A good movie has the capability to pull the audience in and empathize with the characters. You know they’re all fictional people, but you can’t help but feel like you’re right there with them! This feeling of connection seems to become incredibly stronger when the movie has a bully.
We’re not just talking about movie villains since that’s a little different. We’re talking about the big, mean bully in your favorite childhood movie that you just wanted to jump on the screen and teach a lesson. The snotty, rich kid who you couldn’t wait to see get defeated by the protagonist.
Here are five movie bullies you wish you could meet in a dark alley!
1. Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter Series
“My father will hear about this!” Is there any catchphrase more annoying than this one? The pureblood wizard Draco Malfoy gives Harry and his friend’s trouble from day one of enrolling in Hogwarts and manages to stay a bully all through the movie’s franchise.
Sure, towards the very last movies the audience starts to feel a little bad for Draco, but in the first several movies Draco is a bully that no one pities. Luckily, Draco received punishment a few times for his mean, bullying ways. One of the best was when Hermione punched him square in the nose.
2. Biff Tannen – Back To The Future
Perhaps one of the best/worst movie bully of all time is Biff Tannen, the antagonist to everyone’s favorite time-traveler Marty McFly. In the first Back To The Future movie, Biff is a classic 1950s bully. He’s dumb, muscular, picks on the wimpy George McFly and harasses Lorraine.
Biff really crosses the line with audience members when he attempts to sexually assault Lorraine and punches George who tries to save her. Biff gets what’s coming to him in the end, but people who’ve watched this movie will understand the intense desire to jump in the screen and settle the score with Biff.
3. Johnny Lawrence – The Karate Kid
Poor William Zabka did such an amazing acting job as the bully in The Karate Kid that people hate him in real life just as much as they did when they saw the movie! In The Karate Kid, Zabka plays Johnny Lawrence, who bullies the main character Daniel both on and off the karate mat. Johnny beats on Daniel and tries to keep him away from his love interest Ali.
Johnny encapsulates the classic 1980s-1990s bully, a handsome blonde jerk. People especially hated Johnny because Daniel was such a kind-hearted soul, and it broke our hearts to see him get bullied.
4. Scut Farkus – A Christmas Story
This classic Christmas movie focuses on a young boy named Ralphie, and his attempts to obtain a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. A subplot of the movie is about Ralphie and his friends living in fear of the bully Scut Farkus. A squinty-eyed kid with a terrible laugh, Scut would bend the arms of his victims until they cried “uncle” in pain.
An all-around snot of a kid, audiences cheered when Ralphie snapped and beat up Scut. Although, with a name like Scut Farkus, you can’t help but see why the kid was a bully. Nonetheless, his air of superiority and obnoxious bullying tactics make him a bully you really want to meet in a dark alley.
5. Ace Merrill – Stand By Me
One of Keifer Sutherland’s first roles was in the coming of age story Stand By Me. In this movie, Sutherland plays teenage bully Ace Merrill, who spends his free time intimidating younger kids and destroying private property. What makes Ace such a despicable bully is the fact that he is quite a few years older than his victims.
Bullies that pick on younger children are the worst of the worst, and Ace really takes it up a notch when he threatens to kill the group of boys in the woods. This bully always has a cigarette in his mouth and an infuriating “I don’t care attitude” that makes audiences want to knock some sense into him.
Although these bullies all get what’s coming to them in the end, and the protagonists get justice, you can’t help but wish the protagonists could’ve taken care of the bullies the first time they hit them. Maybe if the protagonists had taken a Krav Maga class from Fit and Fearless, these classic movies and their bullies would’ve gotten very different outcomes!