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Say goodbye to all of this, and hello... to oblivion!
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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 Raúl Esparza in the 2001 Broadway Revival, by Kristian Lavercombe in the 2015 live tribute production, and by Reeve Carney in the 2016 reimagining movie.

Biography

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Dr. Frank-N-Furter is hosting a party for the unveiling of his creation, Rocky Horror. A young, newly engaged couple, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, has their tire pop, so they wander through the rain, finding themselves at Frank's castle. The door is answered by Riff Raff who leads the couple inside, and Janet asks if they're having a party, and Riff Raff reveals it is one of the master's affairs. Janet states that he is lucky, and his sister Magenta appears and says everyone's lucky.

Riff Raff and his sister then proceed to sing "The Time Warp", with some help from the castle's groupie, Columbia, and some Transylvanians at the party. The master of the house Frank then comes down the lift, singing his song, "Sweet Transvestite", and shamelessly invites Brad and Janet up to the lab, to see what's on the slab.

Riff Raff and Magenta go to strip Brad and Janet down to their underclothes, Riff Raff taking Janet. Up in the lab, Magenta and Columbia assist Riff Raff while Frank flirts with Brad and Janet. Riff Raff interrupts him, and he unveils Rocky Horror. He sings him a song, which Eddie, the ex-pizza delivery boy, breaks out of the freezer, but Frank kills him for stealing his glory.

Later, while Brad and Janet are in their separate rooms, Riff Raff and Magenta watch them over the monitor, and after the seduction of Janet, let Rocky free, chasing him out with fire.

After Janet sings "Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me" to Rocky, Frank beats Riff Raff by lashing him for Rocky's "disappearance", but Dr. Scott arrives and is forced up to the lab.

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

After Magenta announces that dinner is ready, Riff Raff serves the meal. The meal is later revealed to be Eddie, and when the table cloth is pulled off, his decaying corpse is revealed. Riff Raff screams at Magenta for laughing so much when everyone runs out of the room, and she cries.

After everyone is in the laboratory again, Frank nods to Riff Raff and Magenta, and they turn Brad, Dr. Scott, and Janet into statues. Columbia rebels, and Frank turns her into a statue as well. Posing, Rocky gets turned into a statue too.

Frank has his floorshow, and Riff Raff and Magenta burst in, in their spacesuits, and declare to Frank his lifestyle's too extreme, and they're going back to their galaxy.

Frank sings a song, "I'm Going Home", until Riff Raff declares that Frank will be staying on earth, in spirit, anyway. Columbia screams, and Riff Raff shoots her. Frank realizes it's real, so he, of course, freaks out, gets shot, and dies. Rocky cries over him, carrying his body up the RKO tower, finally dying, and falling in the pool. Riff Raff tells Brad, Janet and Dr. Scott to get out, having his and Magenta's final confrontation before the castle takes off for Transsexual while they sing the "Time Warp reprise".

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

Trivia

  • 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.

Navegation

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The Rocky Horror Picture ShowThe Rocky Horror Show LiveThe Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016)

Characters
Brad MajorsJanet WeissDr. Frank N FurterRiff RaffMagentaColumbia
Rocky HorrorEddieDr. Everett von ScottNarratorThe UsherettePhantoms
Albums
Original London Cast RecordingRoxy Cast RecordingAustralian Cast RecordingMovie Cast Recording
New Broadway Cast RecordingGlee Cast RecordingNew Movie Cast Recording
Songs
Science Fiction / Double FeatureDammit, JanetOver At the Frankenstein PlaceSweet Transvestite
Time WarpSword of DamoclesCharles Atlas SongHot PatootieCharles Atlas Song (Reprise)
Touch-a-Touch-a-Touch-a-Touch MeOnce In a WhileEddie's TeddyPlanet Schmanet, Janet
The Floor ShowRose Tint My WorldDon't Dream It, Be ItWild and Untamed Thing
I'm Going HomeSuperheroesScience Fiction / Double Feature (Reprise)
Pictures
Rocky Horror files sorted by character:
Brad MajorsJanet WeissDr. Frank-N-FurterRiff RaffMagentaColumbia
Rocky HorrorEddieDr. Everett von ScottNarratorThe UsherettePhantoms



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The Rocky Horror ShowShock Treatment: The Musical
Movies:
The Rocky Horror Picture ShowShock TreatmentThe Rocky Horror Show Live2016 reimagined movie
Failed Projects:
Rocky Horror Shows His HeelsThe Brad and Janet ShowRevenge of the Old QueenRocky Horror: The Second Coming
Projects sorted by decade:
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Characters
Rocky Horror characters:
Brad MajorsJanet WeissDr. Frank N FurterRiff RaffMagentaColumbia
Rocky HorrorEddieDr. Everett von ScottNarratorThe UsherettePhantoms
Shock Treatment characters:
Brad MajorsJanet MajorsFarley FlavorsCosmo McKinleyNation McKinleyOliver Wright
Betty HapschattAnsalongRickyBert SchnickEmily WeissHarry WeissRalph Hapschatt‎
Macy Struthers‎Nelly Pritt‎Vance Parker‎Floor Manager‎Irwin Lapsey‎Kirk‎Oscar Drill and the Bits‎
Revenge of the Old Queen characters:
The Old QueenSteve MajorsLord De LordyRiff RaffRay Ammbo
Sonny AmmboJudith BrankmireJanet MajorsMary Lou
Albums
Rocky Horror albums:
Original London Cast RecordingRoxy Cast RecordingAustralian Cast RecordingMovie Cast Recording
New Broadway Cast RecordingGlee Cast RecordingNew Movie Cast Recording
Shock Treatment albums:
Shock Treatment (Original Soundtrack)
Songs
Rocky Horror songs:
Science Fiction / Double FeatureDammit, JanetOver At the Frankenstein PlaceSweet Transvestite
Time WarpSword of DamoclesCharles Atlas SongHot PatootieCharles Atlas Song (Reprise)
Touch-a-Touch-a-Touch-a-Touch MeOnce In a WhileEddie's TeddyPlanet Schmanet, Janet
The Floor ShowRose Tint My WorldDon't Dream It, Be ItWild and Untamed Thing
I'm Going HomeSuperheroesScience Fiction / Double Feature (Reprise)
The Brad and Janet Show / Shock Treatment songs:
Denton, U.S.A.Bitchin' In The KitchenIn My Own WayThank God I'm a ManFarley's SongLullaby
Little Black DressMe Of MeShock TreatmentCarte BlancheLooking For Trade
Look What I Did To My IdBreaking OutDuel DuetAnyhow, Anyhow
Revenge of The Old Queen songs:
The Moon Drenched Shores Of TransylvaniaSweet on the StreetShort End of the Stick
I'm a MotherLove at First SightNever Let Your Daughter Date an AlienJudy Judy Judy
I Want to Get my Own BackNo Hiding PlaceLittle Old Heart Stopping Me
Pictures
Rocky Horror files sorted by character:
Brad MajorsJanet WeissDr. Frank-N-FurterRiff RaffMagentaColumbia
Rocky HorrorEddieDr. Everett von ScottNarratorThe UsherettePhantoms
Shock Treatment files sorted by character:
Brad MajorsJanet MajorsFarley FlavorsCosmo McKinleyNation McKinleyOliver Wright
Betty HapschattAnsalongRickyBert SchnickEmily WeissHarry WeissRalph Hapschatt‎
Macy Struthers‎Nelly Pritt‎Vance Parker‎Floor Manager‎Irwin Lapsey‎Kirk‎Oscar Drill and the Bits‎

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