Characters: The View Askewniverse
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Clerks
Jay and Silent Bob
- Accidental Pervert: Silent Bob turns into one of these as part of a Running Gag in Mallrats: each time a Zany Scheme backfires, he ends up in a women's dressing room, where he sees a girl in the process of trying on clothes. And it's always the same girl. The girl in question, Gwen, is later seen changing in semi-public while talking to Brodie and TS, claiming that it saves her the effort.
- Adam Westing: According to Kevin Smith, Jay is the personification of how Jason Mewes used to act in his teen years.
- Ambiguously Bi: Jay. He's clearly attracted to women, but represses his attraction to dudes.
- And Starring: Jason Mewes in Chasing Amy and Clerks II.
- Anti Heroes: Especially Jay, although they do at least one good thing in every movie. Encouraging Dante to win back Veronica, trying to destroy a game show stage for the sake of Brodie and TS, lecturing Holden on the tribulations of dating a lesbian, loaning Dante and Randal the money to reopen the Quick Stop, and helping stop the damn Apocalypse definitely spotlights the duo's more heroic side.
- Anything That Moves: Jay proudly proclaims this in the original Clerks.
- Badass Normal: In Dogma, Silent Bob takes on a fallen angel hand to hand and wins.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Dogma, they are introduced showing up just in time to save Bethany.
- Book Dumb: Jay.
- In the cartoon, it's revealed that Jay is still in the fourth grade (despite being 26) due to being held back so many times.
- Breakout Character: The reason Kevin Smith brought them back in Mallrats was because he wanted to see Jason Mewes play Jay one more time, but after learning the duo was so popular, Smith felt confident enough to put them in all the View Askewniverse movies. Since, Jay and Silent Bob have been associated with just about everything related to the View Askewniverse, and were the starring pair in their own movie. They are featured prominently in merchandising, and have received in addition MTV spots, film cameos, music videos, comic books (as well as a comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash), and the trend continues to this day with Jay and Silent Bob Get Old (which chronicles the actors' real-life experiences), and a recent animated movie, Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.
- Butt Monkey: Jay in the Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.
- Casanova Wannabe: Jay.
- Catch Phrase: Jay keeps pushing "Snooch to the nooch!", "Snoochie-boochies!", and other variants. None of them catch on.
- Catch Phrase Spouting Duo
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Jay can slip into this sometimes. Example: his Planet of the Apes fantasy in Strike Back.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Without this trope, Jay would be nearly as mute as Silent Bob.
- Actually the longest Jay has NOT swore was in the animated series due to ABC's meddling.
- Creator Cameo: Silent Bob, played by director and writer Kevin Smith, although his role in every film is more than just a cameo.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: According to Rufus in Dogma, Jay masturbates more than anyone on the planet.
- A Day in the Limelight: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was this for the characters after their appearances in four of Smith's previous films.
- Death Glare: Silent Bob shoots off quite a few of these to Jay (and for good reason, too).
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In Dogma, they make their entrance by beating up three demons, for crying out loud.
- The Ditz: Jay isn't too bright.
- Dumbass Has a Point: In Dogma, Jay suggests simply asking Cardinal Glick to shut down the church rather than going through any unnecessary trouble, which surprises even the Metatron, who remarks, "Good Lord, the little stoner's got a point", completely ignoring the fact that it was Silent Bob's idea.
- Elective Mute: Silent Bob.
- Erudite Stoner: Silent Bob, whose speech excerpts are remarkably profound.
- Fat and Skinny
- The Fool: Jay, most noticeably in Dogma.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Silent Bob.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Silent Bob has one, which he keeps in his overcoat.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Jay.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The Trope Namer. Though the named line in the films is "Hetero Life-Mate".
- Hidden Depths: He may not speak much, but when he does, Silent Bob usually shows that he's actually quite elaborate and intelligent on a variety of subjects.
- Also, according to Bob, he could fill the Grand Canyon with things Jay doesn't know about him.
- High School Rejects
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Silent Bob is clearly a lot smarter than Jay, even without words.
- Idiot Hero: Jay.
- In-Series Nickname: Jay calls Silent Bob "Lunchbox."
- Internet Tough Guy: At the end of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, they fly all over the country to kick the asses of the kids who made fun of them on the Internet.
- Jerkass: Jay.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jay again. Especially in Dogma and at the end of Clerks II, when he and Silent Bob decide to give most of their money from the Bluntman and Chronic movie to Dante and Randal to buy back the Quick Stop and re-open it. Think about it; it's been 5 years since Strike Back and they haven't spent any of it yet.
- Large Ham: Jay.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Lampshaded and discussed quite frequently by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes themselves.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Jay.
- Love at First Sight: Jay with Justice in Strike Back.
- Macgyvering: Silent Bob, according to Jay.
- Man Child: Clerks II finds the duo in their early 30s, still dealing outside the Quick Stop, with seemingly no intention of changing their tune anytime soon (although Jay does lament having not accomplished more in life). One can only wonder what will become of them when Clerks III rolls around in 2015.
- Motor Mouth: Jay. It gives Silent Bob a headache.
- Naked People Are Funny: Jay in Clerks II doing the "Goodbye Horses" dance.
- Apparently, in real life, Jason Mewes does this to Kevin Smith regularly, and Smith decided to include it in the movie.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Dogma, Jay shoots off Bartleby's wings, rendering him human.
- No Last Name Given: Silent Bob. The cartoon calls him "Robert Blutarsky", although according to Kevin Smith, this was merely a reference to Animal House, and that he never gave Bob a last name.
- Not Named in Opening Credits: Kevin Smith as Silent Bob, likely out of modesty, since he already has a writer/director credit.
- Once Per Movie: Silent Bob will speak, although he has two lines in both Dogma and Strike Back, and a full speech in Chasing Amy.
- He speaks a second time in a deleted scene for Mallrats, and a third in a deleted scene for Strike Back.
- The One That Got Away: Amy, for Silent Bob.
- In Strike Back, Jay's love interest, Justice, is taken to prison, albeit with a reduced sentence.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Both of them. Jay's full name was supposed to be Jason Derris, which would make him the brother of Rick Derris, but the idea has since been scrapped.
- Precision F-Strike: "The sign! On the back of the car! Said CRITTERS OF HOLLYWOOD!! YOU DUMB FUCK!!!"
- The Silent Bob: Trope Namer.
- Silent Partner: Silent Bob.
- Silent Snarker: Goes without saying.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Jay, a result of his Mother's tendency to use profanity around him as an infant. In fact, Jay's first word is "fuck."
- The Slackers: As the tagline for Mallrats puts it: "They're not there to work. They're just there." Indeed, Jay and Silent Bob tend to show up wherever something crazy is going on.
- Jay seems to regret being one of these in Clerks II: "Sometimes I wish I had done a little more with my life instead of hanging out in front of places selling weed and shit."
- The Stoners: One of the most iconic stoner duos out there.
- Although they've given it up by Clerks II to become devout Christians, but still deal in front of the Quick Stop.
- Straight Man: Silent Bob.
- Take That Me: Jay is pissed off at Holden for having his comic book alter-ego, Chronic, spout catchphrases such as "Snoochie boochies!", calling it "baby talk."
- Those Two Guys
- Token Evil Teammates: In Mallrats and Dogma.
- Translator Buddy: Jay.
- Transparent Closet: Jay, to the point that a deleted scene in Clerks II had Silent Bob get fed up and break his silence for the sole purpose of calling him out on it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Jay is constantly yelling at Silent Bob and insulting him to his face. Bob's outburst in Strike Back after Jay fails to spot the "Critters of Hollywood" sign represents the fury of several years spent with Jay.
- The Voiceless: Silent Bob.
- Voice Of Reason: Ironically, Silent Bob in a way.
- Wacky Guys
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Silent Bob.
- Zany Scheme: In Mallrats, Jay cooks up a couple of these to incapacitate LaFours, complete with old-school-cartoon-style blueprints.
Played by: Brian O'Halloran
- Betty and Veronica: The Archie in two of these situations.
- Burger Fool: He and Randal have been reduced to this in Clerks II. Made all the more tragic by the fact since they're in their early 30s and have still been working in bottom of the barrel jobs for the last decade.
- Butt Monkey: Unlike Randal, he suffers humiliation and abuse daily, and his selfish actions usually do catch up with him.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm not even supposed to be here today!"
- Character Development: In the sequel, Dante is less inclined to blame other people for his own passiveness and less inclined to bitch about whatever life hands him. The problem is that he's embraced his passiveness, resulting in him having convinced himself that the things life hands him will make him happier than they in all likeliness actually will.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Randal, especially in the cartoon.
- Dismotivation: Likes to think he'll be out of the Quick Stop eventually and views his own life as a wreck, berating Randal for having any fun in what he does.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Caitlin Bree.
- Foil: To Randal.
- The Hero
- High School Rejects: With Randal, although unlike Randal, Dante's quite embarrassed by it.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Insists on giving Caitlin Bree a second chance in their relationship, despite the fact that she previously cheated him on eight (and a half) times, and is currently cheating on her own fiancée by going on a date with him, which is to say that their second try will very likely end the same way. It doesn't end up lasting more than an hour, however, as Caitlin winds up having sex with a dead body in the Quick Stop bathroom and is left scarred for life.
- It also takes advice from Jay and Silent Bob, of all people, to realize that Veronica was a much better girlfriend to him.
- Kavorka Man: Veronica was No. 12 in the original Clerks. You can add Emma and Becky to the list in Clerks II, bringing Dante's total count up to 14.
- Lampshaded by Randal, who says that Dante always has two pretty girls fighting over him despite looking like "a hideous fucking CHUD."
- Meaningful Name: As in "Dante's Inferno", which is a semi-metaphor for Dante's life. Becomes even more meaningful in Clerks II when the Quick Stop burns down.
- Never My Fault: Frequently blame shifts, and is somewhat self-righteous.
- No Respect Guy
- Only Friend: Though Randal seldom admits it (that is, until the end of Clerks II), Dante is this to him, which is why Randal is so rattled at the prospect of Dante leaving New Jersey for good:
Randal: You think I wanna start making friends at my age? Christ, who would want me as their friend? I hate everyone, and everything seems stupid to me, but you were always the counter-balance to that. The guy who was the yin to my yang. Now what the fuck am I gonna do for the rest of my life?
Randal: I honestly don't know if I can make it in this world without you.
- Only Sane Man: Next to Randal, yeah. Even more so in the cartoon, where he's the only sane person in an entire town of idiots.
- Really Gets Around: Considering he had sex with twelve women by the age of 23, which is more than most people have in their entire lifetime.
- Straight Man: Even lampshaded in the credits, where Kevin Smith calls Brian O'Halloran "the world's greatest straight man."
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: An identical cousin of Dante's appears in every film where Brian O'Halloran is not playing Dante.
- With Friends Like These...: With Randal.
Played by: Jeff Anderson
- Anti-Hero: Lazy, smug, and sometimes a real prick, but still does care for his buddy Dante.
- At Least I Admit It: Whatever faults Randal has, at least he doesn't deny who he is.
- Brilliant but Lazy: He is actually a fairly smart guy, but would rather spend the rest of his life working in the Quick Stop than attend college and get a real job.
- Brutal Honesty: Hoo, boy. The thing about Randal is that he's completely honest about any flaws someone has, and won't shut up about it until he's made his point.
- Honest Advisor: A variation towards Dante. If Dante starts talking to him about anything going on in his life, Randal will tell him the bitter truth, whether Dante wants to hear it or not.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Inverted. As Randal points out to Dante, they overcompensate for having what is basically "a monkey's job."
- Burger Fool: He and Dante have been reduced to this in Clerks II. Made all the more tragic by the fact since they're in their early 30s and have still been working in bottom of the barrel jobs for the last decade.
- Caustic Critic: Makes fun of anybody and everybody.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes this in the animated series by going off on weird tangents, such as nearly getting Leonardo nuked based solely on a belief that a monkey is responsible for a deadly virus.
- Deadpan Snarker: A perpetual wiseass who is always, in his own words, "quick with the quips."
- Dumbass Has a Point: In the second movie, eternal slacker Randal puts forth the notion that for all the crap they went through working there, both he and Dante were happiest working at the Quick Stop.
- Flanderization / Took a Level in Dumbass: In the cartoon, he turns into a moron who intentionally makes Dante's life a living hell. Kevin Smith decided that this new characterization worked, though.
- Foil: To Dante.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: In Clerks II, where the only reason anyone puts up with him is because he's Dante's best friend. It's not like Randal didn't give them any reasons not to, though.
- High School Rejects: With Dante.
- Innocent Bigot: Didn't realize what the textbook definition of a "porch monkey" was up until he accidentally said it in front of a couple of black folks...
- It Amused Me: Although he sometimes does it for a reason or to prove a point to Dante, Randal's typical motives for screwing customers are typically for his own kicks.
- Jerkass: Oh so very much.
- The Jester: Unlike Dante, who believes that title dictates behavior, Randal decides only he, as the master of his own destiny, can choose whether or not he is allowed to abuse that title.
- Karma Houdini: And unlike Dante, Randal never even gets properly called out on anything he does.
- Lack of Empathy: Shows little to no (if any) remorse for his actions.
- The Lancer: The snarky, self-centered, complete opposite of Dante.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Randal's life just circulates around pornography, and he seems to have a decent sex life in general.
- Man Child: Mentions at the beginning of Clerks II that he still lives with his mom.
- Manipulative Bastard: Decided a long time ago his reason for working at the Quick Stop was to screw with customers for his own ruthless ends.
- The Movie Buff: Well, he owns a video store, and seems to be very well educated on cinema culture.
- Nice Hat: Never seen without his backwards baseball cap.
- Please Don't Leave Me: To Dante near the end of the second movie.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Anytime he makes a spiel over anything pop culture related, is able to hold his own in the argument.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives two pretty epic ones to Dante at the end of both Clerks movies.
- The Slacker: Bordering on Professional Slacker. Randal comes to work over a half hour late and even then doesn't man the video store unless he feels like it.
- Toxic Friend Influence: To Dante, who consistently blames Randal for holding him back, until Randal points out that Dante dropped out of college and still works at the Quick Stop on his accord, not because of him.
- The Trickster: Looks back on his time working at the Quick Stop as the best time of his life because he was able to "fuck with assholes."
- Troll: "Randal Graves, Scourge of the Video Renter."
- This deleted scene on the DVD of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which starts off familiar, but includes an added twist:
Jay: "Any movie based on Jay and Silent Bob is gonna lick balls, because they both, in fact, lick balls. Namely each other's." (reading further) "Yes, they are real people. Real stupid people. Signed, Darth Randal."
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Until the end of Clerks II when he becomes a Jerkass Woobie.
- With Friends Like These...: With Dante.
- If Dante had left for Florida at the end of Clerks II, he and Elias would have likely become this as well.
Played by: Lisa Spoonhauer
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Veronica's Betty and Dante's Archie.
- Bi the Way: Alyssa from Chasing Amy mentions that she was in a homosexual relationship with Caitlin in high school, and in the cartoon, Jay tells Dante that Caitlin has set up a kissing booth (off-screen) that isn't just for guys.
- The One That Got Away: Dante thinks so.
- Really Gets Around
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Dante eight and a half times while they were together and doesn't seem to have changed her tune by the end of the movie.
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Mallrats
Played by: Jeremy London
Played by: Renee Humphrey
Played by: Michael Rooker
- Bald of Evil
- Big Bad
- Jerkass: He does seem to care for his daughter, and Brodie and TS are trying to destroy his game show, after all, but definitely crosses the line when he tries to frame the duo for a crime they did not actually commit.
Steve-Dave Pulatsi and Walter the Fanboy
Played by: Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan
- Catch Phrase: "Tell 'em, Steve-Dave!"
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Seeing as how they're always together. Although the sixth episode of the Animated Series suggests otherwise...
- Jerkasses: Every time they appear. Steve-Dave insults somebody, and Walter follows it up with his trademark catch phrase.
- Those Two Guys: They apparently run the comic book store in Mallrats, are seen protesting outside of an abortion clinic in Dogma and attend the Bluntman and Chronic movie premiere in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, where Steve-Dave expresses disappointment that a decent comic book movie has yet to be made.
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Chasing Amy
Played by: Joey Lauren Adams
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Dogma
Played by: Bud Cort and Alanis Morissette
- Affably Evil: When he's not doing his job as the angel of death, he is a pretty decent person. He naturally has fun getting stoned with Jay and Bob, offering gum to the "innocent" woman whose life he and Bartleby spared during the Mooby's boardroom massacre, and when he meets Serendipity again (albeit while drunk), he greets her like a long lost relative.
- Ax-Crazy: The Mooby's boardroom members found this out the hard way.
- Broken Angel
- Asexual Life Partners: With Bartleby.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Comes off as this a lot, especially when compared to the more down-to-earth (in a manner of speaking) Bartleby.
- Grim Reaper: Insofar as he actually appears grim.
- Heel Face Door Slam
- Heel-Face Turn: Eventually, after he becomes human.
- Heel Realization: When, after Silent Bob lobs him off the train, he gets just who Bartleby is starting to sound like.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: As soon as we find out he turned human we see him with a large bottle of champagne in his hand.
- Like an Old Married Couple
- Meaningful Name: While he is not a god in this version, Loki does live up to the name at the opening scene. He uses Through the Looking-Glass as a means to get a nun to question her faith, simply because he likes "Fucking with the clergy."
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Seems to be his major restriction as Angel Of Death. When Bartleby demands he kill Bethany he explains he can't unless she's done something to deserve it. Although he did nearly kill a secretary for not saying "God Bless You" when he sneezed, so he appears to be able to choose what constitutes a punishment-deserving sin and what doesn't.
- Noodle Incident: He got drunk, quit his job and gave god the finger. God didn't take that very well and sent him to Wisconsin.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's the former angel of death who likes to kill people, but will happily get stoned with two random guys and chat in a perfectly friendly manner. Would be Affably Evil if he was brighter.
- Redemption Equals Death
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Bartleby.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Bartleby.
Played by: Linda Fiorentino
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Played by: Shannon Elizabeth
Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly
- Butt Monkey
- Disney Death: Appears to have one when Jay and Silent Bob (with a little help from Suzanne) trick him into jumping off a dam, only for Willenholly to turn up unharmed (but soaking wet) moments later.
- The Ditz
- Hero Antagonist
- Large Ham: It's Will Ferrell, this trope is a given.
- Made of Iron: He jumped off a dam and went over a waterfall, but emerged completely unscathed.
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Clerks II
Played by: Trevor Fehrman