'Arry is usually shown to be the initiator of the two, as evidenced in the episodes "Stepney Gets Lost" and "Middle Engine", while Bert carries out most of the instructions.
'Arry and Bert are simply downright villainous troublemakers. They have been known to attempt to scrap Stepney, make Percy and James "middle engines", and make the engines believe Neville was planning to bump them. They also tease Henry because of the special coal he has to use by calling him "Mr. Special Steam". According to merchandise bios, they also wish to scrap Oliver.
One of 'Arry and Bert's most notable (and infamous) villainous acts was in the episode "Stepney Gets Lost". In the episode, Stepney finds himself at the scrapyard after getting lost and is left behind while his driver and fireman go for help. 'Arry and Bert appear and take pleasure in Stepney's fear, with 'Arry taunting and Bert pushing the helpless Stepney towards a massive scrap grabber. They leave him there, laughing at Stepney's misfortune. While they are Karma Houdinis within that particular episode, their attempt to have Stepney scrapped is foiled by the fortunate arrival of Sir Topham Hatt.