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Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is a UK Conservative politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2019-), Mayor of London (2008-2016), journalist, novelist, historian, classicist and TV personality.

He's also the second[1] most famous Tory bicyclist after fellow Eton and Oxford alum (and Bullingdon Club member) David "ignore that car behind me" Cameron. Easily recognizable by his unruly mop of blond hair, general air of amiable distraction, and tendency to talk like somebody out of PG Wodehouse (but not The Jeeves, as pointed out by e.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger).

First came to major fame with an appearance on Have I Got News for You. He was a journalist only known - and then only really to other journalists - for an audio tape of a phone call in which he agrees to help an old school friend of his beat up another journalist. Ian Hislop had a transcript of this which he used to mock Johnson, which he hadn't been expecting; following this, he claimed in his column that the show was entirely scripted.

And then reappeared on the show later to retract this, reassuring "all the little children out there" that the show was indeed entirely spontaneous, and admitting that he's agreed to come back purely for the money. He also appeared later as a repeated guest host.

Appears to be immune to embarassment: Did I Just Say That Out Loud?, Is This Thing Still On?, Digging Yourself Deeper, and That Came Out Wrong are almost exclusively invoked by other people, no matter how deep he inserts his feet in his mouth.

On a different note, he is probably the most ethnically-mixed political person of significance living today after Barack Obama himself, being not only English but American (born in New York), French, German, Russian, and Turkish. He's the whole Crimean War in one messy blond package!

Tropes applicable to Boris Johnson

  • Altum Videtur: Is fond of making Latin and classical Greek quotations. Once dodged a question from Jeremy Paxman himself by saying "Look, Jeremy, I would hesitate to accuse you of ignoratio elenchi, but...", reducing Paxman to confusion.
  • Badass Bystander: Once saved a woman from teenage thugs ("oiks"); no job is too big for the Mayor.
    • Even more badass: the woman was one of his inveterate press critics. After the incident, she said that while she preferred that he not be Mayor of London, she would much rather have Johnson nearby on his bike in case of her getting mugged than the Labour alternative (Ken Livingstone).
  • Blue Blood: Who Do You Think You Are uncovered that he is a distant descendant of King George II.
    • Which also makes him related to nearly every single European Royal Family.
  • Born in the Wrong Century

  Paul Merton: Boris is the right man to lead us back into the seventeenth century!


  In the latter case: "I meant no insult to the people of Papua New Guinea who I'm sure lead lives of blameless bourgeois domesticity in common with the rest of us...I will happily add Papua New Guinea to my global itinerary of apology".

  • Hot Scoop: Used to be a journalist, and long-term editor of The Spectator.
  • Identical Grandson: His father Stanley and brother Jo both have the same idiosyncratic hair. In another sense, he has worried that his career as a journalist and politician is paralleling that of his Turkish great-grandfather Ali Kemal...given that the latter was eventually executed by Ataturk.
  • Messy Hair: Chronically and iconically so. It's also so blond it's almost white, which to those that find him to be Mr. Fanservice would also make him a White-Haired Pretty Boy.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: What many, including Paul Merton, have come to suspect. With a side of Beware the Silly Ones - not just in politics, but also on the soccer field: watch him pull a rugby tackle during a supposedly "friendly" game.
  • One of Us: When he was re-elected in 2012, the day the election result was announced happened to be May 4, International Star Wars Day. Boris ended his (otherwise entirely serious in content) victory speech with "May the Force be with you!"
  • Overly Long Name
  • Politician Guest Star: To the point where there is a special part of the HIGNFY DVD collection called "The full Boris".
  • Renaissance Man: See intro.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Combines this with a set of "oh, gosh", "um, ah" placeholder noise VerbalTics to rather odd effect, leading Russell Howard to speculate that when really excited, "he'd sound like a thesaurus going through a blender".
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: He often falls foul of this. For example, the now infamous 'coalition sausage' interview. Or as Martin Clunes put it:

  It's on the internet, but be careful, if you just type "Boris Johnson" and "sausage"....


  "Yes, cannabis is dangerous, but no more than other perfectly legal drugs. It's time for a rethink, and the Tory party - the funkiest, most jiving party on Earth - is where it's happening."


Appearance London Mayorsey

Voiced by Dan Thomson
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