Jay and Silent Bob
A loudmouth stoner and his mostly silent hetero-life mate.
Tropes applying to both:
- Anti-Heroes: They're stoners and likely petty criminals, but not really bad guys, and do at least one good thing in every movie.
- Badass Normal: In Dogma, they beat up a trio of mid-level demons. Silent Bob later takes on two Fallen Angels and wins.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Dogma, they are introduced showing up just in time to save Bethany.
- Breakout Character: The reason Kevin Smith brought them back in Mallrats was because he wanted to see Jason Mewes play Jay one more time, but after learning the duo was so popular, Smith felt confident enough to put them in all the View Askewniverse movies. Since, Jay and Silent Bob have been associated with just about everything related to the View Askewniverse, and were the starring pair in their own movie. They are featured prominently in merchandising, and have received in addition MTV spots, film cameos, music videos, comic books (as well as a comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash), and the trend continues to this day with Jay and Silent Bob Get Old (which chronicles the actors' real-life experiences), an animated movie (Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie) and finally a sequel (or reboot, as it were) to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, tentatively titled Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
- Christmas Elves: The Holiday Special comic has Santa hiring them to this due to the actual elves' incompetence.
- A Day in the Limelight: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was this for the characters after their appearances in four of Smith's previous films.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In Dogma, they make their entrance by beating up three demons, for crying out loud.
- Fat and Skinny: Silent Bob is stockier and Jay is skinny. Averted as of Reboot, see Formerly Fat below.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The Trope Namer. Though the named line in the films is "Hetero Life-Mate".
- High School Rejects
- Horror Host: The Lost Scene comic has them in a parody of this role.
- Internet Tough Guy: At the end of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, they fly all over the country to kick the asses of the kids who made fun of them on the Internet.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Lampshaded and discussed quite frequently by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes themselves.
- Clerks II finds the duo in their early 30s, still dealing outside the Quick Stop, with seemingly no intention of changing their tune anytime soon (though Jay does lament having not accomplished more in life).
- Taken Up to Eleven in Reboot — now in their 40s, they have turned RST Video into a faux chicken restaurant to grow their own weed.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Their full names have never been revealed.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: Averted in Jay's case.
- In Chasing Amy he is seen eating sugar straight out of the container.
- Silent Bob is buying powdered sugar when he speaks with Dante in Clerks.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jay is the Red and Silent Bob is the Blue. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are apparently like this in real life too, the only difference being that Kevin tends to be the more talkative one while Jason is more reserved (at least around Kevin).
- The Slacker: Jay seems to regret being one of these in Clerks II: "Sometimes I wish I had done a little more with my life instead of hanging out in front of places selling weed and shit."
- The Stoner: Though we never actually see one of them smoke until Dogma.
- The Teetotaler: In Clerks II, they no longer smoke weed. Dropped in Reboot.
- Those Two Guys: They're the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of The View Askewniverse.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Jay is constantly yelling at Silent Bob and insulting him to his face. Bob's outburst in Strike Back after Jay fails to spot the "Critters of Hollywood" sign represents the fury of several years spent with Jay.
Tropes applying to Jay:
- Adam Westing: According to Kevin Smith, Jay is the personification of how Jason Mewes used to act in his teen years.
- Ambiguously Bi: He's clearly attracted to women, but represses his attraction to dudes.
Rufus: When you [masturbate], you're thinking about guys.Jay: ...Dude, not all the time.
- For while, the closest thing we got to him admitting it was this exchange from Dogma.
Jay: (talking about him and Silent Bob) One time we Hulu and humped.
- And then he outright confirms it in Reboot (not a fan theory, Kevin Smith admits it to be the intention behind the line):
- And Starring: In Chasing Amy and Clerks II.
- Anything That Moves: Jay proudly proclaims this in the original Clerks.
- Butt-Monkey: In the Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.
- Casanova Wannabe: Propositions just about any woman he comes across, though he seldom actually succeeds.
- Catchphrase: Jay keeps pushing "Snooch to the nooch!", "Snoochie-boochies!", and other variants. None of them catch on.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: On occasion. Examples include his Planet of the Apes fantasy in Strike Back and talking about having sex with a Martian in Clerks II.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Without this trope, Jay would be nearly as mute as Silent Bob.
- Actually the longest Jay has NOT swore was in the animated series due to ABC's meddling.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Jay apparently masturbates more than anyone on the planet.
- Did Not Get the Girl: At the end of Strike Back, due to Justice going to jail. And as of Reboot, he never will, now that Justice is married.
- Disappeared Dad: To Milly. Though to be fair, he had no idea she even existed until Reboot. Jay also mentions that he never knew his own father.
- The Ditz: He's not too bright.
- Dumbass Has a Point: In Dogma, Jay suggests simply asking Cardinal Glick to shut down the church rather than going through any unnecessary trouble, which surprises even the Metatron, who remarks, "Good Lord, the little stoner's got a point", completely ignoring the fact that it was Silent Bob's idea.
- Dumb Blonde: Jay is blond and an example of The Ditz.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Most of the time he is just a straight-up Jerkass, but is also not without the occasional moment of kindness. He is squarely this in Reboot, however.
- Kissing Cousins: In Clerks, Jay mentions he'd be willing to knock boots with a girl who just happens to be his cousin.
- Large Ham
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- Love at First Sight: He falls for Justice immediately after seeing her.
- Motor Mouth: He almost never shuts up. It gives Silent Bob a headache.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Dogma, Jay shoots off Bartleby's wings, rendering him human.
- The One That Got Away: In Strike Back, Jay's love interest, Justice, is taken to prison, albeit with a reduced sentence. By Clerks II it's clear that he's still waiting for her ("JUSTICE TLF") despite flirting with other women.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Baby Jay's first word was "fuck", if that tells you anything about the kind of person he grows up to be.
- Take That Me: Jay is pissed off at Holden for having his comic book alter-ego, Chronic, spout catchphrases such as "Snoochie boochies!", calling it "baby talk."
- Took a Level in Kindness: While still vulgar, he is noticeably much less abrasive than before in Clerks II, which carries over to Reboot.
- Translator Buddy: Subverted slightly in that Silent Bob can speak English perfectly fine, but chooses to remain laconic.
- Transparent Closet: To the point that a deleted scene in Clerks II has Silent Bob get fed up and break his silence for the sole purpose of calling him out on it.
- Zany Scheme: Surprisingly, for someone normally so hare-brained, Jay cooks up a couple of these to incapacitate LaFours, complete with old-school-cartoon-style blueprints.
Tropes applying to Silent Bob:
- Accidental Pervert: Turns into one of these as part of a Running Gag in Mallrats: each time a Zany Scheme backfires, he ends up in a women's dressing room, where he sees Gwen in the process of trying on clothes.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears one, and is definitely more capable in a fight than Jay.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Can often be seen rolling his eyes at some of Jay's more off-kilter antics.
- Death Glare: Capable of shooting off quite a few of these to Jay.
- Elective Mute: He can speak, but chooses not to. Jay theorizes it's so his words will have a bigger impact when he finally does talk. For what it's worth, Bob doesn't deny it.
- Erudite Stoner: His speech excerpts are remarkably profound. Interestingly, the one movie where he and Jay aren't stoners is the one time he admits, "I've got nothing."
- Flanderization: While he's always depicted as being the smarter of the two, just how silly and susceptible to Jay's antics he is varies between films.
- Formerly Fat: He's lost a substantial amount of weight as of Reboot.
- Gadgeteer Genius: In Mallrats.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: He apparently keeps one in his overcoat.
- Hidden Depths: Whenever he speaks, Silent Bob usually shows that he's actually quite elaborate and intelligent on a variety of subjects.
- Also, according to Bob, he could fill the Grand Canyon with things Jay doesn't know about him.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Let's face it, Jay would be totally lost if Bob weren't around to keep an eye on him.
- In-Series Nickname: Jay calls him "Lunchbox", due to his girth. No longer the case as of Reboot, as Jay himself admits.
- MacGyvering: According to Jay.
- Not Named in Opening Credits: Kevin Smith, though likely out of modesty, since he already has a writer/director credit.
- The One That Got Away: The entire point of his "Chasing Amy" story that he tells Holden.
- Precision F-Strike: "The sign! On the back of the car! Said CRITTERS OF HOLLYWOOD!! YOU DUMB FUCK!!!"
- The Silent Bob: Silent Bob is the Trope Namer.
- Silent Partner: To the Motor Mouth Jay, obviously.
- Silent Snarker: Often shoots Jay a deadpan look whenever the latter is acting especially obnoxious.
- Stout Strength: Silent Bob is stocky and perfectly capable of going toe-to-toe with demons.
- The Voiceless: Unless he has something good to say.
- Voice of Reason: Ironically enough. Probably a coincidence, but if one watches all the movies in order, he is this in odd-numbered movies note , and not so much in even-numbered ones note .
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Apparently keeps gadgets such as a blow-up doll and a grappling hook in his oversized coat.
The neurotic cashier of the Quick-Stop.
- Betty and Veronica: The Archie in two of these situations.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Veronica thinks he's got a lot of potential that's going to waste in the Quick Stop and makes an attempt to push him into considering re-enrolling in higher education.
- Burger Fool: He and Randal have been reduced to this in Clerks II. Made all the more tragic by the fact since they're in their early 30s and have still been working in bottom of the barrel jobs for the last decade.
- Butt-Monkey: Unlike Randal, he suffers humiliation and abuse daily, and his selfish actions usually do catch up with him. His cousins aren't much better; Gil gets humiliated by Brodie in Mallrats, while Grant is nearly murdered by Bartleby on live TV in Dogma.
- Catchphrase: "I'm not even supposed to be here today!"
- Character Development: In Clerks II, Dante is less inclined to blame other people for his own passiveness and less inclined to bitch about whatever life hands him. The problem is that he's embraced his passiveness, resulting in him having convinced himself that the things life hands him will make him happier than they in all likeliness actually will.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Randal, especially in the cartoon.
- Dismotivation: Likes to think he'll be out of the Quick Stop eventually and views his own life as a wreck, berating Randal for having any fun in what he does.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Caitlin Bree.
- Foil: To Randal.
- High School Rejects: With Randal, although unlike Randal, Dante's quite embarrassed by it.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Insists on giving Caitlin Bree a second chance in their relationship, despite the fact that she previously cheated him on eight (and a half) times, and is currently cheating on her own fiancée by going on a date with him, which is to say that their second try will very likely end the same way. It doesn't end up lasting more than an hour, however, as Caitlin winds up having sex with a dead body in the Quick Stop bathroom and is left scarred for life.
- It also takes advice from Jay and Silent Bob, of all people, to realize that Veronica was a much better girlfriend to him. Unfortunately, Randall inadvertently caused them to break up for good.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At least when it comes to the women he dates and to blaming all his problems on other people, though he's a hell of a lot nicer than Randal and is a well-meaning person in general.
- Love Martyr: According to a throwaway line from Veronica's furious breakup speech to him, all of Dante's Wangst is just his refusal to get over Caitlin, a girl who was frequently unfaithful to him and dumped him in high school.
- Meaningful Name: As in "Dante's Inferno", which is a semi-metaphor for Dante's life. Becomes even more meaningful in Clerks II when the Quick Stop burns down.
- Never My Fault: Frequently blame shifts, and is somewhat self-righteous.
- Only Friend: Though Randal seldom admits it (that is, until the end of Clerks II), Dante is this to him, which is why Randal is so rattled at the prospect of Dante leaving New Jersey for good:Randal: You think I wanna start making friends at my age? Christ, who would want me as their friend? I hate everyone, and everything seems stupid to me, but you were always the counter-balance to that. The guy who was the yin to my yang. Now what the fuck am I gonna do for the rest of my life?Randal: I honestly don't know if I can make it in this world without you.
- Pulled from Your Day Off: Clerks opens with him being called into work on his day off, and the rest of the film is a chronicle of his misadventures during the day.
- Straight Man: Even lampshaded in the credits, where Kevin Smith calls Brian O'Halloran "the world's greatest straight man."
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: An identical cousin of Dante's appears in every film where Brian O'Halloran is not playing Dante.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He makes a lot of questionable decisions throughout the movie and Randal's repeated "The Reason You Suck" Speeches seem to indicate we're supposed to feel Dante is responsible in some way for basically all the bad things that happen to him.
- With Friends Like These...: With Randal.
Dante's best (and probably only) friend. A lazy slacker who hates his job and the people who frequent it.
- Anti-Hero: Lazy, smug, and sometimes a real prick, but still does care for his buddy Dante.
- At Least I Admit It: For all his faults, at least he doesn't deny who he is.
- Author Avatar: Kevin Smith specifically wrote the part of Randal for himself ("Which is why he has all the best lines!") but found himself unable to handle such a big part in addition to directorial duties — which is why Jeff Anderson was brought in.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He is actually a fairly smart guy, but would rather spend the rest of his life working in the Quick Stop than attend college and get a real job.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Inverted. As Randal points out to Dante, they overcompensate for having what is basically "a monkey's job."
- Burger Fool: He and Dante have been reduced to this in Clerks II. Made all the more tragic by the fact since they're in their early 30s and have still been working in bottom of the barrel jobs for the last decade.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: This is no doubt one of Randal's biggest flaws. In Clerks, he tells Veronica Dante tried to cheat on her with Caitlin, causing Veronica to break up with Dante after he realizes he's in love with her. In Clerks II, literally seconds after Dante makes him swear not to tell anyone he got his manager, Becky, pregnant, she comes outside looking for them, and Randal nervously blurts out a congratulations to her, which of course pisses her off and causes her zoom off in her car and wind up in front of an abortion clinic.
- Caustic Critic: Makes fun of anybody and everybody.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes this in the animated series by going off on weird tangents, such as nearly getting Leonardo nuked based solely on a belief that a monkey is responsible for a deadly virus.
- Deadpan Snarker: Every other line that comes out of his mouth is a sarcastic remark, usually at someone else's expense.
- Dumbass Has a Point: In Clerks II, eternal slacker Randal puts forth the notion that for all the crap they went through working there, both he and Dante were happiest while they were operating the Quick Stop.
- Foil: To Dante.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: In Clerks II. The only reason anyone puts up with him is because he's Dante's best friend, though it's completely justified given his Jerkass behavior.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Completely averted. He has no problem watching hermaphroditic porn."Beautiful chicks with dicks that put mine to shame."
- High School Rejects: With Dante.
- Honest Advisor: A variation towards Dante. If Dante starts talking to him about anything going on in his life, Randal will tell him the bitter truth, whether Dante wants to hear it or not.
- Innocent Bigot: Didn't realize what the textbook definition of a "porch monkey" was up until he accidentally said it in front of a couple of black folks...
- It Amused Me: Although he sometimes does it for a reason or to prove a point to Dante, Randal's typical motives for screwing customers are typically for his own kicks.
- Jerkass Has a Point: For all his douchebaggery, he can read Dante very well and makes a lot of good points.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: There's no two ways about it - Randal is an asshole. That said, he genuinely cares about Dante and will always protect, look after, and remain loyal to him.
- The Jester: Unlike Dante, who believes that title dictates behavior, Randal decides only he, as the master of his own destiny, can choose whether or not he is allowed to abuse that title.
- The Lancer: The snarky, self-centered, complete opposite of Dante.
- Manchild: In Clerks II, he still lives with his mom despite being in his early thirties.
- Manipulative Bastard: Decided a long time ago his reason for working at the Quick Stop was to screw with customers for his own ruthless ends.
- The Movie Buff: He works at a video store and is well versed in cinema culture.
- Nice Hat: Never seen without a backwards baseball cap.
- Please Don't Leave Me: To Dante near the end of the second movie.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Anytime he makes a spiel over anything pop culture related, is able to hold his own in the argument.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives two pretty epic ones to Dante at the end of both Clerks movies.
- The Slacker: Randal comes to work over a half hour late and even then doesn't man the video store unless he feels like it.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In the animated series. In Clerks II as well; for instance, mixing up Anne Frank and Helen Keller.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Also in the animated series. Unlike in the movies, he is actively malicious towards Dante and a lot more willing to throw him under the bus at any given opportunity.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He does come off as less of a Jerkass in Clerks II and treats the people around him not as nasty as previously.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Subverted. Dante thinks Randal is this and blames him for holding him back, until Randal points out that Dante dropped out of college and still works at the Quick Stop on his accord, not because of him.
- Troll: "Randal Graves, Scourge of the Video Renter."
Jay: "Any movie based on Jay and Silent Bob is gonna lick balls, because they both, in fact, lick balls. Namely each other's." (reading further) "Yes, they are real people. Real stupid people. Signed, Darth Randal."
- This deleted scene on the DVD of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which starts off familiar, but includes an added twist:
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Until the end of Clerks II, despite his many hilarious moments, it's difficult to feel much sympathy for him.
- With Friends Like These...: With Dante.
Dante's girlfriend in Clerks. A nice girl who tries in vain to motivate him.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Caitlin's Veronica and Dante's Archie.
- Nice Girl: A way better girlfriend than Dante deserves, which gets lampshaded constantly throughout the first movie.
- Only Sane Woman: She leaves Dante in the end, which is quite understandable, seeing how he was ready to cheat on her without even a second thought.
Dante's highschool ex, whom he still pines over.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Veronica's Betty and Dante's Archie.
- I Love the Dead: By accident. She didn't know it was a corpse.
- Jerkass: Caitlin is not a good person. In addition to running around on Dante, she dumps her fiancee to return to him.
- The One That Got Away: Dante thinks so. He's very wrong.
- Really Gets Around: Cheated on Dante eight and half times during their relationship. The half being when she thought the guy she was banging wasn't Dante.
An oddball man who frequents the Quick Stop.
- Catchphrase: "That's beautiful, man..."
- The Ditz: Willam is a little odd.
- In-Series Nickname: Snowball, due to his proclivity for a certain sexual act.
- Manchild: Actually billed in the Clerks credits as "Willam the Idiot Manchild."
- One Steve Limit: No relation to the Mallrats Willam.
- The Stoner: His easy-going attitude puts Jay and Silent Bob to shame.
Best buddy of T.S. A comic book addict who has no plans to change his situation.
- Alliterative Name: Both his first and surname start with "B".
- Deadpan Snarker: He's almost the same, to the point of being an Expy, as his cousin Randal.
- Elevator Going Down: He and Rene have sex in the mall elevator after Rene challenges his libido.
- Fanboy: He is a big fan of comic books. After his gig as host of The Tonight Show goes to shit, he ends up the owner of a comic book store called Brodie's Secret Stash.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With T.S.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a sarcastic, inconsiderate loudmouth, but not really a bad guy, and actually does care for both Rene and T.S.
A typical 90's every-dude having a really hectic day.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Mr. Svenning would rather auction off his daughter on a dating show than see her with him.
- Official Couple: With Brandi, when Jaws pops out of the water.
- Straight Man: Probably the least wacky main character in the film universe.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Brodie.
A friend of Brodie and T.S. who is writing a book about male sexuality.
- All There in the Manual: In case the surnames didn't tip you off, the comic series Chasing Dogma reveals that she's the younger sister of Alyssa from Chasing Amy.
- Brainy Brunette
- It's for a Book: She has sex with multiple older men for a book she's writing on the male sex drive, being the youngest author in history to tackle the subject.
- Really Gets Around
- Younger Than They Look: She's actually 15. Invoked when Shannon (who has sex with her) claims to have thought she was 36.
The guy who runs a local public access station, K-REL, and the father of TS' ex-girlfriend Brandi; he hates TS and will stop at nothing to make sure he doesn't get back together with his daughter..
- Bald of Evil: Hes bald and the biggest obstacle for T.S. and Brodie.
- Big Bad: The main antagonistic force in the film, who tries to sabotage T.S.'s attempts to win Brandi back at every opportunity.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Shannon Hamilton.
- Frame-Up: Tries to frame T.S. and Brodie for marijuana possession so T.S. won't have a chance to win Brandi back.
- Jerkass: He does seem to care for his daughter, and Brodie and TS are trying to destroy his game show, after all, but definitely crosses the line when he tries to frame the duo for a crime they did not actually commit.
Steve-Dave Pulatsi and Walter the Fanboy
Two friends who have a tenuous connection to a lot of the other characters in the Viewaskewniverse.
- Catchphrase: "Tell 'em, Steve-Dave!"
- A Day in the Limelight: The two are major characters in the first Clerks comic, where they compete with Dante and Randall to try and get in on the toy market.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Seeing as how they're always together. Although the sixth episode of the animated series suggests otherwise...
- Hypocrite: Steve-Dave gives a huge "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Dante in the Clerks holiday special claiming he charges outrageous prices and rips his customers off, only to be shown personally jacking up the prices on new books at his comic store.
- Jerkasses: Every time they appear. Steve-Dave insults somebody, and Walter follows it up with his trademark catch phrase.
- Those Two Guys: They apparently run the comic book store in Mallrats (and run a different one in a cut scene from Chasing Amy), are seen protesting outside of an abortion clinic in Dogma and attend the Bluntman and Chronic movie premiere in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, where Steve-Dave expresses disappointment that a decent comic book movie has yet to be made.
- Too Dumb to Live: In the animated series the two respectively attempted to win a costume contest by going as a bounty hunter disguised as Steve-Dave and the Human Torch. Walt's Human Torch costume involved wrapping himself up head to toe in toilet paper and dousing himself in kerosene. Guess what happened.
Rene's new boyfriend, who is a men's store manager at the mall.
- Arch-Enemy: to Brodie.
- Berserk Button: Mallrats like Brodie and T.S.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Hates "mallrats" like Brodie who simply hang out at the mall all day without shopping or working. How does he handle it regarding Brodie? He beats him up.
- Evil Is Bigger: Affleck is 6'4", towering over everyone who isn't Mr. LaFours.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers an absolutely brutal one to Brodie.
The main security guard at the mall.
- Beard of Evil: A goatee coupled with a Badass Moustache.
- The Dragon: The main enforcer of Mr. Svenning's will and willfully compliant in his attempt to frame Brodie and T.S. for bringing marijuana to the mall.
- Evil Counterpart: Might be one for Silent Bob. Both are bearded men who are physically tough, don't speak a whole lot (in fact LaFours doesn't speak at all), and are prone to giving aside glances, who are on different sides of T.S.'s scheme to get Brandi.
- Made of Iron: Gets hit very hard in the back of the head with a metal baseball bat by Jay and gets up almost immediately afterwards.
- Nice Hat: A porkpie hat.
- The Voiceless: Also an example of Silent Antagonist.
Another friend of T.S. and Brodie. Currently stuck trying to see a Magic Eye painting.
- Berserk Button: "Oh look! A sailboat!"
- Fat Idiot
- One Steve Limit: No relation to the Clerks Willam Black.
- The Slacker
- Small Role, Big Impact: Late in the film, having reached his Rage Breaking Point, he repeatedly bangs his head against a scaffolding, enabling Silent Bob enough movement to reach a VHS tape stuck in the framework, and insert the tape of Shannon having sex with Trish so Shannon can be arrested.
A comic book writer and artist who falls for the lesbian Alyssa.
- Actor Allusion: Seems to be a fan of Ben Affleck, or at least thought "he was the bomb in Phantoms."
- Author Avatar: Kevin Smith has said that Holden is the character he most identifies with.
- Bastard Boyfriend: To Alyssa, whom he gaslights and slut-shames.
- Belated Happy Ending: Reboot shows that he and Alyssa were eventually able to work through their problems and co-parent a daughter named Amy.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not so much in Chasing Amy, but his scenes in Strike Back and Reboot show he is absolutely this.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Not only does he lose Alyssa, he also loses his best friend, though he manages to reconcile with both of them by the end and they part on good terms.
- Dogged Nice Guy: A deconstruction of the archetype, showing how in real life such a person would be unbelievably unpleasant to deal with.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Banky; the two have known each other since childhood, and live and work together as adults. Ends up subverted in that Banky at least isn't so heterosexual
- Last Het Romance: Downplayed as Alyssa was already into women before meeting Holden, but in Reboot she is now married to her girlfriend from the end of Chasing Amy, implying that Holden was the last man she ever dated.
- Named After Somebody Famous: After Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Heavily averted. Holden is easily the most selfish character in the movie and everybody treats him as such.
- Sequential Artist: His profession.
- Slut-Shaming: Holden passive-aggressively prods Alyssa to admit to her past relationships with several other men, up to and including groups at a time, in public, then rejects her apology because it means they can never be a "normal" couple.
A comic writer and artist who Holden meets at a comic book convention. They eventually start dating.
- Forced Out of the Closet: She identifies as a lesbian, but Holden forces her to admit she's actually bi.
- N-Word Privileges: For words like "dyke" and "fag".
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Alyssa's nickname "Finger Cuffs" stems from her experimental participation in a threesome with two guys back in high school.
- Pronoun Trouble: Alyssa's friends catch on to her heterosexual relationship because when mentioning the person she fell for she doesn't specify the gender other than "them" or "they".
- Really Gets Around: She has a very checkered sexual history, which is why Holden feels insecure about dating her.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!!: Alyssa gets out of Holden's car and attempts to hitchhike after Holden's love confession to her.
- Screw Yourself: While she and Holden are bickering over her sexual history, Alyssa reveals that she once had a threesome with Gwen Turner, who was also played by Joey Lauren Adams.
- Sequential Artist: Like all the other characters in Chasing Amy.
- The One That Got Away: For Holden.
Holden's abrasive and jealous friend and business partner.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He is heavily implied to be in love with his heterosexual best friend Holden.
- Ambiguously Gay: It's unclear whether he's bi or gay; he's had several successful relationships with women, but is together with Hooper by the time Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back rolls around.
- Armored Closet Gay: He is a vocal homophobe, but he is implied to be in love with Holden and agrees to have sex when Holden propositions him.
- Berserk Button: He is NOT a tracer.
- Brooklyn Rage: He is very hot-tempered.
- Deadpan Snarker: The "Man-Hating Dyke" speech he gives to Holden in particular.
- Gayngst: He's a self-hating, closeted homosexual.
- Guys Are Slobs: Boorish, poorly mannered, and with a very unclean apartment.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his lifelong best friend Holden. Deconstructed, since Banky has been in love with Holden for years.
- Insistent Terminology: He's an inker, not a tracer. ("YOUR MOM'S A TRACER!")
- Jerkass: For the majority of the movie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While still a bit of an asshole he's definitely gotten better by the end.
- Pet the Dog: While no fan of Alyssa, he does look a bit sorry when he finds Holden on the couch devastated over his and Alyssa's breakup.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Hooper as of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, although it's unclear whether they are merely sleeping together or full-on dating.
- Sequential Artist: His profession.
- Straight Gay: Despite his sexuality, he acts and looks like a typical churlish frat bro. Even his (weird and extensive) porn collection is pretty hetero.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Holden, who is very much straight.
Hooper "Hooper X" LaMante
Holden and Banky's friend, also a comic book artist.
- Angry Black Man: Hooper acts like this to sell comics, but in reality he's Camp Gay.
- Armored Closet Gay: Played with; Hooper doesn't mind the fact that he's gay, but he doesn't let his consumers know that, because this image would contradict his comics.
- Camp Gay: More effeminate than Banky.
- Malcolm Xerox: Subverted. Hooper's stage persona as the author of White-Hatin' Coon is that of a militant black supremacist. In his private life, his attitude is friendlier and more rational.
- N-Word Privileges: For words like "faggot" and "dyke" (discussed In-Universe).
- Relationship Upgrade: With Banky, some time before Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
- Sequential Artist: Like every other main character in the movie.
- Badass in Distress: Spends most of the movie comatose in the form of John Doe Jersey.
- Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Silly Ones: Metatron describes God as lonely and funny and upon seeing Her, and the way She acts, you would think She is a bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but this is still God and has been known to be vengeful in the past.
- Cool Old Guy: Takes the form of a kindly-looking old man just to play skee-ball.
- Like an Old Married Couple / Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Metatron seem to have this dynamic.
- Silent Snarker: Doesn't talk since one word from Her voice could kill a human being, but expresses Herself using Her face.
A fallen angel banished to Wisconsin with his partner Loki after a night of drinking. Now planning to scheme his way back into Heaven.
- Asexual Life Partners: With Loki, since neither has genitals.
- Ax-Crazy: In the last half hour.
- Berserk Button: Goes off when Loki points out that his rants sound just like Lucifer's.
- Broken Angel: Graduates to Fallen Angel after Silent Bob throws him off the train.
- Dragon Ascendant: Takes the role of main antagonist after Azrael is killed, due to making his own plan to unmake existence.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Since angels can do things that demons cannot, like transubstantiate, he and Loki drive the plot instead of Azrael. By the end, he plans to unmake existence independent of Azrael, though it hardly matters since Azrael is dead.
- Not So Different: Loki directly compares him to Lucifer (alluded to via his former title the "Morning Star") when Bartleby starts ranting about how God treats angels."You sound like the Morning Star!"
- Omnicidal Maniac: Pushes the limits of this trope near the end of the movie when he and Loki massacre the crowd of people at the church gathering, and then he (Bartleby) starts dropping innocent people from the sky. And doesn't even care if the world was be unmade, as long as he goes back to Heaven (which might be erased too).
- Only Sane Man: Until his Villainous Breakdown. Mind, this is compared to the former Angel of Death.
- Redemption Equals Death: Hinted at, as he tells God he's sorry before dying.
- Super Strength: When he and Loki arrive at the church in Red Bank, he kills Officer McGee by grabbing his forehead with one hand and shoving it 90 degrees, snapping his neck.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Loki.
- Toxic Friend Influence: To Loki.
- Villainous Breakdown: After being thrown off a train, something... snaps. Shown when he gets pissed when Loki compares him to Lucifer.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Loki.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's still plans to return to Heaven, even knowing it will unmake existence.
- Your Head Asplode: His death.
The former angel of death.
- Affably Evil: When he's not doing his job as the angel of death, he is a pretty decent person. He naturally has fun getting stoned with Jay and Bob, offering gum to the "innocent" woman whose life he and Bartleby spared during the Mooby's boardroom massacre, and when he meets Serendipity again (albeit while drunk), he greets her like a long lost relative.
- Ax-Crazy: The Mooby's boardroom members found this out the hard way.
- Asexual Life Partners: With Bartleby, since neither have genitals.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Comes off as this a lot, especially when compared to the more down-to-earth (in a manner of speaking) Bartleby.
- Dumbass Has a Point: He's a total goof-off, but he's more perceptive than he leads on. When someone anonymously sends them an article about plenary indulgence, his first question is asking who sent it (it was Azrael). He also tries to call off the plan when he realizes Bartleby is going through Sanity Slippage, saying his rants make him sound like Lucifer.
- Grim Reaper: Insofar as he actually appears grim.
- Hand Cannon: For the first half of the film, he wields a Desert Eagle handgun.
- HeelFace Turn: Eventually, after he becomes human.
- Heel Realization: When, after Silent Bob lobs him off the train, he gets just who Bartleby is starting to sound like.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: As soon as we find out he turned human we see him with a large bottle of champagne in his hand.
- Meaningful Name: While he is not a god in this version, Loki does live up to the name in the opening scene. He uses Through the Looking-Glass as a means to get a nun to question her faith, simply because he likes "Fucking with the clergy."
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Seems to be his major restriction as Angel Of Death. When Bartleby demands he kill Bethany he explains he can't unless she's done something to deserve it. Although he did nearly kill a secretary for not saying "God Bless You" when he sneezed, so he appears to be able to choose what constitutes a punishment-deserving sin and what doesn't. Although given his Meaningful Name above, the tone in which Bartleby calls him back, and the fact that his gun is most likely empty He was probably just screwing with her.
- One-Hit Polykill: Kills an adulterous couple on a bus with a single bullet.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's the former angel of death who likes to kill people, but will happily get stoned with two random guys and chat in a perfectly friendly manner. Would be Affably Evil if he was brighter.
- Babies Ever After: It's suggested that she is able to bear children again at the end of the film.
- Deadpan Snarker: The first thing she does is fuck with a bunch of conservative protesters by claiming the Pope showed up at the abortion clinic she works at.
- Hollywood Atheist: She gets better, though.
- Refusal of the Call: Attempts to refuse it, but the events of the film require her to.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Her divine powers were because, after Jesus was conceived, Mary had a chromosome or two with leftover divinity. Joseph and Mary consummated later, and, centuries later, Bethany is born, the Grand Niece of Jesus Christ himself.
- Naked on Arrival: "Guys like us just don't fall out of the fucking sky, you know!"
- Public Execution: He was martyred by being stoned to death (beaten to death with stones, that is).
- Ax-Crazy: Hes an Omnicidal Maniac whose plan is a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum, and gleefully mows down a bartender with a MAC-10 machine pistol just to make a pun.
- Badass Longcoat: A white one.
- Big Bad: It's his schemes that Bethany has to stop.
- Demonic Possession: Feigns that he's doing one of these to Satan as an excuse to be on Earth.
- Didn't See That Coming: He notices Serendipity motioning toward a golf club to Silent Bob and picks up she wants him to hit Azrael with it. So he decides to humor him by letting Bob get a free hit, even exposing his stomach just to rub it in. However Azrael doesn't realize that the club has been "blessed" by Cardinal Glick (to help him with his game) and essentially been made a holy weapon. So when the impact comes, it ends up killing him, much to his disbelief. Serendipity lampshades and mocks his cockiness.
- Dirty Coward: Serendipity accuses him of being this when he refused to participate in the war between God and Lucifer.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's killed off right before the the climax of the movie, but there's still Bartleby and Loki to deal with before they wipe out all of creation.
- Despair Event Horizon: While it's not obvious due to his snarky Psychopathic Man Child It's All About Me attitude, Azrael in a deleted scene hints that he's an extremely tormented soul full of despair and wanting to end it all because of his pain. While a mortal being might simply mock him as selfish, keep in mind, he was once an angel constantly in the light of God living in heaven. Then he was cast down and eternally separated from the paradise he enjoyed, simply because he didn't want to fight. If that wasn't enough, the souls damned to hell turned the dark void into a nightmare world of agony and torment, fueled by the evil in their souls and the prideful belief that they either won't ask God for forgiveness, or that they are beyond forgiveness. While Azrael is being a dick, he genuinely has suffered terribly.
- Driven to Suicide: He wants to "not exist" than spend eternity in Hell.
- Famous Last Words: "But... I'm a fucking demon..."
- Genre Savvy: "Oh no. I've seen way too many Bond movies to know that you never reveal all the details of your plan, no matter how close you may think you are to winning."
- Horned Humanoid: Befitting his status as a demon, Azrael has a small pair of horns that he conceals with a hat.
- Ironic Name: He's named after the Angel of Death. "Loki" would be a more appropriate name for him, since like the mythical god Azrael tries to bring about the end of the world (à la Ragnorak).
- Jerkass: Wants to escape hell by committing the ultimate suicide...and taking everyone else and all of creation with him. Also cruelly taunts the heroes attempts to stop him and, of course, he's a "fucking demon".
- Large Ham: Jason Lee is clearly enjoying himself in the role.
- The Man Behind the Man: He manipulates Bartleby and Loki into doing his bidding, which amounts to the death of the universe. For instance, he sent the flyer that got them headed to New Jersey in the first place and gives them advice for staying off the radar until they reach New Jersey.
- Nice Hat: Along with his white clothes, Azrael wears a white fedora. Useful for concealing his horns.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He's this indirectly. His true goal is to never go back to Hell, and the only way seems to cease to exist, as it's implied that he can't stay out of the pit permanently and if he dies on Earth in the conventional fashion, he'll just return to Hell (given the fact that Silent Bob "killed" him with a blessed gold club, it doesn't seem hard to kill a demon but if that was enough, Azrael would have had someone off him years ago). Unfortunately, it seems the only way he can cease to exist is in a fashion that also makes everything else cease to exist. He's perfectly fine with that.
- Open Shirt Taunt: Does this to Silent Bob so that the latter will take a swing at him with Cardinal Glick's golf club. It turns out being a "fucking demon" doesn't work to your advantage.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Type C. Quite powerful, intelligent, and prestigious, but is also very whiny and petulant to an amazing degree.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: He is willing to condemn the entire universe to non-existence in order to escape Hell. Serendipity lampshades that this is incredibly selfish and childish of him.
- Tragic Villain: To a degree he is. He was sent down to Hell because he didn't choose a side when Lucifer rebelled. So he didn't actively perpetrate any active crime or break any rules beyond disobeying the creator. However, Bartleby and Loki did this and they were only sent to Wisconsin, and even when time ends, they'll just be stuck outside the gates of heaven. The deleted scenes about how mortal damned souls turned hell into a suffering pit instead of just a place of cold isolation made it even worse, to the point where it clearly pushed Azrael over the Despair Event Horizon into Omnicidal Maniac territory seeking any means of escape even if the universe must be destroyed.
- Villain in a White Suit: Azrael dresses in a white suit with matching Badass Longcoat and fedora, and serves as the Big Bad of the film.
- Answers to the Name of God: According to Metatron, whoevers spoken to God has spoken to him. Or theyre talking to themselves.
- Badass Baritone: Speaks with Alan Rickmans deep bass voice, and is the most active force of good.
- Big Good: More like acting Big Good since God is incapacitated.
- The Chessmaster: For the good guys.
- Deadpan Snarker: Well, he is played by Alan Rickman, what can you expect?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Seems rather rude and snarky when he first meets Bethany, but later it's revealed he has nothing but outright sympathy for her.
- Translator Buddy: He's called the Voice of God for a reason.
- Irony: As a muse, she's the source of inspiration for many, many people, including various writers, singers, and filmmakers. She left the job after getting tired of inspiring other people instead of working on her own stuff. Unfortunately, when she sat down to create something, she ended up with writer's block.
- Ms. Fanservice: Surely, there's a reason she's wearing nothing but a bra and panties when we're first introduced to her...
- The Muse: One of the actual ones actually, she mostly spends her days working as a stripper before the heroes come looking for her.
- The Smart Girl: Oh yeah, she pretty much ends up guiding the final leg of the journey and has a hand in Azrael's death.
- Take That!: As a muse, she was responsible for 19 of the top 20 grossing films of all time. She doesn't think highly of the one she wasn't responsible for.
- We Have Ways of Making You Talk: While the rest of the group goes on to New Jersey, Serendipity stays behind to interrogate the Golgothan. He eventually spills the beans on everything Azrael intends to do.
- You Can Leave Your Hat On: Her introductory scene.
Hell's top assassin. A demon formed by the combined excrement of those who were crucified on Golgotha, he is sent to kill Bethany.
- Arm Cannon: Briefly uses one that splatters the drinks section of the bar in poop.
- The Dreaded: The Stygian Triplets, powerful demons themselves, react with trepidation when Azrael suggests summoning him.
- Evil Smells Bad: It goes with being a demon composed entirely of poop.
- Horned Humanoid: He walks on two legs and the top of his head has a pair of horns.
- I Have Many Names: He has a number of nicknames, such as the "Excremental", "shit demon", and "Poop Demon".
- No Dead Body Poops: The aversion of this trope is the cause of his existence.
- Overt Operative: He's a massive Professional Killer made of poop, leaving a horrible smell wherever he goes. He's not exactly inconspicuous.
- Professional Killer: His main task is to kill people on a demon's command.
- Pun: One of his nicknames, the "Excremental", is a play on the term "elemental".
- Visual Pun: Since he is formed by the excrement of all who died on Golgotha including Jesus Christ, he's probably the closest thing to "Holy shit".
- Weaksauce Weakness: A strong deodorant is enough to knock him out cold.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's last seen unconscious on the floor of a strip club. (A later appearance was cut when a test audience said there was too much of him. Can't blame them for thinking that.)
The first angel to rebel against God and the first to fall. While making no direct appearance, is often alluded to in the movie and while in the background, was acknowledged to be a potential threat, or at least source of worry due to the events surrounding God's disappearance.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Although not by much, so far as the movie shows. At the least, he doesn't want to unmake existence for selfish reasons. He wants to rule everything, not destroy everything, and he certainly doesn't want to perish. It's even stated that Lucifer would definitely have his people out after Bartleby and Loki with orders to kill on sight if he learned the full consequences of their actions.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: Metatron mentions that it is unlikely that Lucifer is behind God's disappearance, as he would have already made a play at taking over Heaven, and he certainly isn't behind Bartleby or Loki's plans, because he's got just as much to lose with everything ceasing to be. Whatever else, Lucifer wants to rule the universe, not destroy it.
- The Ghost: He never actually makes an appearance throughout the film, though he is alluded to several times.
- Hidden Depths: Azrael mentions that Lucifer is after Bartleby and Loki because those "two assholes may succeed where he has failed so many times before". Given that fallen angels are trying to get back into heaven, this could mean that Lucifer is either still trying to take over creation, or desperately trying to get back into the paradise he was exiled from. (Then again, this was Azrael talking, so we should probably take this with a grain of salt.)
- Pragmatic Villainy: Is dismissed as a candidate for being the brains behind Bartleby and Loki's quest, simply because (as Metatron points out) he'd be screwed by the end of existence too.
- Satan: He's the devil. First of the fallen, the rebel star and tempter of man.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hinted at by Loki when he claimed that Bartelby was starting to talk just like the Morningstar, when he was showing disdain for humans and the fact that they were given so much, but commit evil on each other and some of them don't even believe God exists.
A jewel thief posing as an animal right's activist.
- Action Girl: Like the rest of her team she is extremely capable in a fight and takes on the ringleader Sissy during the finale.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Her teammates show nothing but contempt for her for being a goody two-shoes, though dialogue suggests she used to be more like them.
- HeelFace Turn: She switches sides after falling for Jay.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Turns herself and the other girls in so Jay and Silent Bob can go free.
- Meganekko: Has this look going on, with the glasses.
- Nice Girl: Nothing but friendly to Jay and Silent Bob.
- Odd Name Out: Missy, Sissy, Chrissy and Justice.
- Stealth Pun: Shannon Elizabeth insisted on wearing glasses to play the character because "Justice is blind."
- Token Good Teammate: The only one of her group to show any remorse for her crimes.
Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly
An incompetent federal wildlife marshal.
- Ambiguously Gay: He seems to be coming on to Banky after witnessing Jay and Justice kiss near the end of the movie. Also, when Missy says they're shooting at him because "[he's] a man", Willenholly silently mutters, "only on the outside."
- Butt-Monkey: He gets no respect from his fellow law enforcement.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: An incompetent fool most of the time, but he does manage to hold his own in a shootout against Missy and Chrissy.
- Disney Death: Appears to have one when Jay and Silent Bob (with a little help from Suzanne) trick him into jumping off a dam, only for Willenholly to turn up unharmed (but soaking wet) moments later.
- Large Ham: No surprise given who plays him.
- Made of Iron: He jumps off a dam and goes over a waterfall, but still emerges completely unscathed.
Chaka Luther King
The director of the Bluntman & Chronic movie.
- Malcolm Xerox: A straight example.
- Malicious Misnaming: A humorous example. He calls Banky Edwards "Fucky".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His mannerisms are based off of Spike Lee.
- N-Word Privileges: He uses "nigga" frequently.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once a shootout erupts on his set he quickly makes himself scarce.Chaka: Crazy crackers with guns? Time for me to get my black ass outta here!
- Stealing the Credit: Chaka Luther King claimed that PBS took his idea from Sesame Street and was going to call it "Niggas With Puppets".
Dante and Randal's new co-worker at Mooby's.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The "Pillow Pants" story comes off as this, which horrifies even the usually wisecracking Randal.
- Fanboy: Of The Lord of the Rings and Transformers.
- Momma's Boy: In his first scene, he's shown kissing his mom good-bye after she gives him a ride to work.
Millennium "Milly" Faulken
The love child of Jay and Justice.