"Well that..... was fucking dreadful."
- Will, Series One, Episode 2 - "Bunk Off".
William "Will" McKenzie is the protagonist and the narrator of the Inbetweeners. He is played by starring cast member Simon Bird and debuts in the series premiere. He is the most unpopular of the four leads, with special attentions from Mark Donovan, and Mr Gilbert, albeit for reasons that were his own fault. He has many nicknames, the most frequent being 'Briefcase wanker'. The series and films focus on Will the most showing his struggle in socialising during his period between childhood and adulthood from ages 16-19.
Will moves from a typical private school to a local sixth form comprehensive school because his mother, Polly, can no longer afford the private school fees. Will's parents have recently separated, due to his father having an affair with a woman 4 years older than himself. His mother, Polly McKenzie, attributes to the bullying. On moving to the new school, Simon, Neil and Jay become Will's friends after initially trying to avoid him. Will is best known for his upper-class mannerisms, which makes him an even bigger target for bullies than he would have been at his old school. While he displays a deadpan cynicism during narration and among the other boys, he can be overwhelmingly optimistic, much to the ire of Mr. Gilbert. Will is also quite stubborn, getting into arguments when he feels wronged and quickly escalating into shouting at the person he is arguing with. These situations are always followed by a moment of humiliation for Will. He is an unconventional hero - although he is generally the wittiest and most level-headed of the group, he is prone to making bad choices and outrageous remarks. He is generally sophisticated, sensible and possesses intelligence that surpasses that of his friends. Another dominant characteristic is his tendency to deliver sarcastic, dry humorous remarks, some of which get him into trouble. Will also appears to follow certain ethical laws, though is not above occasionally committing dubious acts, such as purchasing alcohol illegally, insulting Neil's father while intoxicated, accidentally insulting people who are disabled, among others.
Will's list of interests included books, rollercoasters and girls and he aspires to have a career in law or maybe the media, He also would like to travel, maybe to Australia.Will is the shortest of the four leads. He wears glasses and carries a briefcase, all which make him stand out as an easy target to bully. He also seems to wear the school blazer, something which no-one else tends to do, again, making him stand out again. He is also commented on his posh accent, a result of his private education.
Despite this, he is admired by a few girls, and he even 'pulls' Charlotte Hinchcliff, which earns him the grudging admiration of the group. He also can't get rid of Tara's friend when he is set up with her, which shows that she was desperate, or she really did find Will attractive.
Will has the weakest popularity and is the most mocked out of the 4 boys. Most of the school (preferably the sixth formers) mock him due to his different social class, though all praise him at the Christmas prom in Series 1. Mark Donovan hates him mainly due to the attention he receives from his ex girlfriend Charlotte Hinchcliffe. He and Simon generally end up in the most bother of the group.
Simon Cooper: Though at first Simon is embarrassed by him, and tells him to 'hang back' on the way to the Sixth Form common room, they eventually start to become friends, and by later episodes, they have become best friends, with Simon coming to him first with problems, namely his car. They are very similar in their beliefs and this may be the reason they bonded so quickly.
They act, together, as the level headed, more mature part of the group, with Will severely missing Simon when he gets a girlfriend and spends less time with him. Will even states he's glad at the end of the episode that Simon was dumped by Tara, because he can get him back as a friend. Will is also the one who holds Jay and Neil back from moving in when Simon is talking to Tara, and Simon is the first to tell him that he needs to lay off the energy drinks at Exam time.
Will also feels confident enough to come to tell him about the loss of all his pubic hair (a result of Jay and Neil's pranks) and even asks him to look at it, but Simon tells him that friendship only goes so far and refuses to do so. Simon also comes to him first when Tara needs someone for her friend to date, and he calls Will in the last episode to tell him he is going to touch Carli in her bedroom, to which Will rushes out to save him like 'a superhero in pyjamas'. He fails, and Simon gets the wrong room, but that's besides the point. Simon says that Will is just as 'stupid as the rest of us' and only his accent makes him sound smart, but his car had been dumped in the lake and he was venting his feelings, so Will forgives him, even burning his own stuff to cheer him up.
Jay Cartwright: Will has a complicated relationship with Jay. Along with Simon, he is also often affected by Jay's behaviour, although is usually more patient with him. The two bicker constantly, coming from different social classes. Jay also performs pranks on Will sometimes and can often be the main source of Will's bother. But they have had their friendlier moments, like when Charlotte humiliated Will, Jay seemed to feel some sympathy for him. Jay also shows care for Will in the first movie when he prevents him from falling asleep on the ants nest. By the second movie it is still evident that Jay doesn't regard Will a full friend yet as he ignores Will while introducing the group to his uncle Bryan. Although, their friendship improves in the desert scene. They become full friends in the second movie.
Neil Sutherland: Neil's blatant stupidity makes him a source of frustration for Will, along with the fact that he shows the most attraction for Will's mum. Neil also has a habit of unintentionally grossing Will out, doing things like sticking his bare bottom in Will's face and pissing on him when they shared a bed together. However, despite Neil's annoyance towards Will, Neil shows a much stronger liking and level of affection to him than Jay throughout the series such as in the series 3 finale, Neil admits that he worries about Will and asks Simon if he wants both himself and Jay to look after him when he moves to Wales.
In the movie, Will and Neil have a moment alone where Neil reveals that he's an atheist and as such tries to make the most out of life. This changes Will's opinion of him somewhat. They develop a full and strong friendship in the first movie and maintain it throughout the second.
Charlotte 'Big Jugs' Hinchcliffe: Charlotte took a shine to Will when he managed to engage her in conversation, treating her like an actual person and not a sex object. Charlotte likes Will enough to make out with him and allow him to feel her up, but not have sex. When Charlotte asks if Will is still a virgin, he loses his cool and makes up a ludicrous story, which works in his favour as it gets him into bed with Charlotte...then immediately works against him when she finds out how bad at sex he is.
After that, Charlotte loses all romantic interest in Will, though she still sees him as a friend, by how she complements him in the series 1 finale and implies she didn't go out with him for "a bet". By series 2, their friendship goes downhill, after the incidents in "Work Experience". Will begins to show interest in other girls during the latter half of series 2 such as Rachel and Daisy after finding Charlotte in bed with Simon's French exchange student in "Will's Birthday"-ultimately destroying his confidence that she still has romantic interest in him. Will, however, reconsiders this in series 3 when Charlotte asks him to model in the cat walk show with her. Although, Will is again met with disappointment at the end of the episode and completely accepts that he has no chance of ever forming a relationship with Charlotte when she tells him that even though she finds him endearing, she would still rather go out with someone else. Will obsesses over her for a little while, constantly mentioning her throughout series 3, but by the time he finishes school he seems to have gotten over her, as he admits to never having sexual intercourse with a girl to Alison, ignoring that one time he was with Charlotte.
Daisy: In series 2 episode 5, Will meets his former babysitter Daisy at his mum's barbecue. She reveals that while studying at University she is doing a part time job at the retirement home in the area. Will (due to his attraction to her) then asks if he, Simon and Neil could do their Duke of Edinburgh award voluntary work at the very same retirement home, which she accepts. While working at the retirement home, Will offers to cover Daisy for her day and night shift the next day so she could attend her friend's party, he also offers to take her out to dinner (for the repayment she promised) which she agrees to, despite being uncomfortable over Will's young age. Will falls asleep in the common room the next day, due to the night shift. Jay and Neil perform a prank on him by pouring hair removal cream into his underwear. As a result, all of Will's pubic hair fell out when he returned home. While asking Simon for advice to cover up losing his pubes, Simon suggests storing a wig to stand in for pubic hair-which Will first thinks is a ridiculous idea, but while panicking when picking Daisy up from the retirement home, he quickly stuffs one of the elderly's wigs into his underwear. After the dinner date, Daisy (now attracted to Will) takes Will home and begins to make out with him. She attempts to have sex with him, but gets put off when she discovers the wig. She believes Will is too young for her due to him not having any pubic hair and asks him to leave, this causes their relationship to end. Will attempts to reconcile with Daisy the next day, but she is too embarrassed to talk to him. Daisy is not seen or mentioned again.
Alison: Will shows a strong interest in Alison, due to Alison having a similar- though less awkward-personality. Even though Alison already has a boyfriend, Will has faith that she'll notice him. Will develops strong confidence that Alison would go out with him when she admits that she believes Will is "cute" after he reveals he is a virgin. When they meet up in the bar, Alison promises Will that if he was still a virgin by next year and if she wasn't still with Nikos, she would have sex with him. When the boys and girls go skinny-dipping, Alison strips naked in front of Will, then tells him to do the same. She then lets Will feel her breast, and it seems as though there might be a spark between them. Though, when she finds Nikos with another women, she leaves heartbroken and retracts her promise with Will.
At the boat party, she confides in Will that despite his many flaws, he is still more dependable. She then askes him to be her boyfriend and the two spend the rest of their holidays together.
It is revealed that Alison dumped Will before the events of the second movie.
Katie Evans (Mouth Kiss Bird): Katie is a previous girl that Will befriended in his previous school. She likes him enough to kiss him on the lips, even though Will attempts to kiss her right back, but it fails. Katie is quite confident and beautiful and sees a spiritual path in Will which impresses her. At the campsite, Katie sits next to Will by the fire. she gives Will a friendship bracelet and asks to play her a song with the guitar. Despite trying to grab it off Ben, Will plays "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" for her which leads to Katie attempting to have sex with Will, but fails however Will manages to finger her to sleep.
The next day Katie reveals that she cannot remember what happened during the night; which disappoints Will, but he still attempts to pull her. But luck begins to fade after a "songline" ceremony when Katie confirms that she is already hooked up with Ben, which annoys Will and he leaves her company. When he gets back to his old friends he disposes of the friendship bracelet, ending Katie's and Will's friendship for good.
FamilyEditPolly McKenzie: Will's mum is totally oblivious to Will's personal life, though she still manages to smother him with parental concern. She also shows some insensitivity towards Will's feelings, going as far as to tell him that he doesn't stand a chance with Charlotte Hinchcliffe and should go for one of the plainer girls.
She becomes engaged to Mr Gilbert at the end of the second movie.
Mr. McKenzie: Unlike Will's mum, who pampers Will, Will's dad shows absolutely no interest in his son. In their one scene together, Will's dad shows that he is disappointed that his only son would turn out so socially inept. Will, despite all of this, seems to want his dad's admiration but doesn't quite know how to get it. In that regard, Will's relationship with his dad is a lot like his relationship with Mr. Gilbert. This changes, however, at the end of the movie after Will sends his father a photo of him and Alison together, thus showing him that he is more 'normal' than his father thought and thereby earning his long-awaited respect.
Mr. Gilbert: Mr Gilbert hated Will from the moment he met him. Mr Gilbert serves as the main antagonist to the four protagonists of the Inbetweeners, though antagonises Will the most. Will thinks he is a wanker, but as he is the head of his year, he shows a grudging respect for him. This feeling is somewhat mutual, as Gilbert frequently allows Will to represent the school in various events such as Xmas Prom and the Duke of Edinburgh. According to Mr. Gilbert, this is only because Will is a goody-goody and easy to control (he even threatens to "break him" on one occasion).
Mr. Gilbert takes a deranged pleasure in Will's torment, going as far as to look the other way whenever he gets physically abused.
At the end of the second movie, Mr Gilbert starts a relationship with Will's mother and in the credits scenes, it is revealed they have become engaged, resulting in him becoming Will's future step-father.
Mark Donovan: Donovan and Will have an antagonistic relationship. This is only intensified when Donovan catches Will with Charlotte Hinchcliffe, his ex-girlfriend. Donovan finds Will's mum attractive, so he lets Will get away with more than he would any other student whom he hates as much as Will, though he still threatens to kill him on a regular basis.
Ben Thornton-Wild : At first Will thought Ben would be friendly towards him, but then his sour and cocky attitude made Will dislike him, becoming the primary antagonist for him in the second film. Will thinks that Ben is a hypocrite and somewhat boring and pretentious. After Katie kisses Ben in front of Will, he outbursts all of Ben's faults despite Ben beginning to become a little bit more friendly to him.
Alistair Scott: Alistair appears in the first episode of series 3. He is a student at Rudge Park, though has been absent all year due to kidney failure. He returns to view the cat walk that is raising money for his hospital. Will at first feels sympathy for him, though Alistair seems to take an instant disliking to Will by taking disgust towards Will being "the kid who shit himself in an exam" and seems to address Will as ugly. He constantly annoys Will, and bullies him over his disliking to the show. Alistair also threatens to beat Will up, despite Will trying to apologise to him. By the end of the episode, Will agrees with Jay's claim that Alistair is a "dick" and has an argument with him, which is prevented by Simon and Carli. Alistair runs after Carli when she is embarrassed over Simon ruining her cat walk finale and does not appear again.
- He is best friends with Simon.
- He is the only member of the group who doesn't have any siblings.
- He often called "Briefcase Wanker" by his peers.
- He ate a whole joint of cannabis.
- He shat himself during his exams.
- Will is usually the only one who denies doing the bad things his friends plan to do (him or Simon).
- He is hyperreflexic, as mentioned in Series 1.
- Will is often bullied, by everyone from Mr. Gilbert to Mark Donovan.
- He failed at having sex (with Charlotte Hinchcliffe).
- He was one of the inventors of the 'thumbs up friends' joke along with Simon.
- In "The Field Trip" he revealed that he used to go to Scouts and attempted to perform First Aid on Simon after he fell into the sea.
- In "The Camping Trip" he revealed he only has five contacts on his mobile phone. Three are the other boys and one is his mum.
- According to his mum, when he was five he urinated himself on the ghost train at a funfair.
- In the movie, His mum told the group at a wedding when Will was seven, he drank a lot of shandy and started running around in his pants shouting: "I've got a white slug."
- He is able to play the guitar.
- He is the second oldest of the four.
- He studies Politics, English Literature and Sociology.
- Will McKenzie on the official E4 Inbetweeners site
- Will McKenzie on Twitter