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Jerkass: Film
  • Mulan:
    • Chi Fu from is a chauvinist prick who condemns Mulan with the death penalty once her gender is found out, despite the fact she saved them all from the Hun army in the mountains. He tries this again after she and the others saved the Emperor and all of China from the Huns. Some gratitude...
    • In Mulan II, Mushu turned into this, mostly because Mulan's ancestors were jerkasses towards him.
  • Jabba The Hutt, Palpatine (aka Darth Sideous), Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin, from Star Wars movies.
    • The Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 1 episode, Tresspass, gives us Chairman Chi Cho, the greedy chairman of Pantora who doesn't like being reasonable with Talz and declares war on them and claims it a Pantoran exclusive internal affair, not allowing Obi-Wan Kenobi to participate in the negotiations.
    "This is now an internal affair of Pantora!"
    • Tarkin was still a Jerkass in the Clone Wars series as well.
    • Jedi General Pong Krell in the Umbarra Arc in Season Four of the Clone Wars. It turns out his jerk personallity was intentional, as he was planning to join the Count Dooku and the CIS after sabotaging the Republic effort on Umbarra.
    • Barriss Offee turns into one in the Season Five finale episodes, where she bombed the Jedi Temple and framed her best friend, Ahsoka Tano for murdering her accomplice, Letta Turmond.
  • Due to the cynicism in the Sergio Leone's films and considering the Black and Grey Morality in his films, any character, whether hero or villain, of any of the spaghetti westerns certainly qualifies:
  • Henry from Ever After. He gets taken down a peg, though, and ends up all right.
  • Lord Farquaad in the first Shrek movie and Lancelot as well as his friends in the third.
  • Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast was a major one.
    • The Villagers were also heavily implied to be just as bad.
    • The Beast himself was one too, before he learned to love.
  • Sid Phillips in Toy Story, Al and Stinky Pete in Toy Story 2, Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear (aka Lotso) in Toy Story 3, and Mr. Potato Head in general.
    • Woody initially also had his moments with Buzz in the first movie.
    • In the early stages of production, Woody was a complete jerkass to an innocent and naive Buzz. The animators mentioned that they weren't too happy with the road the movie was heading, but obliged to Jeffrey Katzenberg's recommendations to make the movie less for kids and more for adults. When Disney executives saw the rough cut, they demanded changes, thus, the animators downplayed Woody's attitude and employed a more sympathetic focus to his character.
  • Biff Tannen, as well as his whole family line from the Back to the Future trilogy.
  • Buzz McCallister, along with Harry and Uncle Frank from the first two Home Alone movies. Also, the hotel Concierge in the second film.
  • Practically every character D-FENS runs into in Falling Down: the convenience store owner, the two knife-wielding street thugs, the Nazi, the employees at the fast food restaurant, the snooty golfers, the homeless guy, the road crew worker, et al. - all, of course, to "justify" D-FENS's Disproportionate Retribution toward them as he slowly turns into a Sociopathic Hero. (Actually, D-FENS himself is one by the movie's climax, at least until his Heel Realization.)
  • Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso in the first Casper movie start off as Jerkasses but are also later shown to actually be loving and caring deep down inside. (Amusingly, they're proud of their reputations for being annoying, even saying "Thank you!" when the film's heroine calls them on their behavior.)
  • The bullies in Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, with Lucy and Peppermint Patty to a lesser extent than usual.
  • A good example of comic-relief gone awry would be L.J. from Resident Evil: Apocalypse. His obnoxious, stereotypical and totally inappropriate "street flava" nearly makes him a modern day Ethnic Scrappy, and annoyed many viewers
    • In the follow-up movie he is killed off, but by then he'd dropped the Modern Minstrelsy crap and became somewhat sympathetic.
  • Andy from Wet Hot American Summer lets multiple six-year-olds drown, cheats on his girlfriend (who might be a Alpha Bitch if she weren't so nice), and refuses to clean up his breakfast. It's never really made clear whether the rest of the counselors, save for Coop and Katie, are aware of his jerkass tendencies, or just see him as a Handsome Lech. Either way, he's bad news with a beautiful face and incredible body.
  • Being the villain is a given, but The Kurgan from the first Highlander film takes it further with his more comedic Kick the Dog moments like frightening an old lady.
  • In the same mold, Steve from the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead (2004) is an unbelievably obnoxious jerk who never misses an opportunity to be snide and petty, no matter how serious the situation. Thankfully, the filmmakers were aware that the audience would hate him, and he does end up with a bullet in his head by the movie's end. Ahh...
    • Not to mention he causes the break in of the mall in the first place, by leaving his post and not opening the security door when the protagonists are trying to get back in after a rescue of Sarah. He does it out of spite, and even greets them with a grin and a "Hey, guys, where were you?!"
  • The protagonist of Forty Days And Forty Nights is surrounded by Jerkass 'friends' and co-workers who take advantage of him at the drop of a hat.
  • Liberty Valance in John Ford's western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
  • Tommy DeVito from Goodfellas is a full blown sociopath who disturbingly teases or antagonizes everybody.
  • Daniel Plainview in the film There Will Be Blood takes this trope to disturbingly unhinged levels, especially at the end of the film.
  • Sheridan Whiteside of The Man Who Came to Dinner goes back and forth between a Jerkass and Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Will Smith's movie Hancock is about a Jerkass who's a subversion of the classic Flying Brick - all of the powers, none of the Cape-ness. He realizes (with the urging of a PR Agent whom he saves) that doesn't make for a popular hero and tries to change it. He is quite sensitive about his Jerkassed nature and does not take kindly to being called an Asshole by anybody, particularly criminals.
  • There's usually at least one of these in a horror movie. David and Ed in Shaun of the Dead stand out, though.
  • Detective James Carter (played by Chris Tucker) is a huge Jerk Ass at the start of Rush Hour and he knows it. Of course, since he's the hero he's also the Jerk with a Heart of Gold and has Bad Ass tendencies.
  • Apollo Creed in Rocky was a famous Jerk Ass. And in his case, Redemption Equals Death.
    • More like cockiness equals death. He and Rocky had been fast friends for a while by the time that happened.
  • Pick a horror movie centred around a group of four to seven friends. One of them is usually the Jerkass. Sometimes they get Redemption Equals Death, sometimes not, but they die.
    • A particularly egregious example is Trent from the Friday the 13th (2009) remake, who pretty much starts his Jerk Ass resume by being a complete dick to Clay, whose sister was missing and he was searching for her. The rest of his time is spent bitching about his drunken friends ruining his cabin, even bitching about a chair broken when one friend fell over it after burned his lips while doing a flaming shot. Add on his 80s hair, and his death couldn't come soon enough.
      • Just after his girlfriend comes back with Clay, screaming that there's a maniac trying to kill them, Trent's first reaction is to accuse her of cheating on him with a random stranger...literally minutes after he had just finished doing the same thing!
  • Kraven from the Underworld movies definitely fits this one.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle:
    • The extreme sports punks who constantly torment the main characters fit this trope.
      • Although they are later revealed to be giant wussies due to their musical tastes.
    • The cops.
    • Also, Harold's co-workers, Billy and J.D.
  • Johnny Depp played Willy Wonka this way in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He didn't like the kids, he didn't want them there, and he wasn't particularly shy about showing it. Then he still notices that Charlie is decidedly underfed and ladles him up a generous drink of chocolate; in the book this was perfectly in character-in this particular movie it felt out of place. He did see that Charlie was the only non-jerkass child of the group, and he felt sympathy for him when he knew he was poor and hadn't eaten. Augustus was gluttonous, Veruca was a spoiled brat, Violet was a boastful competitor, and Mike Teavee was a know-it-all addict.
  • In Snakes on a Plane one memorable character that oozed Jerk Ass was a snobby, self-absorbed bald guy who showed about as much human emotion and common sense as a tin cup and generally acted like Steve in the Dawn of the Dead (2004) remake only not funny or interesting. At least the villain had a kind of human pathos and the annoying Ethnic Scrappies showed courage and determination when they needed to, Bald Snooty Dude was just a douche for no reason at all, even going so far as to off-handedly insult a woman and her baby for having the nerve to sit by him. Of course he got his, after a literal Kick the Dog moment... he's devoured by a massive snake, and later his corpse is shot out of the plane after it decompresses.
  • American Pie's Steve Stifler. This was an important plot point in the 4th movie (American Pie Presents: Band Camp) when his younger brother Matt, who for most of the movie is trying to emulate Steve, changes his ways when he finds out that EVERYONE hated his brother. Because he was a Jerk Ass.
    • And in another movie even Steve admits he's a Jerkass and is glad that one of his relatives, the protagonist of that movie, isn't like him.
  • The antagonists of the Ocean's Eleven trilogy (the first one, Terry Benedict, threatened to (and conceivably could) Kill 'em All while the second one, Teloure, sicced Terry on the band of thieves because a friend of the heros unknowingly insulted his Gentleman Thief mentor) but especially Willy Bank from the third film, who screwed over one of Ocean's friends by taking advantage of his connections, cutting him out of their hotel's partnership, and on top of all that he renamed the hotel after himself. It doesn't help that the Ocean & Co. have to go to Terry for financial aid in the middle of their revenge plot.
  • Randal from Clerks.
  • In The Prestige both leads become jerk asses when they get obsessed with oneupping and sabotaging each other which began with a grudge held over an accident causing the death of one lead's wife.
    • Ironically enough, their rivalry also winds up with the other lead's wife hanging herself and his secret twin's girlfriend leaving him.
  • All characters in The Family Stone at at least one point. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it goes really way too far.
    • The fact that they've gone too far is even noted in the trailer.You might think your son/little brother is marrying the wrong girl, but jeez were these people over the top at times.
  • The protagonist of Bad Santa is an alcoholic Child Hater Mall Santa Con Man who mooches off a young boy and his grandmother while planning to rob the department store at which he's working. The entire film is essentially about his transformation from a Jerkass to a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Plenty of romantic comedies have Jerk Ass boyfriends in them, but Sack Lodge from Wedding Crashers nearly reaches Harry Potter villain status with how evil and sadistic he is.
  • DEA Agent Duncan Malloy(Colm Meaney) in Con Air.
  • Pocahontas: Meeko the raccoon is this to anyone with food (which usually happens to be Percy), stealing it from them without any provocation. He even taunts the victim afterwards. He does do some good things on occasion very rarely does some good things, though, making him a Jerk With A Heart of Gold Silver Bronze.
  • Walter Peck from Ghostbusters, whose actor William Atherton has made a career of playing Jerk Asses.
  • Sy Benson in My Favorite Year.
  • Richard Cameron in Dead Poets Society. Neil's father is this as well: He drives his son to suicide and blames Keating for it, not thinking for a second that he had anything to do with it. And sadly, he gets away with firing Keating.
  • The Emperor from Curse of the Golden Flower. At the end of the movie, he gives his rebellious son, who had conspired with the Empress to attempt a (failed) coup a choice — either he can die horribly, or be pardoned — as long as he personally serves the Empress the poison that the Emperor has been slowly killing her with. Of course, the son Takes a Third Option. The Emperor also beats his youngest son to death with a belt.
    • Some believe that the Emperor is a subtle metaphor of the current Chinese government. You can't beat him, but he's left thoroughly unhappy after destroying all close to him out of paranoia and spite.
  • Preston's father in Blank Check does come across as a jerkass on one more than once occassion. When his son was nearly run over by a car, he scolds his son about the bike that got run over instead and then proceeds to ground him.
    • To say nothing of the fact he gives the boy's room to his equally Jerkass older brothers, lets them steal his life savings and admonishes him, at eight years old, for not starting a 'business' like said older brothers.
  • Phil in The Hangover seems to count — he's abrasive in a very frat-boy sort of way and doesn't appear to have any qualms about cheating on his wife, although he gets better by the end, kind of. Extra points because he's a handsome elementary school teacher and they are not typically jerkasses in film.
    • He immediately subverts expectations of the kindly male teacher by pocketing the money the kids have handed in with permission forms of some sort to take to Vegas with the other main characters!
    • For all his talk, Phil's scenes at the end with his wife and son pretty much negate his earlier impression of hating his life. Although he got pretty messed up during the trip, he stated clearly that he wasn't willing to jeopardize his family.
    • Melissa is much bigger Jerk Ass. Phil, on the other hand, is more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Roberto Volare from Brain Donors has an impressively inflated ego due to his status in the ballet world, and is unrestrained about using it to woo his partner Lisa away from her beau Alan.
  • Andy Wainwright and Andy Cartwright from Hot Fuzz.
  • Almost every single character in The Fighter, but mainly Dicky (self-absored crack addict brother), Alice (crooked boxing promoter who uses her son to make money off of him) and Sherri (a mother who shows her daughter a documentary that is obviously not for her age all for the purpose of making the father look bad).
    • To be fair, both Dicky and Alice make great strides through Character Development. Dicky in particular shows a great deal of hidden depth.
  • Myron Larabee, Ted Maltin and the motorcycle cop, Alexander Hummell from Jingle All the Way.
  • The main character's little sister in the Disney Super Hero film Up Up And Away. From Memory she was abusive verbally, regularly reminded him he was normal and not a super like the rest of the family, purposely ratted him out after he'd stolen money from his parents (Which he was hypnotized to, and didn't even know he did do) simply for the amusement of it, and then in the end melts his shoes to the floor (Which is just scenes after he saved the family by being a Badass Normal). Most of which is Played for Laughs, but fails because of how much of a Woobie the main character is that she becomes The Scrappy.
  • In Shark Tale, Mr.Sykes & his Idiot Henchmen (named Ernie & Bernie) are (total) jerks to Oscar.
  • In Igor, Dr. Glickenstein & King Malbert are real jerks to the title character.
  • Anybody in Loser that's not Jason Biggs or Mena Suvari. Biggs' roommates and the professor played by Greg Kinnear who sleeps with Suvari's character are horrible human beings.
  • Sgt. J.J. Sefton from Stalag17. With the exceptions of Cookie and Joey, he sees everyone in the compound as simply an opportunity to get resources to trade for goods (a result after getting his stuff stolen during his first week at the prison). This comes to bite him in the ass in the beginning of the story; when he barters with the Nazi guards using the cigarettes he won from a bet involving a botched escape attempt, he is suspected of being an agent planted by the Germans.
  • Moe from The Three Stooges. And then some.
    • In Pop Goes The Easel, his Jerkass attitude gets cranked Up to Eleven when, following a clay fight, Moe demands to know who started it, someone says "YOU did!", Moe responds by angrily yelling "Oh YEAH?!", and then promptly spins around with his hand extended, slapping Larry, Curly and three or four other guys with one continuous slap.
    • Most of the stooges' antagonists, played by the likes of Bud Jamison, Vernon Dent, and Kenneth MacDonald (or the drill sergeant played by Richard Fiske in Boobs in Arms) are also naturally Jerkasses.
  • Jason in Mystery Team is on the road to becoming this before Kelly sets him straight.
  • Chuck Tatum, (played by Kirk Douglas) in the movie Ace in the Hole. A star reporter who has fallen from his pedestal, Chuck crawls through a dangerous tunnel to present a friendly face and reassuring words to a man trapped in a collapsed mine. He then arranges to have the man stuck in there for a whole week, sleeps with his wife, and uses the whole situation to advance his career
  • Several of Jack Nicholson's characters are jerkass, like the misogynist Melvin Udall in As Good As It Gets, or Daryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick.
  • Richard Vernon from The Breakfast Club. He starts hinting at Jerk Ass Woobie status as the day wears on, particularly during his conversation with Carl Reed.
    • John Bender also easily qualifies, but down deep, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, once you get beneath the antisocial cynicism of a physically abused kid.
    • Andy Clark is a Jerk Jock who feels like he has to be an asshole and a bully to the weaker students because his father expects that behavior out of him. When he plays a humiliating and painful prank on another kid, he feels terrible about it afterward, but his dad is only upset that he got caught.
  • The Room: Lisa, her mother, Johnny and Mark qualify.
    • Johnny doesn't exactly qualify (He only becomes one towards the end of the movie as he crosses the Despair Event Horizon). Everyone spends the entire movie talking about how wonderful a person he is. The others (especially Lisa) all fit, though.
  • Cal from Titanic. The guy sees Rose as only a means to solidify his fortune and is willing to do almost anything to keep her (or at least make sure no one else gets to have her), not to mention the same being said in trying to get off the sinking ship.
  • Upson Pratt in Creepshow's They're Creeping Up on You!
  • The Wreckers of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. As one government official states, "We don't let them out much because they're assholes." The Wreckers are Autobot scientists who work at the Kennedy Space Center, monitoring the Xantium, the Autobot starship that brought the second wave of Autobots to Earth (Sideswipe and co.). They also work alongside humans (including former NEST soldier Epps), but their verbal abuse is reported to reduce many NASA employees to tears. And that doesn't even cover their attitude toward Decepticons...
  • Jet Li in "Fearless" until he makes a Tragic Mistake, undergoes a Redemption Quest and then becomes the savior of his country.
  • Pony Sugrue in Darby O'Gill and the Little People
  • Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber. Harry, in addition to being somewhat smarter, is a Nice Guy in his own bumbling way, whereas Lloyd is often sadistic and mean-spirited, and not always obliviously so.
  • In the Die Hard films we have Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson in the first film, Airport Police Captain Lorenzo in the second film, and tv reporter Dick Thornburg in both films.
  • Practically just about every named character in the 1983 remake of Scarface, specially: Elvira, Frank, Tony, Omar, Mel, Hector the Toad and Sosa. But definitely, everyone else, bar Mama and Angel, would be this kind of character. (Actually, Tony himself, who is an amoral criminal, also counts as one when he is controlling towards his sister, until his Heel Realization when he killed Manny in a fit of anger)
  • Let's face it, Godzilla can be a serious asshole if he wants to. One highlight is Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster where he seems to audibly laughs at Rodan when Rodan gets attacked by Mothra. According to Mothra and her fairies, who can understand the kaiju, he is quite foul-mouthed as well.
  • In Observe and Report, Ronnie Barnhardt, Detective Harrison, Brandi and Saddamn were all real assholes.
  • The titular Jackie Brown of the movie and Max Cherry weren't complete saints for once. But Ordell Robbie, Beaumont Livingston, Melanie Ralston and Louis Gara were the worse of them all.
  • In the 2011 film Warrior: Tommy is pretty much of a dick to his father and brother the whole movie, albeit with a fair enough Freudian Excuse.
    • Jerk Ass Woobie: The only interest his abusive, alcoholic father had with him when he was a child was his fighting ability. He later escapes with his mother, but not with his older brother, who chose to stay with their father. He then had to take care of his sick, dying mother by himself and received no support afterwords. He joins the Marines and meets his best friend only to see him killed in friendly fire. He joins the tournament in order to support the widow of his best friend only to be completely alone in the match against his brother (who has his wife and supportive trainer with him), and lose, but not without the love and support of his brother.
    • Brendan, while supportive of his brother, is a Jerk Ass to their father. He is not impressed by the news of Paddy's sobriety, and yells at him when he comes to visit his family, telling him that he's restricted to phone calls and mail. He also slams the door when Paddy tries to come in to see his grandchildren. Later, when Paddy tries to support Brendan in the tournament, Brendan is unaffected at best.
  • This is Rob Zombie's modus operendi in his movies, where finding a character who isn't a violently unlikable jerkass is quite a feat.
  • In the movie North Country, every male actor is portrayed as a complete asshole. There are only two decent guys in the movie. Almost every other character is an unlikable jerkass to a point where the main character Josey is living in a crapsack world
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, the Nicelander Gene is an absolute bully and jerkass to Ralph.
    • In some ways all of the Nicelanders are (albeit more subtle) versions of this, given the fact that they all treat Ralph horribly (despite knowing that it's just his job), and manipulate Nice Guy Felix into excluding Ralph from things (including their game's 30th anniversary party) simply because they don't like him.
  • Velma Von Tussle from 2007's Hairspray.
  • Bufo from Epic.
  • Keith Clayton from The Lucky One
  • Just about everyone in Now You See Me : Daniel Atlas, Merrit McKinney, Thaddeus Bradley, Arthur Tressler and Dylan Rhodes stand out.
  • Elysium:
    • The head of Armadyne. His first concern on discovering one of his employees has been blasted with radiation? Keeping the bedding on the gurney in the medbay clean. Oh, and don't let your dirty Earth germs get on him, cover your mouth.
    • Max's foreman, who only cares about his fracture in a way a broken tool needs to be replaced and causes Max's irradiation in the first place by forcing him to fix a stuck pallet jamming a blast door. However, it does look like he feels bad when it's announced that Max has 5 days to live.
  • Victor Kershaw explicitly, and Daniel implicitly in Pain and Gain.
  • We're the Millers: David starts out as one but finally evolves into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold at the end.
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey: Chance, but at the end he turns into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. In the second movie he's a jerk again.
  • Louis de Funès played those very convincingly, even if over-the-top at times. In all his good films he is a hyperactive, self-important and stubborn little old man prone to temper tantrums. To aggravate this he also shamelessly sucks up to his superiors. Whether he is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold or just Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist varies.
  • The protagonist of Hellraiser: Inferno is a complete prick, abusing everyone around him, ignoring his family and living like a hedonist. This ends up being his own undoing as he condemns himself to Hell.
  • Conspiracy: One of the things that makes Dr. Klopfer a Hate Sink in addition to an evil Nazi is that he's obnoxious and rude even to his fellow Nazis.
  • Jerry and Trent in Youth in Revolt. Hell even Nick for that matter.
  • X-Men:
    • X2: X-Men United:

      Ronnie, Bobbie's brother, calls the cops on Bobbie and his friends under the pretense that they were holding his family hostage.

      Likewise Pyro, who, swayed by Magneto's words, starts falling into the dark side. Even escalating the whole situation with the police by openly attacking them when the others were trying to halt the situation peacefully - though to be fair, one of the cops had just shot Logan in the head.

      Mitchell Laurio is an insecure, sadistic slob.
    • Agent Zero in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Even before becoming Stryker's right hand man after the war, he was cold and distant.
    • In X-Men: First Class, although the CIA staff in general acts like jerks most of the time, the worst is William Stryker Sr. What makes him most deserving of this trope is that John McCone, himself sexist and a hot headed jerk, actually calls out against Stryker twice, first in regards to his decision to keep Emma Frost detained (since the law requires that they hand her over), and the second when Stryker decides to have the American and Soviet navies bombard the Cuban shore to eliminate the mutants specifically because one of their human agents was present as well. Both times, he dismissed him, stating that he's not handing her over because the law doesn't apply to mutants, and in the latter case insensitively stated that the agent was "collateral damage."
    • Shingen Yashida from The Wolverine is stand-offish and rude to just about everyone.
  • The Boxtrolls:
    • Snatcher. Kind of a given, considering he's the Big Bad.
    • Lord Portley-Rind. He ignores his daughter, uses funds for a children's hospital to build a wheel of cheese, looks down on everyone including his fellow white hats, and pretty much cares only about cheese. He does indeed care about Winnie and gives up his white hat for her...after thinking it over and trying to weasel out of it.
  • Xibalba from The Book Of Life, is a Jackass Genie who is a Manipulative Bastard and has no problem with tricking innocent people.

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