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!The Breakfast Club

[[folder:In General]]
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A group of five wildly different teens who spend a day in detention together.
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* AbusiveParents: Every single one of them have parents who treat them horribly. For specifics, go to their individual folders.
* CharacterDevelopment: All of them learn to embrace who they really are, as well as accepting other people.
* 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.
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[[folder:John Bender]]
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->'''Played by:''' Creator/JuddNelson

John Bender is the stereotypical reckless out of control "criminal" of the group.
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* AbusiveParents: His father is a physically abusive alcoholic, who also beats his wife, who isn't a good parent either.
* 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]].
* 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: 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.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Sanguine
* FreudianExcuse: His violent behavior [[AbusiveParents comes from his dad]], as deep down, he's unhappy about life in general.
* 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[=/=]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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His sympathetic qualities are buried so deeply under so much antisocial behavior and cynicism that it comes off as a HiddenHeartOfGold at times.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Straddles the line between this and a SociopathicHero.
* LastNameBasis: Note how the other kids refer to him simply as "Bender".
* 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."
* SociopathicHero: At first, then he warms up to the four others he's spending detention with.
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[[folder:Claire Standish]]
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->'''Played by:''' Creator/MollyRingwald

Claire Standish is the stereotypical rich, popular "princess" of the group.
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* AbusiveParents: Psychologically abusive, with a side of neglect. Her parents use her as a weapon to get back at each other.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She hooks up with Bender in the end.
* AlphaBitch: She's a rich Daddy's girl that lives up to the stereotype.
* FieryRedhead: Has flaming auburn hair and does lose it a few times during the film.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Choleric
* {{Jerkass}}: Much like your typical AlphaBitch.
* JerkassFacade: She acts mean towards others just because she's afraid of being rejected by her friends.
* 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: Though 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.
* 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.
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[[folder:Andrew 'Andy' Clark]]
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->'''Played by:''' Emilio Estevez

Andrew Clark is the stereotypical popular, good looking "athlete" of the group.
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* AbusiveParents: His scumbag father lives vicariously off of his athletic achievements.
* AntiHero: A KnightInSourArmor or a PragmaticHero.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's deeply ashamed of his father's behavior and what he did to earn his said father's love.
* KnightInSourArmor: Second type. 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.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Andy outright states in an emotional breakdown that all his dad cares about is his son's win-loss ratio.
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[[folder:Brian Johnson]]
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->'''Played by:''' Anthony Michael Hall

Brian Johnson is the stereotypical geeky, smart "brain" of the group.
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* AbusiveParents: 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.
* {{Adorkable}}: He's the brainiest of the kinds in detention, and is rather socially awkward.
* 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 "fuck you!" to her.
* ButtMonkey: ''Mother of God.'' The things he goes through at home and at school would make Creator/FranzKafka proud.
* ClassicalAntiHero
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Melancholic
* GirlfriendInCanada: Or so he claims. No one believes him.
* InsufferableGenius: 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.
* JadeColoredGlasses
* KnightInSourArmor: Arguably becomes this by the end of the movie.
* NiceGuy: The nicest character in the entire film. This being Film/TheBreakfastClub, he gets put through hell for it.
* WideEyedIdealist: At first, and arguably not for long.
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[[folder:Allison Reynolds]]
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->'''Played by:''' Ally Sheedy

Allison Reynolds is the stereotypical weird, quiet "basket case" of the group.
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* AbusiveParents: [[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.
* CloudCuckooLander: Exhibits a lot of spastic behavior, as one may think she's mentally ill.
* 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.
* LonersAreFreaks: She's often ignored by everyone, including her own parents causing her to do bizarre things.
* MoralityPet: Allison is the only one in detention that [[ByronicHero Bender]] doesn't act like a {{jerkass}} to.
* 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".
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* 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: After Claire gives her a makeover.
* SweetTooth: See CrazyConsumption above for elaboration.
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!The Adults

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

The principal of the school and the one who is in charge of watching over the main characters.
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* 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.
* HobbesWasRight: Seems to hold this philosophy.
* {{Jerkass}}: It's most prominent with Bender, but he treats every student in detention like they're the scum of the earth.
* 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.
* 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.
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[[folder:Carl Reed]]
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->'''Played by:''' John Kapelos

The janitor of the school.
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* AlmightyJanitor: He makes some really accurate (if cynical) predictions about the students, and 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 / JadedWashout: Carl was Man of the Year in 1969, and in his own words, aspired to be like Creator/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.
* TheLastDJ: Seems to favor his job as a janitor over advancement.
* 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.
* OnlySaneMan: Sort of. He's the only adult that treats the kids with some degree of civility.
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[[folder:Mr. Standish]]
->'''Played by:''' Tim Gamble

Claire's father.
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* AbusiveParent: Psychologically. He uses Claire to get payback on his wife, who is no saint either.
* EvilIsPetty
* HateSink: He's not a particularly likeable guy.
* PragmaticVillainy
* 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}}
* SmugSmiler / StepfordSmiler
* SugaryMalice: Never loses his fatherly façade.
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[[folder:Mrs. Johnson]]
->'''Played by:''' Mercedes Hall

Brian's mother.
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* 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 daughter.''
* BlondesAreEvil: Blonde and decidedly unpleasant.
* EducationMama: A particularly nasty variant.
* EvilMatriarch
* HateSink: More evidence that in the universe of this film, adults are scum.
* {{Jerkass}}: Holy shit.
* LackOfEmpathy: It's strongly implied that she knew about Brian's suicidal tendencies, but she's shockingly callous about it.
* StageMom: An academic example.
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[[folder:Mr. Clark]]
->'''Played by:''' Ron Dean

Andy's father.
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* AbusiveParent
* 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.
* FatBastard: For a guy who's big on athletics, he's not in the best shape.
* HairTriggerTemper
* HateSink: [[HumansAreBastards Well, duh.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: He calls Andrew a "discipline case" despite pressuring him into being a JerkJock.
* {{Jerkass}}
* JerkJock: He was most likely this in his past.
* LowerClassLout
* PragmaticVillainy: Mr. Clark has no moral qualms with his son engaging in antisocial behavior, provided he's discreet about it.
* 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.
* [[StageMom Stage Dad]]: Lives vicariously through his son.
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