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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.