->''"Storytelling is my currency. It's my only worth. The only thing of value I have in this life is my ability to tell a story, whether in print, orating, writing it down or having people acting it out."''

Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is a film director, screenwriter, actor, comic book writer, podcast host and comedian best known for his "View Askewniverse" films, notably ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', ''Film/ChasingAmy'' and ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. Smith is a proud native of New Jersey and most of his films take place in the state. He married journalist Jennifer Schwalbach in 1999. They have one daughter, Harley Quinn Smith (yes, named after the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' character; he is close friends with writer Creator/PaulDini.)

Smith is best known for the [[TrilogyCreep six-film New Jersey Trilogy]] set in Film/TheViewAskewniverse; his non-Askewniverse productions ''Film/JerseyGirl'' and ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'' have not been as successful (or at least no more successful). As a result, he tends to go back to the Askewniverse trough, often self-aware of its approaching FranchiseZombie status.

Smith got his start by making ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', a black and white film shot on location in the [[SarcasmMode scenic]] convenience store where he worked at the time and financed by maxing out his credit cards and putting his comic book collection up for collateral. It starred various lifelong friends and local amateur actors, notably childhood friends Jason "Jay" Mewes and Jeff "Randall Graves" Anderson. Released in 1994, ''Clerks'' became an instant cult favorite and one of the pioneers of the independent genre.

Smith also jump started the careers of two of his friends, Creator/JasonLee (who before ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' was one of the most well known professional skateboarders in the country) and Creator/BenAffleck by casting them in major roles in ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' and ''Film/ChasingAmy'' before they both went off to fame and fortune (both would appear in all of Smith's other Askewniverse movies).

He has also become a prolific podcaster, creating the weekly series ''[=Smodcast=]'' with longtime partner producer Scott Mosier. This expanded into a network of podcasts under the [=SModcast=] Network banner, including ''Tell 'Em Steve-Dave'' (with Smith's close friends Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan, and Brian Quinn), ''Jay and Silent Bob Get Old'' (Smith and Jason Mewes), ''Plus One'' (Smith and his wife Jennifer Schwalbach-Smith), ''Blow Hard'' (indie filmmaker Malcolm Ingram, with Smith occasionally co-hosting), and ''[[{{Podcast/HollywoodBabbleOn}} Hollywood Babble-On]]'' (Smith and actor Ralph Garman).

He is well known for being extremely approachable and friendly towards his fans; often he will take time after his appearances at comic book conventions and the like to sign autographs and chat with fans for multiple ''hours''. Noted for holding detailed audience Q&A sessions, initially attached to his movies, he discovered that people would pay to come to an auditorium and listen to him tell stories and answer audience questions without any context. Hence, ''An Evening with Kevin Smith'' led to sequels ''An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder'', ''Sold Out: A [[RuleOfThree Three]]vening With Kevin Smith'', ''Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40'' and ''Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell''. He was one of the first film directors to have a major internet presence, going all the way back to the mid-90's.

Currently, he can easily be found on either his [[http://twitter.com/ThatKEvinSmith twitter page]] or his [[http://www.viewaskew.com/theboard/ official message board]] (which his wife and friends also frequently post on) or his [[http://smodcast.com/ internet radio station]].

Not to be confused with the late Kevin Smith, best known for playing Ares in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and its various spin-offs.

!Works Smith has been involved with:

!!Directed Films:
* ''Film/{{Clerks}}''
* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}''
* ''Film/ChasingAmy''
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}''
* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''
* ''Film/JerseyGirl'' - notable for being his first non-[[Film/TheViewAskewniverse Askewniverse]] feature.
* ''Film/ClerksII''
* ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno''
* ''Film/CopOut'' - his first film to be directed but not written by him.
* ''Film/RedState'' - a {{horror}} film whose villain is based on [[TheFundamentalist Fred Phelps]]. Was on the back burner for several years before being filmed in October 2010. Smith will be distributing the film himself, rather than spending more on marketing the film than he did actually making it.
* ''{{Film/Tusk}}'' - Announced at San Diego Comic Con 2013. A [[SurrealHorror surreal]] BodyHorror concerning a podcaster (Creator/JustinLong) who goes to [[CanadaEh Canada]] in order to interview a seafarer (Michael Parks) who then kidnaps him and plans to sew him into a walrus suit. The first in his ''True North'' Trilogy, three films in their own self-contained universe all set in Canada, to be followed by...
* ''Film/YogaHosers'' - An action film about [[AscendedExtra the convenience store workers from ''Tusk'']] (Harley Quinn Smith & Lily-Rose Depp) who team up with Guy [=LaPointe=] (Creator/JohnnyDepp) another character from ''Tusk'' to stop an ancient evil from [[SkewedPriorities interfering with their invitations to a Grade 12 party.]] The ''True North Trilogy'' will be capped off with...

!!Planned Films
* ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Moose Jaws]]'' - ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' [[RecycledINSPACE but with a moose.]]
* ''Hit Somebody'' - A film about hockey, based on a song by Music/WarrenZevon [[CrackPairing and co-written by ''Tuesdays With Morrie'' author Mitch Albom.]] At Sundance 2011, he announced that it will be his last movie as a writer/director, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen effectively killing]] another planned film, ''Ranger Danger and the Danger Rangers'', unless another director feels like making it. He has since announced he now plans to make this a mini-series on a yet-disclosed channel (one would presume AMC, given his strong affiliation with them, or possible Hulu), leaving the way open for his last film to be...
* ''[=MallBrats=]'' - An attempted ''Mallrats'' sequel that ended up being put on the backburner for various reasons, including a planned conversion to a TV mini-series.
* ''Jay and Silent Bob Reboot''[[note]]This, by the way, is not the working title.[[/note]] - After an unnamed cast member passed on ''Clerks III'', Smith decided to take advantage of his ownership of Jay and Silent Bob to tell the story of the duo once again heading to Hollywood to prevent Bluntman and Chronic from, as the title suggests, being rebooted. The first draft has been completed as of February 2017.

!!Other Projects:
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' - loosely based on the first ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', a series with a comfortable DVD following.
* Produced the film ''Film/{{Vulgar}}'', written and directed by his childhood friend Brian Johnston, through his production company View Askew.
* ''An Evening with Kevin Smith'', volumes 1, 2, and 3; as well as the specials for the pay-cable channel Epix, ''Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40'' and ''Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell'' - Smith proves himself to be extremely entertaining in his off-the-cuff question and answer sessions at various college campuses and concert venues. Sometimes joined by his [[HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual life partner]], Jason Mewes.
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}: Guardian Devil'' - a comic run that in some ways re-launched the franchise with a more [[DarkerAndEdgier adult]] focus on the character's Catholic faith; especially notable for the significant death of an otherwise minor villain. Also notable in some circles for a StuffedInTheFridge moment.
* ''Comicbook/GreenArrow'' - Debuted the mute supervillain Onomatopoeia, and brought the Emerald Archer back to life.
* A rather poorly-received Batman miniseries, ''Widening Gyre'', which was supposed to be a 12-part series with a fairly long break between parts 6 and 7. However, because Smith's and artist Walt Flanagan's time was taken up by ''Series/ComicBookMen'', that break just kind of kept on going. It was later decided that the rest of the series would be published as a second title, ''Batman: Bellicosity'', but that [[DevelopmentHell was due in 2014]] and nothing has happened since, effectively leaving ''Widening Gyre'' unresolved [[spoiler:[[UnresolvedCliffhanger on a cliffhanger]]]].
* Directed the ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' TV pilot.
* A weekly podcast with friend Scott Mosier, [=SModcast=], which eventually grew into a 24 hour web radio network called [=SModcast Internet Radio=] that has shows with Smith and his wife, Smith and Jason Mewes, and others. You can check it out [[http://smodcast.com/ here]].
* Directed and starred in two episodes of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', bringing along Jason Mewes and Alanis Morrisette for the ride. He took up the gig because he was a huge fan of ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' and ''Series/DegrassiHigh'' during their runs on Creator/{{PBS}}, and had a PerverseSexualLust for Caitlin Ryan.
* ''Series/ComicBookMen'' which he's described as like ''Series/PawnStars'', but for nerds.
* ''Spoilers'' a Hulu-only show where he takes a group of people to watch a recently released movie (which he pays for all the tickets), and then bring them back to a studio to discuss it.
* ''Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do'', a miniseries mainly remembered for having long delays between the first and second half of the story and adding controversy to Black Cat's backstory with the revelation she was raped in college.
* Series/{{Arrowverse}}
** Directed "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S2E21TheRunawayDinosaur The Runaway Dinosaur]]," a second season episode of ''Series/TheFlash2014''. Jason Mewes has a cameo as a guy who "borrowed" his mother's truck for a date, only to see it get destroyed in a super battle.
** Directed "[[Recap/Supergirl2015S2E9SupergirlLives Supergirl Lives]]," a second season episode of ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}''. He admitted to crying a little when he found out the name of the episode, as it's inspired by his unused 90's screenplay ''Superman Lives.'' (His daughter Harley Quinn Smith plays a kidnapped girl in the episode.) He also did the episode "[[Recap/Supergirl2015S2E17DistantSun Distant Sun]]" and is slated for another in Season 3. He seems to be making a RunningGag in his episodes of having Kara strip down to her Supergirl outfit offscreen while her clothes are thrown at the person watching.
** Directed "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S3E7KillerFrost Killer Frost]]", the seventh episode of the third season of ''Series/TheFlash2014''. Did not contain Jason Mewes but was an important episode because it moved the season arc forward significantly before the show got sidetracked the following week into the 'Heroes v Aliens'/"Invasion!" multi-episode ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'' crossover.

!!Actor-Only Roles:
* Played a pathologist/lab tech in the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' film.
* Warlock in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard''.
* A gas station pimp in ''Film/{{Fanboys}}''.
* A witness on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (a part which his agent got him after he complained that she didn't get him any acting roles).
* A convenience store clerk in ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* A wheelchair-bound war veteran in ''Film/SouthlandTales''.
* The close friend of a recently deceased man in ''Film/CatchAndRelease''.

!Tropes used by Kevin Smith:

Most of Smith's uses of tropes can be found on Film/TheViewAskewniverse page, but some of his trope use is broader than that. They are:

* TenMinuteRetirement: He announced his retirement from filmmaking in 2010, following his disastrous experience on ''Film/CopOut''. However, his love of the process was reinvigorated by both ''Film/RedState'' and ''Film/{{Tusk}}''.
* AmbiguouslyBi: By all accounts, he's straight, but makes enough passive comments about gay sex, man crushes and "getting wet" while working on ''Series/TheFlash2014'' that it'd make one wonder if he's at least heteroflexable. He frequently mentions his many gay friends, including his own brother "...as gay as the day is long," so [[NWordPrivileges certain attitudes may have rubbed off on him]] as a result. It helps that [[Film/ChasingAmy one of his most popular films]] is about how sexuality and relationships aren't just a binary division.
* TheAtoner: Guilty about his association with Harvey Weinstein after discovering Weinstein's history as a sex offender, he decided the best thing for him was to [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/10/18/kevin-smith-says-hell-donate-residuals-from-weinstein-films-to-support-female-filmmakers/?utm_term=.d1dbdb911a91 donate his future residuals for the films he made under Miramax and The Weinstein Company to female filmmakers]].
* AttentionWhore: In ''An Evening with Kevin Smith," he describes himself as a "press whore" who likes seeing his name in headlines.
* AuthorFilibuster: As his spoken word videos suggest, often Smith's personal rants about various subjects end up in his films. For instance, Smith's complaint about the ending of ''[[LordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'' appeared first in ''An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder'' but also ended up in ''Film/ClerksII''.
* BMovie: The "True North" films are an AffectionateParody of "people in rubber costume" horror movies.
* BadassBeard: He has a very nice one. He says that, without it, he [[OlderThanTheyLook looks like a teenager.]]
* BrokenPedestal:
** Kevin was once invited to make a documentary on his musical hero Music/{{Prince}} about his journey to religious enlightenment. The Purple One's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} antics, vague instructions and habit of making people wait eventually took their toll on Kevin, who nearly missed his first Father's Day as a result. He left the project sorely pissed not only because he found out that the footage he'd shot would only end up in Prince's infamous vault but because Prince didn't even have the decency to thank him, say goodbye or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking perform "Batdance" for him]].
** He loved Creator/BruceWillis from ''Film/DieHard'' and ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', and had a great time chilling with him on the set of ''Live Free or Die Hard'', but the experience directing ''Cop Out'', where Willis, who was [[MoneyDearBoy only in it for a paycheck]], was in full-blown [[ThePrimaDonna prima donna]] mode and often [[WagTheDirector verbally abused Smith or even outright refused to take direction]], permanently soured Smith's respect for the man. He later claimed that a star as big as Willis had at least a little authority to act the way he did, but that he would never work with him again.
** He also feels the same way about [[WeUsedToBeFriends is former friend and mentor]] [[Creator/MiramaxFilms Harvey Weinstein]]. Especially after Weinstein's disrespectful behavior at the ''Red State'' premiere. He would eventually disown Weinstein completely after news broke of his sexual assault history.
* CanadaEh: The ''True North Trilogy'', horror-comedy films all set in Canada.
* CatsAreSuperior: Smith summed it up this way:
-->Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are like man's complacent roommate.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Whenever Smith deals with faith, [[RaisedCatholic it's inevitably the faith that he grew up with and says that he currently adheres to]], Catholicism. Somewhat ironic, in that one of the interest groups most opposed to him is [[MoralGuardians The Catholic League]], which started opposing him at first due to his amusing take on the fallibility of mortal religion while simultaniously exalting divine infallibility in ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. Other religions are not dealt with extensively, and it's a loophole in Catholic doctrine that ends up endangering the entire universe in the aforementioned film. He has promised, however, to avert this trope if he ever makes a ''Dogma II''. Averted with ''Film/RedState'' - the Five Points Trinity church is [[WordOfGod based]] on the Westboro Baptist Church
* ClusterFBomb: He's such an abuser, his [[Film/{{Clerks}} first film]] was originally rated NC-17 '''based on language alone.'''
* CreatorProvincialism: Most of his work is set in his home state of New Jersey.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Film/RedState'' is his darkest and most serious film by an extremely wide margin.
* EqualOpportunityOffender: {{Downplayed|Trope}}, but as with any subject in his films, if someone's ethnicity, gender or sexuality comes up in his work, it'll be humorously mused upon to death. When he received a massive backlash from religious fundamentalists for ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', he followed it up with the feel-good, controversy-free ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''... which received a massive backlash from LGBTQ groups for all of the gay jokes.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In nearly every Q&A he does (especially prominent in the ''Evening with Kevin Smith'' series), he receives many offers for oral sex from male fans. Often, he'll jokingly accept but demand they put some effort into it. In ''An Evening with Kevin Smith'', Smith's friend Jason Mewes was also propositioned by a gay man who had a crush on him at least once.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Invoked by Smith at the end of his Q&A film ''Too Fat for 40'', after his attempt to answer many questions turns into just one:
-->'''Smith:''' Well it's called "Q&A." One Q, one A.
* FatBastard/FatIdiot: Averted on both counts. He's on the heavy side, sure, but he's known for being incredibly nice and good-natured and he's certainly no dummy either.
* GenderFlip: He joked about this in reference to ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' when he hosted a Galactica panel at Comic Con.
-->'''Smith:''' [to Ron Moore and David Eick] I'm glad you guys changed Starbuck into a women. Otherwise it would have made all those kissing scenes with Lee really awkward.
* GenreRoulette: Downplayed, but for a guy who claims to have no sense of style, he's done some widely varied types of movies, from a [[Film/{{Clerks}} self-financed indie flick]], to [[Film/{{Mallrats}} screwball]] [[Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack comedies]], a [[Film/ChasingAmy tasteful dramady]], [[Film/{{Dogma}} religious]] [[Film/RedState thrillers]], a [[Film/JerseyGirl chick flick]] and [[Film/{{Tusk}} rubber monster]] [[Film/YogaHosers b-movies]]. Extends to television, where his resume includes a Canadian teen soap opera, superhero shows, and a [[Series/{{Reaper}} comedy about collecting souls for the devil]].
* HomoeroticSubtext: Almost all of his films revolve around two men and their very close friendships. Some of these films (like ''Film/ChasingAmy'' between the protagonist and his male best friend) openly portray it as attraction, but most leave it as subtext. He acknowledged that he would put some of this content in his films as {{Fanservice}} directed at gay people.
* IconicOutfit: His hockey jerseys and jean shorts. Previously the long green coat.
* InsultBackfire: When Smith half-jokingly accused Creator/TimBurton of ripping off one of his comic books for the ending of ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001'', Burton gave the uncharacteristically nasty response of "Anyone who knows me knows I would never read anything by Kevin Smith." Smith put this quote on the back of his autobiography.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Creator/AlanRickman, Creator/GeorgeCarlin and Michael Parks all remained close friends with Smith following their working together. He once dedicated a whole year to posting anecdotes about his relationship with Carlin on his Facebook page every Wednesday, always with the title "Holy Shit, It's Only Wednesday" (after one of Carlin's bits). Smith directly credits working with Michael Parks for reinvigorating his passion for filmmaking and gave an extremely tearful eulogy on the "Fatman On Batman" episode following Parks' death earlier that week.
* MotorMouth: He NEVER shuts up, ever! Which is funny, because he plays a character called "Silent Bob". Kevin is a talking machine. His Q and A's and his Smodcasts show this. He can talk for hours, literally.
--> "I do DVD Commentaries because I like to talk."
* MrViceGuy: A self-proclaimed "Fat, lazy slob," Smith is a stoner and an (albeit recovering) overeater with a mouth like a sailor. However, he is also said to be one of the nicest celebrities you will ever meet, showing everyone, from colleagues, to fans, to the Westboro Baptist Church the same level of courtesy.
* NiceGuy: Kevin is not afraid to curse and give the f bomb in an interview, however he has proven to be an incredibly sweet, friendly, and outgoing guy who deeply loves his family, friends, and fans.
* {{Nerdgasm}}:
** He commented on this at a ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' panel at Comic Con that he was moderating. Creator/TriciaHelfer (Number Six) revealed that at one point she used to date Creator/NathanFillion (Captain Mal Reynolds of ''Series/{{Firefly}}''). At this Smith remarked that the knowledge that Number Six used to go out with Captain Mal "would make most nerds cum in their pants". Helfer's response was "[[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow That's why we don't tell]]". Fillion confirmed it at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UESMoPze2iQ San Francisco WonderCon 2007]].
** His reaction to hearing that friend and frequent collaborator, Creator/BenAffleck, was cast as Batman in the sequel to ''Film/ManOfSteel''.
-->''Holy shit... BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!! Do you know what this means? It means that I've seen Batman [[NoodleIncident naked]]!!!''
** On his ''Fatman on Batman'' podcast, he admitted to nerdgasming when guest Creator/ArleenSorkin rang his home intercom and announced herself in her Harley Quinn voice, and when Creator/KevinConroy opened up their podcast interview in the Batman voice, Smith instantly declared, "Coming all over!"
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Said by Kevin Smith in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKbAEmvZyKQ an anecdote about his interactions with]] Creator/TimBurton, when he brings up Burton's publicist, whose actual, real name is ''Bumble Ward''.
-->''I am not making it up. I'll say it one more time: Tim's publicist's name is ''Bumble Ward''. There is somebody on this planet... named Bumble.''
* OddFriendship: Considered himself this with Creator/AlanRickman, considering one is a British acting legend and the other is a stoner indie filmmaker from Jersey, yet Rickman often kept in touch with Kevin and his family after filming ''Dogma''. Talking about Alan after his passing is guaranteed to break him down into ManlyTears.
* ParentalSubstitute: He and Jason Mewes agree that he is more or less the father Jason never had, doing his best to support him and be there for him during Jason's drug addiction and helping him out by making movies for him to feature in.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Since 2001, Smith has been using his filmmaking career to help keep Jason Mewes off of drugs. Smith refused to speak to him until went to rehab after Mewes stole his debit card to buy heroin and later promised to only keep casting him in movies if he remained clean. Their podcast, "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old," is basically a weekly intervention to ensure Mewes, now married and with a daughter, won't relapse.
* ThePowerOfLove: Kevin has said that he wasn't sure how much longer he was going to be a filmmaker for a variety of reasons (including critics and fans turning on him and personal burn out) but he cites working on ''Tusk'' as being his renaissance there. The reason was that he ended up inviting his daughter Harley Quinn Smith to play a small role as a Canadian convenience store clerk. Working with his daughter, seeing her talent as an actress and having fun together, made him feel like he could keep doing this and all the anger he had with critics and fans disappeared. In a video promoting ''Yoga Hosiers'', both of them were supposed to do this short interview where she asked him various questions. They didn't get past the first question "Who was your favorite actor to work with?" because he immediately said it was her, and explained the above, even calling her his "salvation." By the end, both of them were in tears hugging each other.
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Smith's films do not lack three-dimensional female characters by any means. ''Feminine'' women, on the other hand, are are practically non-existent, save René in ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'', who yells at Brodie for never taking her to "girl" stores instead of places only he wants to go.
* ScrewYourself: He once did a special for ''Series/TheTonightShow'' where he showed some locations in New Jersey connected to his films. At one point he stands next to a replica of himself, and then proceeds to make out with it, saying it's something he always wanted to do.
* SelfDeprecation: Aside from making fun of his own weight and appearance in his films and his ''An Evening with Kevin Smith'' series, he famously protested his own movie when ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' came out.
** In the forward to the Black Cat trade he wrote, Smith mocks his notorious ScheduleSlip, comparing himself unfavorably to BrianBendis [[note]]Who he notes was writing multiple titles at the same time and meeting all his deadlines.[[/note]] and lets the fanbase know that [[LaserGuidedKarma his contract stipulated that he didn't get paid until after he completed the story.]]
* ShotgunWedding: Jennifer Schwalbach was eight months pregnant with his daughter when the two of them got hitched at Skywalker Ranch. Smith later joked that the two of them never really dated so much as he said "Hi, I'm Kevin, I'd like to impregnate you."
* SignatureStyle: Little to no camera movement, lengthy, usually profanity riddled, conversations about sex (comic book character or otherwise) and StarWars, and some scene involving hockey. All of which is frequently Lampshaded.
* SirSwearsALot: Smith may be a good guy in real life but HOLY SHIT does he swear. Several podcasts have him say the f-bomb several times in just 15 seconds.
* SitcomArchNemesis: An extremely brief one-sided to with Creator/TimBurton. See "InsultBackfire".
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: His earlier films are a good mix of both. Cynical dialogue but a ton of heart at its core.
** ''Film/JerseyGirl'' is more idealistic and heartfelt though while ''Film/RedState'' is easily his harshest work.
* SpeechCentricWork: His films are, as a rule, extremely dialogue-heavy.
* SophisticatedAsHell: As he puts it, he enjoys "mixing the profane and the profound," and both his movies and public speeches feature long, highly articulate diatribes about self-reflection and relationships which alternate between a sophisticated vocabulary and [[ClusterFBomb every four-letter word under the sun]].
* TheStoner: In recent years, he's taken up smoking massive amounts of pot, crediting it with helping him out of a creative slump. Some critics have credited it to have fried his brain due to the perceived drop in quality between his earlier work and his more recent output.
* SublimeRhyme: The [[http://popcultureatemybrains.blogspot.com/2012/08/writing-reviews-white-serpent-rises.html intro]] to his podcast ''Fat Man On Batman''
* TakeThat:
-->"''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' is the second worst thing to ever happen to New York City."
-->'''Film/JerseyGirl''' (2002)
** Also he seems to dislike Creator/ChrisColumbus' films. In ''Dogma'', Serendipity claims that she was responsible for the 19 highest grossing films of all time. Except for the one about [[Film/HomeAlone the kid all alone in the house and fights burglars off]]. And in a deleted scene, Bartleby asks Azrael is Hell really as bad as people say it is. Azrael's answer? "They have been showing ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' CONTINUOUSLY for five years!"
* TakeThatCritics: Subverted. He doesn't dislike critics, but he is generally dismissive of them.
* TaughtByExperience: He went to film school for a few months but dropped out because he would ultimately not be in control of his own final project. In that time, he met Scott Mosier, who tends to [[TechnicianVersusPerformer handle the more technical side of things]]. It's evident from his films that he has a gift for story and dialogue but not much else.
* TooMuchInformation. Averted. Smith is not above going onto long diatribes about going to the bathroom or having sex with his wife on his podcasts. One segment of "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old" is entirely dedicated to Jason Mewes telling detailed anecdotes about him and his wife having sex.
* UglyGuyHotWife: He's well aware of this, and mocks it frequently.
** During an interview on the Canadian TV show "The Hour", Smith claimed that he would never do a porno with his wife. Why? Because he would lose all respect for her; "How can you have sex with THAT?".
** Playboy once did a piece on famous film directors and their interpretations of eroticism, with his wife in a sexy [[ComicBooks/{{Superman}} Lois Lane]] outfit. When asked why he didn't put her in [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Leia's gold bikini]], he replied "Because then I'd have to be Jaba."
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: When his daughter was born he was worried that she would take after him and constantly deal with weight problems. Instead she definitely took after her mother and is tall and very pretty, working as an actress in almost all of her dad's films. In fact, whenever he posts photos of her on his Facebook page, he's quick to remind "certain" commenters to watch what they say about her appearance, because it's being filtered through her father.
* UnstoppableRage: He was once thrown off a plane because of his weight. He was not happy.
* VerbalTic: Says "Whatnot" a lot.
** And "shit like that."
** He says sir almost as much as Jason Mewes.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Although HappilyMarried, he and Jennifer Schwalbach crack a lot of cruel jokes at each other's expense. Apparently it runs in the family, as Smith has shared several stories of his daughter Harley being equally sassy despite the two of them being incredibly close.
* WomenAreWiser: His female characters are almost always depicted as the more competent ones, while the male ones are lazy perverts who, more often than not, are directly responsible for their own misfortunes. Even the two Colleens from the "True North" trilogy, despite being air-headed teenagers, seem significantly more intuitive than any of the male character they encounter.