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Characters: The Breakfast Club

John Bender

Played by: Judd Nelson
  • Abusive Father: His father is a physically abusive alcoholic, who also beats his wife.
  • Anti-Hero: Type IV or V.
  • Attention Whore: Will seemingly do anything to attract your attention.
  • Ax-Crazy: This generally implies in him, particularly in the "I want to be an Airborne Ranger" scene.
  • Berserk Button: Call him a liar. I dare you.
  • Book Dumb: For someone who's made out to have plenty of school trouble, Bender is scarily articulate and intelligent.
  • Cool Loser: Bender is an outcast in the school, but looks like a cool guy to hang out with when he isn't being psycho.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often makes snide remarks towards Vernon.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
  • Freudian Excuse: His violent behavior comes from his dad, as deep down, he's unhappy about life in general.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: 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.
  • Ineffectual Loner: 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.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Straddles the line between this and a Sociopathic Hero.
  • Last Name Basis: Note how the other kids refer to him simply as "Bender".
  • Miles Gloriosus: 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.
  • Mouthy Kid: When Vernon attempts to find a solution to keep the door open. Bender's comments are both hilarious and true.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: "That was great, Claire. My image of you is totally blown."
  • Smarter Than You Look / Jerk Ass Has A Point: 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.
    Bender: You're an idiot anyway, but if you said you liked your parents then you're a liar too.
  • Sociopathic Hero: At first, then he warms up to the four others he's spending detention with.

Claire Standish

Played by: Molly Ringwald

Andrew 'Andy' Clark

Played by: Emilio Estevez

Brian Johnson

Played by: Anthony Michael Hall

Allison Reynolds

Played by: Ally Sheedy

Richard 'Dick' Vernon

Played by: Paul Gleason
  • Dean Bitterman: 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.
  • Jerkass
  • Knight Templar
  • Meaningful Name: There's a reason why his name is Dick. Have a guess.

Carl Reed

Played by: John Kapelos

Mr. Standish

Played by: Tim Gamble

Mrs. Johnson

Played by: Mercedes Hall

Mr. Clark

Played by: Ron Dean
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