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Even in non-canon examples, Jin Kisaragi is still an asshole.

Here's the list of Jerkasses in Video Games. These are the types who scold you for needing someone to hold your hand all the way here. They'll call you and others dipshits and take every chance to be a Politically Incorrect Villain.

  • Duke Nukem is perverted, politically incorrect and completely egotistical. He is content to throw money for strippers when anyone decent would be evacuating them from an active warzone. His autobiography is titled "Why I'm So Great", and he constantly shit talks and boasts about how awesome he is. He even once literally defecated on the body of an alien horror after he killed it. And he is totally comical for it.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine: In the cartoons "Tombstone Picnic", "Haunted Hijinx" and "Snow Sillies", Boris the Wolf is a jerk to Bendy, stealing his picnic basket after a mischievous skeleton causes him to drop it and then tricking him into being slipped up on his own blanket in the first one, dressing up as a ghost to scare him away just so he can steal his Halloween candy in the second, and ignoring Bendy as he mourns over the sentient snowman that the demon creates in the latter. This only seems to apply to his cartoon incarnation, however.
  • Jin Kisaragi of BlazBlue, pictured to the right. He's apparently "not good with people" and admittedly in flashbacks it's shown that he was once a reasonably decent guy, if usually callous and indifferent to normal peoples' suffering. But hearing his hated/beloved brother is alive evidently snaps even this fragile remnant of his sanity and pushes him into full-out mad psychosis. He has been lately getting a little better, but he still remains a colossal dick, especially to Noel Vermillion (long story).
    • One of Platinum the Trinity's personalities, Luna, is this meets Bratty Half-Pint. She's an extremely obnoxious girl who will stop at nothing, including pranks and insults, to get what she wants. At one point calling Ragna a pedophile, then suckering him into paying for an expensive meal. She's also quick to become jealous, especially when it comes to breasts, as well as 'clingy'; attacking Litchi for having a small, normal talk with Jubei, and for being bustier than Luna, with this kind of reasoning: "How dare you grow a pair of breasts before me!" Though, her interactions with Litchi afterwards heavily imply that part of the reason she's a jerk is because she's insecure.
    • Hazama a.k.a. Yuuki Terumi is not just the Big Bad, he just went extra ways to ensure that he's an obnoxious Troll, practically the worst kind of jackass that can exist, and he doesn't really care or justify himself, since he finds those things amusing and interesting. Yep, his lifestyle consist of being an obnoxious misery-bringer to everyone he comes across for fun. That plus the fact that he literally subsists on other people's hatred of him.
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  • Street Fighter has Adon, who is definitely one of the straightest versions of this trope in the series while not being completely evil. He's an extremely arrogant hot-head that constantly has a VERY smug and grotesque grin on his face, shows nothing but extreme contempt for all other fighters, has a very savage and brutal fighting style, and feels that he is a self-proclaimed "god" of Muay Thai. Plus many SF players find his voice (and in some cases, his general character design) to be obnoxious.
  • Practically, almost every antagonist that has appeared in the Grand Theft Auto series, or even allieds with the protagonist.
  • Almost EVERY CHARACTER in Bully (hey, it is called "Bully" after all). The Jocks are bullies who pick on anyone who isn't athletic enough. The Bullies are, obviously, bullies who pick on anyone weaker than they are. The Greasers are violent delinquents who'll bully or attack anyone who crosses their path, enters their territory or just looks at them funny. The Preps are all stuck-up rich kids who think all other people are inferior to them simply because they have less money and aren't above telling them so. The Townies will insult and fight any Bullworth student and can be seen insulting or even fighting adults, which, in this game, is a major offense. The Townsfolk are pretty much grown-up Preps, and will treat you like shit simply for being underage. Even the NERDS, who are pretty much at the bottom of the food chain, act pretty rudely to anyone who isn't one of them and will happily bully anyone weak enough for them to get away with doing so. The most jerkass characters in the game though would have to be Gary Smith, Derby Harrington, Mr. Hattrick and Mr. Burton.
  • Leonard's pact-partner in Drakengard, the malicious unnamed fairy. She goes beyond annoying, however, in that she uses every chance she gets in conversation to inflict psychological torture on him, bringing up how Leonard is a complete failure, how he couldn't protect his family, and how he couldn't even kill himself when Driven to Suicide. Her attitude is such that it boggles the mind to contemplate how he ever agreed to a pact with her in the first place. Probably some twisted form of repentance.
    • She does get some well-deserved comeuppance in one of the routes.
  • Seifer from Final Fantasy VIII (and in Kingdom Hearts II) starts out as this before becoming a Rival Turned Evil after his Face–Heel Turn. When you first use him in Final Fantasy VIII, he literally kicks a dog.
    • Similarly, Jecht from Final Fantasy X during the first half of the game. He's emotionally abusive toward Tidus (a mini-game involves Tidus trying to suppress memories of his father's abuse while trying to make a shot), initially a surly, disrespectful drunk while in Spira, and, while drunk, is responsible for accidentally attacking and injuring a shoopuff.
  • Eckhardt in Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
  • Bass in Mega Man (Classic) is incredibly arrogant and constantly insults anyone he sees as weak.
  • In Enchanted Arms, Token Gay Guy Makoto gets introduced as a Jerkass, getting jealous of anyone who gets close to Toya, advocating cutting and running, verbally kicking the dog, and also generally making it abudently clear he doesn't like the hero. The stereotypical lisp and the over-confident win quotes don't help.
  • Erol from the Jak and Daxter series is in Jak's face constantly from the moment the two characters first meet. Making it that much more satisfying when you finally blow him to pieces at the end of the third game.
  • One of the reasons why Bubsy from the ill-fated Bubsy series was such a failure as a video game mascot, was because his personality was basically a repulsive combination of Stan Smith from American Dad! and Tomo from Azumanga Daioh (really, any Genki Girl could do, but Tomo seems to fit just right). In fact, Games Radar declared Bubsy as the single most unlikeable character in video game history.
    • Made ironic in that the Bubsy games were made years before either show existed.
  • Bowser from the Mario series is portrayed as such in the spinoffs, since they have a more comical tone than the main series.
    • Wario in the WarioWare games. He's a fat, lazy, ill-tempered slob who never pays his employees... and yet they keep working for him.
    • Waluigi is probably some of the greatest examples in videogames. He is supremely awful and takes every opportunity to demonstrate it openly. He makes his entire life purpose to torment others and cause chaos and mischief. He takes glee in even the most petty acts of malice. Whether it is making a Fly Guy get dizzy or hypnotizing the world into causing chaos, he will do whatever it takes to be the best and make everyone miserable. And why? Because he hates pretty much everything and everyone, but especially Luigi, almost to the point of obsession.
    • In Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, there are a few. Like the Dream Stone's spirit, who seemingly has no interest in just telling the characters where its real world equivalent was taken to, tells them to get lost in the rudest way possible and mocks their way of speaking and comments before turning into a giant robot and trying to kill them.
  • Anomen, the insufferable Priest of Helm from the second Baldur's Gate game. A stick up the ass is only to be expected, of course, but the would-be paladin goes beyond that, complaining that quests such as hunting down kidnappers who bury people alive or returning a poisoned man to his friends to be cured is a waste of time ("He's probably just drunk"). He even explicitly claims to be the only competent member of the party. He doesn't even get marks for consistency: when you find a drow about to become the victim of vigilante justice, despite having committed no crime, he dismisses it as her just desserts for being part of an evil race. But if you save her, he says he doesn't care whether or not she joins the party—apparently because he thinks she's hot. All this is made even worse by the fact that, in an unmodded game, he is the only romance option available to a female protagonist.
    • Anomen eventually ends up with a character-focused side quest that sees him try to become a paladin; if he fails the test, he renounces the paladin oaths and (eventually, if you can stand keeping him around until the expansion pack) becomes more honest about his dark side, if he succeeds he becomes more paladin-like and courteous (but stays holier-than-thou). Either way, his jerkassness is reduced... Slightly.
    • Just to illustrate how much of The Scrappy Anomen is, the Let's Play of Baldur's Gate II saw him ejected out of the party. By being thrown into a dimensional rift to the elemental plane of Bees.
    • This trope actually seems to be a common trait among 80-90% of all evil-aligned NPCs, including evil party members. Edwin, Viconia and particularly Korgan are good examples. Unlike Anomen, they avoid being the Scrappy, because the story actually treats them as evil and the less malevolent party members call them out on it (or simply try to put a sword in their throat if you're unlucky).
  • Bishop from Neverwinter Nights 2 certainly had his moments. If the player character is female, he gets to call her a whore, and his personality and actions definitely get him in trouble with Lawful Good Paladin Casavir. Somehow still manages to be popular with the ladies.
  • Algus/Argath from Final Fantasy Tactics. He starts off as a knight in a bit of a predicament, since his lord was kidnapped, and he constantly demands that his lord be rescued ASAP. When that's finally done, he then shows a very classist superiority complex that deems commoners trash and deserving to die in the name of nobles, brushes off all opinions that don't match with his, belittles Delita and his sister constantly (never mind Delita was just responsible for his lord's rescue), and on top of it all, has no qualms about killing Delita's sister in front of him, still demeaning him and Ramza in the name of his ideals of a world only for nobles, and commoners can die for all he cares. Instant Scrappy indeed!
    • In fact, he is so reviled (and designed that way, to be sure) that, in the PSP Updated Re-release, you can kill him again. And no, his attitude between the first death and the second doesn't get any better.
  • Gears of War has Baird, who is a capable soldier, but is also a complete Jerkass. Odds are if the humans weren't so strapped for troops, Baird would find himself off the frontlines rather quickly. However, this is something of a deconstruction in that his attitude has seen him busted back down to private numerous times.
    • In his defense, the novel mentioned it was the only thing he could do to keep his sanity. Dom had his search for Maria until he found her, Fenix had his stone cold demeanor, Cole had his over the top gung-ho ness, and Baird... was a jerk, though he did get more character development in "Judgement".
    • In the sequel, Dom acts like somewhat of a Jerkass (perhaps unintentionally) with constant references to Snipers around Benjamin Carmine. Although it seems that Anthony's death was made out to be way more heroic than it actually was, so Ben doesn't even know he should be offended.
    • Griffin part 3 and Loomis in "Judgement" are the biggest jerks in the series, Paduk also comes across as one at times.
    • In the fourth game, much trouble could have been avoided if First Minister Jinn stopped being an arrogant ass for about two minutes and actually listened to what people were trying to tell her.
  • Half-Life 2: Episode Two introduced Dr. Arne Magnusson. He is insensitive to the emotional needs of others, will yell at you to keep moving when you are pinned down by enemy fire, and after you save the base (using a weapon he invented) tries to take all the credit (which, for a scientist, is a mortal sin). Strangely, the vortigaunts (aliens allied to humanity) seem to like him.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Wendy Oldbag can be a huge jerkass towards Phoenix just because he's a "young 'un" and she goes into a raging fit if he even annoys her slightly. She even does this to the judge and calls him a whippersnapper, even though he's the same age as her! She even admitted to busting Phoenix's balls in the second game cause she enjoyed making him suffer. However, if anyone mentions Edgeworth or one of Oldbag's favorite actors, she'll be tame as a kitten.
    • In Trials and Tribulations, Phoenix discovers that someone is impersonating him. When he confronts the guy, not only he's a total jerkass, he's a downright bully who would rather kick everyone's ass for even looking at him funny. When a girl named Viola Cadaverini shows up, though, he goes from tiger to kitten, and for good reason: Several months before, he got into a traffic accident with Viola, whose granddad is a mob boss, and he was forced to pay $1 million for the surgery on poor Viola. Even jerkasses know better than to piss off a mob boss. Out of earshot, however, he outright insults Viola. Considering this happens right after the girl's tearful confession about the whole matter, this comes off as seriously nasty. All that aside, there's also the fact that he was the murderer in that case. As if it wasn't obvious.
    • Franziska von Karma has a propensity to literally whip anybody who says something she doesn't like. Including the judge. She even beats Phoenix unconsious when she loses.
    • Then there is Godot from the third game, who instead of using a whip like Franziska, throws cups of coffee at Phoenix. Also his behaviour in the final case. When he gets wind of a plot to kill Maya, he puts her in danger so that he can save her himself, kills Maya's mother and tries to pin the blame on Iris.
    • Also, Zak Gramarye. Perhaps worst of all, he disappears, abandoning his own daughter and leaving Phoenix to be disbarred. And then he comes back 7 years later with (for no explained reason) a plot to frame Phoenix (who now earns a living as an attraction at a restaurant with his reputation as an unbeatable poker player) for cheating at poker, destroying his reputation and livelihood, and, let's not forget, his only means of supporting Zak's own daughter, who Phoenix adopted after Zak ran off.
    • Shi-Long "NOT SO FAST!" Lang. Gives Edgeworth and Franziska shit just for being prosecutors, and boasts a high arrest rate for a not-very-good reason: he likes to just arrest the first suspicious person he sees and let those prosecutors he hates so much worry about things like "evidence" and "actual guilt or innocence". Probable cause? What's that?
  • Linebeck from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.
    • Towards the end, Linebeck arguably makes the move to Jerk with a Heart of Gold after he fends off Bellum singlehandedly long enough for Link to regain consciousness. This move is furthered by his wish to the Ocean King afterwards - he doesn't want gold or treasure in the end; he just wants his ship back. Ciela lampshades how out-of-character this is for him throughout.
    • Midna from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess who, like Linebeck, simply sees Link as a means to get what she wants, though she starts defrosting as early as the end of the second dungeon.
    • Another Zelda Jerkass, this time from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, is Mido. He's the self-proclaimed boss of the Kokiri, hates Link's guts and treats all the other Kokiri like dirt (with the exception of Saria). When you meet him in the future, however, he clearly states that he regrets his behavior towards Link, after being reminded of him by the adult version of Link, who he of course doesn't recognize due to the fact that Kokiris don't age and that Link was raised by said people.
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has Yuga, who is bar none the biggest Jerkass to ever appear in a Zelda game. The man is a massively condescending prick who pretty much takes the trope and cranks it up until the dial breaks. Every second of the guy's existence has him belittling and insulting everyone he comes across and he seems literally incapable of opening his mouth without calling someone a worm or an insect.
  • The "snooty" female animals in Animal Crossing, due to Flanderization from game to game, have gone from somewhat annoying to this - this is in stark contrast to the "grumpy" males.
    • By New Leaf, Snooty villagers have toned down to just being a bit high maintenance. A few NPC characters are full blown jerkasses though, including Mr.Resetti (who berates the player if he or she so happens to reset the game), Gracie (who will look down on the player for not having her sense of fashion), Pave (who constantly demands feathers and berates the player for not dancing).
  • Porky Minch. Porky freaking Minch. Let's elaborate: After hearing Buzz-Buzz's prophecy and running off, he aligns himself with a cult leader and assists in the kidnapping of a young girl, steals an expensive helicopter away from the heroes and crashes it into a swamp, and finally assists in the final boss battle because he felt it was "the winning path" before he runs away to a different time period. And let's not even get into what happens later in MOTHER 3, where he founds a warped dictatorship that takes over the protagonist Lucas' home country, kills his mother and twin brother, and reanimates his brother's corpse, who is forced to aid Porky in his world takeover, and ultimately, fight against Lucas at the end..
    • Hey, hey, let's not forget about him brainwashing a corporate executive. And became Giygas's DIRECT ASSISTANT.
    • And, on a lesser note, you can add Fassad (or Yokuba or Locria, whichever you prefer). He proves his douchiness with regularly electrocuting Salsa (on top of stealing a Luxury Banana if you grab it during Chapter 3) on top of the slave labor, and when Lucas and company figure out the truth to the Thunder Tower, he gives the order to evacuate him and then blow it up. Let's not forget that his leaking the truth of the world to Porky was half the reason things got to be as fucked up as they are. The fact that he is reassembled as a chimera simply cheats the player out of a karmic death (he slipped on a banana atop said tower) while doing jack to detract from the douchiness.
  • Luke fon Fabre, protagonist of Tales of the Abyss, is a major-league Jerkass for the first fourth of the game — however, it's pretty clear that almost no-one else in the party can stand him and follow him simply because their goals overlap. Upon finally reaching a point where his scant redeeming features stop making up for his obnoxious personality, they abandon him until he's cleaned up his act... Which he does, and then some.
    • Special mention should go to *the entire rest of his family and friends except for Mieu, Ion and his mother.* Tear treats him like an idiot for not knowing basic things even after she learns about his amnesia and upbringing, and was even willing to let him get arrested for a crime he didn't commit, just to teach him a lesson in manners. Jade does the same, except he had a valid reason to arrest him and is even more condescending, especially since he (and Ion) already figured out the secret that might have let Luke avoid his first major BSOD, but didn't think to tell him until it was too late. Anise was trying to seduce him for his wealth and was working as a spy for Mohs, and thus responsible for quite a lot of the bad guys' interference and eventually the death of her beloved Ion. His best friend was nice to him, but it turns out that he had infiltrated Luke's family in order to destroy it, was working with the Big Bad in order to do it (though he didn't know the true extent of the guy's plans), and subconsciously wanted to kill Luke. His fiancee/cousin (not really) blackmailed him into joining the party. His father, uncle, and beloved master/surrogate father set him up to suicide bomb a place to start a world war, with the last giving him a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness lecture just after activating the rather insulting post-hypnotic command to make him fire his hyper resonance. After that last event, most of his party blames him for not trusting them and for actions that they knew were done while under the post-hypnotic command and abandons him to go questing with Asch, his older brother, sortof, who tried to murder him at least twice, assaults him repeatedly through the course of the game, helped kidnap Ion, helped slaughter Jade's crew, constantly withholds vital information, and basically calls him Replica like it's a racial slur. At least Luke's jerkassery was basically confined to his mouth.
    • Well, in Guy's defense, he only wanted to kill Luke and his family because Luke's father destroyed his entire family. Growing up with Luke however, pretty much made him decide not to kill Luke, though the idea was still there in his subconscious. Also, after he finds out what Van is planning, he attempts to use his power as Van's master to get him to stop.
    • Also, Mohs and, to a slightly lesser extent, Dist.
    • The game's most overt, unrepentant example of this, however, is Sync the Tempest. All the other God-Generals have noble qualities or Pet the Dog moments, but not Sync. He'll Kick the Dog or hurl insults at every opportunity, and while his comrades want to make the world a better place, all Sync wants is to destroy the world that gave him his wretched existence.
  • The World Ends with You:
    • Don't forget Joshua [Yoshuya Kiryuu], who gets the main character to want to choke him to death about ten seconds after they meet. Well, okay, that's actually the second time they meet, not that Neku remembers. The first time, Josh killed him. And he does it again by the end of the game. Go Josh! Thing is, he's a Jerkass and does it out of love on purpose. That's what he's loved for, actually - well, that and the (not so) Ambiguously Gay attitude.
    • Neku was also kind of a jerkass before Character Development
  • Star Control:
    • The VUX say that our first contact with them was so insulting that they hate us forever...Until, after a long and arduous process of convincing them humanity is truly sorry for the insult involved, we discover their real reason that they can't put up with us and attack anyways, at which point the player realizes (if he hasn't already) that they're just incredibly thin-skinned and self-centered snobs.
    • The Umgah's pranks couldn't be called anything but mean-spirited. After all, their greatest successes have been forcibly enlisting the most cowardly race on the planet as battle thralls for the Ur-quan (they wanted to just be slaves; no fighting that way), and impersonating the Ilwrath's gods so they'll slaughter the Pkunk. Oh, and if you save them from the awakened Dnyarri they'll declare you a hero to the entire race, give you gifts, and then declare having a hero is boring and making you their new great enemy because that's more fun. And their later apology's fake, just something to lead you into a different trap. That is one warped sense of humor these guys have.
  • Dragon Quest series:
    • Prince Charmles(s) from Dragon Quest VIII is probably the worst one in the series. Oy. He's an arrogant entitled prince who frequently insults everyone around him. He then demands you to fetch an Argon Heart so he can ascend the throne. When hunting Argon Lizards, he continuously demands a bigger heart, while he flees any battle with them and watches you fight. Eventually, he decides to cheat the challenge and buy an Argon Heart because he thinks the one you got for him was still too small. And this is after you fought a Great Argon Lizard. Thankfully, his dad King Clavius finds out about this, and decides to not give Charmles the throne as he feels he's too immature to be a decent ruler.
    • Also, Marcello, especially late in the game, where he throws your team in a nearly-inescapable prison after they save the life of the High Priest (claiming them to be the ones that attacked him). The High Priest dies a little later anyway, at which point Marcello goes on a massive power trip and tries to take over the church, and finally, still professing his hatred to his brother Angelo AFTER being saved by him.
    • At the start of Dragon Quest VII, Maribel is an obnoxious, spoiled, selfish, elitist Rich Bitch. In the first world (Rexwood), when the party discovers that the town is being attacked by monsters who kidnapped its women and children, her response is essentially "Oh boo hoo hoo. When do we leave this dump?" Not to mention how she constantly mocks, insults and puts down the rest of the party, especially Hero. Over the course of the game though, she gradually develops into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and eventually after that loses the "jerk" part altogether.
  • The Pope from Tales of Symphonia. Where to begin with this bastard? He starts up a TON of anti-half-elf laws (despite his daughter being one), plots with Vharley to poison the King so he can take over the country, labels the heroes as bad guys plotting to destroy the world (making it MUCH harder to get around), kidnaps an entirely innocent princess just for a shot at taking us down, and, perhaps worst of all, tries to kill his own daughter TWICE, even though she was doing everything she could to help him!
  • In the original Ratchet & Clank game, after the titular duo are betrayed by Captain Qwark, Ratchet holds a grudge and becomes extremely hostile and uncooperative with Clank. This lasts through most of the rest of the game. At times he's a real asshole. Good thing later games made him nicer.
    • Speaking of Captain Qwark, he too qualifies; whether it be setting events up to make someone, usually Ratchet, look like the bad guy in order to portray himself as the hero, or sending someone else to do the dirty work and take all the credit.
  • Walnut from Phantom Brave qualifies. However, he's a much nicer person in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters (and a lot cooler to boot).
    • Up until the end of the game, almost everyone in Ivoire. The worst offender would be the elder Owl from the 2nd chapter. Upon hearing that Marona is the Possessed One, she goes from nice owl lady to complete Jerkass, yelling at Marona and refusing to pay her after all she had done. And then, if that wasn't enough, she criticizes her parents while she's at it.
  • Ambassador Udina from Mass Effect. You can do whatever the hell you want, but he will always end up throwing you under the bus for the sake of politics. No wonder the alien characters dislike humans so much... —-> Udina: ...and why are you bringing this... quarian in here?!
    Shepard, Renegade: "If you'd just shut up for a minute, I'd tell you."
    • Ironically, Udina is actually more polite to a fellow jerkass. On at least one occasion he'll apologize to Shepard for his rudeness if you choose a Renegade response. Though he mellows down considerably in all of the game's endings as a result of, you know, being forced to admit to his idiocy, he seems outright proud of you in the Renegade ending if you decide to let the Council die.
      • In Mass Effect 2, if you choose Anderson as the human Councilor, Udina is his assistant. Udina berates Anderson for meeting with Shepard and (possibly) restoring his/her Spectre status:
      Anderson: I don't report to you anymore, Udina. Why don't you go to your office and think about that.
    • Let's not forget the Turian Councilor, who will treat you like shit for everything you do. No matter if you choose to kill the Rachni Queen on Noveria or let her live, he will rub it up your face, and throw insults at you. He will do stuff like that on every occasion, no matter what you do, and which way you choose. The other two Councilors on the other hand, especially the Asari, seem to be much friendlier.
      • He (the turian) is even more of a jerkass in the second game.
        Turian Councilor: Ah yes, (air quotes) "Reapers".
      • Although in the sequel after that, once the air quotes was disproven, he mellows down and is the first to offer his help to Shepard and genuinely grateful when Shepard saves him from being assassinated by Udina.
    • Of course, Renegade Shepard is one of the biggest jerks in the series. No matter how polite you are to him/her, s/he will always find a reason to berate and insult you, even if you meant no wrong. Also, many of his/her choices in both games show him/her acting like a jerk just for the fun of it. For example, from Mass Effect 1:
      Shepard: (when asked why s/he ruined a businessman's life) You refused to testify. Obviously, you hate justice and deserve this.
      • Furthermore, s/he thinks the most measured and polite response to most people is to either punch them or shove a gun into their faces. Finally, Renegade Shepard, this scene happens. Keep in mind, many people commenting on the video say that they don't even like Jack, and they still think Shepard is the asshole here. There's also the fact that, in the Renegade playthrough of Zaeed's loyalty mission, s/he thinks Zaeed burning down a factory with lots of innocent people trapped inside was a good idea, and even says to him "If you say Vido dies, he dies."
    • Speaking of Jack, she's a rather straight example, from being an online Troll in her spare time to picking fights with crew members, and can go from not bad by pure renegade Fem!Shep standards to an utter asshole that has driven away many a potential love interest. If Shepard can break through the many levels of bitchiness she gets better, but until s/he can Jack is perhaps the biggest Jerkass squad member in the series.
    • Behold, Commander Shepard, Jerkass. And two years later, he's an even bigger jerk. And six months later a pure renegade goes from utter Jerkass to out-and-out evil.
    • Zaal'Koris vas Quib-Quib, to an extent, from Tali's Loyalty Mission, does everything in his power to make Tali's life harder. He's actually the Only Sane Man among the admirals, as he genuinely wants to make peace with the Geth... but his position puts him in direct opposition to Tali's father, and, by extension, Tali herself, so he's actively antagonistic for most of the trial. He simmers down if Shepherd both successfully defends Tali and speaks in favor of peace with the Geth, though.
      • This carries over in the sequel whereas he lives up his Only Sane Man status and helps in brokering peace between Quarians and Geth. Han'Gerrel, on the other hand, becomes the Jerkass who is too hell bent on destroying the Geth, even risking on blowing Shepard and Tali along with the Geth Dreadnought they're in, and could possibly lead the Quarians to utter genocide just to destroy the Geth.
  • Myron from Fallout 2 is a smug, obnoxious teenager with grating voice who just won't shut up bragging about how smart he is for inventing the nastiest, most lethal drug around. The fact his invention kills tons of people daily doesn't concern him at all. Also, if the player's character is female, tries to rape her; also, cowardly and useless in combat. What's not to hate?
  • Wasteland 2 Director's Cut lets you create a jerkass character by giving them the "Asshole" quirk, which ensures that "Hard Ass" dialogue options always succeed, but precludes the squad from being able to use "Kiss Ass" or "Smart Ass" options.
  • Lord Yuna from Breath of Fire IV; he's one of the most subtle and potent examples of jerkery in a videogame. He's an adviser and thaumaturge in the employ of the Fou Empire, but is of course behind the scenes the entire time, orchestrating pretty much every unpleasant event that occurs. It's revealed that Princess Nina's disappeared sister had not only been captured and incarcerated by Yuna, but fused with parts from the panoply of magical creatures that inhabit his world and made into one of the Endless, an undying, immortal being usually worshiped as gods. There are several catches to this, of course. The bad news is that the poor girl is confined to her bed, as a pulsing umbilical connects her to the distorted, building-sized mass of organs that powers her immortality. The worse news is that Yuna intended to use her immortal body as a sort of perpetual sacrifice, ritualistically torturing her over and over in order to power a hex-firing supergun. The worst part? He's a pacifist, and hides behind his non-violence in order to avoid retribution. You never get the satisfaction of pounding his skinny ribs in.
  • Rosie from Valkyria Chronicles starts out as this, especially to Isara. She gets better, especially to Isara, most notably after Fauzen. Prince Maximillian and General Damon are practically incurable examples, Cezary also applies, who was such a jerk that it took a memory reseting brain injury to change his ways.
  • The crazy church guy from Left 4 Dead. Instead of letting the survivors into the safehouse with him, he declares as soon-to-be infected and rings the church bell to summon a horde of zombies. After the attack is over, the church guy changes into a random special infected, allowing you to open the door and extract karma on him. Before the change, Zoey describes him best:
    Zoey: Hey, jerkass! Why don't you open the damn door!?
    • Appropriately enough, the same voice actor who is the church guy does the voice of the Scout from Team Fortress 2, who is also quite the jerkass. Granted, most of the people he insults are actively trying to kill him, but the way he acts in his "Meet the Team" video sort of reveals that he would act that way to just about anyone.
    • Francis from L4D1 and Nick from L4D2 both have fairly hostile dialogue, and it is entirely up to the player at the keyboard if the fall under this trope or Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
      • Nick is quite the asshole to Coach and Ellis throughout the game. He insults their hero, Jimmy Gibbs Jr., by saying he looks like an asshole, insults Coach in the tunnel of love by saying "Bring back any memories, Coach? You, a cheeseburger, romance in the air," mocks Ellis' accent ("You can almost call this the CE-met river, Ellis!") and just loves to insult everyone living in the south.
    Nick: Why couldn't I have been in Vegas when the zombie outbreak hit? Or Atlantic City? Instead, I'm trapped in some god damn hillbilly tunnel of love! Did you see the sign out front? Cousins only day!
    • Nick Took a Level in Jerkass in The Passing; throwing out multiple insults to the original survivors as well. Francis is characteristically hostile right back, but the calmer Zoey and the downright upbeat Louis also react negatively to him. Here's one example:
    Zoey: I'm sorry, I can't lower the bridge!
    Nick: That's terrific, cupcake. Look, is there a man up there that we can talk to?
    Zoey: (in a mocking, helpless tone) Boo hoo! I don't know what to do! (angrily) Go to Hell, Colonel Sanders!
    Rochelle: I can't believe you used to be a con artist!
    Zoey: I can shoot you where you stand!
    Nick: Would you lighten up? *mutters* No one can take a joke anymore.
  • There are more than a few of these in World of Warcraft. One that springs immediately to mind without sparking a huge debate is Arch Druid Fandral Staghelm. He has a Freudian Excuse, but is rude, bossy and unappreciative to everyone, both players and NPCs.
    • Here's another one whom it's unlikely anyone will argue about: Garrosh Hellscream.
      • He gets even worse in Mists of Pandaria, thankfully everyone gets tired of him at this point and set out to give him the beating he so rightly deserves.
    • There's also Genn Greymane, a Dirty Coward who gave little support to The Alliance in the second war, hid when The Alliance needed him, believed Alterac belonged to him and refused to let in dying refugees in. It took till the latest expansion Cataclysm for him to show redeeming features.
      • Genn's withdrawal from the Alliance was equal parts his own hubris, political pressure from the Gilneans, and loyalty to his people. Gilneas was in essence fighting someone else's war, and the Alliance's various efforts (Nethergarde Keep and later the orc internment camps) were putting heavier taxes on the Gilneans than Genn's people were willing to put up with. Yes, he's a jackass, and arrogant, but him just being a giant douche was neither the only nor the biggest reason he left the Alliance and walled Gilneas off.
    • And let's not forget Marshal "I hate you, long-eared freak, now go and protect my country from the Undead" Garithos. He even insults the dreadlord he teams up with to retake Lordaeron, and his last words before Sylvanas has Varimathras kill him are insulting them and demanding that they get out of his city.
    • The two remaining Barov brothers, Alexi and Weldon are quite condescending to the player, and belittle them while sending them to kill the other sibling. As of Cataclysm, however, Alexi no longer has the quest for his inheritance, and treats the player with the same politeness that most questgivers do, while Weldon remains as arrogant as before.
  • York Neely, male main character of Cross Edge, is an outrageous dick to friend and foe alike (with the probable exception of childhood friend Miko[to] Aiba) for absolutely no reason.'
  • La-Mulana has Duracuets, who plays one of the meanest joke on the player in the history of video games, using Reverse Psychology and meta-Schmuck Bait
  • Alundra features Giles, an overly religious man who, while at first is very friendly to the eponymous hero, suddenly starts having nothing but hatred to him, blames you for all misfortune happening and while he doesn't do anything, if you talk to him, he has NOTHING but mistrust and hate to you. Then, he proves to be an Ungrateful Bastard when after you save him from a nightmare, he is quick to go back to his mistrust and hate.
    • A lot this has to do with Alundra failing to save his sister on top of the whole Anvilicious God Is Evil theme that permeates the latter half of the story.
    • His sister is actually still alive and tried her damndest, bless her, to convince him that Alundra is not evil (those who died before he started his hate-run are mostly just other villagers not directly close to him). Giles is not listening.
  • Shinji Matou from Fate/stay night is a thoroughly unlikeable little weasel who treats others like dirt and acts as though the world is solely there for his own convenience. And this is before you find out what an utter, irredeemable bastard he really is. Gilgamesh is just as selfish and amoral, but unlike Shinji, he actually has the power to back it up. It is revealed throughout the various points of the game, particularly in the Heaven's Feel path, that Shinji frequently raped his adoptive sister Sakura, used a Command Seal in order to do the same thing to Rider, and is heavily insinuated to have also raped Mitsuzuri before having Rider drain her energy. The guy is a demented sicko, well beyond the levels of your common Jerkass.
  • Dirk "Stingray" Wright is this to you in Wing Commander II, even after you save his bacon. Admiral Tolwyn in Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV isn't exactly a sweetheart, either.
  • Pokémon:
    • Your rival, AKA Silver, in Pokémon Gold and Silver, Crystal, and its remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver. He stole his first Pokémon and his Sneasel, abuses his Pokémon, doesn't care about them whatsoever, abuses you mentally and physically, and, in the remakes, infamously rips off your Team Rocket disguise just when you were about to infiltrate the invaded Radio tower, and even sometimes seems to act quite disturbingly like a borderline sociopath. Oh, and despite looks, he's only like 11/12. So bad is his jerkiness that most of the earlier manga felt the need to tone him down, even Pokémon Adventures. He gets a Heel–Face Turn, but still...
    • The Team Rocket disguise thing... Well, he's Giovanni's son. He should recognize any fakes immediately.
    • It's revealed via event in the remakes, however, he has a Freudian Excuse for this; his father abandoning him after Team Rocket's defeat at the hands of Red, an 11-year-old boy, three years before, when he was only 8/9. Not wanting to be weak like his father, from then on he swore to become stronger at any cost. His Heel–Face Turn feels more genuine this time around thanks to this and his development becoming more visible, and it's very clear that while he still is pretty rough and somewhat abrasive, he's trying his best to become a genuinely nicer person; especially if one takes into consideration the double battle in Kanto with him wanting to be on the same team as the player, and how in both the originals and the remakes his Golbat evolves into a Crobat, something that can only be achieved through high friendship. Oh, and plus, he apparently tried to return the starter he stole, but Professor Elm told him to keep him anyway, because said Pokemon has grown to actually like him. Dawwww...
    • Of course, while not as much as Silver, we can't forget the original jerk and his predecessor rival, Blue Oak. He's a snotty, arrogant, immature brat who berates the player at every opportunity, waits to ambush him at every turn, including at the end of really tedious dungeons when you least expect it, has the arrogant-sounding catchphrases of "Bonjour" and "Smell ya later!", talks like the player needs to improve even after he loses, and even speaks in a rapid-fire way that is deliberately written to get on your nerves as much as possible. This is probably best shown in Pokemon Yellow where he shoves away Red (the player) to nab the Eevee that was supposed to be given to his rival, and according to his grandfather Professor Oak he doesn't treat his Pokemon well. Oh, and according to the old manual of the original games, he and Red used to be the best of friends until Blue suddenly became a bully towards him one day. And unlike Silver, there's no discernible reason given why he's like this either. There's a reason why so many people then and now, of all ages, love to name him "Dicks" or "Asshat" from their second playthrough onward, and that's he become practically an icon of video game jerks. He becomes much nicer eventually though, while it takes until Gold and Silver for him to do so, and he always keeps a bit of an arrogant streak as part of his character.
    • Clair, the eighth Johto Gym Leader, is quite the arrogant bitch. She refuses to give you the final Badge even after you beat her until you pass the Dragons' Den test... and in Crystal, even after you pass she STILL refuses to give it up until the shrine elder threatens to report her to her cousin Lance.
    • Gengar from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team. He's portrayed as an arrogant, self-centered bully who does nothing but cause trouble, and he actually puts the blame on the hero. It isn't until the end that it's he himself that got everyone into trouble, not the hero, and therefore had to apologize to him and his friends. And yes, like the hero, he too was once a human.
    • Unova's Ghetsis Harmonia, though it's arguable he's less of this trope and more pure evil. He is one of the few villains who gives off very heavy implications he not only abused his mons but the possibility of killing his stepson once he outlived his usefulness, who, mind you, he specifically groomed to be innocent and to further his own ends, earning his trust and essentially brainwashing him since early childhood, so that by the time he's 20 in Black and White he still has the emotional maturity and morality of a child. At the end of Pokemon Black and White he berates and verbally lashes out at said stepson before outright telling him that he's a freak without a human heart and that he himself never cared about Pokemon, sending the poor man into a state of confusion and spiraling into a Heroic BSoD. In the sequel, he goes as far as to nearly freeze you and an Alternate Self of him even goes as far as to slap a little girl and threaten to murder her with his bare hands unless the player surrender themselves to him.
    • The Big Bad of Pokémon Sun and Moon, Lusamine. At first she appears to be a kindly woman running the Aether Foundation to help Pokémon across the region. But after you visit Aether Paradise the second time, she is revealed to be a selfish, abusive, and mentally unstable woman who even calls her own children ugly and only cares about herself as well as Nihilego and The Ultra Beasts.
    • If Dex entries are to go by, several mons are jerks by nature. Examples range from the Electabuzz line to Salamence.
  • Lots in Dead Rising
    • Jo Slade, Carlos, Brock
    • There's also the obnoxious and egotistical Kent, and a few of the survivors, with Ronald taking the cake. All Ronald cares about is how much extra food you can provide him.
    • In the sequel there's Sullivan and T.K.
  • Almost everyone from Touhou is one kind of jerkass or another, with the constant barrage of insults, provoking into battles, and naughty words that would make any real Japanese faint from the cruelty. It's even noted in-game that the title Shrine Maiden, Reimu Hakurei can be a real asshole. Fanon, naturally, takes this further.
  • Woden the Mighty of Medievil makes no secret of how he utterly despises Sir Dan Fortesque, demands that you call him "Mr. Woden the Mighty", and generally treats you like crap. A book about him in the Sleeping Village library notes that he was just this bad to everyone else when he was alive.
  • The Mayor from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is one of these. Brenner saved his town several times, and the Mayor once agreed to shelter Will and Isabella in exchange for the Wolves beating the raiders attacking the town. After the battle, he goes back on his deal. He suffers a Karmic Death, though, as the Big Bad gives him an "antidote" for The Virus that he created. Turns out, it's poison.
  • Dungeon Siege II:
    • Warden Celia is a total bitch not just to you, but to everyone else. In fact, it's practically a Running Gag that the other Dryads chide her for being too harsh, and she responds by chiding them for being too soft. Unsurprisingly, she does a Face–Heel Turn and becomes the Big Bad's dragon in Broken World.
    • Finala is a whiny, obnoxiously self centered and arrogant bitch who constantly elevates herself above the rest of the party. In fact, at one point you literally have to grovel and suck up to her and tell her how much you suck compared to her to advance the plot.
  • Beneath all his aspiring freadom speaches and ruthless Nietzscheanic philosophy Andrew Ryan is just a greedy selfish prick. In his background he burned down an entire forest he'd personally planted rather then see it nationalised and opened to the public, dog-in-the-manger-style.
  • Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins could be counted as this. She's sarcastic, condescending, and impolite no matter how you talk to her. Sure, you can make her nicer by giving her gifts and such, but if you do nothing this is exactly how she comes across.
    • She's at least more subdued about it than her Awakenings counterpart Velanna. Picture Morrigan's attitude and add in racism and some extra moodiness.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Oblivion:
      • Directly after you decide what race and sex your character is, you find yourself in a prison cell. A dark elf prisoner across the hall gets your attention, then procedes to insult you and your entire race, then claims that the guards are going to kill you. Of course, in the event that you choose to become a dark elf, he doesn't insult you or your race... if you're male, he says that you probably have a wife or girlfriend back home, and then he says that he'll find her and "comfort" her about your death when he's freed. If you're female, he says that he'll get the guards to let you into his cell, to have some "fun." In both cases, he does tell you that you're going to be killed, though. Not a nice person. Ironically, in one of the Dark Brotherhood quests, you end up killing him. And his sentence was almost up, too. The Dark Brotherhood quest ends up casting him in a new, sympathetic light, as they are prone to do before forcing you to kick the dog. He's only callous as a defense mechanism, a fact which everybody around him realizes, and nobody takes him seriously for. The guard even tries to comfort him or at least engage him in a conversation, although he ends up getting insulted for his troubles, with blatant lies that come off far more pathetic and depressing then enraging. Of course, you still have to kill him.
      • In the Shivering Isles expansion, this a trait of the Aureals (aka Golden Saints), a form of lesser Daedra in service to Sheogorath. They are a Proud Warrior Race Matriarchy which openly looks down upon all mortals. Even at the the end, when you inherit the mantle of Sheogorath, they don't get much nicer.
    • Skyrim:
      • You start off as a prisoner of the Empire, having been in the wrong place at the wrong time, being captured along with Ulfric Stormcloak and his supporters. Despite having committed no real crime, the Imperial guard captain orders that you are to be executed as well for no apparent reason, and does so in a tone more befitting of berating a lower ranking soldier than sentencing someone to death. So grating is her jerkassery that many players have cited her as the reason for joining the Stormcloaks (an openly racist, short-sighted, rebel organization who follow a man that openly assassinated the former High King of Skyrim using an archaic Duel to the Death law as justification) to bring down the Empire within Skyrim.
      • Alduin, the draconic Big Bad. Like most of the series' deities, he is technically Above Good and Evil and operates on his own scale of Blue and Orange Morality. It is his divine mandate to "eat the world" at the end of every "kalpa" (cycle of time) so that it can be remade anew. As such, there are those (like the Greybeards) who don't automatically accept that stopping Alduin is a good thing. However, given his behavior, whether or not he's evil, whether or not he's in the right, it's hard to deny that Alduin is an asshole.
      • Master Neloth in the Dragonborn DLC. He's an Insufferable Genius and magical Mad Scientist who truly believes Its All About Him, and even believes that the return of the Dragons is an attempt to kill him by one of his many enemies. Much of what he does is simply For Science! and he has very little respect for any other mortal, including a world-saving hero like the Dragonborn. His Comedic Sociopathy is one of his few redeeming traits.
  • Lt. Carter Blake from Heavy Rain is this at best. He's the epitome of a Rabid Cop, cocky, prone to insulting others for practically nothing, doesn't hesitate to beat the living shit out of anyone he thinks might have information on the Origami Killer case, including especially when they've done nothing to deserve it, and is constantly hammering on poor involuntary partner Norman Jayden unless he goes along with him, partly for being a By-the-Book Cop, partly because he doesn't take profiling seriously, and, depending on who you ask, partly because he's been working on the Origami Killer case since the killings began but hasn't been turning anything up. By the time he starts trying to knock the living daylights out of Ethan Mars accusing him of kidnapping his own son (if Ethan is arrested), players will probably be feeling an urge to punch him out through the screen if they didn't already. Norman can do that for them, but it's less satisfactory when Blake returns it with threat at gunpoint. It's a miracle that man made it to police lieutenant. The game can end with him losing his job, but that requires him to kill Ethan in the finale.
    • His boss, Captain Perry, is also this, evidenced when he admits to Norman in their first meeting that he doesn't need his help, which he'll be acting Jerkass on him when he tells him that Blake is beating Ethan up and accusing Blake to be the Origami Killer.
  • Alan Wake, from the game of the same name, is a slightly milder case of this than usual. He and his wife Alice travel to Bright Falls for a vacation, but when Alice reveals that she brought a typewriter along to try and end his two-year writer's block, he immediately flips out, yelling at her and storming out of their cabin into the night, knowing full well that Alice is afraid of the dark. He punches out a psychologist who also tries to help him with the writer's block (although the psychologist is a Smug Snake). In an interview seen via flashback, he's mentioned as having a temper, and is strongly implied to have punched a member of the paparazzi. His tendency to be a jerk is basically limited to these incidents, though.
    • A more traditional case is Agent Nightingale, being a Deconstruction of Cowboy Cop. He endangers the townsfolk in his pursuit of Alan, mocks Alan by always calling him by another author's name, and locks him up with little to no evidence, among other things.
  • Rico in Killzone 2: he gets a teammate killed, and then, at the end of the game, he in-universe, ruined things FOREVER for all of his allies. It also falls into Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!.
  • Shie in Canvas 2. She's genuinely protective of Hagino, but seems not to realize what a horrible bitch she is.
  • In God of War Series the fact that he's an utter asshole is probably one of Kratos' least bad qualities, but it bears pointing out. He throws a tantrum whenever things don't go his way, snarls and sneers his way through every conversation, and is self-centered, hypocritical, impatient, and petty. It's just that all this is combined with the power to wreck the world, so it seems much grander.
    • Zeus, the king of Olympus and Kratos' father is also considered to be a huge jerk as well. First off, he cheats on Hera constantly and fathered many illegitimate children just like he did in Greek mythology. In the sequel, he decides to betray and murder Kratos just to prevent a prophecy from being fulfilled, which ironically ends up being fulfilled anyway after Kratos swears revenge. If that's not enough to convince gamers that Zeus is a jerk, there is also the scene where he destroys Sparta and murders innocents there just to punish Kratos and then Zeus tortures and beats Hephaestus just for lying to him and then kidnaps Hephaestus' daughter, Pandora while treating her as a thing or object and not as a human being. Athena comes to the conclusion that Zeus behaved this way because he was infected with the evil fear, which Kratos unknowingly released from Pandora's box.
    • Ares is a huge jerk as he is shown to be very arrogant and obsessed with killing while in the first game, he invades and tries to destroy Athens just to spite Athena for being Zeus' favorite child. His worst act in the series was when he "repaid" Kratos for his servitude to Ares by tricking him into killing his own family just because Ares believe that Kratos' family was an obstacle in Kratos' path of becoming a great and powerful warrior.
    • Hermes counts too. The way he taunts you all the time about how slow you are makes the player really want to catch him and kill him. You get to hack his legs off, because you wanted his shoes.
    • Hera also applies for mostly the same reasons as Hermes. She frequently despises Zeus' illegitimate children, made rude and sarcastic comments during the boss fight against Hercules, and them she rudely insulted Pandora in the maze, which really angered Kratos and made him snap Hera's neck in a fit of rage. Many fans saw this as a good comeuppance for Hera.
    • Most of the characters and gods in the series are portrayed as having a good amount of jerkassery in them. The gods in particular only took a level in that because of the fact that they got infected by the evil that Kratos accidentally unleashed on them.
  • Fahrenheit has Captain Jones in the chapter, "Captain Jones is Really Upset", where he berates Carla and Tyler for Lucas' escape.
  • The Suikoden series has Luc who is one of the most powerful wizards in the entire series to be a petty dick.
    • In Suikoden II, his only Combo attack is with two warrior-types. They rush forward to attack the enemy... and he blasts them and the enemy with a massive air attack, damaging both of them. That's right: He's such a petty dick that it actually affects the game mechanics.
  • At the beginning of the first Shivers game, the first thing you see is you being locked in a haunted museum by your friends. Never mind the fact that two kids went missing in there before and were never seen again, they just laugh and joke about it. Then they have the gall to go see a movie together while you fight for your life.
  • Crypto, the Villain Protagonist of Destroy All Humans!. Occasionally, a side mission is listed under "Ruin Lives". In said missions, you do things like wreck someone's car just to be a dick.
  • inFamous has Dallas, a reporter who held Cole McGrath to be the prepetrator of causing the blast with the Ray Sphere. However, he is forced by Kessler into being this.
  • Alex Mercer, the Anti-Hero/borderline Villain Protagonist of [PROTOTYPE]. He threatens to leave a middle-aged scientist to be torn apart by zombies, at one point, just for not moving fast enough for his liking (and that guy's one of his very few allies). Not everyone has super parkour powers, Alex! About the only person he doesn't act like a total dick towards is his younger sister. It doesn't help that the real Alex was even worse, and didn't give two shits about her.
  • Roy Earle in L.A. Noire. At first, he is willing to help Cole in the vice cases until he sells him out by revealing his affair with Elsa to the media.
  • Shun and Soma, the two most prominent bad guys in Eien no Aselia, are complete dicks to everyone. Shun is even a dick before he becomes a badguy. The actual big bad and her dragon are Cute Psycho and Worthy Opponent who are at least polite about trying to destroy the planet.
  • The Orion Conspiracy has a security guy named Ward, who establishes himself as this at the beginning of the game. One of the captains says that he is the most racist, sexist, bigoted guy that the Company could hire for security. In fact, when Devlin asks Ward what he does on the space stations, Ward gives this as the answer...
    Ward: Listen, Irish, we got niggers, kikes, slant-eyes, spics and asians all cooped up within spittin' distance of each other. If it wasn't for me, we'd have all sorts of racial shit breakin' out.
    • Also, at least one character refers to Ward as a redneck. The interesting (and ironic) part is when you find out that Ward's first name is Malachi, a name used mostly in Ireland as an anglicization of two Gaelic names.
  • The entire cast of Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley can be seen as this, with main character Captain Smiley being the mildest example, because while egotistical, self-centered, and petty, he at least has concern for innocent human life. Not so much the rest of the cast, particularly his chest emblem/sidekick Star.
  • Waka in Ōkami comes off this way, given that he goes out of his way to come to blows with Amaterasu every time the player encounters him, and although he's not That One Boss, his fights are tough for someone that the player shouldn't be fighting in the first place...
  • In the snowboarding game Stoked, fail a trick and hurt yourself going off a thirty foot drop and the instructor will mock, taunt and laugh at you. As you hurt yourself going off a thirty foot drop.
  • Fear Effect. Arguably every single playable character.
    • Arguably every playable character? Try Deke. In his profile for both games he's described as a "borderline psychopath". Hana and Glas get several Pet the Dog moments, with Rain being a borderline Woobie.
  • Pigma in the Star Fox games, particularly Star Fox 64, with lines like "Daddy screamed reeeal good before he DIED!"
  • Kingdom Hearts gives us Xigbar, Xaldin and Larxene. Xigbar is by definition a Troll. Xaldin tormented Beast using psychological warfare. And Larxene? She is just plain unpleasant.
  • Kalas from Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean starts out as one of these, big time. After he saves Xelha from the Saber Dragon, he loots the bodies of her friends and insults her for calling him out on it. When she's captured later, if you suggest rescuing her, Kalas will say she's somebody else's problem, and only free her when it becomes apparent he needs her help to open a door. Later, he mocks her for doing what she believes is right, and almost abandons her to the Empire. Post-Heel–Face Turn, however, he becomes quite a bit more heroic.
  • Edgar Ross from Red Dead Redemption has spent most of his time annoying the hell of John. And that's before he betrays him and has him killed.
  • Mike Thorton from Alpha Protocol. He's the protagonist, by the way. You *can* play Mike as a personable guy by calculatingly picking all your responses to tell everyone exactly what they want to hear so they'll like you... But the game treats it as Mike essentially manipulating people (which, to be fair, is what you are). On the other hand, Alpha Protocol allows for a simply staggering array of blunt rudeness, snarking, threats, and other quite genuine-sounding acts of verbal and physical asshattery, and comments Mike makes when you're not directly in control suggests that being a Deadpan Snarker is his natural state of being. There is a reason Yatzee described Mike as "the ponciest ponce that ever ponced past a poncing parlor".
    • Other jerkasses in the game include Leland, Westridge and Marburg
  • A few characters in Katawa Shoujo:
    • Shinichi Nomiya in Rin's route, who pushes Rin to work harder and put her art on display, even if she ends up missing classes, isolating herself and engaging in self-destructive behavior as a result. When she runs away from the exhibit, he gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech while shouting at her.
    • Shizune's father, Jigoro Hakamichi, from Shizune's route. He repeatedly insults Shizune's friends, her efforts on the student council and the youth of today, and responds to being contradicted with anything from a "Shut up" to threats of violence. It also turns out that he has been trying to get Shizune to speak for twelve years, and believes that she is only unable to talk because she chooses not to do so.
    • One nameless girl in Hanako's route comes out when Hisao is trying to bring schoolwork to Hanako in her room. If he asks her about Hanako, she will talk about her contemptuously before leaving, and if he decides not to, she will rudely walk off.
  • President Takao Kuroi from The iDOLM@STER series. Used to be a colleague of your President Takagi until a falling out... then he spends his entire life trying to upstage Takagi in every way, either with sabotaging the 765 Pro idols or giving nasty rumors about the 765 Pro idols to his idols. He also speaks callously to anything 765 Pro, referring them as Pitiful Worms. All to feel superior over Takagi. He crosses the Moral Event Horizon big time in the anime version.
  • Dark Souls has Lautrec, a wandering knight who tends to murder those who have outlived their usefulness to him. The Crestfallen Warrior and the Crestfallen Merchant have absolutely nothing nice to say about anyone or anything. The Darkwraith, Forest Hunter, Blade of the Darkmoon and Gravelord covenants are all about being Jerkasses to other players online by killing and griefing them.
  • Altair, the Player Character of Assassin's Creed I, is such a pain-in-the-ass arrogant screw-up at the start of the game that his fellowship's leader stabs him in full view of the rest of the organization. When Altair awakens he has no weapons, little armor or health and has to earn them all back.
  • Kinshiro Morooka, a.k.a. King Moron from Persona 4. From the first minute he shows up as your homeroom teacher, he shows himself to be a complete jerk who thinks that all teenagers are horny troublemakers and that you are nothing but trouble from the city — and he places you on his "shit list" 3 seconds after meeting you. According to the other students, he won't think twice about suspending you if you get on his bad side. Kanji also mentions at one point that he heard Morooka openly badmouthing the murder victims. That said, the entire party, who hates his guts, agree that the man really didn't deserve to die at Mitsuo's hands.
    • Tohru Adachi takes this Up to Eleven by essentially murdering two people because they rejected his romantic advances (read: super-creepy attempts to proposition them) and then tricking another guy into attempting several more murders just so he could sit back and watch. And when called out on it, his answer is basically "Yeah, so what?"
  • Persona 5: Most of the targets of the Phantom Thieves are people who are highly saturated with jerkassery all over them.
    • Suguru Kamoshida. The Megami Tensei wiki puts it best: "He is a lustful, vain, cruel, and utterly selfish bully". He makes sexual advances on his female students, beats the members of his volleyball team until they're black and blue, drives one student to attempt suicide, and remorselessly abuses his authority and reputation to get away with it all. It's to the point where he sees all of Shujin Academy as his own personal castle and everyone in it as his slaves.
    • Ichiryusai Madarame. He plagiarizes his own students artwork as his own, he is a sleazy con artist who cheats people who want to buy the Sayuri painting out of their money by giving them counterfeits, and he committed negligent homicide on Yusuke's mother by neglecting to call an ambulance when she had a seizure all so he could gain full custody and bragging rights over her Sayuri painting.
    • Masayoshi Shido. He is jerkassery incarnate. He causes the events of the game by stalking women and when he gets caught by the protagonist doing it, he gets the protagonist arrested on false charges. He then has his own son, Goro Akechi assassinate people in an attempt to demonize the Phantom Thieves and make them look like criminals instead of superheroes to the public. He then runs for prime minister of Japan for selfish gain. If that's not enough, he had Futaba's mother killed, forged a suicide note to demonize Futaba, driving her into a suicidal depression, stole her mom's research, and later has Haru's father killed just so he could frame the Phantom Thieves for their death. And for an added kick in the teeth, his Shadow Self admits he only sees Akechi as a tool to be disposed of when You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Monokuma, full stop. He presides over a "killing game," in which only the person who commits murder and avoids being caught can escape, at which point everyone else gets executed. When the culprits are inevitably caught, Monokuma sentences them to being executed in a very painful manner, and laughs about their reasons for committing the murder, ignoring his own responsibility. In the sequel, he also makes a habit of abusing his "little sister" Monomi and casually has her executed along with the "traitor" from the Future Foundation as an afterthought.
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc:
      • Byakuya Togami, the Ultimate Affluent Progeny. In addition to treating his classmates with contempt for being less talented than he is, he initially treats the killings as a game and even openly contemplates trying to kill someone and graduate. He also knows who the second murderer is, but withholds that knowledge and rearranges the crime scene in order to see who would be most likely to catch him. He becomes somewhat more cooperative later on, but he still acts arrogant and dismissive toward most people.
      • Celestia Ludenberg, the Ultimate Gambler, is almost as callous as Byakuya, and even coldly suggests the second victim was to blame for not following her "night time" rule. She also manipulates another student into killing someone, and then kills her accomplice to commit the murder required to graduate.
    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair:
      • Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu, the Ultimate Yakuza, who refuses to associate with the group, and contemptuously describes cooperation and friendship as having no place in a killing game. While he's responsible for the second murder happening, he doesn't kill anyone himself, and after losing his childhood friend Peko, and then losing an eye while trying to save her, he develops into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who's still short-tempered and abrasive, but is willing to help and even sacrifice himself for the others.
      • Hiyoko Saionji, the Ultimate Traditional Dancer, who's first introduced crushing ants for fun and mercilessly bullies some of her classmates. She gets a little better after losing her best friend, but then gets killed by one of the people she bullied, albeit for reasons unrelated to the bullying.
    • New Danganronpa V 3: Kokichi Oma, who frequently lies to and plays mind games with others, seemingly for his own amusement, and can be quite insulting with others. In the fourth chapter, he manipulates Gonta into killing Miu, browbeats the amnesiac Gonta in an attempt to get him to confess, then mocks Gonta after he's executed. In the end, it's suggested that Kokichi hated the killing game and wanted to bring it to an end, but that doesn't fully justify or excuse his unpleasant behavior.
  • In Eternal Sonata, the Standardized Leader avatar character Allegretto is noted for this in a game where none of the other playable characters are really noted for this type of behavior. Examples include poking fun at his younger companion, Beat, and running off and sticking his fellow party members with a job to do while he fetches another party member, a cute girl. The game's PlayStation 3 Updated Re-release goes a long way towards making him more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold by omitting at least one scene in which he displays some heavily jerkass behavior and heavily altering others or adding additional material to portray him in a more favorable light.
  • Clutch from Jet Set Radio Future. He tells you that if you give him a set amount of Graffiti Souls, he'll tell you where Yoyo is being held at, but once you give him the graffiti souls, he steals them from you, so you have to go track him down just to make him speak.
  • Jake from Resident Evil 6 starts out as an arrogant jerkass, demanding truckloads of money for every enemy he kills along the way, as well as an obscene amount of money just for a vial of his blood (which can cure the C Virus). He even goes so far as to make Sherry Birkin call up her superiors and negotiate prices on his behalf. He even threatens Chris and Piers' squad when they meet, saying he's not a threat... unless someone pays him to be. Chris holds his cool, but Piers doesn't take it too well.
    • He quickly opens up to her though, once he realizes Sherry's not as incompetent as she looks, and that they need to work together to have any chance of surviving. Towards the end, he becomes a full-on jerk with a heart of gold when he begins to see Sherry as a friend, and waives all his fees, asking a mere $50 for his services.
  • Dave from Borderlands 2 definitely qualifies. The quest line in the town of Overlook has you following the orders of a woman named Karima, who has you do things like get them medicine for the invariably fatal disease they are all suffering from and help the citizens make a shield for their town. Dave, meanwhile, takes the time to insult her and make sexist jokes at her expense every step of the way, all while Karima seemingly takes it in stride. Then she has you drop an artillery shell on his house with him still inside it. Which sends the house over a cliff. And if you've been down to the area at the bottom of that cliff, you'll know that it's infested with vicious, man-eating Threshers. Beware the Nice Ones indeed.
    • Handsome Jack is probably the biggest Jerkass in the game, however. It's one thing to be plain old evil. It's another to be evil in addition to being a flat-out asshole.
  • Sumire Kanzaki, the Team Prima Donna and Rich Bitch of Tokyo's Flower Division from Sakura Wars. As the series progresses, she becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but still is initially a jerk.
  • There are quite a few in the Fire Emblem series:
    • Fire Emblem Awakening:
      • Gangrel, the king of Plegia and the main baddie of the first 11 chapters. When Emmeryn commits suicide to prevent Chrom from giving Gangrel the Shield of Seals for her safety, he laughs gleefully at that and at Chrom and Lissa's sadness at this event (which is rather in poor taste). He is in fact considered to be the biggest jerk in the game.
      • Tharja, the Plegian Dark Mage who joins Chrom's army in Chapter 9, is rather rude and dismissive towards anyone who isn't the Avatar character. She also abuses her future daughter, Noire, by using her as an unwilling guinea pig for her hexes.
      • Severa and Gerome (Cordelia and Cherche's future daughter and son) are Jerk with a Heart of Gold. In Gerome's case, that is mostly an act as he would rather distance himself from his parents rather than cause pain with his or their deaths. Severa is a straight-up Tsundere with an Inferiority Superiority Complex and a lot of baggage from the loss of her parents, but she does care about her friends and family even if she can't show it very well.
      • Female Morgan is this to Yarne in their romantic supports. Thankfully, she's much kinder to him as his little sister.
      • Inigo acts like this towards Brady in their support chain.
    • Fire Emblem Fates:
      • Garon, the game's Big Bad, is not a nice guy. He even sends the Avatar on suicidal missions, hoping that they die, and even states he'd kill his own blood children at one point. Fake Garon or not, both Garons have the distinction of being jerks, but the fake is this far more than the real one had ever been, and the suicide mission was the fake's doing.
  • The "Greatest Employee of All Time" from the museum segment of The Cave. In one of the Time Traveler's cave paintings he was shown lapping up the adulation of his co-workers, the entry hall sported a huge photo of himself and every time the Time Traveler passed he'd issue taunts like "Me and the other Greatest Employees of All Time are going out for drinks at the Wizard's Lair after work. Oh wait, there are no other Greatest Employees of All Time!"
  • Most of Chaos-aligned character in Shin Megami Tensei series are this. It seems they don't care with others but themselves. However, as the game progresses, they become Jerk with a Heart of Gold, showing some respect to The Hero.
    • Law isn't much better, as they adapt a "Believe in and worship God or we'll kick your sorry ass" approach.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei IV, a lot of the residents of Tokyo are pretty rude and blunt compared to the much kinder folks from Mikado. For example, shopkeepers in Mikado will talk to you in a manner along the lines of "Hello, may I help you? Thank you, come again!", but the Yakuza-esque weapons dealers like to say things like "This is real, right?" (when you sell them items), "You still got business here?" (when you go through menus), and "Make sure you bring more Macca next time!" (when you leave).
  • Wave Race Blue Storm's hidden announcer, who constantly berates your skills, make sarcastic remarks, begs for the race to end, and doesn't give a crap if you actually win races.
  • Simon the Sorcerer: Simon himself. He wouldn't even be the hero of the series if it were up to him.
  • Eric Sparrow of Tony Hawk's Underground. A whiny little creep who pretty much thinks he's God's gift to skating. Half of the shit you go through is because of his antics that he forces you into and the other half is trying to upstage you, going so far as to steal a tape you and he made of you jumping over an active helicopter. It's very cathartic when, in the alternate ending, instead of racing for the tape, you just knock him out and take it back.
  • In Supra Mayro Kratt, all three players occasionally say "You cannot beat me" after passing the "finnish line", even when you're a lap ahead of them.
  • Bedman in Guilty Gear: Xrd speaks to his opponents with barely checked contempt and snark. Just check out his win quotes.
  • In Monkey Island, some of Guybrush Threepwood's actions are questionable. Such as trapping a salesman inside a coffin (He redeems himself for that in the next game), framing an innocent woman for crimes he himself did, just so he can steal her Near-Grog. And kills LeChuck's Dragon from the first game, despite he was good all along and helped rescue Elaine to get revenge on LeChuck for murdering him and his crew (Though one could say it was a mercy killing, as he was a ghost skeleton) and then there's all the stuff you can do to Murray in the third game
  • Punch-Out!! has its share of colorful characters with varying levels of respect for Little Mac, but the two worst offenders are Aran Ryan and Super Macho Man. Aran at least has the excuse that he's completely psycho, but Super Macho Man doesn't have that vindication, being an arrogant, childish Attention Whore, which stands out rather starkly against the very colorful characters they designed for the remake. Simply put, Super Macho Man is a douchebag, and most players are thrilled to punch him right in his big smug face.
  • Judge Grams of Fleuret Blanc, also a Grumpy Old Woman. She constantly insults everyone around her and has a massively overinflated ego. She also seems to relish the fact that she's a Lethal Chef; either she does it on purpose just to watch the FOIL members squirm, or she legitimately thinks her cooking is excellent and that anyone who objects needs to be put in their place. For bonus Politically Incorrect Villain points, she particularly delights in torturing Roland over his vegetarianism.
  • In the visual novel Yandere, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, the protagonist Subaru Oda is quite unpleasant. He acts like a complete pervert to his Childhood Friend, teacher and underclassman and uses them for his own purposes. He's arguably a lot worse than Makoto since Subaru starts off like a complete Jerkass and Makoto is an optional Jerkass. Some people think that he deserves the worst ending available.
  • Tubbs from Neko Atsume. Unlike other cats who nibble a few bites from the bowl and then play with your toys, Tubbs will gobble the entire bowl and then lounge next to it with a smug look on their face. It's not uncommon for players to put out food, close the app, come back maybe 2-3 minutes later, only to discover that Tubbs has beaten everyone else to the punch. Oh, and don't think of putting out Thrifty Bitz to stop him from eating food you actually pay for, because he won't eat it.
  • Darkest Dungeon: Perhaps the most dangerous Affliction your heroes can suffer is becoming Abusive, as all of a sudden they will start belting out insults left and right, and belittling their party members for every little thing, even if they're healing the abusive party member. Even the kindest, most understanding fellows in the group will verbally abuse their teammates with little provocation once afflicted. This will quickly stress their partners out, which usually gets some Disaster Dominoes started.
    • The Sunken City Collection has the Thrall, who is entirely built around this concept. A former gladiator slave, the Thrall has only four camping skills total, including one where he bullies the rest of the party to reduce his own stress at their expense and one where he picks a party member and beats the tar out of them. A third allows the rest of the party to chain him up rather than put up with him. About the only reason he's even accepted as an adventurer is that he can punch really, REALLY hard.
  • Huniepop: Audrey Belrose is the biggest jerk of the main eight girls the character dates. She's a rude Alpha Bitch who constantly swears and yells at everyone and only cares about partying, drugs, and alcohol. During her interactions with Kyanna, she calls her a whore and yells at her because she's never satisfied with how she does her hair. And she keeps a nasty attitude even when dating the player character.
  • Dainton Wu from Delicious 10: Emily's New Beginning is snobbish, arrogant, abrasive and absolutely loathes children. He belittles Emily at every turn and constantly calls her unprofessional despite the fact that she's spent the last nine games working in or running a restaurant. During the chapter where she's forced to work for him he refuses to let her have a day off for her daughter's first birthday party because days off are only for three-star restaurants.
  • In Pillars of Eternity, there is very little to like about Durance. Edér doesn't appreciate his virulent hatred of Eothasians, Hiravias isn't exactly happy with his racism against orlans (Durance will tell an orlan Watcher to their face that the orlans deserved to be conquered and enslaved), Aloth doesn't appreciate Durance shaming him for not being "manly" enough nor does Iselmyr appreciate his Abhorrent Admirer tendencies, none of the women are keen on his misogyny and lechery, Grieving Mother will uncharacteristically make jokes at his expense, and even Kana - who otherwise has a good word for everybody, washes his hands of Durance. The only party member who gets along with him at all is Devil, a bronze golem serial killer, which says it all really.
  • While Dedan, the first Guardian you fight in OFF, may not actively kill his subjects like Japhet or get them addicted to sugar like Enoch, he is a pure Jerkass through and through. He has a nasty temper, constantly berates his workers, and even leaves the Elsens in one area to take care of the spectres themselves out of spite. Encountering him in the final area of the game shows that at one point in time he may have been a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Cecilia in You Are Not The Hero is pretty jerky towards Petula, who just wants her pendant back.
  • Bricks Jr, one of the three commentators of Mutant Football League, spends all game hurling abuse at his co-host Grim Blitzrow, his actual host (being a parasitic growth on his shoulder) "Brickhead" Mulligan, and at the players on the field. While witty enough to be entertaining in his mud slinging, it's still quite satisfying anytime he starts complaining about inadvertently suffering at Bricks' hands, either losing to him yet again in "Dead Mutant Bingo" or getting gassed half to death after a trip to Taco Hell. Grim narrowly avoids being a full Jerkass simply because he's more tactical about when he insults Bricks, and his jabs usually come off as friendly ribbing compared to Bricks Jr's venom-laden invective.


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