Small Name Big Ego: Film

  • The Brady Bunch Movie: Greg, who – in playing it both straight and exaggerated – is portrayed as a geeky, clueless loser but thinks he's a real ladies' man. He also believes he is the next big rock star, Johnny Bravo. (This is in direct contrast to the original TV Greg, who truly was one of the BMOC, and who also rejected Johnny Bravo as a manufactured Teen Idol gimmick.)
  • Will Ferrell usually plays this type of character, portraying a Small Name, Big Ego in nearly all his movies; Ferrell has described three recent films of his as the "morons with unreasonable confidence" trilogy. Whether they're full-on Small Name Big Ego characters is arguable, though: despite their idiocy, most people accept them as very good at what they do, outside of the occasional antagonist or "reality check" character—and indeed they are very good within a limited range. Just be ready for the Reason You Suck Speech.
  • Phil Connors, the protagonist of Groundhog Day (until he removed his head from his lower intestines.)
  • Count Dracula gets a monologue like this in Dracula: Dead and Loving It: "They are fools to think they can match wits with me! Me who can control the forces of darkness! Me who has commanded the creatures of the night to do my bidding!" (says the guy who got knocked out of his hiding place by an old Englishman slamming a door)
    • This is the same ancient evil who cannot rise from his coffin without banging his head on the chandelier.
  • Ted Knight himself pretty much reprised Ted Baxter as Judge Smails in Caddyshack.
  • Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005) features the appropriately named Bruce Baxter.
    • He's a mild subversion, in fact. Although he does talk himself up incessantly, he does lead a Big Damn Heroes moment whilst swinging from a vine, shooting a machine gun.
    • Similarly while he is certainly vain and pompous, he doesn't pretend to be a hero or anywhere near as brave as people think he is. When Jack calls him a coward, he all but agrees with the assessment.
  • The Commitments is all about getting ten of these characters together and starting a band.
  • Jason in Mystery Team can act like this some time.
  • Edward Lionheart in Theatre of Blood, a Large Ham of epic proportions who believes himself to be the greatest living stage actor of his time. He believes it so much, in fact, that when the London Critics Circle gives its Best Actor award to someone else, he first attempts suicide and, when that fails, tries to wipe out the Circle instead.
    • Quintessentially demonstrated when he kills one critic a la The Merchant of Venice, actually cutting out the man's heart. As one of the critics remarks, "It's him all right. Only Lionheart would have the temerity to rewrite Shakespeare!"
  • Skeletor of the 1987 film Masters of the Universe. When Skeletor (played brilliantly by Frank Langella in one of the best examples of the "Ham and Cheese" trope) finally gains all the "forces of Grayskull, all the powers of the universe" and dons a rather impressive-looking gold armor, he actually doesn't gain any more power, nor is he able to vanquish his nemesis, He-Man. He often berates his underlings for their incompetence even though he is guilty of it himself.
  • Oscar the Idiot Hero from Shark Tale.
  • Dr. Glickenstein from Igor.
  • Weebo from Flubber.
  • Gran Torino: As a lot of Racist Grandpas in Real Life, Walt regards himself as a man who knows plenty about life and death, and who is abused by those (other races) surrounding him. Everyone else thinks he's a Grumpy Old Man, a Jaded Washout and a Cranky Neighbor. The movie shows his Character Development from this to a realistic assessment of his qualities and weakness.
  • "Baby Jane" Hudson of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane believes loads of people would love to see her make a comeback. In reality, she's a long forgotten, One-Hit Wonder Vaudeville performer, and the world has left her far behind.
  • In Save Your Legs, Stavros derives an immense sense of entitlement from being the Anglers' best player; so much so that he only shows up at half the matches.
  • Lugo and Adrian from Pain and Gain think they are essentially gods amongst men because of their extremely muscular bodies.
  • Alonzo is Training Day. He believes he's an untouchable narcotics officer with powerful connections. It's this belief that leads him to killing a man in Vegas with a big name and getting himself in trouble with the Russian Mob whom ultimately kill him.
  • Kid Omega/Quill from X-Men: The Last Stand, who genuinely think he's threatening to Magneto at the gathering of mutants when he extends his quills. His sole kill in the movie is killing a single, crying woman by giving her a hug then extending his quills. Then he gets killed in an action that could be charitably called an afterthought.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow... excuse me, Captain Jack Sparrow, plays with the trope. Amongst pirates he's actually quite well known, and in fact carries one of the Pieces of Eight, marking him as a Pirate Lord, but to basically everyone else he has to introduce himself. Even to people who should know who he is, but that's largely due to the fact that he doesn't visually live up to his reputation. But by Neptune's beard does he ensure everyone knows who he is and what he thinks he's capable of, whether or not he's actually capable of it.
    • To be fair, these were the days before pictures. As soon as Commodore Norrington saw the sparrow tattoo on his arm, he knew exactly who he was dealing with.
  • Captain Smek from Home thinks himself to be a competent leader but is in fact too stupid to realize he isn't as competent as he likes to imagine himself.