THE A-Z OF RED DWARF
A guide to the supporting players who populate the Red Dwarf universe.
You know about Rimmer, Lister, Cat, Kryten, Holly and Kochanski. But over 10 series, 61 episodes and 28 years, Red Dwarf has built a vast universe – so huge, in fact, that we couldn’t fit all of the supporting players here. Here’s a quick-ish guide to the key people, aliens and robots who’ve crossed paths with the boys from the Dwarf.
AABLE FIRST APPEARANCE “BEYOND A JOKE” (SERIES VII)
A DivaDroid International Series 4000 Mechanoid; Kryten’s production brother who became a slave to a Simulant Trader, who got him addicted to a mechanoid narcotic called Outrozone. He was never going to iron a straight crease after that.
ACKERMAN, MR FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK IN THE RED, PART III” (SERIES VIII)
Sadistic, one-eyed prison governor
of Red Dwarf’s the Tank. Also in charge of the Canaries – volunteer convict armies in the Space Corps, utilised for missions deemed too dangerous for less expendable personnel.
ANDY FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK TO REALITY” (SERIES V)
Irritating tech guy working at the Total Immersion Video Game arcade. Very Brummie.
APOCALYPSE BOYS, THE FIRST APPEARANCE “GUNMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE” (SERIES VI)
Four grizzly Western outlaws who were Kryten’s fantasy manifestation of the Armageddon Virus: Brother Death, Brother War, Brother Famine and Brother Pestilence.
bBARTOKOVSKY, KATERINA FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK TO EARTH, PART I”
A hologram called into being after a gross act of negligence by Rimmer. She was allegedly based on the Dwarf’s science officer, and she hated Rimmer. Actually a hallucinatory product of the second Despair Squid.
BAXTER FIRST APPEARANCE “PETE, PART I” (SERIES VIII)
Large scary prisoner in Red Dwarf’s the Tank who once proved how hard he was by betting his testicle in a card game.
BEGGS FIRST APPEARANCE “ENTANGLED” (SERIES X)
Biologically Engineered Garbage Gobblers, created to eat landfills. Lister lost Starbug and Rimmer to a BEGG chief in a game of poker. The BEGG fitted Lister with a groinal exploder to ensure he handed over his winnings.
BENNET, ELIZABETH FIRST APPEARANCE “BEYOND A JOKE” (SERIES VII)
A recreation of the Pride And Prejudice character in the interactive Jane Austen World. (See also Bennets Jane, Kitty, Lydia, Mary and Mrs.)
BIRDMAN FIRST APPEARANCE “PETE, PART I” (SERIES VIII)
Crazy old prisoner in the Hole who had a special friendship with his sparrow, Pete.
BLENKINSOP, OSWALD FIRST APPEARANCE “CASSANDRA” (SERIES VIII)
A prisoner in the Tank on Red Dwarf, and a member of the Canaries. Comes across as a perpetual lager lout. Nicknamed Kill Crazy, he was desperate to kill someone.
BRANNIGAN FIRST APPEARANCE “QUEEG” (SERIES II)
A psychiatrist on Red Dwarf whose personality was briefly downloaded into Rimmer. Executive officer aboard Red Dwarf whose personality was briefly revived in the body of Lister because she had the authority to stop the ship’s self-destruct sequence.
BULLET, JAKE FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK TO REALITY” (SERIES V)
Traffic cop alter ego of Kryten in an hallucination created by the Despair Squid.
cCAMILLE FIRST APPEARANCE “CAMILLE” (SERIES IV)
Perception-bending pleasure GELF who appears to onlookers as the sexual partner they most desire. In reality, green and blobby.
CARMEN, CAROLINE FIRST APPEARANCE “EPIDEME” (SERIES VII)
Former Red Dwarf crewmember who was reposted just before the Red Dwarf radiation leak. She later contracted the zombie virus epideme which, millions of years later, she spread to Lister after her frozen body was brought aboard Starbug.
CAT PRIEST FIRST APPEARANCE “WAITING FOR GOD” (SERIES I)
A blind feline priest of the Red Hat faction left behind on Red Dwarf with Cat when all the other cats built their own arks and buggered off, leaving the ill and frail and useless behind.
CHARLES, CRAIG FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK TO EARTH, PART III”
Soap star the Dwarfers meet on 21st century Earth who looks uncannily like Lister.
CHEN FIRST APPEARANCE “THE END” (SERIES I)
One of Lister, Petersen and Selby’s drinking buddies on Red Dwarf before the radiation leak. Later recreated by Nanobots.
CONFIDENCE FIRST APPEARANCE “CONFIDENCE AND PARANOIA” (SERIES I)
A physical manifestation of Lister’s confidence; he looked like the manager of the London Jets and had the voice of quiz show host Bing Baxter.
CRANE, NIRVANAH FIRST APPEARANCE “HOLOSHIP” (SERIES V)
Flight commander on the Holoship who looked like she was heading for a relationship with Rimmer until she was chosen as the hologram switched off to accommodate him.
CRAWFORD FIRST APPEARANCE “TROJAN” (SERIES X)
A psychopathic sim who killed everyone else on her ship, then used the ship’s hologram (based on Rimmer’s brother Howard) to trick her way on board Red Dwarf.
CREATOR, THE FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK TO EARTH, PART III”
The man who created the Red
Dwarf television show in the television show.
DDENNIS “DUNGO” THE GARDENER FIRST MENTION “THE BEGINNING” (SERIES X)
Rimmer’s secret real father after his promiscuous mother decided to go all DH Lawrence with the gardener.
DESPAIR SQUID FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK TO REALITY” (SERIES V)
Huge oceanic creature whose ink causes hallucinations that lead to suicide.
DIBBLEY, DUANE FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK TO REALITY” (SERIES V)
Buck-toothed, plastic-sandal wearing version of Cat that was created in the Despair Squidinduced hallucination.
DOG, THE FIRST APPEARANCE “PARALLEL UNIVERSE” (SERIES II)
Cat’s slobby alternate self in a matriarchal alternate reality.
DOYLE, BILLY FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK TO REALITY” (SERIES V)
Rimmer’s Despair Squid-induced alter ego – unsuccessful halfbrother of...
DOYLE, SEBASTIAN FIRST APPEARANCE “BACK TO REALITY” (SERIES V)
Identity assumed by Lister in the hallucination caused by a Despair Squid – a fascist leader responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.
EECH-ECH-ECH-ECH-ECH-ECH-ECH-ECH FIRST APPEARANCE “EMOHAWK” (SERIES VI)
Best-looking daughter of the chief of the the Kinitawowi GELF (Genetically Engineered Life Form) tribe, whom the chief wanted married off to Lister. Well, they did share the same star sign – Aries.
EDGINGTON, IRENE FIRST APPEARANCE “ENTANGLED” (SERIES X)
Lead scientist at the Erroneous Reasoning Research Academy [ERRA]. Inventor of the groinal exploder, whose experiments also devolved her into a chimpanzee.
FFRANKENSTEIN FIRST APPEARANCE “THE END” (SERIES I)
Lister’s cat, who survived the radiation leak in Red Dwarf and became the progenitor of the super-evolved cat race onboard the ship.
GGARRETT, TALIA FIRST APPEARANCE “ONLY THE GOOD…” (SERIES VIII)
A “friend” of Captain Hollister’s who survives the destruction of the Hermes, but her escape pod introduces a highly corrosive chameleonic micro-organism to Red Dwarf.
GREAT ONE, THE FIRST APPEARANCE “RIMMERWORLD” (SERIES VI)
King of Rimmerworld, a planet of Rimmer clones.
GRIM REAPER, THE FIRST APPEARANCE “ONLY THE GOOD…” (SERIES VIII)
Rimmer kicked him in the balls when Red Dwarf was about to be destroyed… again. May have actually been a hallucination caused by concussion. H
HOLLISTER, CAPTAIN FRANK FIRST APPEARANCE “THE END” (SERIES I)
Long-suffering, US-born commanding officer of Red Dwarf at the time of the radiation leak that killed everyone on board except Lister. Later resurrected by Nanobots.
HARRISON FIRST APPEARANCE “HOLOSHIP” (SERIES V)
Replacement hologram for Rimmer, when Rimmer left to join the Holoship. After living with Cat, Lister and Kryten for a while she asked to be switched off, saying she appreciated death more now.
HIGHS, THE FIRST APPEARANCE “DEMONS AND ANGELS” (SERIES V)
Alternative versions of the Red Dwarf crew created by the triplicator who exemplify all the best qualities of their originals. More pleasant than the Lows.
HILLY FIRST APPEARANCE “PARALLEL UNIVERSE” (SERIES II)
Female version of Holly in an alternate matriarchal reality – became the blueprint for Holly’s head sex change in season three.
HOGEY THE ROGUEY FIRST APPEARANCE “THE BEGINNING” (SERIES X)
Easily bored rogue droid and petty thief who’s plagued Red Dwarf on a number of occasions and liked to challenge people to duels across space and time.
HOLDEN, FRED “THICKIE” FIRST APPEARANCE “TIMESLIDES” (SERIES III)
Schoolmate of Rimmer’s at Io House who invented the Tension Sheet. (Sort of… he overheard future Rimmer telling young Rimmer to paint some bubblewrap red and patent it.)
hudZen-10 First appearance “the last day” (series iii)
Upgrade mechanoid sent to Red Dwarf by DivaDroid International to replace Kryten.
hector First appearance “camille” (series IV)
Green, blobby boyfriend of Camille. i
inquisitor, the First appearance “the inquisitor” (series V)
Simulant who reached the end of time and discovered there was in fact no god. Created the Time Gauntlet and made it his duty to visit each and every person throughout time and space to judge whether they’re worthy of existence.
JJesus of caesarea First appearance “lemons” (series X)
A guy who the Dwarfers mistook for Jesus of Nazareth while in India in 23AD. k
kennedy, John fitzgerald First appearance “tikka to ride” (series Vii)
35th president of the United States whom the Dwarfers accidentally saved from assassination – that might sound like a good thing but it cocked up the timeline mightily. l
lAnstrom, hildegard First appearance “quarantine” (series V)
Space Corps scientist and hologram who contracted a holovirus that drove her insane.
legion First appearance “legion” (series Vi)
A synthetic life form that creates a gestalt personality from those it is currently in contact with. Also created the hard-light technology that allowed Rimmer to become a “solid” hologram.
lennon First Appearance “future echoes” (series i)
One of Lister’s robot goldfishes, along with McCartney.
lister, bexley First appearance “future echoes” (series i)
Along with Jim, one of the twin sons of Dave Lister and Deb Lister. (In an alternate universe they’re the twin sons of Kristine Kochanski and Spanners.)
lister, deb First appearance “parallel universe” (series ii)
Female version of Lister in a matriarchal alternative universe. “Father” of Jim and Bexley Lister. m
mcintyre, george First appearance “the end” (series i)
Flight co-ordinator on Red Dwarf who died shortly before the disastrous radiation leak and became the ship’s hologram. Terrible at speeches but well liked.
mcgruder, Yvonne First appearance “Better than life” (series ii)
Red Dwarf female boxing champion who was Rimmer’s only
sexual encounter (and even then, only once) in his life before holo-existence. The whole experience lasted 12 minutes including the time taken to eat the pizza afterwards.
Mamet, professor First appearance “psirens” (Series Vi)
Divadroid engineer who created the 4000 range as a parody of John Warburton, the fiancé who jilted her before her wedding. Appeared as a Psirencreated hallucination.
mellie First Appearance “Dimension Jump” (Series Iv)
Secretary to Admiral Sir James “Bongo” Tranter in Ace Rimmer’s original dimension. Offered to smear herself in maple syrup for Ace. Looks like Holly. Rimmer’s penguin hench-puppet when he contracts a holo-virus and turns evil.
mulholland-jjones, Sabrina First appearance “timeSlideS” (Series iii)
Model, bestselling novelist and international jetsetter. Lister’s wife in the reality where he invented the Tension Sheet and became very rich.
mutton Vindaloo Beast First appearance “Dna” (Series IV)
Creature created by a DNA machine and a curry. Defeated by lager. n
newton, dr Karen First appearance “Back in the red, part i” (Series Viii)
Chief medical officer on Red Dwarf at the time of the radiation leak, and then when the nanobots recreated it. Once slept with Rimmer but it wasn’t her fault (he was using a sex virus at the time).
NODDY First Appearance “Back to Earth, PART ii”
Sci-fi shop owner and geek on 21st century Earth who believes the Dwarfers when they say they’re from the future. o
Oswald, lee harvey First appearance “Tikka to ride” (Series Vii)
Would-be assassin of John F Kennedy until the Dwarfers blunder in and ruin his aim. p
Padre First appearance “Dimension jump” (series IV)
A chaplain at the Mimas test base in Ace Rimmer’s origin universe, who looks remarkably like the Cat.
Paranoia First appearance “confidence And paranoia” (series i)
Physical manifestation of Lister’s paranoia.
pete First appearance “Pete, part i” (series Viii)
A sparrow who died and became a T-Rex. Then recovered.
petersen, olaf First appearance “the end” (series i)
Danish catering officer on Red Dwarf and one of Dave Lister’s best drinking buddies.
platini, hercule First appearance “holoShiP” (series V)
Captain of the Holoship.
pree First appearance “fathers And suns” (Series X)
A replacement computer interface for Red Dwarf. She came with a “predictive” facility; Pree could carry out your orders before you’d given them. q
Queeg First appearance “Queeg” (Series ii)
Allegedly Red Dwarf’s scary, authoritarian back-up computer, but actually a jape dreamt up by Holly to teach his ungrateful crew a lesson. r
Rachel First appearance “timeSlideS” (SERIES iii)
Rimmer’s blow-up doll – she later appears in “Stoke Me A Clipper” at Rimmer’s funeral.
rimmer, Ace First appearance “Dimension Jump” (Series IV)
What a guy. Multi-universally loved heroic version of Arnold J Rimmer from an alternate reality. May have liked kippers.
Arlene rimmer First Appearance “Parallel Universe” (Series ii)
Female version of Rimmer in the parallel universe where the sexes are swapped.
rimmer, Frank First Appearance “Polymorph” (Series iii)
One of Rimmer’s three brothers. Joined Space Corps. Eventually became a hologram. His dark secret is… he never rose higher than a vending machine repair man. s
Selby First Appearance “the end” (Series i)
One of Lister, Olaf Petersen and Chen’s drinking buddies on Red Dwarf before the radiation leak. Later recreated by Nanobots.
skutters First Appearance “the end” (Series i)
Claw-headed service droids on Red Dwarf. The Dwarfers have given them various nicknames over time; Bob and Madge, Stabbim, El Skutto, Pinky and Perky among them. When Rimmer was still intangible he taught them to play the Hammond organ.
Snack dispensers 23 And 34 First appearance “Dear Dave” (Series X)
Two AI vending machines who become involved in a love triangle with Lister.
Spanners First Appearance “Dimension Jump” (Series Iv)
Ace-universe version of Dave Lister; he’s a successful engineer and married to console officer Kristine Kochanski.
Smeg And the Heads First Appearance “timeSlideS” (Series iii)
Lister’s teenage band, best known for “The Om Song”.
speed, Jim Bexley First Appearance “future echoes” (Series i)
Lister’s favourite Zero Gravity Footballer, Speed played for the London Jets. Lister named his twin sons after him.
stupid, cloister the First appearance “Waiting for God” (Series i)
The cats’ god, who was frozen in time. Lister is convinced it’s him; Cat’s not so sure when Lister fails to turn his food into a woman.
Swallow First Appearance “Back to Earth, Part ii”
A prop maker who worked on Red Dwarf who stole many of the props after the show ended and sold them on eBay. He helps the Dwarfers find the Creator. t
Talkie Toaster First Appearance “future Echoes” (Series i)
AI toaster who irritates everyone by constantly offering them hot, buttered, bread-based consumables. His motto is, “I toast therefore I am.”
todhunter, Frank First Appearance “the end” (Series i)
Second in command on Red Dwarf, and the man who puts Lister in Stasis.
Tranter, admiral sir James “bongo” First appearance “Dimension Jump” (Series Iv)
Ace Rimmer’s boss in the original Ace-dimension. Oversaw Project: Wildfire at the Mimas test base. Would have buttered his bread on the other side if Ace had asked. u
Unspeakable one, the First Appearance “terrorform” (Series V)
A manifestation of Rimmer’s self-loathing created by the Psi-Moon. v
voorhese, Captain Hauptmann Meinhard First Appearance “Stoke me A Clipper” (Series Vii)
Arch nemesis of Ace Rimmer. A Nazi officer on a parallel universe Earth, he murdered his own family, wore a monocle and had a pet crocodile that went by the name of Snappy. w
Warburton, John First Appearance “Beyond A Joke” (Series Vii)
Bio-engineer for DivaDroid International; a real buffoon of a man who was pompous, foolish and quick to anger. His disgruntled fiancée, Professor Mamet, designed the 4000 series to be a parody of him.
Wednesday, Chancellor First Appearance “the Beginning” (Series X)
Chancellor of the Simulant Generals; answerable to Dominator Zlurth. Once eviscerated himself after a misunderstanding with his boss, but recovered.
YYAtes, Lisa First Appearance “Thanks for the memory” (SERIES ii)
An old flame of Lister’s from his Liverpool days. They had an intense and passionate affair, the memory of which Lister “shared” with Rimmer.
ZZlurth, Dominator First Appearance “the Beginning” (Series X)
Leader of the Simulant Generals, who regards the other generals as toadying yes men who deserve his contempt. Main ambition in life to kill the last human, Lister.
Kryten goes on a date with the real Camille.
Smoke him a kipper, he’ll be back for breakfast.