- Amusing Injuries: Barbara accidentally dropping a frozen turkey on Jim's foot in the supermarket.
- Beard of Barbarism
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He sits in front of the TV all day, but at times he's actually quite bright, at least compared to the rest of the family.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fat Slob
- Hypocritical Humour: Any time Jim accuses anyone else of being lazy, mean or overweight.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he does sometimes veer into Jerkass territory, especially with Nana and Antony.
- Lazy Bum
- Lazy Husband: To Barbara's hard working housewife.
- Limited Wardrobe: Invariably seen in his dirty yellow t-shirt and jeans.
- Misanthrope Supreme
- Nobody Poops: He usually announces it.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Nana thinks he is (and he thinks she is).
- Only Sane Man
- Playing Sick: The aforementioned foot injury was not as bad as he made out.
- Sarcasm Mode
- The Scrooge / The Grinch
- This Is My Chair: Jim always occupies the armchair.
- Two-Faced Aside: Jim will say something nice, whilst making a gesture that shows he thinks the opposite. He also has a habit of being friendly to people while with them, then insulting them the moment they leave the room.
- Berserk Button: Don't mention Beverley Macca.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef
- Dumb Blonde
- Hangover Sensitivity
- Hypocritical Humour: Whenever Denise calls someone else lazy.
- Lazy Bum
- Must Have Nicotine
- Parental Abandonment: Not far off it. In one episode, she claims that Cheryl potty trained her kids, taught them to read and attended all their parents' evening meetings.
- Spoiled Brat
- Kick the Dog: The Royles usually give him the menial jobs around the house.
- Pet the Dog: When Antony announces he's going to London with his band, the whole family, including Jim, tell him to take care and to call them if he gets in any trouble.
- Spot of Tea: One of Antony's jobs.
- The Ditz:
- Flanderization: Dave gets dumber as the series goes on.
- Henpecked Husband
- Lazy Husband: Denise is the lazy one in their relationship. When Baby David is born, Dave does the nappy changing and late night feeds.
- Annoying Laugh: Jim certainly thinks so.
- Last Words: "Trevor McDonald"
- Malaproper: She does this quite a lot.
- Motor Mouth
- Nobody Poops: She discusses her bowel movements almost as often as Jim.
- And a Diet Coke: In one episode she actually orders fish and chips with a diet coke, but has to settle for an ordinary coke as the shop has run out.
- Big Eater
- Fat Girl:
- Parental Substitute: For Dave and Denise's kids.
- Ashes to Crashes: This happens to Mary's urn in "Joe's Crackers".
- The Ditz: She's a bit dotty.
- The Lost Lenore: For Joe, after she dies.
- Put on a Bus: After the 2006 special, she is said to be housebound with extreme incontinence. Subsequently she died off-screen.
- Amusing Injuries: Injuring his finger while grating some cheese for Cheryl.
- Ascended Extra: Joe makes a few fleeting appearances in the series, barely uttering a word, but he becomes a much more prominent character in later episodes. The final episode centres around the Royles trying to matchmake for him.
- Cranky Neighbor
- Dating Service Disaster: He has a few in "Barbara's Old Ring".
- Hidden Depths: He turns out to have a fine singing voice.
- The Quiet One: He does get more talkative after Mary dies (or when he's had a few drinks).
- Chronic Villainy: He keeps getting sent to prison.
- Friend in the Black Market: He sometimes supplies the Royles with shady/illegal goods.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: His real name is never revealed.
- Mistaken for Gay: In "The New Sofa", he tells Dave's parents that he's just "come out" [of prison]. They think he's just come out of the closet.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: He has a habit of inviting himself to dinner with the Royles a lot.