- Jerkass Woobie: In Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and occasionally elsewhere in the series. Of particular note is his appearance in the one-off special 'Welcome to the Places of My Life' where it's heavily implied that he's just managed to dodge a terminal illness. He becomes slightly more introspective and self-pitying. He strayed into this on Knowing Me Knowing You when dealing with guests who were even worse than he is and when things go wrong that simply aren't his fault.
- Unpopular Popular Character: In-universe, Alan is an unlikable failure trapped in a pathetic life with very few friends, a television show which bombed terribly, and an increasingly dismal career in local radio with ever fewer listeners. Outside of his fictional world, he's one of Britain's most loved comedy characters.
YMMV / Alan Partridge