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Characters: The View Askewniverse

Characters Who Make Their Debut in Clerks:

Jay and Silent Bob

Played by: Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, respectively.

  • 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) because he's been 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.
    • "SNOOGANS!"
  • 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.
  • The Danza: Jay is played by Jason Mewes. This is what clued him into the fact that Kevin Smith wanted him to basically play himself.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, although according to Jason Mewes, Jay's full name is Jason Derris, making him the brother of Rick Derris.
  • 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 Good Teammate / Token Evil Teammate: Somewhere inbetween the two. A good example is in Mallrats, where the duo go to painstaking lengths to stop the game show and help out Brodie and T.S., but there are examples to the contrary, such as in Dogma, where they steal Cardinal Glick's golf club.
  • 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.

Dante Hicks

Played by: Brian O'Halloran
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie in two of these situations.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • The Hero
  • High School Rejects: With Randal, although unlike Randal, Dante's quite embarrassed by it.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Randal Graves

Played by: Jeff Anderson
  • Anti-Hero: Lazy, smug, and sometimes a real prick, but still does care for his buddy Dante.
  • 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."
  • Caustic Critic: Makes fun of anybody and everybody.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The cartoon makes Insane Troll Logic essentially his default thought process, and he's obsessed with strange things like an old arcade game from back in high school.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A perpetual wiseass who is always, in his own words, "quick with the quips."
  • 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 pointed out that this new characterization worked, though.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • The Jester
  • Karma Houdini: And unlike Dante, Randal never even gets properly called out on anything he does.
  • The Lancer: The 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, and therefore has to bring chicks to the Quick Stop to have sex with them when his mom's home.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • 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 cap.
  • 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."
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Until the end of Clerks II when he becomes a Jerkass Woobie.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Dante.

Caitlin Bree

Played by: Lisa Spoonhauer

Willam Black

Played by: Scott Mosier (Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) and Ethan Suplee (Mallrats).

Characters Who Make Their Debut in Mallrats:

Brodie Bruce

Played by: Jason Lee

T.S. Quint

Played by: Jeremy London

Tricia Jones

Played by: Renee Humphrey

Steve-Dave Pulatsi and Walter the Fanboy

Played by: Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan

Characters Who Make Their Debut in Chasing Amy:

Holden McNeil

Played by: Ben Affleck

Alyssa Jones

Played by: Joey Lauren Adams

Banky Edwards

Played by: Jason Lee

Characters Who Make Their Debut in Dogma:


Played by: Bud Cort and Alanis Morissette


Played by: Ben Affleck


Played by: Matt Damon


Played by: Linda Fiorentino


Played by: Chris Rock


Played by: Jason Lee


Played by: Alan Rickman


Played by: Salma Hayek

Characters Who Make Their Debut in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back:


Played by: Shannon Elizabeth

Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly

Played by: Will Ferrell
  • 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

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