6'3 (1.91 cm)
Support technician for Reynholm Industries
Roy Trenneman (born c. 1979) is a support technician in the IT Department of Reynholm Industries. Roy is a lazy, laid back yet notoriously unlucky Irishman whose work day consists of playing video games, indulging himself on sugar and crisps, ove this point by posting an ad on an online dating website making it out that he was a horrible, aggressive individual. He subsequently received a reply and went on to go out on a date with the woman to prove his point.
Later on in the year, Jen discovered the red door leading to the secret room in which Richmond had been working in for four years. When she discovered the horrible conditions that Roy and Moss had put him under, she campaigned to have him promoted back to his original job. Roy, when he first found out about it after being rescued from under a desk, was very much against the idea of being around Richmond again, however, Jen continued to bring Richmond out of isolation and she discussed the idea with Denholm, but although Denholm did not want Richmond back as Second-in-Command,
In 2007, Roy, Moss, and Jen were invited to New Wimbledon Theatre by Philip, a worker on the sixth floor, to see a musical. However, mounting evidence suggested that Philip was homosexual, although Jen, who was attracted to him, disagreed immediately. All were devastated when they discovered the musical they were actually going to see was Gay: A Gay Musical. Roy was extremely embarrassed and awkward during the performance and eventually managed to escape to the toilet. When he couldn't use the normal toilets, Roy resorted to using a disabled toilet, but accidentally pulled the emergency cord when he couldn't flush it. Suddenly, the employees of the theatre rushed to the toilet to help him. Roy, fearing that it was illegal for a fully-abled man to use a disabled toilet, lay on the ground and pretended that his wheelchair was stolen. Roy was given a new wheelchair and had to spend the rest of the evening pretending that he was disabled and ended up being put on a bus bound for Manchester full of gay disabled men.
In late April or early May, Denholm committed suicide after irregularities were found in his pension fund. During his funeral, Douglas Reynholm, Denholm's inexperienced, sexually-frustrated son burst into the church and proclaimed himself as the new Head of Reynholm Industries. At first, Moss and Roy didn't respect their new boss, giving him a phone which violently vibrates whenever rung, but both learn to treat him with some degree of respect eventually.
Later on in the year, inspired by talking to Jen, Moss invented, patented and developed the Abracada-bra, a revolutionary bra which used a unique system of moving crystals to prevent it from becoming unwearable. Roy was taken in by the idea and persuaded Moss to take the idea to the entrepreneurial TV show Dragons' Den. Roy, who held ½ % of the company's profit, agreed to manage Moss' fitness during the run-up to his experience on Dragons' Den. Roy then appeared on Dragons' Den alongside Moss and Jen, however, due to an overheating problem, Moss' bra burst into flames while pitching his idea.
In 2008, after following Jen home when she owed him £5, Roy met Gary, a builder Jen had hired who was doing some construction work around her flat. Roy was sure he had met Gary before, and it was only after he'd left that he realised why he recognised him. Roy was adamant that Gary had featured on the TV show Builders From Hell. Roy convinced Jen to monitor Gary's every move as he was sure he would urinate in the sink if they left him unsupervised. Roy even helped Jen set up multiple hidden cameras around the house so she could watch his every move from the comfort of the basement. However, Roy became gradually more and more unsure as to whether Gary even featured on the programme, and eventually revealed to a furious Jen that the builder on the programme was actually black.
Later in the year, Roy, using football information he had acquired from a website, talked to a football fan about a match. He was convincing enough to be invited to join some other fans at a pub and was later invited to a football match with Moss. However, when at the match, Moss began to worry about getting in too deep with the fans and that they were messing with things they didn't understand. Roy ignored him, and after losing a game of poker, Roy agreed to do a taxi job for his new friends. However, he soon found out that they were actually criminals who were using him as a getaway car in a bank heist, and Roy was forced to become involved in a police pursuit. Roy managed to escape the police and later abandoned his friends and only just avoided being arrested for his involvement in the robbery.
Sometime after, Moss spilled coffee on Roy's shirt and he was forced to wear only a jacket over his bare chest. When he passed by the building's tea lady, Olive, who had just collapsed, he was asked to give her his jacket to keep her warm. Reluctantly, Roy handed over his jacket to reveal he wasn't wearing anything under it. After walking around the office and getting jeered at by the workers, Roy was eventually thrown out of the building by security as he could not produce ID. Bare-chested, he walked the streets of London, and eventually had to resort to fishing a ragged shirt and jacket out of a bin. He continued walking the streets and even slept under a sheet of cardboard, despite it being in the middle of the afternoon, and was eventually rescued by Jen and brought back to the basement.
In 2010, Roy broke up with his girlfriend, with whom he had had a long-term relationship. Roy struggling to recover from the separation from his girlfriend photoshopped her out of every picture he had. Resulting in some very strange photographs. Some of which depicted Roy cycling a tandem bike and playing on a see-saw alone. However, Moss helped Roy get over the break-up when he re-enacted a scene whilst playing Dungeons and Dragons in which he played a queen who once had a romantic relationship with Roy's character. Through this scene, Roy finally realized his relationship with his ex-girlfriend was dead and finally got over the loss.
Later in the year, Roy met an old school friend Alistair, whom he had attended college with. Alistair told Roy that he worked with Shotgun Games, but Roy was disappointed when Alistair didn't ask what Roy worked as. Sometime later, Roy moved into a new flat and was surprised when his neighbor left window cleaning equipment attached to a bicycle inside the house. Roy cycled the bike out of the house and along the street in pursuit of the man, only to pass by Alistair again. Fearing that Alistair would think he works as a window cleaner, Roy cycled after Alistair but could not keep up. Some days later, Roy attended the club 8+ after Moss had become an 'octo-champion' on the TV gameshow Countdown. Roy was accidentally locked out of the club and stranded on the roof and was forced to ask a window cleaner if he could use his lift to drop Roy back on terra firma. Unfortunately, Alistair saw Roy coming down on the lift. Again fearing that Alistair though he was a window cleaner, Roy shouted down at him, but to ill-effect. Roy eventually managed to track Alistair down and explained to him that he worked in IT and wasn't a window cleaner, but, when asked what computer software he uses, Roy made the mistake of replying "I usually work with Windows".
Later on in the year, Roy was at a concert watching Sweet Billy Pilgrim when he injured his back whilst dancing with the crowd. Moss and Jen recommended he should see a masseur. Roy took this advice and went to his local spa. After getting a professional massage and thinking his back was cured, Roy went into shock when the masseur, named Paul, kissed Roy on his left buttock. Roy was nearly unable to recover from this and decided to share it with Jen and Moss. Although Jen thought it was hilarious, Moss took the matter extremely seriously and told Roy that the matter should be brought to court. Whilst being questioned by Paul's lawyer, Roy gave a speech about how he wanted Paul's reign of arse-kissing to come to an end and how he wanted the other person to experience what had happened to him. This speech won him the trial and he also received a standing ovation from the jury.
Roy is extremely lazy and will avoid any physical effort at all costs. His work life consists of indulging himself on junk food and sugar while playing video games or surfing the web. He has a great love of comic books, reading them for hours on end while at work. He puts minimal effort into his job, despite the fact that he is more than capable of doing it well.
He is very unhygienic and litters his desk and the floor with empty crisp packets and old comic books. He has been described as a 'social piranha' by Jen, and his only true friend is Moss. He can be incredibly pessimistic at times and only smiles at the expense of others.
He can be extremely selfish at times, once stuffing a computer monitor up his shirt to smuggle it out of his office. He had been known to steal food from vending machines, however, he showed his righteous side when he called the police when he witnessed a robbery until he realized that he was actually part of it. Roy is also quite clumsy and is often seen falling over pieces of stray computer equipment.
He went through a phase in which he was affected be Jen's menstrual cycle and became overly feminine, crying when complimented and saying he thinks he is ugly. However, after having a 'big girls night out', he swiftly recovered.
Roy is of slightly above average intelligence but can be extremely dimwitted at times. On one occasion, he convinced Jen that her builder was featured on the TV show Builders from Hell, and said he was 99% sure of it. Later, this was reduced to 50%, when Roy remembered that the builder on the show was actually black.
Roy is also incredibly, notoriously unlucky. If something happens in an episode it almost always happens to Roy. So far he's suffered a head wound, a nosebleed, a hand wound, got stuck under a desk, attracted an abhorrent admirer in the form of Judy, slapped by his boss, and unwillingly exhibited menstrual behavior; and that was only in the first season. In the second, he got patronised by his favourite soap actress when he pretended to be disabled, tricked into thinking he was going to die at a specific time, got dumped by his dinner date, had lipstick applied to his mouth while he passed out during a party at a club as part of a prank, and, with Moss, got locked in a room with a Rohypnol-crazed Douglas. In the third season, he got tricked into helping some "real men" with a robbery and had coffee spilled on his shirt and had to be thrown out of the building, leaving him lost and forlorn for two hours. In the fourth season, he got dumped by his girlfriend, stuck on a roof, had both his hands burnt, had his back injured, got traumatized from being kissed on the rear, and was paralyzed at the sight of a bomb as though glued to the cement.
He has brought this bad luck upon himself quite a few times whenever he acts like a jerk, but in any case, he seems to get the wrong end of the stick more than his coworkers.
- "I'm comfortable with my sexuality, I just don't want to be slapped in the face by their sexuality."
- —Roy after learning he was going to see a gay musical
Roy is heterosexual but is often unsuccessful with the opposite sex. He usually makes things up to make himself look more impressive. He has gone on many unsuccessful dates, including one where he accidentally smeared chocolate on his head, making his date, Patricia, mistake it for feces, one on which he tried to prove that 'all women love bastards' by wearing sunglasses and continually being rude, and one on which he dined with 'The Joker'.
In 2007, Roy, Moss, and Richmond were asked by Jen to fill in at a singles dinner party after three other men failed to show up. Roy was sat beside Paula, a model who had been involved in a car accident and whose face was covered in bandages. Throughout the evening, Roy tried to discover what Paula's face was like under the bandages, to ill-effect. When Roy walked her home, he "gambled" and asked her out on a date, and was devastated when she said no.
He has occasionally slept with women who he wouldn't have gone out with if he was sober, including Dr. Mendall, the building's psychiatrist who strongly resembles Roy's mother, and a woman who demands money from tramps. He briefly had a relationship with Kimberly, a girl from the seventh floor who Roy originally thought was beautiful, however, after he had to make a nude calendar of 'geeky' men, he is unable to continue seeing her.
Skills and abilities
- Machinery Construction: Roy is quite skilled with machinery, creating a machine which could answer the phone for him, and a machine with which he could steal food from a vending machine. He was also capable of constructing several security cameras for Jen's house, which she could use to spy on her builder from the comfort of the office.
- Computer Expertise: Roy is capable of setting up computers and performing tasks such as designing and launching websites and editing videos. However, he doesn't work with Macs and his knowledge of computers is overshadowed by that of Moss.
- Video Games: Due to his obsession with computers, Roy is quite skilled at video games, particularly Guitar Hero, and is capable of scoring a perfect score with the help of Jen.
- Public Speaking: Whilst being questioned by Paul the masseur's lawyer about how traumatic it was to be kissed on his arse, Roy gave a speech about how he wanted Paul's reign of arse-kissing to come to an end and how he wanted no other person to experience what had happened to him. This speech won him the trial and he also received a standing ovation from the jury.
- "You're my wife, Roy! You're my wife! We should be married to ladies but we're married to each other!"
- —Moss' feelings on his and Roy's relationship
Moss is Roy's best friend, and they often meet up together and socialize. They both have a close relationship and Moss is one of the few people Roy can confide in. Despite this, Roy has been known to exploit Moss, and sometimes insults him, and the pair occasionally gets into physical fights. Moss is under the impression that they spend so much time together that he and Roy are a married couple, however, Roy disagrees.
Roy is always willing to help Moss, and once prepared him for facing a gang of bullies. Both have a love of technology and machinery and often play video games and watch movies together.
We should get drunk together then... we should get so drunk that we don't know what's going on."
-Roy at a party with Jen
At first, Roy was rightly convinced that Jen had lied on her CV and said that she had a respectable knowledge of computers. He was constantly looking for things which could lead to her sacking, however, he was forced to give up. However, Jen and Roy's relationship improved over time and both were seen dancing together lovingly at the 'Thank-You Party' for Project Icarus. At times, Jen has been known to insult and mock Roy, particularly about an incident in which he looked like he had feces on his head. However despite this, Roy looks at Jen as a friend, a boss, and a love interest. Roy even goes so far as to flirt with her, as well as become jealous when she's around other men. Also, he can be quite protective and has proved his need of her in the department on numerous occasions.
Jen only saw Roy as a work colleague, and never as a friend, until she went to an interview for another job. There she realized that Roy and Moss need her and that she couldn't possibly leave them. This indicates a genuine liking for both Roy and Moss, who she had originally seen as just work associates.
Jen later admitted that Moss and Roy are her friends, and on one occasion stood up for them when Douglas began insulting them.
Douglas is the manager of Reynholm Industries and hence is Roy's boss. At first, Roy had little respect for Douglas, giving him a phone which vibrates violently when rung. However, Roy soon grows to like Douglas, probably because Douglas is wealthy and Roy can take advantage of this. Douglas has admitted that he doesn't like the "boss, employee" relationship with the pair and once offered Roy to come to his house and watch a film together. Douglas occasionally calls Roy up to his office, usually with an incredibly easy task for him to do e.g. opening a laptop.
Roy originally disliked Richmond, as he felt that he was 'bringing the mood down'. He treated him like vermin, threatening him with a sweeping brush and banishing him to look after some abandoned mainframes without any briefing to what he was meant to do. However, when Jen came to the office, she campaigned for Richmond to return to his original job. After Richmond came out of isolation, Roy's relationship with him improved slightly, offering him to come with them to the theater.
Richmond got scurvy in 2008 and so was absent from the office, however, Roy didn't miss him very much.
Roy is nearly always seen in casual dress, usually a t-shirt depicting a video game or something computer related sometimes wearing a jacket paired with a hoodie, and plain jeans or trousers. He has unruly, messy dark brown hair and can be seen with rough stubble growing around his face. During Season 3, 4 and The Internet is Coming, he has slightly shorter hair and a beard. He has blue eyes and sometimes carries around a small, leather bag.
Roy has many, many graphic tees worn throughout the series, often repeating from episode to episode. This is a complete list of his t-shirts by episode:
Yesterday's Jam: (1) A white t-shirt with a graphic of Mao Zedong and the letters "RTFM" in black, white, and red. (2) A light blue shirt which has "Holland" and "Amsterdam" above and below a graphic of a crest.
Calamity Jen: A black shirt with Space Invaders in orange and yellow and the caption "10 Points".
Fifty-Fifty: (1) A grey shirt with a yellow lightning bolt on it. (2) An olive-green shirt with lettering: "The Imports" and lightning bolts behind (it appears to be a band shirt). (3) White with no markings.
The Red Door: (1) A black shirt with the Pac-Man level 256 glitch on it. (2) "The Imports" t-shirt from Fifty-Fifty.
The Haunting of Bill Crouse: (1) A pink shirt with crossed guitars on it (brown Stratocasters). (2) A light-green shirt with white markings.
Aunt Irma Visits: (1) A grey shirt with yellow trim and the number "42" in baseball-style lettering. (2) Roy dons one of the Ladyproblems.com t-shirts along with Moss and Jen.
The Work Outing: (1) Grey (blue-grey) with the orange silhouette of a TV on it. (2) Grey with some sort of woman/poodle silhouette in black.
The Return of the Golden Child: (1) Black with white lettering: "I see dumb people". (2) Roy wears a white dress shirt to the funeral. (3) Blue t-shirt with a robot playing video games on a television screen.
Moss and the German: (1) A blue-grey-black t-shirt with an Escape key on it. (2) Black/grey shirt with a pig and a lighthouse in front of a yellow-orange gradient square. There is writing on the shirt; it's possibly a band shirt. (3) Black shirt with white letters: "meh."
The Dinner Party: (1) Grey shirt with a skull-and-crossbones pirate flag (in a black patch). (2) A green dress shirt. (3) A puce t-shirt with no markings.
Smoke and Mirrors: (1) Black shirt with an angry sun and "The sun is trying to kill me." written on it. (2) A green shirt. It has a computer key (Apple function symbol and the letter Z on the key). (3) Light blue with a black silhouette of a dog with a woman's head. (4) Burgundy shirt. (5) Light blue with a film camera in white in the middle. (6) Blue with a yellow television on it. (7) Brown with an angry square with limbs (Space Invader) on it and the caption "Never Forget".
Men Without Women: A green t-shirt with an 8-bit wizard character on it. The wizard is shooting fireballs out of his hand. Written on the back: "Guns don't kill people, magic missiles do".
From Hell: (1) Light grey, black collar. (2) Black shirt with a Venn diagram in blue, red, and purple. The left (blue) side says, "Music I like." The right (red) side says, "Music you like," and the middle (purple) sliver says, "Music I used to like". (3) Black t-shirt with an orange box depicted on it. There is a black drawing of cake inside and text underneath.
Are We Not Men?: (1) Black shirt with a pixel-ized Kermit the Frog on it. (2) A light blue t-shirt under a jacket. (3) Black (charcoal grey) with a stylized drawing of a man, shot dead. (4) Red shirt with a yellow line-drawing of firemen with a flamethrower on it (probably referring to Fahrenheit-451).
Tramps Like Us: (1) White t-shirt. It has six drawings of electrical components and writing on it. (2) Topless man. (3) Pink and yellow checked dress shirt. (4) Black with an orange design and the writing, "Ludovico Technique".
The Speech: (1) Grey with Japanese writing and a drawing of animals on it. (2) Black t-shirt with a small grey box. In the box is a pointing cartoon robot saying something in a bubble. (3) Grey with a white drawing of mountain and hotel with logo, "The Overlook Hotel" is written on the shirt.
Friendface: (1) A blue shirt with a panda bear on a "splotch". There is writing: "Dirty panda". (2) A navy-blue shirt with a battlemech silhouette on it. It has writing which reads, "We can live. We can both live." (3) An olive shirt with a "vintage" guy pointing a shotgun. It has writing on it: "Laugh this off, Twinkletoes," which is written in black and red boxes.
Calendar Geeks: (1) A repeat of the Fahrenheit-451 flamethrower/firefighter shirt. (2) A blue shirt with a pixelized Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street. Some writing is underneath the picture. (3) Burgundy shirt with the writing, "Nothing is any good if other people like it." (4) Black shirt with dozens of Pac-Man ghost silhouettes in blue and purple.
Jen the Fredo: (1) Grey shirt with writing on it. (2) Black with "NO" in white writing. (3) Red t-shirt with Japanese writing on top of a multi-layered design. It seems to have a cartoon character, limbs akimbo. There is a picture of film strip on the back. (4) Khaki-green shirt. On it is a white outline of a skull and crossbones, but the skull is a cassette tape. A caption beneath reads, "Home taping is killing music".
The Final Countdown: (1) Grey (blue-grey) with orange TV silhouette on it (repeat from a previous season). (2) A repeat of the Japanese writing shirt from the last episode. (3) Brown shirt with a pink square in the middle. Inside the square is a bearded, curly-haired man's head wearing glasses. There are letters in the lower-right corner of the square: "ROFL". (4) Another repeat of the Japanese writing/cartoon character shirt. (5) A purple-grey shirt with orange/red letters: "Infectedur" in a font similar to Metallica. There is a spidery drawing of the Statue of Liberty beneath the logo. (6) A repeat of the Fahrenheit-451 shirt. (7) Black with white letters, "I don't work here."
Something Happened: (1) Brown shirt with a load of text in a big block. There are other designs mixed in. The designs appear to be related to time travel. Some text is in white ,some in brown: "Let's say you've gone back in time," up at the top. (2) A repeat of the music/Venn diagram shirt. (3) Topless while being massaged. (4) Black with a knit/pixel picture of a cat in a blue shirt playing piano. Caption in the lower left corner reads, "GAME OVER". (5) Roy wears a white dress shirt to the trial.
Italian for Beginners: (1) Grey, plain t-shirt. (2) Navy Blue or black shirt with medium blue letters on it reading "OMFG". Underneath is, "Ontario Maps Finance Group" and beneath that, a maple leaf. More text is underneath the maple leaf. (3) Red t-shirt with silvery-grey letters in a semi-circle reading, "Don't even think about taking me". The text is around a drawing of a camera. (4) A repeat of the grey t-shirt from this episode. (5) Repeat of the shirt with "Nothing is any good if other people like it". (6) A hospital gown.
Bad Boys: (1) Blue t-shirt with an orca. Text underneath says, "A wizard has turned you into a whale. Is this awesome (Y/N)?"
Reynholm vs. Reynholm: (1) Black with white writing, "i read your email". (2) Roy wears a suit.
The Internet is Coming: (1) Black t-shirt with pixelated lettering on it reading, "GAME OVER, OLD SPORT!" There is also a pixelated person on it (possibly Jay Gatsby). (2) Red with a yellow speech balloon. "I want to be inside you". This is being said by a cartoon hamburger character. (3) Roy wears a suit. (4) A light brown shirt with white outlines of various dice (different numbers of sides). Writing: "Choose your weapon". (5) Blue-grey t-shirt with blue space invaders and a 1up at the top. Underneath, in blue-outlined, yellow letters, it reads, "J!NX". (6) Dark red shirt which reads "CAFFINE POWERS" at the top. A leaping cartoon coffee cup (like a Starbucks cup) is in the middle. Stars burst out from behind the cup. ACTIVATE is written at the bottom. The drawing and letters are white and tan. (7) Black t-shirt. A werewolf and a unicorn are silhouetted against a moon. Yellow lettering reads, "It's on now".
Behind the scenes
- Roy is played by comedian and actor, Chris O'Dowd.
- Graham Linehan, the writer of The IT Crowd, has revealed that Roy is the only character who he has ever based on himself. Linehan has said that he and Roy share a love of comic books, board games and computers and a hatred of football.
- It is revealed in Bad Boys that Roy is globaphobic (he is scared of balloons). However, he can be seen in Calendar Geeks throwing balloons in the air during a photoshoot.
- As of June 2010, Roy is the second most popular character in the show according to a poll conducted by Channel 4, receiving 18%.
- Up until the fourth series, Roy's surname was never mentioned, however, Chris O'Dowd and Graham Linehan discussed possibilities such as 'McGonagall' and 'Shepard', although these were never put into use. Graham Linehan liked the idea of Roy owning his own website and created a webpage on which Roy was featured. Roy was seen viewing the website in the episode The Speech, and on closer expectation, the website's title reads, Please Think I'm Interesting with Roy Tenneman. Linehan, however, commented that this was not to be considered canonical. In Something Happened, it was confirmed during the court scene that Roy's surname is in fact 'Trenneman'. It is noticeable that Tenneman and Trenneman are very similar.
- Roy is of Gaelic and Irish origin, meaning 'red'.
- Roy's surname, Trenneman, is of Old English origin.