List of Bottom characters
Richie & Eddie
Richard "Richie" Richard is a perpetually optimistic dimwit, while Edward "Eddie" Hitler is a cheerfully violent dipsomaniac.
Their arguments often lead to exaggerated, destructive fight scenes. Some have likened this to a live action cartoon. However, the boisterousness is somewhat more graphic: examples include heads slammed in and under refrigerators; hands stapled to tables; legs being chainsawed off; genitalia slammed in doors or set on fire; fingers cut off; televisions smashed over heads; darts, forks, or fingers ending up in eyes; faces shoved in camp fires; legs broken or teeth knocked out. Some of the visual effects used for these events are very realistic, whereas others are deliberately fake. All are accompanied by a variety of over-the-top sound effects. The BBFC has given the Bottom: The Complete Series DVD a classification of 15, with a violence rating of "None".
Richie is known to be a virgin (Eddie stole Richie's only ever "girlfriend", Ethel Cardew, and sometimes torments Richie with how he had sex with her), with a microscopic penis (which he sometimes mistakes for his only pube). However in the episode 'Digger' he almost has sex with an allegedly wealthy foreign countess, Lady Natasha Letitia Sarah Jane Wellesley Obstromsky Ponsonsky Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Oblomov Boblomov Dob, after he and Eddie join a dating agency. Natasha agrees to marry Richie, much to his delight and he is totally oblivious to the fact that she is marrying him because she thinks he is a millionaire and she has lost her entire fortune. Towards the end of the episode, as Richie moves in to have sex with Lady Natasha he has an apparent heart attack, and is rushed to hospital. Whilst waiting for the ambulance, Eddie claims to have had sex with Lady Natasha, as he did Ethel (although in the episode 'Terror' in season three, Eddie looks distinctly nervous when he claims that the Devil drinks virgin's blood).
Richard also tends to believe that any woman who does not fancy him must be a lesbian. He is also unsure of the decade, claiming in the same episode (Carnival), that it is both the 80s and then 70s later on- with a bemused Eddie looking to the camera after Richie mentions it's the 80s after all. Richie usually wears a white shirt (tucked into his Y-fronts) and slim black tie (with tie clip), blue jeans (with a belt that clearly misses most of the loops) and has a light brown raincoat when outdoors. He also occasionally wears brown trousers, held up with braces, and a red tie. His character is aspirational, pretentious, and occasionally a snob.
Eddie is a cheerfully violent alcoholic (he claims that this is because he "drinks a lot"). He wears glasses akin to those of Eric Morecambe, a brown suit and a white shirt with a black spotted tie (Which he tucks inside his trousers) on closer inspection one can see that Eddie's suit jacket and trousers have several stains and frays. Despite having a shaven head, he sports sideburns. He also has a brown trilby hat and a tweed coat. He seems to have quite a wide circle of friends, making it a mystery why he spends so much of his time with Richie. His friends include two sad-cases named Spudgun (Steve O'Donnell) and Dave Hedgehog (Christopher Ryan) who mostly hang out together, though Dave is also a family man. (His wife Susan is never seen but his daughter Doreen appeared once in the episode "Terror".) Richie does not appear to have any friends at all other than Eddie: he sometimes appropriates Spudgun and Dave Hedgehog if in need of company, though he actually despises both of them (particularly Spudgun) and considers all Eddie's other friends to be beneath him. Eddie is also revealed to be a Queen's Park Rangers fan, as in "Holy", he sprayed the letters "QPR" on the wall with spray snow, and in "Dough", you can see QPR banners on his bedroom wall. He has been shown to break the fourth wall a few times in the series. It is also mentioned that men in Eddie's family have girls' names - his middle name is Elizabeth, and he once referred to a 'Great Uncle Susan'.
Richie and Eddie bear perhaps closer inspection than any of Mayall and Edmondson's other characters. Despite sharing a deep mutual hatred, the two are eternally entwined due to their basic flaws and they seem to have an unspoken respect for each other as a result. Eddie's alcoholism and violent nature mean that he has not been able to hold down a steady job since his very short-lived career as a "bunny girl", back in 1978 that lasted ten minutes, and it is unlikely that any landlord would grant him tenancy, even if he could afford the rent. He is therefore forced to rely upon Richie's charity. Richie, on the other hand, is such a pompous, self-obsessed, perverted, withering soul that without Eddie it is unlikely that he would ever make another friend, even if he wanted to (which he doesn't). The two have an unspoken acceptance of their interdependence and their relationship tends to fluctuate between acting like a married couple (filling in the crossword together, Richie putting an unconscious Eddie to bed every night), a mother and son (Richie often keeping Eddie 'in check' and scolding him, and often putting an end to his fun, often out of sheer spite even though Richie would like to indulge himself) and frustrated desperation. Both have died in numerous episodes, only to resurface unharmed the following episode. This partnership has similarities to those of Steptoe and Son, and Hancock and Sid in Hancock's Half Hour.
Richie is in heavy denial and has delusions of grandeur. He once tried to convince a Falklands ex-serviceman that he had fought ten years there, seizing the fictitious "Stroud Hill" and liberated the Stanley branch of Tesco). Eddie, by comparison, is grounded and seems to have quite good general knowledge, which he keeps to himself. He can play chess (and spends seven hours trying, unsuccessfully, to teach Richie), he knows a fair amount about Napoleon and Wellington (who Richie claims invented the Chelsea Boot) and appears well versed in the works of Vivaldi, (whom Richie believes to be a football player). Eddie is also a great one for plans - though most involve trying to get a free pint from Dick Head, the landlord at the Lamb and Flag. One such scheme, in the episode "Dough", involved Eddie printing counterfeit money, which he plasters with pornographic doodles of the Royal Family and other such celebrities (on the £5 the Queen "gets her jugs out", on the £10 note there is an orgy involving Meryl Streep, the Duke of Edinburgh and Bobby Charlton, and on the £27 note there is a picture of Sylvester Stallone "fisting" Mr MacHenry from The Magic Roundabout.
Richie and Eddie's relatives are often mentioned: Richie's grandad was at the Battle of the Somme, while Eddie's uncle used to work in a prison, (really a prisoner) peeling potatoes, sewing mailbags and doing "...anything they told him to do". Richie's auntie is very rich and dies in one episode with her nephew inheriting a large sum of money whilst his other aunt used to own the flat. Richie's father, Oswald Richard, was an acquaintance of Adolf Hitler and betrayed Britain in World War II. According to Richie, his dad moved in mysterious circles, because he had one leg shorter than the other. Richie's sister lives near Hammersmith and apparently looks just like her brother, albeit "with smaller jugs". Eddie's mother was a wrestler named "Adolf Hitler". who abandoned him when he was young leaving him her old service revolver and a note saying "Please look after my baby, I can't be bothered".
Minor and One-off characters
- Spudgun (Steve O'Donnell): One of Eddie's slobbish and unemployable friends. His nickname comes from a trick he can do involving a potato, although according to Eddie it's not something most people would want to see.
- Dave Hedgehog (Christopher Ryan): One of Eddie's friends. While "Hedgehog" appears to be his actual surname, he also can do a trick involving an actual hedgehog. As seen in Terror, he is married, and has a daughter by the name of Doreen - who is remarkably calm when dealing with Richie & Eddie, despite them mistaking her for Satan. Dave's wife's name is Susan as mentioned in Holy, although it takes him a while to recall her name.
- Dick Head (Lee Cornes): The landlord of the Lamb and Flag, Richie and Eddie's regular pub. Dick is one that usually doesn't get on well with both Richie and Eddie, because of the arguments over the tabs and payments for alcohol. Ignorant of his own field e.g. pronounces the 'd' in Pernod. His appearances were in Smells, Parade and Dough.
- Mr. Harrison (Roger Sloman): Richie and Eddie's flat landlord and shopkeeper. His only appearances were in 's Up and Holy.
- Veronica Head (Julia Sawalha): The beautiful young barmaid at the Lamb and Flag, whom Richie tries to woo by boasting of his false adventures at the Falklands. She later turns out to be the niece of Dick Head and has been conspiring against Richie from the start. She only appeared in the episode Parade.
- Lady Natasha Letitia Sarah Jane Wellesley Obstromsky Ponsonsky Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Smythe Oblomov Boblomov Dob, third Viscountess of Moldavia (Helen Lederer): A foreign countess Richie met through Lily Linneker's Love Bureau. Richie posed as the Duke of Kidderminster to secure a date with her. She agreed to marry him and unwittingly admitted that she'd lost her entire fortune in a civil war and had to marry soon lest she be penniless forever. She appears in Digger.
- Mr. N. Stiles (Robert Llewellyn): N. Stiles is a Falklands ex-serviceman who was in the Lamb and Flag, asking questions to Richie about his false adventures at the Falklands. After this Richie and Eddie find out he has a wooden leg which is quite valuable and decide to steal it and take to the pawn shop to bet on a horse. He appears in Parade.
- "Skullcrusher" Henderson (Nick Scott): The most prolific currency forger in London, although this is more down to his tendency to crush the skulls of any rivals than the quality of his forgeries (which feature Danny La Rue in place of the Queen). Richie and Eddie fell afoul of Skullcrusher and had to pay a £5,000 tribute in order to escape bodily harm; unfortunately they tried to pay Skullcrusher with his own forged cash, and got their skulls crushed anyway. Appeared in Dough.
- "Cannonball" Taffy O'Jones (voiced by Kevin Allen): Insane Welsh cricketer. After a deliberate bowl to Richie's forehead, Richie and Eddie steal his car and steal his honeymoon. Taffy follows them however, and gets revenge with another pair of bowls to Richie and Eddie's foreheads.
- Harry/Ted Nudget The Bastard (Brian Croucher): Mean spirited pawnbroker who knowingly and brazenly offers prices for items proffered at well below their true worth. Examples include 7 pence for a house and £1.50 for an engraved wooden leg he acknowledges to be worth at least £2500.
- Video Repair Man (uncredited): Makes a brief appearance in Carnival after Eddie blows up a VCR he took almost a year to set up. After repairing the machine Eddie offers him a box of Malibu in lieu of cash, only to send him flying down the stairs and possibly injuring him by pulling a lever.
- Gas Man (Mark Lambert): Appears in Gas in which he visits Richie and Eddie's flat to read their gas meter only to find the reading is all zeros. As their next door neighbour Mr Rottweiler is up next, they decide to keep him in the flat until his time to clock off for the night arrives, as they have been stealing gas from Rottweiler hence the meter reading. By doing this they force-feed him cold tea while pretending they do not know what gas is, only to knock him out with a frying pan as he tries to leave. He later wakes up with a headache while Richie and Eddie try to throw him out of a window onto the roof of the next bus. Although his shift is over, the Gas Man proceeds to check Mr Rottweiler's meter, despite or perhaps due to his tremendous head injuries.
- Mr. Rottweiler (Brian Glover): Richie and Eddie's next door neighbour who appears in Gas. The duo were stealing gas from him with an illegal gas link only to try and disconnect it by smashing his wall down while he is asleep with his girlfriend.
- Doreen Hedgehog (Lisa Coleman): Appears in Terror is Dave's daughter who comes to the flat where she is mistaken for being The Devil by the others due to wearing a devil mask but after taking it off she reveals that she has been sent to collect her father as her mother doesn't like him being out after midnight.
Characters mention only
- Ethel Cardew: Ethel Cardew is a woman (implied in Terror to be transsexual) that both Eddie and Richie frequently mention in their conversations. Richie has tried to woo her unsuccessfully (by one occasion pretending to be the captain of a ship, only for her to walk away with the arresting officer), deluding himself into believing that she was his fiance, though it seemed that she preferred Eddie over Richie and slept with him leaving Richie rather unsettled whenever the topic is brought up. However, it would appear that Eddie and Ethel are no longer on speaking terms, due to the events only described as the "superglue incident".
- Sue Carpenter:
- Julia Somerville:
- Sarah Ferguson:
- Keith and Deirdre McFrenzy:
- Ted "Unlucky Suicide" McGloomy:
- Harry "I'll Do Anything For Half A Pint" Grundy:
- Aunt Irama:
- Susan Hedgehog: Mentioned in Holy and referenced in Terror is Dave's wife and Dorren's mother.
- From the episode "Digger": Lily: Any relation? Eddie: Well, I've got a mother. Lily: No, no no no, I meant Adolf Hitler. Eddie: Yes, that's her!