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    Jack Black/J.B./Jables/Hollywood Jack
Played by: Jack Black (Adult), Troy Gentile (Child)

Lead singer of Tenacious D and mastermind behind many of their schemes.

  • Birthmark of Destiny: He has the word “Tenac” on his ass, naming their band “Tenacious D” after Kyle reveals that he has an ass-mark too that spells “ious D”.
  • Black Sheep: In the film, it is established that JB was a Heavy Metal loving kid with a penchant for swearing in a Fundamentalist Christian family.
  • Large Ham: As over-the-top and hammy as you would expect from Jack Black Adam Westing.
  • Mad Artist: Jack’s ideas of finding ways of finding inspiration and rhythms for his songs come across as rather eccentric to say the least. Methods include: banging holes in the ceiling, subjecting himself (and Kyle) to freezing in his fridge and overheating via a steaming kettle, purifying their insides by swallowing an incredibly long string to “purify (their) insides”, drawing a pentagram on the floor with mustard and ketchup and drawing energy from it, and, most famously, breaking into the Rock and Roll History museum to steal the Pick of Destiny to harness its power.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: When KB is ousted as a fake, JB is rightfully pissed.
  • Scatting: Does this a lot when singing.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Jack is very enthusiastic in Tenacious D’s rocking abilities, often inflating how awesome he and Kyle are as rock stars and will go to any lengths to make sure that the rest of the world realizes this. Whenever a situation deflates this confidence (like Kyle ceasing to cooperate in writing a song or when the Open Mic host says that they need to write better songs), he usually lashes out in frustration and takes huge leaps to try and fix it.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: Jack pretty much plays simple power chords on guitar.


    Kyle Gass/K.G./Rage-Kage
Played by: Kyle Gass

Lead guitarist, backup vocalist and Straight Man of Tenacious D and mastermind behind many of their schemes.

  • Birthmark of Destiny: When JB wants to name their band after a birthmark on his ass that spells out “Tenac”, Kyle reveals that he has “acious D” one his ass.
  • Fat Best Friend: While both he and Jack are out of shape, Kyle is way fatter.
  • Jerkass Ball: In “Angel in Disguise”, Kyle tries to seduce Flarna, a girl that Jack has been trying to ask out for some time. He claims that he did this because loved her, but he only found out about her the night before when Jack told him with he confessed his feelings over her to him and has only actually interacted with her for a literal minute. Even if they have the same “type” or whatever, that is seriously a dick move to do to your best (lets face it, only) friend.
  • Mentor Archetype: In the first act of the film, Kyle acts as such to Jack. While at first dismissive of him, he takes Jack under his wing after “saving” him from a group of hooligans where he takes him under his wing. There he teaches him various “rocking tools” like the power slide and cock push-ups which actually helps them both later in the film. After he is found out as a fake, he fills into the quiet Straight Man role he is associated with.
  • Mistaken for Badass: When Jack first meets him, he is blown away by Kyle’s guitarist skills and begs him to take him under his wing. He takes the credit for “saving” him from a group of hooligans and convinces Jack that he is a famous pro that has worked with the greats.
  • Prematurely Bald: In a flashback, it is shown that he had male pattern baldness when he was in grade-school. He tried hiding it with a hat then and tries hiding it with a wig in the first act of the film.
  • The Slacker: When not playing his guitar on the street, he spends all of his time playing video games and watching TV while getting stoned off of his ass. He doesn’t even pay for his own rent, his mom sending him rent checks monthly.
  • Straight Man: While he usually goes along with Jack’s crazy schemes, Kyle is usually the first to point out the flaws in his ideas (only to get ignored or verbally assaulted for his troubles).

    Paul F. Tompkins the Open Mic Host
Played by: Paul F. Tompkins

The Open Mic Host of the bar that Tenacious D perform in. Jack and Kyle usually have him read out an intro they have prepared for him.

  • Composite Character: In the film, he is revealed to be a sealed form of Satan, regaining his true form when Jack and Kyle leave the pick for him.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": In the film, even in the ending credits, he is only referred to as “Open Mic Host”.

Played by: Laura Milligan

A girl that Jack has a crush on in “Angel in Disguise.” She loves clogging, spinal-piercings and Satan.

    Captain Ed
Played by: Ernest M. Garcia

The owner of Captain Ed’s Records and a veteran of the rock and roll industry.

Played by: John C. Reilly

The cryptid of perdition proven real with Tenacious D finds him by accident.

  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: He’s the actual Sasquatch.
  • Dreadful Musician: While at first to find out that Sasquatch has a drum-set, they decide to evict him from the band (as gently as they could, mind you) on account of his being even more enthusiastic then they are and jamming out of sink with the two.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In the series, Jack and Kyle meet Sasquatch in real life, even taking him on as their band’s drummer for a very short period. In the film however, he makes his appearance as a part of JB’s mushroom-induce drug trip. Considering the film is a prequel to the series, this is the first time either of them have met him.


     Hank Richeler 
Played by: Scott Adsit

A writer that moves next door to Jack and Kyle in “The Greatest Song in the World”.

  • Designated Villain: In-Universe. When Hank calls a police officer for Jack and Kyle’s loud and disruptive behavior, they try and make it sound like he was the disruptive one and writes a song about how he was a “shiny demon” they defeated in a rock-off/wrestling match.

Played by: JR Reed

JB and KG's biggest fan.

  • Loony Fan: Deconstructed and subverted. When he is first introduced in the series, it seems that he will be portrayed as such, pointing out many minor details about the band that one would not normally notice and doing an Offscreen Teleportation infront of them. When Jack and Kyle get a look at the website he made for them, they end up turning into his psycho-fans instead. By the time he comes home from work the next day, they leave him literal dozens of messages on his voice box, message all the hospitals in the tri-state area when he does not call back, somehow learns various personal details of him and break into his apartment window despite the door being unlocked with him there.
  • Retcon: In the series, Lee first meets Jack and Kyle while the band was already formed and performing, having made a website of them on his own time. In the movie however, Lee first meets them when JB and KG first met by chance.
  • Stalking Is Love: Of the platonic variety. By the end of the band's Obsession Song about him, Lee admits that while it does scare him, he has never had anyone who cared so much about him, and the episode ends with Lee singing with them on stage about their friendship.

    Jesus Ranch Cult 
Played by: Cynthia Ettinger, Mark Fite, V.J. Foster, Dave Allen, Kate Mulligan, JR Reed, Michael Rivkin, Jeronimo Spinx, Jim Turner

A Cult found in the middle of the desert where Tenacious D are driving in.

  • Cult: A rare, non-sinister example. The followers are all Christian hippies that believe that one parts with a piece of their souls when they defecate, and that they bury their deceased bodies with all of their feces for their souls to be whole. Their leader Liggaguie admits that they are a cult and they spend time through singing and talent-shows. While generally peaceful and probably not the kind to brainwash, they do keep guns around and board up their doors when ask to leave by the County Health Department.
  • Green Thumb: Because they keep the "collective leavings" of their members as part of their philosophy, their soil is very fertile, demonstrated with a potato the size of a human torso.
  • Looped Lyrics: When they are asked to evict by the County Health Department, they stay in protest and spend literal hours singing the same song.


Characters from the Movie

    The Black Family 
Played by: Meat Loaf (Bud Black), Cynthia Ettinger (Betty Black), Andrew Caldwell (Billy Black)

J.B.’s family from Kickapoo.

  • Abusive Parents: While it is never stated how well his mother was, his father hated JB for his rebellious streak and love for rock music and favored his older son, openly stating that his brother is ten times better than him and that Jesus loved him more.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: In real life, Jack Black was an only child to Jewish parents who encouraged his dream of becoming a rockstar. In the film, they are christians that tried to do the opposite.

    Ronnie James Dio
Played by: Ronnie James Dio

Rock and roll legend, Dio makes several appearances in Tenacious D’s canon.

  • The Cameo: Every role he plays when it comes to Tenacious D is usually just a cameo.
  • The Chooser of The One: He appears to a young JB through his poster and tells him to run away to Hollywood and find his band. Many have theorized that this was actually Satan in a long-term plan to be reunited with the pick and unleash himself on the Earth.

    Guitar Center Guy
Played by: Ben Stiller

An unnamed Guitar Center employee who tells the story of the Pick of Destiny.

  • Path of Most Resistance: He took the time to learn Latin in order to translate the scrolls about the Pick of Destiny came about. When asked why he didn't just take it to a translator, he said that he didn't want the translator to know about it too.

    The Stranger
Played by: Tim Robbins

A fellow hunter of the Pick of Destiny that JB and KG run into on their travels.

  • Harmless Villain: When JB and KG refuse to give him the Pick after they successfully steal it, he threatens to stab them both with a knife. Because he is missing a leg and all he has is a small knife, they lightly jog away as he ends up getting arrested for their crime.

Played by: Dave Grohl (Film), JR Reed (Concert)

The Devil himself, Satan was defeated by an old magician and a blacksmith and banished to Hell, his chipped tooth was then used to forge the Pick of Destiny, a guitar pick that ensures the user's role in Rock n' Roll history.

  • Casting Gag: To an extent, as Dave Grohl is famously known as one of the nicest people in the music business.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: He only appears in the climax of the film and he swears just about as much as JB does throughout the whole film.
  • Composite Character: He is revealed to be Paul F. Tompkins the Open Mic Host’s sure form, and is implied to be the "shiny demon" from the Tenacious D song "The Greatest Song in the World", given that both follow the "Demon's Code".
  • Flaming Devil: He accepts that if he wins the rock-off he gets Kyle to be his bitch. He makes pretty clear that he intends on turning Kyle into his own personal sex slave.
  • Made of Magic: His chipped tooth was fashioned into a pick that created Blues music and ensures its user's place in Rock and Roll history. When JB and KG turn his severed horn into a bong (e.g. the Bong of Destiny), it clearly has magical properties (though what it does is left in the air).
  • Oh, Crap!:
    Oh, fuck! My fucking horn!
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: When JB and KG challenge him to a rock-off, he utterly curb-stomps the two in singing, guitar and drums.
  • Satan
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: When summoned by an old sorcerer in ancient times, he was banished back to Hell using his chipped tooth, unable to return to full-strength until he is completed. This later happens again when JB does the spell with his severed horn.
  • Shock and Awe: His main attack is when he throws up the horns and shoots green lightening out of them.
  • Sir Swearsalot: He drops as many f-bombs in his one scene as JB does in the whole film.

Alternative Title(s): Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny


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