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Jerkass: Comic Books
  • Reggie from the beloved Archie Comics. He's practically the trope namer.
  • The Sandman.
  • Guy Gardner of the Green Lantern Corps and Justice League International. Exactly how much of a jerk he is varies (partly due to complicated mental issues), but at his worst he's tolerated mainly because he's useful in a fight (although getting him to stop can be more of an issue). Thankfully, he received some Character Development over the course of a decade and a half, cleaned up his act, and became a Boisterous Bruiser instead.
  • Ollie Queen, while ultimately a force of good, has never been particularly nice about it. On his best days, he's rude, arrogant, and is always convinced that his idea is better. On most days, he's a sanctimonious, elitist jackass. At his worst, he's a straight-up fucking asshole who pisses everyone off and alienates his allies, which explains why he always seems to be having to make amends with someone.
  • Namor consistently treats everyone he knows as inferior to him, often engages in hypocritical rebukes of others, and won't stop trying to get into Sue Storm's pants, marriage be damned. And those are the days he isn't hobnobbing with despots like Osborn or Doom or sending giant tidal waves to drown New York City. Even when he is actually doing something for someone other than himself, you can guarantee he'll be a self-entitled dick about it.
  • Both title characters of Calvin and Hobbes occasionally delve into this, though Calvin is more of a Jerkass Woobie.
  • Toyota from Y: The Last Man makes a point of being as unpleasant as possible to everyone she comes into contact with, as if sticking swords through them (not to mention cutting Ampersand's tail) wasn't enough.
  • Deadpool can be a huge jerkass at times. Especially when it comes to blind Al, Weasel and Bob.
  • The Comedian from Watchmen.
  • Spider-Man is practically the only non-Jerk Ass in Ultimate Marvel. And even he gets his moments. But for more specific examples:
    • Flash Thompson.
    • Jean Grey casually abusing her power by switching Peter and Logan's minds (having threatened to do so to Logan, but Peter, being nowhere near the X-Men, had no clue) just because Logan hit on her one time too many for her taste. Peter flatly calls her and the rest of the X-Men out on this, accusing them of being hated not because they were mutants, but because they were complete assholes.
      • It should be noted that Jean didn't purposefully do this to Peter. She made it so Logan would switch with the last person he wanted to be and that turned out to be Peter. This arguably makes it worse - she decided some random person deserved to be possessed by Wolverine, and didn't care enough to bother checking who that was.
    • And speaking of Logan, the implications of just what he tried to do with Mary Jane while in Peter's body, just for starters.
      • Also, let's not forget that Logan deliberately left Scott to die in the Savage Land, just so he could try and get Jean in bed.
    • Hank Pym's wife-beater status may be mostly undeserved in the 616-verse, but boy howdy, does he earn it here. And on top of being a Jerk Ass, he's batshit insane on his bad days.
    • Ultimate Daredevil is a complete tool. He's still a good guy, but his methods are a little more extreme and when a disheartened and down on his luck (for a change of pace) Spiderman asks him for advice, he thoroughly chews him out in the rudest, most dickish way imaginable—something to the effect of "You're a stupid little kid who's in over his head. Get out of this business before you get someone, or more importantly me, killed." Afterwards, several times when Peter came to his aid Daredevil gave him a mild beating and threw him out of the fight. Eventually, when Daredevil hits his lowest point, it's Peter who talks him out of killing an innocent woman just to get back at Wilson Fisk.
    • Ultimates 3 turns Hawkeye into a melodramatic, gun-crazy Death Seeker. When he goes to Spider-Man for information after "Venom" attacks the mansion, he gets Spidey's attention by shooting at him, paralyses him with a tranq dart, and then leaves him lying in the snow after getting called back by Cap. Man, Spidey gets this from both teams.
    Spider-Man: Hey...uh...guys? Little help here?...I hate you.
    • Even Captain America is an asshole. While the original writer merely made him a jingoistic "1940s-average-Joe" type, with all the fish-out-of-water attitude that came with it, later writers added in racism and sexism, just to make him match the rest of the universe's assholery. He eventually has an Asshole Realization when Peter Parker dies, having done so by taking a bullet for Steve, mere hours after Steve had given him a long "The Reason You Suck" Speech about why he was a terrible hero.
      • While anything Mark Millar says in interviews can be taken with an entire bucket of salt, he's gone on record saying that this Cap's personality (which he charitably just calls "social conservative") is specifically what makes him cool, in a Die Hard kind of way. Then again, this is the same interview where he compares Cap to Batman in a "He goes in, 3000 people die', and the situation gets resolved" comment, and that no one's ever taken a superhero in the direction he's taken Ultimate Cap, so once more, take it with a lot of salt.
  • Gladstone Gander. He can get anything he wants just by wanting it, and yet keeps on tormenting his poor cousin Donald Duck with his insufferable jackassery and Smug Snake behavior.
  • While Lucy might have been the worst Jerk Ass in the Peanuts cartoons, Violet was the worst Jerk Ass in the comic. She constantly abused Charlie Brown both verbally and physically, and once firmly declared that he had no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
    • Lucy was, however, a bit of a brat. Once she even told everyone Charlie Brown was hitting her when he hadn't, for no reason whatsoever (in a Sunday strip from November '52). She also teases and bullies her little brother Linus without stopping, forces respect out of other kids through sheer intimidation, and uses Charlie Brown's "sessions" at her booth as an excuse to make him feel even worse about himself. And that's not even getting into the annual football gag, which seems meaner every time she does it. Toward the end of the strip, she started taking on a surprisingly nurturing role toward Rerun, softening up some.
  • Marvel's superfast mutant Quicksilver has been a good guy, bad guy, and in-between, but never stops being an arrogant, self-centered dick. This extends to his other incarnations, such as his appearances on X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men.
    • Peter David wrote a great story in X-Factor that gave a reason why Quicksilver's always such a tool. He explains to psychiatrist Doc Samson that everyone gets irritated waiting in a long line because someone else's slowness is holding it up. Imagine if everyone on else the planet is like the person holding up the line. That's the way Quicksilver feels.
  • Nick Fury is this trope.
    • Nick Fury is a huge jerkass so you don't have to be.
      • Nick wavers between this and Jerk with a Heart of Gold. His Ultimate Universe incarnation tends to reflect this trope more.
  • Garfield is one of the worst examples of this trope. See Here is a big example.
    • Let's not forget Nermal either. He seems to visit Garfield purely to steal his food, rub it in Garfield's face that Nermal's cuter and younger than he is, use his cuteness to steal Jon's affection and con him into giving Nermal food, and after all that still seems to think that Garfield likes him. Thankfully, Garfield always makes him pay for it.
  • Stanley the Talking Fish in Nintendo Comics System and Mario to a lesser extent.
  • Mini Monsters has Victor Von Piro, although he's sometimes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • Morty Vivente is a mix of this and Alpha Bitch, without the "popular" thing.
  • Depending on the Writer, J. Jonah Jameson from Spider-Man is either this or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • In issue 6, Peter had just been hired and Jameson had decided to treat Spiderman like a criminal. When everybody leaves, Peter asks Jameson "How do you know he's a criminal?" and Jameson replies "I don't. I could just as easily send good press his way. Why don't I? This will sell more papers." Twenty years later he has a nervous breakdown, why? He didn't unmask Spidey when he had the chance. Complete. Total. Jerkass.
  • Reed Richards wanders in and out of this trope Depending on the Writer.
  • Batman (otherwise known as "Crazy Steve"), in All Star Batman and Robin is by far the most asshole-ish incarnation of the character ever depicted. He not only seems to get a kind of sadistic joy out of any pain he causes criminals (as well as any cops in his way), but he kidnaps and verbally assaults Dick Grayson, (who just moments before had seen his parents killed before his eyes), leaves him to fend for himself in the Batcave and then when he finds out Alfred fed him a proper meal, picks him up by the scruff of his collar and threatens him (this is guy who in most other versions is the closest thing Bruce currently has to a father). And all the other superheroes ain't much better (Wonder Woman shoving a male bystander out of her way whilst calling him a "sperm bank").
    • In the Millerverse version of DC, superheroes are either brutal psychotic (Black Canary, Crazy Steve) or a witless moron that Batman pretty much controls or treats with utter contempt (Superman and Green Lantern). Kind of like the Ultimate Marvel universe without Spider-Man.
      • This gets to the point where Millerverse Batman/Crazy Steve just randomly insults Superman during a Spawn/Batman crossover penned by Miller. Made particularly bad by the fact that the Big Blue Boy Scout is never so much as mentioned up anywhere else in the comic.
  • Kyle Bell from Hack/Slash, whose only real redeeming quality is pulling off a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Many of the superhomies from Empowered, especially Major Havoc.
  • Part of the reason Lex Luthor is such a good villain is that he's not just a Magnificent Bastard of an obsessed, megalomaniacal Corrupt Corporate Executive-turned-President Evil he's also an asshole to everyone he meets, including strangers, and goes out of his way to treat the people around him like shit for no reason whatsoever. And he doesn't just do horrible things to people either he's an asshole even when his actions are incredibly small-scale and pointless (e.g., calling Clark Kent "Mr. Lois Lane" all the time for no reason except to be dickish and irritating.)
  • Lois Lane very often fits the trope as well.
  • Joseph Boulier from Gaston Lagaffe. Longtarin and Gaston himself had their moment as well.
  • Jason Fox from FoxTrot's strips (pre-Sunday Only)
  • Jokey Smurf of The Smurfs with his constant pranks.
  • King Max Acorn in Sonic the Hedgehog, with everything he's gone through, had devolved into this. A big part of his assholishness is because he was raised to follow royal traditions. That also includes using a mystical golden pool with a strange, undefined connection to make his decisions instead of, say, the guy you hired to be part of your Intelligence Agency. Thus, most of his decisions boil down to "because the pool told me to", including but not limited to disbanding your daughter's well-trained team of heroes over his just-recently formed Secret Service and forcing said daughter to marry someone she really didn't want to. When the Cosmic Retcon Button is hit following Sonic The Hedgehog Mega Man Worlds Collide and Max was rewritten to have Taken A Level In Kindness, Sonic took this as a good thing.

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