Jerkass / Other

  • It's Happy Bunny in a nutshell. And he has one or two amusing slogans; the rest are simply insulting without being funny. TSEEEEEEEEEER!
  • If the creator of a certain media isn't one him/herself, a character in his/her creation that happens to be a metalhead is stereotypically one.



  • Almost every single Greek Hero is one. Also every Greek God, varying between "Jerkass to some extent" and "Jerkass on steroids." (Athena is an example of the former, while Zeus is definitely the latter.) Considering the jobs of the Greek Heroes in Myth is to get completely screwed in the end (and they know it too) it is sort of understandable for them. Then you notice that the Greek Gods are doing most of the screwing on the Heroes and that most of the Heroes are children or grandchildren of the Gods, which only makes the Gods even worse Jerkasses.
    • Among the Greek Gods, the exceptions are arguably Hestia, Demeter, and Hades - and there are stipulations even there. Hestia hardly did anything in any myths, so her personality's a little flat, and Demeter did go into a sob-fest over not having her daughter Persephone by her side every waking hour of every day (case in point - it's when Persephone is with Hades that Autumn and Winter occur, never mind the mortals that suffer for her "grief"). Hades is generally considered a whole lot nicer that his siblings, but he can also be a Jerkass depending on which story featuring him you read. (Did he take Persephone callously? Did she seduce him? Did Aphrodite have him struck by Cupid's arrow?) Hades was at least a lot more lawful that the rest, and despite a capacity for cruelty he was more sympathetic towards others (particularly compared to his brother Zeus).
      • Compared to Zeus and the others, Hades was downright saintly. He was willing to compromise and give fair deals, whereas the others would make a bet with you and then change the rules so they win, and punish those who dare to go against them.
    • There is an exception to the Greek heroes: Perseus. Possibly the only decent person in all of their mythology.
    • To be fair to the heroes, some of them like Hector, Cadmus or Hercules tended to be all-around nice guys. Some of their jerkiness is from Values Dissonance between ancient times and now or doing what they had to to survive in a harsh world. Many of their victims had it coming both then and now. Others like Jason and Achilles suffer from that, but are such big jerks that even back then they were regarded as complete assholes.
    • With regards to gods, though, Ares takes the cake. Granted, he was also relatively stupid and was the closest thing the Greek gods had to The Brute, but the fact that he was the god of unrestricted war...well. Athena, his equal and opposite, hated him. But then, so did everyone else.
    • In nearly any incarnation of the Greek gods in media whether it be comics, books, or television they will come across as this. Sometimes it will be toned down so they are more balanced or even likable, but they will somehow or another come across as jerks.
    • Interestingly, perhaps the noblest hero of Classical Mythology is Hector, greatest of the warriors of the Trojans. He actually opposed the Trojan War, only fought to protect his family and his people, treated his foes with honor, and actually treated his wife like a human being instead of a trophy (which was unheard of). He was even considered one of the Nine Worthies by medieval scholars, and it was said he was the first to wield Roland's legendary sword Durandal. Why is this interesting? Because he was neither a Greek nor the descendent of a god.
  • Encantados (Amazon were-dolphins) are Jerkasses of the first calibre. Their Handsome Lech behaviour includes using their powers to seduce girls and trick them into sleeping with them, knock them up and leave. Not only that, they lie to the women in question, promising marriage. They even kidnap girls and take them deep into the river, where the kidnapped girl will be a Sex Slave for the rest of her life (making them rapists as well).
  • The parents in Korean legends are usually that type, but those in the Korean legend "The Child General" take the cake. In the story, the couple who wished for a son for a long time (as they need one to carry on the family cult) finally gets one. He is predestined to be a lead general and as a child can already fly and do wonders. So, with this gift, the parents come to the conclusion that because of the danger that the child could become a rebel against the king (although the prophecy said he will be a general...) they kill the kid via asphyxiation with a pillow. Epic.

Multiple Media
  • Strakk from BIONICLE. He's not good, nor is he evil, he just hangs out with the good guys because they don't really want to kill him. While he has honorable moments, like when he kept Malum from killing an unconscious Vastus, he's selfish, has a huge ego, only helps others for money, is not above belittling his teammates, nor taking the time during a fierce battle to start looting dead combatants. This behavior eventually escalated to the point where he himself attempted to kill a downed foe in the arena, which lead to the society banishing him to the desert.

New Media
  • Bitey, from the Brackenwood series of web cartoons by Adam Phillips, is practically the living embodiment of this trope. No matter how many times he gets beaten up, tossed, humiliated, or so on, he never shows any regret, and is always back to extreme Jerkass-hood in the next toon.
    • Bitey creates a lot of his own problems-in fact, the only time Bitey's ever been attacked without provocation was his encounter with the Yuyu.
  • Foamy the Squirrel, from the Neurotically Yours web cartoons. Even your garden variety Jerkass doesn't do things like encourage his owner to call back a stalker/serial rapist who keeps leaving psychotic messages on her answering machine.
    • When you think about it, every character is an asshole in Neurotically Yours to an extent. (Possible subversion in Pilz-E's case - his pills may make him this way)
  • Strong Bad of Homestar Runner. From making fun of Homestar, prank-calling Marzipan, kicking The Cheat to terrorizing Strong Sad, if he doesn't qualify as one, then who does?
  • Tinkerballa from The Guild. All she does is insult the other guild members, and openly admits that she only plays with them to swell her own ego.
  • There's almost no characters in the infamous GoAnimate "Grounded" videos who don't show signs of this trope at least once. Whether it's the troublemaking kids who make everyone miserable (often for no given reason other than to screw with everyone), or their parents who go to absurd extremes to punish them, or the trouble-makers' peers who laugh at them when they get in trouble and often join in on the punishing. On the troublemakers' side, the biggest example is Caillou, whose Bratty Half-Pint tendencies are often Flanderized to absurd extremes. On the other side, there's Caillou's own dad (Boris), who oftentimes is just a straight up sociopath who beats up or tortures people at the drop of a hat.

Tabletop Games
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • There's an entire Space Marine Chapter dedicated to this trope, namely the Marines Malevolent, who are all a bunch of arrogant, prideful bastards that don't care for the lives of those weaker than themselves. This pretty much includes the entire Imperium they're supposed to be defending. Their callousness toward human life tends to piss off the more sympathetic Chapters, particularly the Salamanders after a nasty friendly fire incident.
    • The Iron Hands in the book Wrath of Iron ended up being jerkasses to a lot of readers. Most of the allied Imperial Guard force's casualties come from the resident Iron Hands company repeatedly appropriating Guard companies and returning them to the main force after suffering staggering losses. At the beginning of the main assault they left two whole ''regiments'' of men to die to draw forces away from where they came in. The Lord General in charge is understandably upset by the circumstances.
    • There's also the Minotaurs, a fleet-based chapter with a mysterious record and seemingly the personal hit squad of the High Lords of Terra. Noww most Astartes will happily tell you that the only thing that could stand up to one of them one-on-one is another, better Astartes - and the Minotaurs take this to the logical conclusion: They specialise in fighting and killing other Astartes. One of their battle-brothers even had the gall to insult Marneus Calgar to his face. Don't even get us started on how they treat the Imperial Guard.
    • Eidolon, of the Emperor's Children. He's probably the most arrogant member of a painfully arrogant Legion, is sycophantic to a fault, and regularly misreports his accomplishments or takes credit for his subordinates' successes to whitewash his own screw-ups. Note that all of this is before his Legion falls to Chaos. Eventually Fulgrim, Eidolon's Primarch, calls him out and cuts his damn head off...then later has Fabius Bile resurrect him because Fulgrim needs him for a ritual. Eidolon doesn't learn anything from the experience.
    • Many of the Craftworld Eldar come across as uppity, snobby jerks, but from his description, the corsair leader Prince Yriel is haughty even by their standards. Saying the Dark Eldar are jerks is a bit like saying the Sun is somewhat tepid.
    • The Necron Cryptek Orikan is said to treat other Necrons with a quiet, sneering contempt.
    • To say nothing of the God-Emperor himself. Many of the Primarchs who followed Horus during the Heresy simply did so because the Big E had previously wronged in some petty, nasty way. For example, he earned Angron's animousity when he abducted him away from his friends and fellow gladiators just as they were about to perform their Last Stand, and he turned Lorgar against him by having the Ultramarines raze Monarchia (the capital of the Word Bearers world) and having them publically reprimanded and humiliated.
  • This is what the Pathfinder blog has to say about Alain the cavalier.
  • In the Magic: The Gathering fandom, this is how many, many people view blue decks (and many partially blue ones as well). Given that a large part of blue magic is built around counterspells ("yeah, that cool spell? No."), this was perhaps inevitable.
  • In Shadowrun we have Clockwork, a hobgoblin rigger and probably the most hate-filled, paranoid jackass on Jackpoint. At least his paranoia (the kind that isn't shared by every other Shadowrunner) is relatively contained to technomancers, but it still was enough to make him try to sell Net Cat (a technomancer and fellow Jackpoint user) to the megacorps when he knew they'd perform horrific experiments on her and was practically freaking out when he learnt she was pregnant. When he mentions the child's eye colour at one point, Net Cat, Slamm-0! (the child's father) and their friends are suitably disturbed.

  • Bertram, Count of Rousillon, in All's Well That Ends Well. Because he is married to a peasant girl (in the Distaff Counterpart of the Standard Hero Reward), he rebuffs her, saying he will only bed her when she can prove he has gotten her pregnant. Then he goes off to fight in one of the wars between Italian states.
  • Freddie, the American champion in the musical "Chess," certainly fits the bill. Throughout the plot, Freddie engineers offensive publicity stunts to get more money, constantly abuses Russia and his opponent, mocks/manipulates his second, generally acts like a whiny little child, and eventually breaks down after he loses the championship. Moreover, he's also violent and sensitive, making him easily provoked. Yet, oddly enough, he doubles as The Woobie, considering he sings a song called "Pity the Child."
  • Four words: Tom and Amanda Wingfield. In The Glass Menagerie, the former is an Aloof Big Brother who, while shocked at the latter's own jerkassery, goes as far as to not pay the electric bill to get into the marines, and leaves her mother and mentally shaken sister for broke. The latter is the former's mother, talks about her past of having gentlemen callers constantly in front of her insecure daughter, and may have sent Tom into HIS aforementioned bouts of jerkassery.
  • Oh, Henry Higgins from Pygmalion! So very, very much! To wit: when he first meets the heroine Eliza he insults her accent even as she's trying to scrape enough money just to pay her rent; and he's endlessly patronizing and insulting to her when she comes to him for speech lessons. He makes no bones about the fact that other people annoy and bore him; and most of his interactions with other characters involve him insulting them, bullying them, challenging them, complaining about how bored with them he is, or else just bluntly identifying their accents. What's satisfying, though, is that the characters do notice this, and every single one of them Lampshades it when they remind him to have better manners.
  • Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire is a sexist, arrogant brute who refuses to listen to anyone else and cares about little but his own poker game. There's a reason he's a Capricorn, as Blanche points out.
  • Almost all of the good guys in A Very Potter Musical qualify, but Harry takes the cake. He's got an ego the size of the sun, constantly rubs it in the faces of all the other characters, and thinks the fact that he's Harry Potter makes him entitled to everything. By contrast, Voldemort's actually a pretty nice guy. Ron, too, especially since he explicitly says "I know I've been a Jerkass lately" when apologizing to Hermione.
  • Dear Evan Hansen has Jared, who fits this trope pretty well. He is the titular character's only friend, but tells him numerous times throughout the musical that they are merely family friends, and that his parents pay his car insurance for him to hang out with Evan. While it is made clear later that Jared is lying, and is just as lonely as Evan, this does not excuse the apparent years he spent making fun of Evan. Even if he meant it to be a joke (which is not clear), Evan took it seriously as a result of his crippling social anxiety and severely low self-esteem.