from Farley, Bert tends to drift into his own world.
  • Funny Foreigner: Like Scott, he Pronounces words wrong in a German accent and is generally weird.
  • Game Show Host: Hosts Marriage Maze on DTV.
  • Gratuitous French: Refers to Cosmo and Nation as "neuro-specialist par excellence.".
  • Gratuitous German: During "Little Black Dress", Bert sings "Ever since I was the ein klein herren". Which translates as "a a small man".
  • Immoral Reality Show: Has Brad put in a mental home and tries to split him and Janet up when they appear on Marriage Maze.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Bert isn't actually blind.
  • The Peeping Tom: The first clue we get that Bert isn't really blind, is Nation catching him watching Janet in the shower.
  • Phrase Catcher: People tend to greet him with his "Hoopla!" catch phrase.
  • Shoe Phone: Bert's walking stick doubles as a phone/radio that he can use to talk to Farley.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: This role was originally intended for Dr. Scott but Bert was created when Adams didn't want to reprise the role.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: It's vaguely implied that he was a Nazi when he said that Brad and Janet should be sent down the Danube at dawn.
    Ralph: What?
    Bert: Just memories.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Bert's blindness is Obfuscating Disability, but he stops wearing the dark glasses and pretends to be cured during the title song and claims the "miracle" is all thanks to Farley and company during the Faith Factory telecast.

Alternative Title(s): The Rocky Horror Picture Show Lets Do The Time Warp Again, Shock Treatment


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