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Characters Who Make Their Debut in Clerks
Jay and Silent Bob
Played by: Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, respectively.
Appears in: Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Clerks: The Animated Series, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II.
- 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.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Jay apparently masturbates more than anyone else on the planet.
- 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.
Rufus: When you [masturbate], you're thinking about guys.Jay: ...Dude, not all the time.
- The closest thing we get to him admitting it is this exchange from Dogma.
- 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 Longcoat: Silent Bob wears one.
- Badass Normal: In Dogma, they beat up a trio of mid-level demons. Silent Bob later takes on two Fallen Angels 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
- Christmas Elves: The Holiday Special comic has Santa hiring them to this due to the actual elves' incompetence.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Jay can slip into this sometimes. Example: his Planet of the Apes fantasy in Strike Back.
- "Homeboy fucked a Martian once."
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Silent Bob.
- 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.
- Dumb Blonde: Jay is blond and an example of The Ditz.
- 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.
- Horror Host: The Lost Scene comic has them in a parody of this role.
- 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.
- Kissing Cousins: In Clerks, Jay mentions he'd be willing to knock boots with a girl who just happens to be his cousin.
- 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.
- Manchild: 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).
- 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 Dogma three in 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. By Clerks II it's clear that he's still waiting for her ("JUSTICE TLF") despite flirting with other women.
- 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!!!"
- Real Men Hate Sugar: Averted in Jay's case.
- In Chasing Amy he is seen eating sugar straight out of the container.
- Silent Bob is buying powdered sugar when he speaks with Dante in Clerks.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jay is the Red and Silent Bob is the Blue. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are apparently like this in real life too, the only difference being that Kevin tends to be the more talkative one while Jason is more reserved (at least around Kevin).
- The Silent Bob: He is the trope namer. He never speaks a word.
- Silent Partner: Silent Bob.
- Silent Snarker: Goes without saying.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Baby Jay's first word was "fuck", if that tells you anything about the kind of person he grows up to be.
- The Slackers: 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.
- 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: They're the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of The View Askewniverse.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While still vulgar, Jay is noticeably less abrasive than before in Clerks II.
- Translator Buddy: Jay. Subverted slightly in that Silent Bob can speak English perfectly fine, but chooses to remain laconic.
- 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. Probably a coincidence, but if one watches all the movies in order, he is this in odd-numbered movies note , and not so much in even-numbered ones note .
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Silent Bob apparently keeps gadgets such as a blow-up doll and a grappling hook in his oversized coat.
- 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
- Anything That Moves: His discussion with Veronica about their respective past relationships wherein he admits to sleeping with 12 women. Veronica berates him for sleeping with anybody who pays him any attention. Dante doesn't deny it.Veronica: You men make me feel sick. You'll sleep with anything that says yes.Dante: Animal, mineral or vegetable.Veronica: Vegetable, meaning paraplegic.Dante: They put up the least amount of struggle.
- Betty and Veronica: The Archie in two of these situations.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Veronica thinks he's got a lot of potential that's going to waste in the Quick Stop and makes an attempt to push him into considering re-enrolling in higher education.
- 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. His cousins aren't much better; Gil gets humiliated by Brodie in Mallrats, while Grant is brutally murdered in Dogma (presumably by Bartleby), On live TV.
- 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.
- 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. Unfortunately, Randall inadvertently caused them to break up for good.
- Jerkass: At least when it comes to the women he dates and to blaming all his problems on other people.
- 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."
- Love Martyr: According to a throwaway line from Veronica's furious breakup speech to him, all of Dante's Wangst is just his refusal to get over Caitlin, a girl who was frequently unfaithful to him and dumped him in high school.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Dante does have his remarks every now and then but he is a kind, thoughtful, mature, and well-meaning person.
- 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.
- Pulled from Your Day Off: Clerks opens with him being called into work on his day off, and the rest of the film is a chronicle of his misadventures during the day.
- 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.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He makes a lot of questionable decisions throughout the movie and Randal's repeated "The Reason You Suck" Speeches seem to indicate we're supposed to feel Dante is responsible in some way for basically all the bad things that happen to him.
- 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.
- Author Avatar: Kevin Smith specifically wrote the part of Randal for himself ("Which is why he has all the best lines!") but found himself unable to handle such a big part in addition to directorial duties — which is why Jeff Anderson was brought in.
- 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.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: This is no doubt one of Randal's biggest flaws. In Clerks, he tells Veronica Dante tried to cheat on her with Caitlin, causing Veronica to break up with Dante after he realizes he's in love with her. In Clerks II, literally seconds after Dante makes him swear not to tell anyone he got his manager, Becky, pregnant, she comes outside looking for them, and Randal nervously blurts out a congratulations to her, which of course pisses her off and causes her zoom off in her car and wind up in front of an abortion clinic.
- 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.
- Character Development / Took a Level in Kindness: He does come off less of an jerkass in the second Clerks movie and treats the people around him not as nasty as previously.
- 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.
- Randal's also a little dumber in Clerks II, confusing Anne Frank with Helen Keller.
- 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.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Completely averted. He has no problem watching hermaphroditic porn."Beautiful chicks with dicks that put mine to shame."
- 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.
- Manchild: 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."
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."
- This deleted scene on the DVD of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which starts off familiar, but includes an added twist:
- 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.
Pleyed by: Marilyn Ghigliotti
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Caitlin's Veronica and Dante's Archie.
- Nice Girl: A way better girlfriend than Dante deserves, which gets lampshaded constantly throughout the first movie.
- Only Sane Woman: She leaves Dante in the end, which is quite understandable, seeing how he was ready to cheat on her without even a second thought.
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.
- I Love the Dead: By accident. She didn't know it was a corpse.
- The One That Got Away: Dante thinks so.
- 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.
Played by: Scott Mosier
- Catch-Phrase: "That's beautiful, man..."
- Manchild: Actually billed in the Clerks credits as "Willam the Idiot Manchild."
- One Steve Limit: No relation to the Mallrats Willam.
- The Stoner: His easy-going attitude puts Jay and Silent Bob to shame.
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Mallrats
- Alliterative Name: Both his first and surname start with "B".
- Deadpan Snarker: He's almost the same, to the point of being an Expy, as his cousin Randal.
- Elevator Going Down: He and Rene have sex in the mall elevator after Rene challenges his libido.
- Fanboy: He is a big fan of comic books.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With T.S.
- The Lancer: To T.S.
Played by: Jeremy London
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Mr. Svenning would rather auction off his daughter on a dating show than see her with him.
- Official Couple: With Brandi, when Jaws pops out of the water.
- Supporting Protagonist: Although T.S. is technically the protagonist of the story, it is Brodie who gets the opening narration, as well as the primary focus of the story.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Brodie.
Played by: Renee Humphrey
- It's for a Book: She has sex with multiple older men for a book she's writing on the male sex drive, being the youngest author in history to tackle the subject.
- Really Gets Around: At least it's for a good cause.
- Younger Than They Look: She's 15 (though the actress playing her was already old enough).
Played by: Michael Rooker
- Big Bad: The main antagonistic force in the film, who tries to sabotage T.S.'s attempts to win Brandi back at every opportunity.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Shannon Hamilton.
- Frame-Up: Tries to frame T.S. and Brodie for marijuana possession so T.S. won't have a chance to win Brandi back.
- 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
Appear in: Mallrats, Chasing Amy (cut scene), Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks: The Animated Series.
- 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...
- Hypocrite: Steve-Dave gives a huge "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Dante in the holiday special claiming he charges outrageous prices and rips his customers off, only to be shown personally jacking up the prices on new books at his comic store.
- 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.
- Too Dumb to Live: In the animated series the two respectively attempted to win a costume contest by going as a bounty hunter disguised as Steve-Dave and the Human Torch. Walt's Human Torch costume involved wrapping himself up head to toe in toilet paper and dousing himself in kerosene. Guess what happened.
- Arch-Enemy: to Brodie.
- Berserk Button: Mallrats like Brodie and T.S.
- Evil Is Bigger: Affleck is 6'4", towering over everyone who isn't Mr. LaFours.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers an absolutely brutal one to Brodie.
Played by: Sven-ole Thorsen
- Beard of Evil: A goatee coupled with a Badass Moustache.
- The Dragon: The main enforcer of Mr. Svenning's will and willfully compliant in his attempt to frame Brodie and T.S. for bringing marijuana to the mall.
- Made of Iron: Gets hit very hard in the back of the head with a metal baseball bat by Jay and gets up almost immediately afterwards.
- Nice Hat: A porkpie hat.
- The Voiceless: Also an example of Silent Antagonist.
Played by: Ethan Suplee
Appears in: Mallrats.
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Chasing Amy
- Actor Allusion: Seems to be a fan of Ben Affleck, or at least thought "he was the bomb in Phantoms."
- Deadpan Snarker: Not so much in Chasing Amy, but his scene in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back show he is absolutely this.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Not only does he lose Alyssa, he also loses his best friend, though he manages to reconcile with both of them by the end and they part on good terms.
Played by: Joey Lauren Adams
- Bi the Way: Has a pretty questionable reputation.
- Really Gets Around: She has a very checkered sexual history, which is why Holden feels insecure about dating her.
- Berserk Button: He is NOT a tracer.
- Deadpan Snarker: The "Man-Hating Dyke" speech he gives to Holden in particular.
- Gayngst: He's a self-hating, closeted homosexual.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Holden.
- Jerkass: For the majority of the movie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While still a bit of an asshole he's definitely gotten better by the end.
- Pet the Dog: While no fan of Alyssa, he does look a bit sorry when he finds Holden on the couch devastated over his and Alyssa's breakup.
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Dogma
Played by: Bud Cort and Alanis Morissette
- Badass in Distress: Spends most of the movie comatose in the form of John Doe Jersey.
- Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Silly Ones: Metatron describes God as lonely and funny and upon seeing her, and the way she acts, you'd think she's a bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander. But this is still God and has been known to be vengeful in the past.
- Cool Old Guy: Takes the form of a kindly-looking old man just to play skee-ball.
- Like an Old Married Couple / Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Metatron seem to have this dynamic.
- Silent Snarker: Doesn't talk since one word from Her voice could kill a human being. But expresses Herself using Her face.
- Asexual Life Partners: With Loki, since neither has genitals.
- Ax-Crazy: In the last half hour.
- Broken Angel: Graduates to Fallen Angel after Silent Bob throws him off the train.
- Dragon Ascendant: Takes the role of main antagonist after Azrael is killed, due to making his own plan to unmake existence.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Since angels can do things that demons cannot, like transubstantiate, he and Loki drive the plot instead of Azrael. By the end, he plans to unmake existence independent of Azrael, though it hardly matters since Azrael is dead.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Pushes the limits of this trope near the end of the movie when he and Loki massacre the crowd of people at the church gathering, and then he (Bartleby) starts dropping innocent people from the sky. And doesn't even care if the world was be unmade, as long as he goes back to Heaven (which might be erased too).
- Only Sane Man: Until his Villainous Breakdown. Mind, this is compared to the former Angel of Death.
- Redemption Equals Death: Hinted at, as he tells God he's sorry before dying.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Loki.
- Toxic Friend Influence: To Loki.
- Villainous Breakdown: After being thrown off a train, something... snaps. Shown when he gets pissed when Loki compares him to Lucifer.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Loki.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's still plans to return to Heaven, even knowing it will unmake existence.
- Your Head Asplode: His death.
Played by: Matt Damon
- 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.
- Asexual Life Partners: With Bartleby, since neither have genitals.
- 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 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. Although given his Meaningful Name above, the tone in which Bartleby calls him back, and the fact that his gun is most likely empty He was probably just screwing with her.
- 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.
Played by: Linda Fiorentino
- Babies Ever After: It's suggested that she is able to bear children again at the end of the film.
- Deadpan Snarker: The first thing she does is fuck with a bunch of conservative protesters by claiming the Pope showed up at the abortion clinic she works at.
- Hollywood Atheist: She gets better, though.
Played by: Chris Rock
- Naked on Arrival: "Guys like us just don't fall out of the fucking sky, you know!"
- Didn't See That Coming: He notices Serendipity motioning toward a golf club to Silent Bob and picks up she wants him to hit Azrael with it. So he decides to humor him by letting Bob get a free hit, even exposing his stomach just to rub it in. However Azreal doesn't realize that the club has been "blessed" by Cardinal Glick (to help him with his game) and essentially been made a holy weapon. So when the impact comes, it ends up killing him much to his disbelief. Serendipity lampshades and mocks his cockiness.
- Disk One Final Boss: He's killed off right before the the climax of the movie but there's still Bartleby and Loki to deal with before they wipe out all of creation.
- Dirty Coward: Serendipity accuses him of being this when he refused to participate in the war between God and Lucifer.
- Driven to Suicide: He wants to "not exist" than spend eternity in Hell.
- Famous Last Words: "But... I'm a fucking demon..."
- Genre Savvy: "I've seen one too many Bond movies to know that you never reveal all the details of your plan, no matter how close you may think you are to winning."
- Ironic Name: He's named after the Angel of Death. "Loki" would be a more appropriate name for him, since like the mythical god Azrael tries to bring about the end of the world (à la Ragnorak).
- Large Ham: Jason Lee is clearly enjoying himself in the role.
- Man in White: Not a good version, though.
- Open Shirt Taunt: Does this to Silent Bob so that the latter will take a swing at him with Cardinal Glick's golf club. It turns out being a "fucking demon" doesn't work to your advantage.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Type C. Quite powerful, intelligent, and prestigious, but is also very whiny and petulant to an amazing degree.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: He is willing to condemn the entire universe to non-existence in order to escape Hell. Serendipity lampshades that this is incredibly selfish and childish of him.
Played by: Alan Rickman
- The Chessmaster: For the good guys.
- Deadpan Snarker: Well, he is played by Alan Rickman, what can you expect?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Seems rather rude and snarky when he first meets Bethany, but later it's revealed he has nothing but outright sympathy for her.
- Playing Against Type: Alan Rickman normally plays villains.
- Translator Buddy: He's called the Voice of God for a reason.
Played by: Salma Hayek
- Irony: As a muse, she's the source of inspiration for many, many people, including various writers, singers, and filmmakers. She left the job after getting tired of inspiring other people instead of working on her own stuff. Unfortunately, when she sat down to create something, she ended up with writer's block.
- Ms. Fanservice: Surely, there's a reason she's wearing nothing but a bra and panties when we're first introduced to her...
- The Muse: One of the actual ones actually, she mostly spends her days working as a stripper before he heroes come looking for her.
- The Smart Girl: Oh yeah, she pretty much ends up guiding the final leg of the journey and has a hand in Azazel's death.
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Played by: Shannon Elizabeth
- All of the Other Reindeer: Her teammates show nothing but contempt for her. One wonders why they allow her to join in the first place. Though dialogue suggested she used to be more like them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Turns herself and the other thieves in so that Jay and Silent Bob can go free.
- Love Interest: For Jay.
- Odd Name Out: Missy, Sissy, Chrissy and Justice.
- Stealth Pun: Shannon Elizabeth insisted on wearing glasses to play the character because "Justice is blind."
Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly
Played by: Will Ferrell
- Butt-Monkey: He gets no respect from his fellow law enforcement.
- 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.
Characters Who Make Their Debut in Clerks II
Played by: Trevor Fehrman
- Cloudcuckoolander: The "Pillow Pants" story comes off as this, which horrifies even the usually wisecracking Randal.
- Fanboy: Of The Lord of the Rings and Transformers.
- Momma's Boy: In his first scene, he's shown kissing his mom good-bye after she gives him a ride to work.