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  • Reggie from the beloved Archie Comics is an egotistical prick who has no problem making remarks at the expense of the other characters.
  • Jason, the protagonist of Long Ago And Far Away is a big fat jerk who used to be the "Child Knight" who saved Elvenwood many years ago.
  • The Sandman.
  • Guy Gardner of the Green Lantern Corps and Justice League International. Exactly how much of a jerk he is varies (partly due to complicated mental issues), but at his worst he's tolerated mainly because he's useful in a fight (although getting him to stop can be more of an issue). Thankfully, he received some Character Development over the course of a decade and a half, cleaned up his act, and became a Boisterous Bruiser instead.
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  • Ollie Queen, while ultimately a force of good, has never been particularly nice about it. On his best days, he's rude, arrogant, and is always convinced that his idea is better. On most days, he's a sanctimonious, elitist jackass. At his worst, he's a complete asshole who pisses everyone off and alienates his allies, which explains why he always seems to be having to make amends with someone.
  • Namor consistently treats everyone he knows as inferior to him, often engages in hypocritical rebukes of others, and won't stop trying to get into Sue Storm's pants, marriage be damned. And those are the days he isn't hobnobbing with despots like Osborn or Doom or sending giant tidal waves to drown New York City. Even when he is actually doing something for someone other than himself, you can guarantee he'll be a self-congratulating, entitled dick about it. The only people he's shown being genuinely nice to are old friends from the Invaders, Captain America (because being a Jerkass to him truly puts one in their own league) and Bucky (likely due to the guy's Trauma Conga Line), where he makes a half-ass attempt to keep up a jerkass front.
    • He usually shows some respect for the Hulk, as a fellow superstrong, ill-tempered perpetual outsider (at least, as long as they're not being magically compelled to serve together in the Defenders; when that happens, he gets sick of ol' Jade Jaws pretty quickly).
  • Both title characters of Calvin and Hobbes occasionally delve into this, though Calvin is more of a Jerkass Woobie.
  • Toyota from Y: The Last Man makes a point of being as unpleasant as possible to everyone she comes into contact with, as if sticking swords through them (not to mention cutting Ampersand's tail) wasn't enough.
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  • Deadpool can be a huge jerkass at times. Especially when it comes to blind Al, Weasel and Bob.
  • The Comedian from Watchmen.
  • The Ultimates
    • Gregory Stark is rude, demeaning and abrasive to everyone who isn't Nick Fury. And that's before he turns out to be evil. Apparently he makes people book appointments just to make small talk with him.
    • In general, the Liberators besides Abdul and to a lesser degree Perun are overall very unpleasant, arrogant individuals who take pride in pointlessly harming the American citizens.
  • Gladstone Gander. He can get anything he wants just by wanting it, and yet keeps on tormenting his poor cousin Donald Duck with his insufferable jackassery and Smug Snake behavior.
  • While Lucy might have been the worst Jerk Ass in the Peanuts cartoons, Violet was the worst Jerk Ass in the comic. She constantly abused Charlie Brown both verbally and physically, and once firmly declared that he had no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
    • Lucy was, however, a bit of a brat. Once she even told everyone Charlie Brown was hitting her when he hadn't, for no reason whatsoever (in a Sunday strip from November '52). She also teases and bullies her little brother Linus without stopping, forces respect out of other kids through sheer intimidation, and uses Charlie Brown's "sessions" at her booth as an excuse to make him feel even worse about himself. And that's not even getting into the annual football gag, which seems meaner every time she does it. Toward the end of the strip, she started taking on a surprisingly nurturing role toward Rerun, softening up some.
  • Marvel's superfast mutant Quicksilver has been a good guy, bad guy, and in-between, but never stops being an arrogant, self-centered dick. This extends to his other incarnations, such as his appearances on X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men.
    • Peter David wrote a great story in X-Factor that gave a reason why Quicksilver's always such a tool. He explains to psychiatrist Doc Samson that everyone gets irritated waiting in a long line because someone else's slowness is holding it up. Imagine if everyone on else the planet is like the person holding up the line. That's the way Quicksilver feels.
  • Nick Fury is this trope. He is a huge jerkass so you don't have to. Nick wavers between this and Jerk with a Heart of Gold. His Ultimate Universe incarnation tends to reflect this trope more, while the mainstream version tends to channel his Jerkass behaviour at appropriate times, and generally is a Cool Old Guy.
  • Garfield is notorious for being one of the worst examples of this trope, being infamous for his cruel antics towards both Jon and Odie, his arrogance and his extreme bouts of laziness, though he can be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold Depending on the Writer. Here is a big example of him at his worst.
    • Let's not forget Nermal either. He seems to visit Garfield purely to steal his food, rub it in Garfield's face that Nermal's cuter and younger than he is, use his cuteness to steal Jon's affection and con him into giving Nermal food, and after all that still seems to think that Garfield likes him. Thankfully, Garfield always makes him pay for it.
  • Stanley the Talking Fish in Nintendo Comics System and Mario to a lesser extent.
  • Mini Monsters has Victor Von Piro, although he's sometimes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • Morty Vivente is a mix of this and Alpha Bitch, without the "popular" thing.
  • Depending on the Writer, J. Jonah Jameson from Spider-Man is either this or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He wastes no opportunity to fabricate stories falsely accusing Spider-Man of being a criminal in spite of all the good he's done for the city, but he will sometimes be portrayed with redeeming qualities.
    • In issue 6, Peter had just been hired and Jameson had decided to treat Spiderman like a criminal. When everybody leaves, Peter asks Jameson "How do you know he's a criminal?" and Jameson replies "I don't. I could just as easily send good press his way. Why don't I? This will sell more papers." Twenty years later he has a nervous breakdown, why? He didn't unmask Spidey when he had the chance. Complete. Total. Jerkass.
  • Reed Richards wanders in and out of this trope Depending on the Writer.
  • Batman (otherwise known as "Crazy Steve"), in All Star Batman and Robin is by far the most asshole-ish incarnation of the character ever depicted. He not only seems to get a kind of sadistic joy out of any pain he causes criminals (as well as any cops in his way), but he kidnaps and verbally assaults Dick Grayson, (who just moments before had seen his parents killed before his eyes), leaves him to fend for himself in the Batcave and then when he finds out Alfred fed him a proper meal, picks him up by the scruff of his collar and threatens him (this is guy who in most other versions is the closest thing Bruce currently has to a father). And all the other superheroes ain't much better (Wonder Woman shoving a male bystander out of her way whilst calling him a "sperm bank").
    • In the Millerverse version of DC, superheroes are either brutal psychotic (Black Canary, Crazy Steve) or a witless moron that Batman pretty much controls or treats with utter contempt (Superman and Green Lantern).
      • This gets to the point where Millerverse Batman/Crazy Steve just randomly insults Superman during a Spawn/Batman crossover penned by Miller. Made particularly bad by the fact that the Big Blue Boy Scout is never so much as mentioned up anywhere else in the comic.
    • Mainstream Batman can be one at times too. Actually, scratch that. Mainstream Batman is one MOST of the time.
  • Kyle Bell from Hack/Slash, whose only real redeeming quality is pulling off a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Many of the superhomies from Empowered, especially Major Havoc.
  • Part of the reason Lex Luthor is such a good villain is that he's not just a Magnificent Bastard of an obsessed, megalomaniacal Corrupt Corporate Executive-turned-President Evil — he's also an asshole to everyone he meets, including strangers, and goes out of his way to treat the people around him like shit for no reason whatsoever. And he doesn't just do horrible things to people either — he's an asshole even when his actions are incredibly small-scale and pointless (e.g., calling Clark Kent "Mr. Lois Lane" all the time for no reason except to be dickish and irritating).
    • He once offered a huge sum of money to a married waitress to be his mistress for a year for the sole purpose of leaving just before she comes to a decision. It was all just to mess with her sense of morality and leave her never knowing what choice she ultimately would have made.
  • Joseph Boulier from Gaston Lagaffe. Longtarin and Gaston himself had their moments as well.
  • Jason Fox from FoxTrot's strips (pre-Sunday Only)
  • Jokey Smurf of The Smurfs with his constant pranks.
  • King Max Acorn in Sonic the Hedgehog, with everything he's gone through, had devolved into this. A big part of his assholishness is because he was raised to follow royal traditions. That also includes using a mystical golden pool with a strange, undefined connection to make his decisions instead of, say, the guy you hired to be part of your Intelligence Agency. Thus, most of his decisions boil down to "because the pool told me to", including but not limited to disbanding your daughter's well-trained team of heroes over his just-recently formed Secret Service and forcing said daughter to marry someone she really didn't want to. When the Cosmic Retcon Button is hit following Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide and Max was rewritten to have taken a level in kindness, Sonic took this as a good thing.
    • Sally Acorn can be one at times, especially in the early issues, before her modern characterization surfaced. Granted, her moments of these stems from the fact that she is weighed down by stress of having to be responsible of her duty as a princess AND a leader of the Freedom Fighters. So she is a very mild example of this.
    • Sonic himself in the Fleetway comics is one, he picks on Tails for no reason,(constantly calling him an idiot),is a dick towards his friends, and once made Porker Lewis cry.
  • Another X-Men example in Julian "Hellion" Keller: Arrogant, angry, self-entitled, and just generally a dick to anyone outside his clique. When Noriko Ashida arrived at the school seeking help for her out of control powers, Julian tried to run her off for no better reason than because she'd been living on the streets and looked (and smelled) it. He takes an immediate dislike to X-23 for no real reason whatsoever. Julian can even be a dick to his own friends, yet at the same time fiercely loyal and protective of them. As a result, he does get better after Stryker's attacks on the school, which allows his softer and more noble side to peak through. However he gets angrier again when his hands get blow'ed up by Bastion, and starts to slide towards the edge of the slippery slope afterwards. Lately, though, he's started to turn things around again and get back to being more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Victor Van Damme from Ultimate Fantastic Four. He's basically Doctor Doom without any of the latter's strangely charismatic bearing and ability to try and be charming despite his arrogance, leaving the self-centered egotist that is Doom's core personality exposed for all the world to see.
  • Kenton's father Praxton in White Sand. He constantly puts his son down, treats Kenton's new ideas with disdain, argues that brute force is the only way for a Sand Master to be successful, mocks the idea of using a sword, laughs at Kenton's inability to slatrify and states that even if Kenton accomplishes Mastell's Path, Praxton still won't promote him above the lowest rank, which is just blatantly unfair. Later, when Kenton is on the Path, he mocks him from above for not "gliding elegantly on the sand" like Sand Master should. That's not to mention that he's engaged in a shouting match with his son in front of all the Sand Masters in their order.
  • Ray of Plutona is a bully who insults everyone around him - except for his abusive father.
  • Dynamo5 : This series does not paint a good picture of Captain Dynamo/William Warner. It was revealed in the series that he was a habitual womanizer who cheated on his wife, Maddie Warner, and fathered numerous children, even when it compromised his crime-fighting duties. He used his shape shifting power to impersonate women's husbands in order to sleep with them. He had a relationship behind his wife's back with Chrysalis one of his Arch Enemies, and even fathered a daughter with her, Cynthia, who inherited all of Dynamo's powers, and goes by the code name Synergy. According to Chrysalis, Dynamo was a presence in Synergy's life, and led a second life behind Warner's back as he helped to raise her. Unknown to Chrysalis, he was cheating on her as well. Finally, we learn that he fathered a child with an alien woman that he had met in outer space, after coming to the aid of her malfunctioning starship. Because of the taboo of raising a half-breed on her world, she came to Earth to give custody of their son to Dynamo. Because he viewed the child as a threat to his marriage, he left the infant at a F.L.A.G. research facility, where the child grew up without parents. When he began to bond with Dr. Bridges, one of the scientists there, the two were separated, and Dynamo refused Bridges' pleas to free the boy from the facility.
  • The Transformers (IDW) and its successor series:
    Chromia: Millions of years of civil war and no one killed that guy?


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