Cockney Wanker

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Cockney Wanker
Publication information
Publisher Viz
Created by Graham Dury and Simon Thorpe

Cockney Wanker is a character created by Graham Dury and Simon Thorpe[1][2] in Viz based on a stereotype male Cockney. Wanker is a thief, conman, charlatan, a bigoted racist (unless it is Frank Bruno) and a wife beater who speaks in rhyming slang (often slang invented by the writers) and spends his days drinking and selling stolen or unworkable goods to passers-by from an East end market stall. Another of Wanker's specialities is trading used cars. Playing upon the stereotype of the indigenous population of London being fantasists, Wanker often buys a car, sells it back to the same person, for the same amount of money, then declares the transaction to have been "A nice little earner!". He wears cheap gold jewellery or Argos bling and 'Laahndan' gangster dark glasses, and is often seen smoking a cigar.

He is a wife-beater[3] and lifelong racist[4] who complains about "Sooties", yet respects Frank Bruno. He is established as a royalist, especially supportive of the Queen Mother, spouting received wisdom such as "Ninety Free she is. Ninety Free. Wahn the bladdy war for us she did!"

Wanker's appearance is based on a combination of a stereotypical London taxi driver and Mike Reid's[1] character Frank Butcher from EastEnders.[5] His characterisation also draws elements from David Jason's "Del Trotter" out of Only Fools and Horses. Other characters in the strip closely resemble EastEnders characters, e.g. Shirl, his long suffering and battered wife (Kathy Beale) and Lou, Shirl's fearsome old-school east-end mother (Lou Beale).


  1. ^ a b "10 funniest Londoners ". Time Out. Retrieved 15 March 2014
  2. ^ Cook, William. "All in the worst possible taste"., 18 November 2004. Retrieved 15 March 2014
  3. ^ von Busack, Richard. "Rage boils over in Gary Oldman's 'Nil by Mouth'"., February, 1998. Retrieved 15 March 2014
  4. ^ Trilling, 25
  5. ^ Maconie, Stuart. "Pies and Prejudice: In search of the North". Random House, 2008. p. 23. ISBN 0-0919-3030-8


  • Donald, Chris. Rude Kids: The Unfeasible Story of Viz. HarperCollins, 2004. ISBN 0-0071-9096-4
  • Trilling, Daniel. Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain's Far Right. Verso Books, 2012. ISBN 1-8446-7959-4