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!The Breakfast Club

[[folder:In General]]

A group of five wildly different teens who spend a day in detention together.
* AbusiveParents: Every single one of them have parents who treat them horribly.
** Bender -- His father is a physically abusive alcoholic, who also beats his wife, who isn't a good parent either.
** Claire -- Psychologically abusive, with a side of neglect. Her parents use her as a weapon to get back at each other.
** Andrew -- His scumbag father lives vicariously off of his athletic achievements.
** Brian -- His parents guilt trip, intimidate, and generally emotionally abuse him to make straight A's. Like Andy's dad, it's insinuated that they're living through him as well.
** Allison -- [[DysfunctionJunction You're probably noticing a theme here.]] Though Allison's parents are more [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] than outright abusive, it still ties into the topic of conversation.
* AntiHero: None of them are exactly straight good guys.
* BrokenBird: All of them are cynical (except Brian), unhappy with themselves and their lives, and full of angst. And all of them have abusive parents and a horrible home life.
* CharacterDevelopment: All of them learn to embrace who they really are, as well as accepting other people.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Each of them wear a different color. Bender is red, Andy is blue, Brian is green, Claire is pink, and Allison is black [[spoiler: and later, white]].
* DeconstructedTrope: This film takes a very good look at what many of the "stock" characters of teen movies (the JerkJock, the AlphaBitch, the nerd, the delinquent, the crazy loner) would be like if they existed in real life, and what their real motivations would be like.
* HiddenDepths: Their outside appearances are totally different from how they feel on the inside.
* KnightInSourArmor: None of them exactly inspire optimism, but they try to handle their lives and try to escape the cycle of abuse and complete misery that happened to their abusive parents.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Allison and Claire.

[[folder:John Bender]]
->'''Played by:''' Creator/JuddNelson

John Bender is the stereotypical reckless out of control "criminal" of the group.
* AntiHero: An UnscrupulousHero at best or a NominalHero at his worst.
* AttentionWhore: Will seemingly do anything to attract your attention.
* AxCrazy: On display, such as in the "I want to be an Airborne Ranger" scene, and threatening Andy with a knife. Over the course of the film, it becomes clear that [[SubvertedTrope it's only an image he cultivates for himself]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Claire.
* BerserkButton:
** Accusing him of lying about his abusive life at home.
** Talking about his friends will piss him off.
* BoisterousWeakling: Slowly revealed to be this. Bender talks tough but once Andy turns out to be a good deal tougher than him he tries to look tough while backing away from the fight. [[spoiler: Later when Vernon challenges him to an outright fist-fight, even offering him a free shot right to the face, Bender is too spooked to do anything.]]
* BookDumb: Downplayed. For someone who's made out to have plenty of school trouble, Bender is scarily articulate and intelligent.
* ByronicHero: Rather street smart instead of book smart, but he's also extremely hostile to everyone.
* CoolLoser: Bender is an outcast in the school, but looks like a cool guy to hang out with when he isn't being psycho.
* DeadpanSnarker: Often makes snide remarks towards Vernon and the other kids in detention.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Sanguine.
* FreudianExcuse: His violent behavior [[AbusiveParents comes from his dad]], as deep down, he's unhappy about life in general.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Towards Claire, eventually. Although Bender is more an AntiHero, he's probably the main character, since he gets more focus than everyone else.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Straddles the line between this and a SociopathicHero.
* HeroicSacrifice: Bender draws the attention of Vernon after the Club runs into a dead-end during their hallway jaunt, allowing the other four to get back to the library undetected.
* IneffectualLoner: In the beginning, he comes off as an antisocial and loudmouthed {{Jerkass}}, but once you understand his backstory, he becomes more sympathetic.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's rebellious, obnoxious, and violent.
* JerkassHasAPoint: An asshole he may be, Bender isn't wrong in some of the deductions he makes about the others (see SmarterThanYouLook).
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His sympathetic qualities are buried so deeply under so much antisocial behavior and cynicism that it comes off as a HiddenHeartOfGold at times.
* LargeHam: He's pretty bombastic.
* LastNameBasis: Note how the other kids refer to him simply as "Bender".
* LovingBully: Possibly the reason why Claire is the main target of his endless insults (even more than everyone else), since he actually has a crush on her.
* MilesGloriosus: He puts out an image of toughness but Andy is able to take him down with ease. Even when Bender pulls a knife and casually talks about killing Andy, he's slowly backing away from the fight.
* MiseryPoker: Growing up with two physically abusive parents means that Bender doesn't have a lot of sympathy for the other kids complaining about their home lives. This seems to be the main reason he enjoys tormenting Claire and Brian. [[spoiler: He seems to grow out of this toward the end of the film, looking sympathetic when Brian admits he's considered suicide due to how his parents treat him and even joking with Andy that their abusive fathers aren't all that different.]]
-->"I think your old man and my old man oughta go bowling."
* MouthyKid: When Vernon attempts to find a solution to keep the door open. Bender's comments are both hilarious and true.
* SarcasticClapping: "That was great, Claire. My image of you is totally blown."
* SmarterThanYouLook: While he isn't book smart, he is able to cleverly deduce things about the others. He was the first to tell that Claire is a virgin before Allison made her admit it and was the first to notice that Andrew didn't like his parents before Andrew tearfully admitted it in the end.
* SociopathicHero: At first, then he warms up to the four others he's spending detention with.
* SkunkStripe: He has a white streak in the front of his hair.
* StepfordSnarker: What he really is behind his cruel and sarcastic attitude, due to an abusive home life.
* TroubledButCute: An antisocial "bad boy" with numerous girlfriends, or so he claims, though it's possible he was exaggerating.

[[folder:Claire Standish]]
->'''Played by:''' Creator/MollyRingwald

->''"Excuse me sir, I think there's been a mistake. I know it's detention, but um, I don't think I belong in here..."''

Claire Standish is the stereotypical rich, popular "princess" of the group.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She hooks up with [[ByronicHero Bender]] in the end.
* AlphaBitch: She's a rich Daddy's girl that lives up to the stereotype.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Bender.
* FieryRedhead: Has flaming auburn hair and does lose it a few times during the film.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Choleric.
* JerkassFacade: She acts mean towards others because she's afraid of being rejected by her other popular friends. Though underneath it all, she's just a vulnerable, virginal NiceGirl.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Snobbish as she is, she has every right to act disgusted toward Bender, who harasses her through the whole movie.
* LargeHam: She's played by '''Creator/MollyRingwald'''. ''It's a must.''
* LovableAlphaBitch: Deep down, she does show a soft side to the others.
* NominalHero: She only came to detention to protect her reputation, as well as her father's.
* ShipperOnDeck: Decides to give Allison [[spoiler: a makeover]] after noticing that she and Andrew are sharing [[LongingLook Longing Looks]] to each other.
* TheTease: Deconstructed. She doesn't want to admit to neither being a virgin nor not being one, and seems to be subconsciously aware of the "[[MadonnaWhoreComplex trap]]" that as Allison points out lays in that question.
* UptownGirl: Rich spoiled princess Claire falls for troubled delinquent Bender at the end.

[[folder:Andrew 'Andy' Clark]]
->'''Played by:''' Emilio Estevez

->''"Coach thinks I'm a winner, and so does my old man. I'm not a winner because I want to be one, I'm a winner because I've got strength and speed. Kind of like a racehorse. It's about how involved I am in what's happening to me."''

Andrew Clark is the stereotypical popular, good looking "athlete" of the group.
* AntiHero: A PragmaticHero. He's a natural cynic, and in any other movie, he'd just be a stereotypical JerkJock. However, he holds on to a code of conduct, which leads his father and, possibly, his fellow athletes to see him as soft.
* AngryDance: He's a ''surprisingly'' good dancer. Oddly enough, it's his reaction to getting stoned.
* BigEater: His lunch consists of a bag of chips, three sandwiches, an apple, a banana, a bag of cookies, and an entire carton of milk. Being he's on the wrestling team, his diet is probably calculated to help him stay in a specific weight class.
* BigManOnCampus: He's a big wrestling star. Consequently, he's used to acting this way.
* BrokenAce: A popular talented athlete with daddy issues.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly in reaction to Bender's insults.
* EveryoneHasStandards: One of the reasons he hates his father. He may be a jock, but there are lines he refuses to cross, and he's not a sell-out.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Phlegmatic.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Bender makes fun of Andy for being on the wrestling team, but once pushed into a confrontation, Andy is able to use his wrestling techniques to take him down with ease.
* InSeriesNickname: Goes by "Andy" instead of his full name.
* JerkJock: Deconstructed. Andy's only acting that way because his father essentially makes him act that way, obsessed with winning and living through his son. And Andy is painfully aware of it.
* LongingLook: One hint about [[spoiler: his crush on Allison]] is that he stares meaningfully at her when she doesn't notice.
* LovableJock: The TropeCodifier. He's deeply ashamed of his father's behavior and what he did to earn his said father's love.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Andy outright states in an emotional breakdown that all his dad cares about is his son's win-loss ratio.

[[folder:Brian Johnson]]
->'''Played by:''' Anthony Michael Hall

->''"Your middle name is Ralph, as in puke, your birth date's March 12th, you're 5'9 and a half, you weigh 130 pounds and your social security number is 049380913."''
-->-- '''Allison Reynolds'''

Brian Johnson is the stereotypical geeky, smart "brain" of the group.
* {{Adorkable}}: He's the brainiest of the kinds in detention, and is rather socially awkward.
* AloneAmongTheCouples: He's the only one who is not romantically paired with anyone by the end of the film.
* BerserkButton: The first time Brian actually becomes ''very'' angry throughout detention is when Claire told him, he doesn't know what it's like to feel pressure.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: His response to Claire's claim that he and his friends want to be like her and the "cooler kids", and that he doesn't know what pressure feels like, is a direct "[[PrecisionFStrike fuck you!]]" to her.
* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler:He tried to commit suicide because of the intense pressure his parents put on him.]]
* ButtMonkey: ''Mother of God.'' The things he goes through at home and at school would make Creator/FranzKafka proud.
* ClassicalAntiHero
* CovertPervert: Can be seen adjusting his trousers at one point.
* TheCutie: Behaves the most childlike out of all the kids in detention.
* DeadpanSnarker: On occasion.
-->'''Brian:''' Could you describe the ruckus, sir?
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: "Ralph".
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Melancholic.
* GirlfriendInCanada: Brian claims to have a girlfriend living up in Niagara Falls, in addition to having had sex with several other girls. When pressed, he admits he made the whole thing up because he's embarrassed to admit he's a virgin.
* TheHeart: Of the Breakfast Club. He is the only one who attempts to keep Bender and Andy from trying to fight each other and also writes the letter voicing the kids' opinions to Vernon in the end.
* HeroicBSOD: He grows rather cynical late in the film, especially after Claire pushes his BerserkButton. But he's better by the end.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: He's stereotypically unpopular.
* MeaningfulName: If the letters of his name were switched around, "Brian" would spell "brain".
* NiceGuy: The nicest character in the entire film - notably, he's the only character in the film who's nice to the janitor. This being Film/TheBreakfastClub, he gets put through hell for it.
* ThePollyanna: It takes a lot to put him in a bad mood.
* SadClown: He's a bit of a goofball (sticking a pen in his nose to pretend he's a walrus), but has a less than stellar life at home.
* ShrinkingViolet: Brian retains a shy, soft-spoken demeanor.
* TeenGenius: Deconstructed. His parents enforce the idea that he has to get straight A's in order to be anything in his life, and as smart as he is, he still doesn't meet their insane standards.
* WideEyedIdealist: Especially early in film; he is sweet, innocent, and unspoiled.

[[folder:Allison Reynolds]]
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->'''Played by:''' Ally Sheedy

->''"She's nuts, but she's cool."''
-->-- '''Claire''', in a deleted scene

Allison Reynolds is the stereotypical weird, quiet "basket case" of the group.
* TheAntiNihilist: Seems to hold this philosophy.
* AttentionWhore: Inverted. Due to the amount of neglect from her folks - Allison uses her withdrawn, quiet, and quirky persona in order to get people to acknowledge her; though she'd never admit it. Unlike Bender, who gets all up in the others' faces with callous remarks and annoying behavior. When it doesn't prove to be effective, she slowly begins dropping the act.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: She sits the furthest away from the other students in detention, but like Bender, she is smarter than she looks. Allison quickly debunks Andy's false reason for being in detention early in the film. It's also shown when she tricks Claire into admitting she's a virgin with a phony nymphomaniac story.
* CharacterTic: It's subtle, but Allison squeaks when she's nervous or surprised.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Exhibits a lot of spastic behavior, as one may think she's mentally ill.
* CoolLoser: She is cute, a highly skilled pickpocket, cool under pressure, and a talented artist. All while being unpopular in school.
* CrazyConsumption: Allison lets her soda spill out, and licks it off the table. Then she throws away the baloney from her sandwich, and replaces it with Pixy Stix (powdered candy) and Cap'n Crunch cereal.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Leukine.
* HandyFeet: She claims she has them. In the uncut version of the movie, the only copy of which was on a VHS tape lost after John Hughes' death, this claim was followed with her actually writing with her toes, completely filmed.
* ItAmusedMe: She comes to detention just because she can. [[SelfProclaimedLiar Or so she claims...]]
* LonersAreFreaks: She's often ignored by everyone, including her own parents, causing her to do bizarre things.
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* ParentalNeglect: The only information she ever volunteers about her parents is when Andy asks her what her parents did to her. She replies with a simple but pained "they ignore me".
* TheQuietOne: Being the outcast/loner, in the first half of the movie she is just a quiet observer and doesn't talk or interact with the others.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Her hair is chestnut and she has creamy skin. It's enough to make [[spoiler: Andy]] fall for her, even before she gets a [[spoiler: restyling]].
* SelfProclaimedLiar: According to her, she's in detention because she had nothing better to do. She also admits she lies and makes things up for fun.
* SheCleansUpNicely: [[spoiler: After Claire gives her a makeover. Andy and Brian's expressions say it all]].
* SilentSnarker: Is responsible for more than one FunnyBackgroundEvent. A straightforward example is when she's eating her [[CrazyConsumption powdered sugar and cereal sandwich]], and everyone turns to look at her. She pauses, begins chewing louder, and gives them a quick wink.
* StickyFingers: Allison steals the lock to Bender's locker, his knife, Brian's wallet and a patch from Andrew's jacket. Her bag is full of things she's taken in the past.
* SweetTooth: See CrazyConsumption above for elaboration.
* WomanInBlack: Allison's wardrobe mainly consists of the color black. However, [[CharacterDevelopment after she learns to open up]], she becomes a [[spoiler: {{Woman In White}}]]

!The Adults

[[folder:Richard 'Dick' Vernon]]
->'''Played by:''' Paul Gleason

The principal of the school and the one who is in charge of watching over the main characters.
* AntiHero: Depending on who you ask, he may be a [[NominalHero Type V]].
* AntiVillain: He's a jerk to the main characters and tried to start a fight with Bender, but he ''is'' a stressed principal.
* DeanBitterman: Although it's deconstructed somewhat in his conversation with Carl.
-->'''Vernon:''' Carl, I've been teaching for twenty-two years. And, each year, these kids get more and more arrogant.
-->'''Carl:''' Aw, bullshit, man. Come on, Vern, the kids haven't changed; ''you'' have. You took a teaching position because you thought it'd be fun, right? Thought you'd have summer vacations off. And then you found out it was actually work, and that really bummed you out.
-->'''Vernon:''' These kids turned on me. They think I'm a big fucking joke.
-->'''Carl:''' C'mon…listen, Vern, if you were sixteen, what would you think of you, huh?
-->'''Vernon:''' Hey, Carl. You think I give one rat's ass what these kids think of me?
-->'''Carl''': Yes, I do.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* {{Jerkass}}: In a perpetually foul mood.
* KnightTemplar: He might have good intentions with why he wants the students to write an essay, or to set them on the right path in life. But, he goes so far in his pursuits, and acts like such a colossal jerk to everyone, it's impossible to sympathize with him.
* MeaningfulName: There's a reason why his name is Dick. Have a guess.
* NominalHero: He didn't become a principal out of altruism.
* NonGivingUpSchoolGuy: He'll do whatever it takes to make sure the students have a good education. Though it's implied in the conversation with Carl that he hates his job, and only goes so far because it's the only way he can exert any control.

[[folder:Carl Reed]]
->'''Played by:''' John Kapelos

The janitor of the school.
* AlmightyJanitor: He tells off Principal Vernon to his face when he complains about them.
* BadassBoast: He makes one when Bender makes a crack at his job. It's so awesome, this troper never wants to make fun of Janitors again.
--> '''Carl:''' You guys think I'm just some untouchable peasant? Serf? Peon? Well, maybe so. But following a broom around after shitheads like you for the last 8 years, I've learned a couple of things. I look through your letters. I look through your lockers. I listen to your conversations, you don't know that but I do. I am the eyes and ears of this institution, my friends.
* DeadpanSnarker: A dry, sardonic sense of humor.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Carl was Man of the Year in 1969, and in his own words, aspired to be like Music/JohnLennon, implying he wanted to go become a musician. Now, for whatever reason, he's working a wage-slave job as a custodian at the same school he graduated from, and it's clear he isn't a happy man.
* JadedWashout: He's a former Man of the Year turned destitute janitor.
* KnightInSourArmor: First type. He's a disappointed never-do-well let down by life and disrespected by students and faculty, but nevertheless does the right thing.
* TheLastDJ: Seems to favor his job as a janitor over advancement.
* TokenGoodTeammate: He's the only adult that treats the kids with some degree of civility.

[[folder:Mr. Standish]]
->'''Played by:''' Tim Gamble

Claire's father.
* AbusiveParent: Psychologically. He uses Claire to get payback on his wife, [[EvilVersusEvil who is no saint either.]]
* Jerkass
* SlaveToPR: He drops Claire off at detention not because it's the right thing to do, but because he has a reputation to uphold.
* {{Slimeball}}
* SmugSnake
* SugaryMalice: Never loses his fatherly façade.

[[folder:Mrs. Johnson]]
->'''Played by:''' Mercedes Hall

Brian's mother.
* AbusiveParent: Probably the nastiest parent we see in the film, next to Andy's dad. In addition to putting a metric ton of pressure on her son to get straight A's, she has the audacity to verbally abuse him as she's dropping him off at detention. ''In front of her younger daughter.''
* BlondesAreEvil: Blonde and decidedly unpleasant.
* EducationMama: A particularly nasty variant.
* EntitledBitch: Treats Brian like a dog, yet still expects him to do her bidding.
* EvilMatriarch
* HairTriggerTemper: Pretty volatile.
* {{Jerkass}}: Holy shit.
* LackOfEmpathy: It's strongly implied she knew about Brian's suicidal tendencies, but doesn't give a rat's ass.
* StageMom: An academic example.

[[folder:Mr. Clark]]
->'''Played by:''' Ron Dean

Andy's father.
* AbusiveParent: Psychologically.
* DirtyOldMan: Well, dirty middle-aged man. If you look closely when he picks up Andy at the end, you can see him glancing at Allison. Mind you, ''he's married''.
* DoWrongRight: He chastises Andy not because he taped Larry Lester's buttocks, but because he was caught doing it.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He seems jovial and understanding at first, but it's all a façade: he's a scumbag.
* FatBastard: For a guy who's big on athletics, he's not in the best shape.
* HateSink: He's not a particularly likeable guy.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He calls Andrew a "discipline case" despite pressuring him into being a JerkJock.
* JadedWashout: It's strongly implied that he's a former JerkJock that didn't get anywhere in life.
* {{Jerkass}}: Unapologetically.
* JerkJock: He was most likely this in his past.
* LowerClassLout
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Implied to be a misogynist or pervert. A line cut from the film indicates he may be a racist as well.
* RetiredMonster: It's strongly implied that he's done much worse things than taping nerd's buns together.
* SmugSnake: Comes off as rather arrogant and conniving.
* TheSociopath: Implied to be one.
* [[StageMom Stage Dad]]: Lives vicariously through his son.