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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Riff Raff, A Handyman (Richard O'Brien)

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Riff Raff, A Handyman (Richard O'Brien)

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Riff Raff is like the Lurch of Frank's castle. (Does that make Frank Gomez or Morticia?)

Riff Raff welcomes Brad and Janet to the castle and appears to be a lowly manservant.

Like a servant who keeps the house moving like a well-oiled machine, Riff Raff mostly keeps the plot moving along. He's the one who reveals that Frank, Magenta, and himself are aliens, and he wants to return to their home planet.

RIFF RAFF: Frank-N-Furter, it's all over. Your mission is a failure. Your lifestyle's too extreme. I'm your new commander. You now are my prisoner. We return to Transylvania. Prepare the transit beam.

But Riff Raff reveals a bit of emotion when he kills Frank. He accuses Frank's lifestyle of being too wild, but we don't think that's the issue. Riff Raff has been harboring hurt feelings and resentment toward Frank for a long time. At the end, he finally snaps, and like the anti-Sally Field, he wails about no one liking him.

RIFF RAFF: They didn't like me! He never liked me!

It doesn't seem like he's upset that Frank is too wild and crazy. Riff Raff is upset that Frank never included him. He's just jealous. Don't be green with envy, Riff Raff. We like you. Please don't shoot us.

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