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He could be a human, he could be a space alien, or he could just be awesome.

"Noel, next time you direct a loving look towards Paloma, can you make sure you give it to her because I just got a flash of it then, just got a bit of it myself and I started ovulating."
Phill Jupitus, Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Noel Fielding (born 21 May 1973) is a British Perky Goth comedian. He's a renowned Cloudcuckoolander: A little boy from a magical wonderland of talking dragons and enchanted sea horses. He wears capes.

He's the star of the The Mighty Boosh, in which he plays the gender bending, ambiguously bisexual, beautiful idiot Vince Noir (though in reality, Fielding himself is highly intelligent and almost straight.) He also had a recurring role in The IT Crowd as daintily mannered goth sysadmin Richmond Felicity Avenal. Additionally, he was a minor character in the British indie film Bunny and the Bull, and a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. For the past couple of years, he's been a panel member on the Big Fat Quiz of the Year, pairing up with Russell Brand (as "The Goth Detectives") and Richard Ayoade, and doodling all over the answer sheets. He now has his own sketch show, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy. He was also a contestant on series four of Taskmaster.

His best friend is Julian Barratt, and this pairing is what led to the Boosh in the first place. His first major project was a short film called Sweet, although it was The Mighty Boosh that thrust him into the spotlight. He is the subject of many obsessive fans, mostly in the indie crowd. He's also incredibly attractive, and dresses to accentuate it.

Notable not only for his many achievements in comedy and music, but also the intense Ho Yay overtones of his relationships with everyone.

Noel Fielding exhibits the following tropes:

  • Character Tics: Watch an interview or a quiz show appearance and take a drink every time you see him run his fingers through or play with his hair. You'll probably get alcohol poisoning.
    • He's also somewhat prone to sucking his thumb.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Extremely so:
    I invented apples, I invented pandas, and caps. I invented soil.
    I'd have been a lord. Shooting people that were on my land. With a wig. Yeah. And some crisps.
    • Also:
    Basshunter: I like babies.
    Noel: Jellybabies?
    • His character on the The Mighty Boosh once wrote a book about a wad of bubblegum that vacuumed up Inuits and made wigs for trumpets, spanners, and monkey nuts.
  • Continuity Nod: On one episode of Nevermind The Buzzcocks, he tells a story about a llama eating his hair when he was a child. He relates this same anecdote in the 2010 edition of the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Hence the song "Androgynoel."
    • During one of his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, guest host Frankie Boyle remarked: "To me Noel looks like a raven that a wizard has turned into a very beautiful young lady."
      • Jimmy Carr stated that he looked like "Rod Stewart made love to a raven." And it's true.
    • He recently performed on Comic Relief's Let's Dance, in which he dressed as Kate Bush. Red dress and all.
  • Dye Hard: His natural hair color is brown, but his dyed black hair is part of his image as a Perky Goth.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: As Vince puts it in The Mighty Boosh:
    I'm the great confuser! "Is it a man, is it a woman? Oh, I don't know if I mind!"
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He arrived for his interview on Alan Carr dressed in a bunch of sewn together bin bags, tights, and gold boots. He looked fantastic. As he always does.
  • Fangirl: He has thousands. During a gig, he was pulled into the crowd and had to be rescued by a security guard.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Julian Barratt.
    • And with Russell Brand. Julian actually gets jealous of Russell, prompting Noel to assure Julian he was the "true love of my life" in an interview.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Subverted. His clothing in real life is just as strange as his most famous character's.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Comes off this way. He makes too many sex jokes and has too much of a traumatic past to be truly "innocent," but as Julian Barratt once said, his personality comes off as that of a child telling a story to an adult.
  • Manchild: He seem to be in a perpetual state of wonder at the world around him. He once said he looked like Mel Gibson, if Mel Gibson was nine. No, he doesn't make much sense. Just go with it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Frequently due to his flamboyant fashion sense and long hair. His official stance on the matter is: "I won't mind a feelup," but he identifies as straight. He dated Dee Plume (of Robots in Disguise fame) for ten years, and is currently dating Radio X DJ Lliana Bird.
  • Mr. Fanservice: And how!
  • Older Than They Look: He looks about twenty five, when in fact he's in his late fourties.
  • Only Sane Man: Amazingly, this can happen on certain episodes of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, as seen when he was teamed with Paloma Faith, Jedward, and "Team Abstract" (Stacey Solomon and Tony Law).
    • Another episode where he actually invoked this trope was where he teamed with Paloma Faith and Tony Law (who is a complete nutter). "I'm like Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!" Mind you, in this particular episode, he was dressed as a "mouse-cat," and Paloma was wearing grannies on her tits. That should say something.
      • Incidentally, his Jack Nicholson impression (at about 16:16 in that video) is terrifyingly good.
  • Perky Goth
  • Smarter Than You Look: Despite having numerous childlike mannerisms, coming off as quite vacuous, and being obsessed with his clothes, he's actually highly intelligent and went to art school. He sometimes has shows of his work.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Has confused many a hormone addled teenage boy.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He has worn dresses on occasion; sometimes for no reason other than he could.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He hates snakes. When a python was brought out during a segment of Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Noel fled to other side of the room.