The easiest way to describe Bernard would probably be: a smoking, drinking Irishman.

He's very content living in a world he has painstakingly constructed for himself - and it's a world where visitors aren't welcome. Except maybe for Fran, who in turn forces him to accept Manny as a roommate.

Despite owning a bookshop, selling books isn't a priority for Bernard... if anything he tries to keep the public as far away as possible by taking long lunch breaks and practising the poorest customer service techniques around.