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Riff Raff is a character from the musical productions of The Rocky Horror Show since 1973, from the 1975 movie, from the 2015 tribute production celebrating 40 years, from the 2016 reimagining movie, and from the never made sequels Rocky Horror Shows His Heels, Revenge of the Old Queen, and Rocky Horror: The Second Coming.

He was portrayed by Richard O'Brien in the 1973 Original London Production, in the 1975 Broadway Production, and in the 1975 film adaptation; by Bruce "Zahariades" Scott in the 1974 Roxy Production, by RaΓΊl Esparza in the 2001 Broadway Revival, by Kristian Lavercombe in the 2015 live tribute production, and by Reeve Carney in the 2016 reimagining movie.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Riff Raff is a Transylvanian who came to Earth with his sister Magenta and his master, Frank-N-Furter. He greets Brad and Janet when they enter the castle and acts as a servant to Frank throughout the film. He has an unusually intimate relationship with his sister and a jealousy complex with Frank. Near the end of the film, he becomes the new commander of the castle, taking prisoner of Frank.

Riff Raff, Frank, and Magenta at dinner, with a very... Appetizing dish in front of them.

The character is portrayed by Richard O'Brien in the film. He is a parody of Frankenstein's servant, Fritz/Igor.


Riff Raff has solos in:

Riff Raff sings as company (chorus) in:


  • O'Brien would go on to host Channel 4 gameshow The Crystal Maze from 1990-3. His successor, Ed Tudor-Pole, who took over from 1994-5, had coincidentally played Riff Raff in the 1990 London revival of The Rocky Horror Show.
  • He was portayed by Richard O'Brien, the man who created the whole musical.
  • O'Brien is also notable for playing Fico in 1980's Flash Gordon, and also presenting the first four seasons of cult classic 1990's game show The Crystal Maze. Ironically, his Crystal Maze successor, Edward Tudor-Pole (from the rock band Tenpole Tudor), also appears in this film.
  • He is not really evil, as he apologized to Dr. Scott after his nephew died and allowed him, Brad and Janet to leave before their house disappears.


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Rocky Horror:
Brad Majors β€’ Janet Weiss β€’ Frank-N-Furter β€’ Riff Raff β€’ Magenta β€’ Columbia β€’ Rocky Horror β€’ Eddie β€’ Dr. Scott β€’ Narrator β€’ The Usherette β€’ Phantoms

Shock Treatment:
Brad Majors β€’ Janet Majors β€’ Farley Flavors β€’ Cosmo McKinley β€’ Nation McKinley β€’ Oliver Wright β€’ Betty Hapschatt β€’ Ansalong β€’ Ricky β€’ Bert Schnick β€’ Emily Weiss β€’ Harry Weiss β€’ Ralph Hapschattβ€Ž β€’ Macy Struthersβ€Ž β€’ Neely Pritt β€’ Vance Parkerβ€Ž β€’ Floor Managerβ€Ž β€’ Irwin Lapseyβ€Ž β€’ Kirkβ€Ž β€’ Oscar Drill and the Bitsβ€Ž

Revenge of the Old Queen:
The Old Queen β€’ Steve Majors β€’ Lord De Lordy β€’ Riff Raff β€’ Ray Ammbo β€’ Sonny Ammbo β€’ Judith Brankmire β€’ Janet Majors β€’ Mary Lou

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