The Top 10 Biggest Movie Douchebags

When it comes to the big screen there’s almost no shortage of memorable assholes to choose from. Yet, it takes a special kind of character to piss off audiences using nothing more than their own inflated egos and ability to make snide comments about women’s asses. Enter the movie douchebag, those classic characters who blend arrogance, sleaziness, misogyny and a general air of obnoxiousness, into one despicable personality. Movie douchebags are characters that go beyond simple antagonism, achieving such levels of blatant idiocy, annoyance and moral reprehensibility that they become characters we truly love to hate. So get ready to plum new depths of depravity as Film Junk presents…

THE TOP 10 BIGGEST MOVIE DOUCHEBAGS

10. Caledon Hockley from Titanic
A douchebag is bad enough on his own, but give a douchebag money, an undeserved sense of entitlement and his own personal butler and you’ve got some serious trouble on your hands. Enter Caledon “Cal” Hockley (played by the perpetually type-cast Billy Zane). Here’s a guy who shits on the lower classes, throws around cash like he’s fucking Suge Knight and spends most of the film trying to sleaze his way into Kate Winslet’s corset. If that wasn’t bad enough the guy blackmails the retarded kid from What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, indiscriminately opens fire with a handgun inside the ship and then kidnaps a little girl to secure his place on board a lifeboat. Yup, douchebag, thy name is Caledon Hockley.


9. Steve Stifler from American Pie
Whether he’s verbally berating his friends, snapping towels in the locker room, or trying to taking advantage of drunken high school chicks, there’s little doubt that Steve Stifler is the ultimate douche de jour. Played by the quasi-douche-like Seann William Scott, Stifler is the embodiment of the typical American teenaged prick: a shallow, Abercrombie & Fitch-clad weasel spawned from the unholy loins of a suburban MILF.

8. Carter Burke from Aliens
It seems that even in the distant future the corporate douchebag remains a staple or everyday life. Nowhere is this more evident than Carter Burke, an executive for the ruthless Halliburton-style Weyland-Yutani Corporation. Played by former Mad About You star Paul Reiser, Burke is the ferret-faced embodiment of capitalist greed, manipulating and sacrificing the lives of an entire colony of humans in his attempt to find the perfect biological weapon (Dick Cheney eat your heart out). Yes, there’s a special place in hell reserved solely for crappy 90s sitcom stars and douches who let aliens face-fuck innocent people.

7. Frank T.J. Mackey from Magnolia
“Worship the cock. Tame the cunt.” Such is the mantra of pony-tailed douche Frank T.J. Mackey, an “inspirational speaker” who runs a men’s seminar on the finer points of picking up chicks for fun and profit. Played by Tom Cruise (no stranger himself to the world of douchebaggery), Mackey is a grade-A misogynistic scumbag. But like all douches Mackey does have his weakness, in this case nearly breaking down into tears when a reporter brings to light his painful childhood. Ugggg….if there’s one thing worse than a douchebag, it’s a sissy douchebag.

6. Chet Donnelly from Weird Science
Older brothers, by their very nature, are almost invariably monumental douchebags, employing a steady retinue of wedgies, name-calling and wet-willies in order to terrorize their helpless younger siblings. And while plenty of obnoxious older brothers have graced the big screen over the years few have achieved the same level as Chet Donnelly. Played to perfection by Bill Paxton, Chet’s two great loves in life are heavy weaponry and employing an Abu Ghraib style of sibling humiliation. Of course, one of the victims of Chet’s wrath — a young and notably nerdy Anthony Michael Hall — is himself transformed into the resident town fuckwad in Edward Scissorhands, proving that when it comes to movies, the circle of douchebaggery never really ends.

5. Ernie McCracken from Kingpin
With his ability to simultaneously bowl, pick up chicks and unleash a slew of passive aggressive insults, there are few douches who can top Ernie “Big Ern” McCracken. Whether he’s pouring sugar in the gas tank of a rival, showboating for a crowd or shamelessly promoting himself on national television, Big Ern’s morals are as loose and sloppy as his toupee. Throw in a penchant for nailing anything with a pulse and a mini-skirt and you have Ernie McCracken, a douchebag who gives new meaning to the term gutterballs.

4. Simon from True Lies
Yes, Bill Paxton makes the movie douchebag list for a second time in his portrayal of the sleaze-bag used car salesman turned low-life pussyhound known only as Simon. Primarily known for posing as an undercover CIA operative in order to worm his way into the panties of gullible women, Simon’s libido is matched only by his ability to hawk overpriced convertibles. The end result is a character so unbelievably douchey, he makes Kevin Federline look like James Bond.

3. Walter Peck from Ghostbusters
Peck. His name alone is whispered in reverence atop the sacred heights of Douchelympus. Played by William Atherton (an actor who has made a career out of playing assholes) Walter Peck is a morally repugnant New York City health official who has his head so far up his ass that he inadvertently unleashes a horde of ghosts onto New York City. Self-righteous, smug and unbelievably overbearing there are few characters who can top Peck in terms of sheer dogged douchebaggedness, earning him a top spot as an ectoplasmic prick who can turn even the stomachs of the undead.

2. Shannon Hamilton from Mallrats
With a shitty attitude, a pretty boy mug and a propensity for combining backdoor sex with New Kids on the Block lyrics, there are few douches that can touch Shannon Hamilton. Played by Ben Affleck — no stranger to douchebaggery himself during his J-Lo phase — Shannon has the lofty position of being a manager of an upscale men’s clothing boutique in a Jersey outlet mall. Arrogant, smarmy and trying desperately to force overpriced slacks on people, Shannon is a classic big screen tit, the kind of douche who’d stoop to almost any level to try and screw your girlfriend in an uncomfortable place — and no, we ain’t talking about the back of a Volkswagen.

1. Biff Tannen from Back to the Future
Who says the 50s were a happier, more innocent time? Biff Tannen proves that even in an era of malt shops and poodle skirts, the douchebag was alive and well. Played by Thomas Wilson (who reprised the role in all three films), Biff is a classic prick, bullying, abusing and — in the case of Lea Thompson -– groping his way through life. The end result is one of cinema’s all-time assholes; a character so obnoxiously douche-like you’ll wish you could go back in time and drive a DeLorean straight up his ass.

What do you think? Are there any other legendary douchebag characters that should have made the list?



  • Eli

    Shooter McGavin!

  • Tom

    Great list! What about Ellis from Die Hard? One of the biggest D-Bags ever to grace the Silver Screen.

    Like John McClain would ever be friends with a p*ssy like that! c’mon! He also used the word boobie…what a dick!

  • Rory

    Shooter McGavin has definitely got to be in there. Christopher McDonald (Shooter) is the archetypal douche in most films.

    What about James Woods in Casino? Total douche.

  • bill

    How about Greg Weinstein (played by Nicky Katt) from Boiler Room.

  • irshbeast

    paul gleason as principal richard”dick”vernon in breakfast club or as deputy chief dwayne t. robinson in die hard!! william atherton as richard thornburg also in die hard!! both are just as bad as the weasle “ellis”!!

  • HenryS

    Don’t forget William Atherton in Real Genius!!! He should get a douchebag lifetime achievement award for sure.

  • Matt

    Every TOM CRUISE character. Not much of a stretch for him.

  • Mr.Kwest

    How can you forget Vince Vaughn from “Made”?

  • derek

    what about principal rooney from f?erris buelers day off”?

  • MugattuHasGotchu

    Glenn Gulia from The Wedding Singer played by Matthew Glave

    Stephen Chase from Far and Away played by Thomas Gibson (similar actually to Cal above)

    Great choices though and Biff is definitely the penultimate douche, 3 generations strong and counting.

  • Neil M

    How dare you call Big Ern a douche. In case you didn’t hear, he’s above the law. I’m actually surprised that more people don’t talk about McCracken when discussing their favorite (comedic) Bill Murray characters.

  • Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore and Dean Pritchard from Old School has got to be on the list in my opinion.

    I’m trying to put together my own top 10 douche list. A lot of good comments here, would appreciate some input. http://livetorock.com/156/?p=105

  • Chris

    1. Biff (Back To The Future)
    2. Sack (Wedding Crashers)
    3. Peck (Ghostbusters 1&2)
    4. Burke (Aliens)
    5. Dean Pritchard (Old School)
    6. Ellis (Die Hard)
    7. Richard (Van Wilder)
    8. Telly (Kids)
    9. Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmore)
    10. Caledon Hockley (Titanic)

    Here’s my list, there are a couple that may be debateable, but most of them are staples in this category. Stifler belongs nowhere near this list, if for nothing more than the fact that he’s a likable character, and this is douchebags. No one likes the douchebag, and I feel like all of these characters live up to that name in that as soon as you see them on screen, you’re first conscious thought is ‘wow, what a fucking douchebag.’

    As much as I felt obliged to have at least one Ben Affleck character on this list, I didn’t, simply because it’s too easy. I mean, can you name one role in which he doesn’t come off as a douchebag?

    Honorable Mention: Derek Huff (Stepbrothers), Eric Gordon (Billy Madison), Jerry (Liar Liar), Tony Perkis (Heavyweights), the ‘extreme’ gang leader (Harold and Kumar go to White Castle), Rand McPherson (PCU)

    I may have missed one or two overall, but these are all definitely up there.

  • Chris

    First, to further validate my list by explaining why Tom Cruise didn’t make an appearance, just refer to the Affleck section of my previous post. The same goes double for Cruise.

    The real reason for this second post is just to add a little bit of insight to my list. To me, there are a some important and necessary qualities of a douchebag.
    -One, self-preservation. When all chips are in, the only one who matters is me, so to speak.
    -Two, lack of remorse. Douchebags don’t care. Unless it’s about themself. (the reason why stifler isn’t on this list is that as much of an asshole as he may be, he has some sort of capacity to care, for example in American Wedding when he saves the wedding, which disqualifies him as a douchebag.)
    -Three, there is no reasoning with a douchebag. They get their way, period. If they don’t get their way, they find a way to fuck everyone over. (For a deeper understanding of this requirement in particular, see Carter Burke in Aliens)
    -Four, the right way is always wrong. Whether it comes to playing by the rules, doing something for the greater good, or just plain being civil, douchebags would let the world come to an end before doing what someone else tells them to do.
    -Last, a douchebag has to be self-centered. Everything in the world revolves around them, and no one understands that better than they do, though they have no problem letting you know.

    If you have anything to add to any of this, please do, this is simply what went into my list, and why.

  • Sack (Old School) is an alpha male a-hole, not a douche.
    Biff (Back to the Future) also not really a douche.
    Telly (Kids) is cool. DEFINITELY not a douche.

    Good call on Shooter (Happy Gilmore)
    Good call on Ellis (Die Hard)

  • This being the internet – before I am flamed to death
    – I suppose I’m obligated to state that, “no I don’t think it was ‘cool’ when Telly essentially raped that chick at the end.”

    However, at least in my mind, there can be no doubt that Telly was intended to be perceived as a “cool” kid. It’s part of what makes the end of the film so troubling.

  • Dustin WhatyoutalkinboutWILLIS Shingoose

    I think some of you are confusing sleazeballs with douchebags, there’s a difference. Whereas Uncle Rico was a sleazeball, he’s definitely not a douche. Douchebags are rich, predominantly white, self-entitled assholes with convertibles and hot women that go out with them for the sole purpose of their status. They’ve got everything, and they look down on others who are less fortunated, regardless of how they’ve attained what they’ve got (mostly inheritance).

  • definately a good list, with the B2tF bully topping out…I dont know too many on the list but I do know that B2tF bully deserved number 1.

  • Chris

    any douchebag list without Dabney Coleman is not complete

  • Kase

    mike damone from fast times at ridgemont high, draco malfoy in harry potter, buddy kane in american beauty.

  • Melissa

    Rob Lowe plays an excellent douche….notably in Wayne’s World and Tommy Boy

  • Bigbabyjesus

    What about more ben affleck!!!!! O’bannion dazed and confuzed. such a dooshbaggg

  • gregshapeddildo

    guy selling gum in clerks. cancer merchant! chewlies

  • afterhours

    Ellis from Die Hard

  • GABRIEL

    TA de sacanagem steve stifler em 9 risos
    o cara e o pai da sacanagem !!! devia ser o primeiro !!

  • Irrelevant Man

    What about me?

  • Aaron

    Eric from Billy Madison?
    Glen from The Wedding Singer?

    Sandler seems to love going to war against douches.

  • chris213

    me and my friend were talking about biff and we thought that young biff in bttf 2 would probably chocked old biff to death after he gave him the sports almanac thats just how bad biff is. we both came to the conclusion that biff must suffer from some kind of mental condition that ran in the male side of the tannen family

  • Johnny G

    How could you leave out Carter from Rush Hour?

  • vinnie

    Bob Ritter played by Henry Czerny in Clear and Present Danger. “Do you have a get-out-of-jail-free card? I thought not. “Throw in his boss, Admiral Cutter, too.

  • Tim

    Doug Niedermayer from “Animal House.”

  • Principal Rooney/Jeffrey Jones is DEFINITELY a douchebag… although more so in real life (like Affleck—see “Team America,” where Trey and Matt pay musical homage to His Supreme Douche-i-ness) than in filmdom: He was recently charged with failing to [re]register as a sex offender (likes taking sexually explicit pix of minors)… However, for FICTIONAL douchebags, consider: Dwight Yoakam’s “Doyle” in “Sling Blade;” Will Patton’s “General Bethlehem” in “The Postman;” Bob Gunton’s “Warden” in the “The Shawshank Redemption” (plus Eddie Albert’s “Warden” in “The Longest Yard”); Tim Blake Nelson’s “Bubba” in “The Good Girl;” Mel Johnson Jr.’s “Benny-the-Cabdriver” in “Total Recall;” William H. Macy’s “Jerry Lundegaard” in “Fargo;” Oliver Reed’s “Frank Hobbs”/Tommy’s stepfather in “Tommy;” Gary Cole’s “Lundbergh” in “Office Space;” James Spader’s “Steff” in “Pretty in Pink” (tied with his “Rip” in “Less than Zero”); Craig Kilborn’s “Mark” in “Old School;” Ed Harris’s “Christof” in “The Truman Show;” and Louise Fletcher’s “Nurse Ratched” in “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (proving you don’t have to be a dude to be a douchebag… just a power-mad pussy, miserable with your lot in life and taking it out on others.)

  • John

    Daniel Cosgrove as Richard Bagg in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.

  • Akumetsu

    No mention of Kevin Spacey’s role in “Swimming With Sharks”?

    For shame.

  • Curtis75Black

    Damn, What about the actors in Cobra Kai (especially Johnny) in Karate Kid

  • shake

    Gary Oldman, aka Drexl Spivey, from True Romance= top ten douche.

  • Roy Stalin

    Big Ern has to be #1
    Roy Stalin – Better off Dead
    Prince Humperdink – Princess Bride
    Daryl – Coming to America
    Marmalard – Animal House
    William Zabka – collection of work – back to school as chaz
    Professor Hathaway – Real Genius
    Teddy – One Crazy Summer
    Nigel – Top Secret
    Sack – Wedding Crashers

  • Ken

    I have a good list of douchebags and assholes like you’ve never seen before

    Meredith Vickers-Prometheus
    Cyclops- X-Men Trilogy (RIP in X3)
    Magneto-X-Men Trilogy and First Class
    Johnny Cage-Mortal Kombat 1 & 2
    Ken-Street Fighter
    Max Walker-Timecop
    Clarence Boddicker-RoboCop
    Dick Jones-RoboCop
    Vilos Cohagen-Total Recall
    General Ashdown-Terminator Salvation
    Maddy Rierdon-Vampire Bats
    Danny Vinyard-American History X
    Rick Moranis-collection of work
    Ian Breckell-The Condemned
    Ewan McStarley-The Condemned
    Angelina Jolie-collection of work
    Adam Sandler-collection of work
    Chancellor Adam Sutler-V For Vendetta
    Gary Sinise and Mel Gibson-Ransom
    Johnny Depp-Nick Of Time
    Harry and Marv-Home Alone
    Phil Coulson-The Avengers
    Zhang Zihi-Rush Hour 2
    Dingham, Costello, and Sullivan-The Departed
    Sebastian Shaw-X-Men First Class
    Wolverine (uncredited cameo)-X-Men First Class F-Self
    Ben Stiller-collection of work
    Sandra Bullock-collection of work
    Slim-A Rage In Harlem
    Omar Suarez-Scarface
    Mel Bernstein-Scarface
    Frank Lopez-Scarface
    Manny Ribeira-Scarface
    Elvira Hancock-Scarface
    Alejandro Sosa-Scarface
    Hans Landa-Inglorious Basterds
    R.K. Maroon-Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    Bette Midler-collection of work
    Harvey Dent/Two-Face-The Dark Knight
    The Red Skull-Captain America: The First Avenger
    Salvatore Maroni-The Dark Knight
    James Belushi-collection of work
    Eric Roberts-collection of work
    Travis Brickley-Best Of The Best 1 & 2
    Captain Sanders-The Perfect Weapon
    Raphael-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films
    Hitch (Will Smith)
    Hancock (Will Smith)
    C3-P0-Star Wars 1-6
    Han Solo-Star Wars Episodes V & VI
    Randall Parrish-Summer Catch
    Jessica Biel-collection of work
    John Travolta-collection of work
    Charlie Sheen-collection of work
    Ed Nygma/The Riddler-Batman Forever
    Poison Ivy-Batman and Robin
    Keanu Reeves-collection of work
    Corey Feldman-collection of work
    Peter Brandt-Collateral Damage
    J. Jonah Jameson-Spider-Man Trilogy
    Murdoch-Rambo First Blood Part 2
    Michael Madsen-collection of work
    Keith Coogan-collection of work
    Nick Stahl-collection of work
    Jennifer Aniston-collection of work
    BJ Wert-Mannequin
    Armand-Mannequin
    Robert De Niro-Analyze That
    Commander Lewis Prothero-V For Vendetta
    Simon Pheonix-Demolition Man
    Raymond Cocteau-Demolition Man
    Brett Weir-The Jerky Boys
    Johnny-The Jerky Boys
    Rebecca DeMornay-The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
    Microchip-Punisher War Zone
    Eddie Brock/Venom-Spider-Man 3
    Harry Osborn/The New Goblin-Spider-Man Trilogy
    Commissioner Kirkpatrick-Dragnet 1987
    Enid Borden-Dragnet 1987
    Reverend Jonathan “Goat-Man” Whirley-Dragnet 1987
    Jerry Caesar-Dragnet 1987
    Emil Muzz-Dragnet 1987
    Jessie Crossman-Drop Zone
    Glenn Holland-Mr. Holland’s Opus
    Bill Murray-SpaceJam
    Craig Howard-Friday
    Doughboy-Boyz In The Hood
    Morris Chestnut-Half Past Dead
    Montini-Exit Wounds
    Sgt. Lewis Strutt-Exit Wounds
    Luther-The Warriors
    Ajax-The Warriors
    Rene Belloq-Raiders Of Lost Ark
    Mola Ram-Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
    Elsa Schneider-Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
    Cate Blanchett-Indiana Jones And Crystal Skull
    Sully-Commando
    Dustin Hoffman-Hero
    Pig Vomit-Private Parts
    The Spanking Mommy-Shoot Em’ Up
    Chance Bordeaux-Hard Target
    Bully-Sidekicks
    Danny Devito-collection of work
    Charles and Danny Pennington-TMNT 1990
    Walker-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3
    Niles-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3
    The Kingpin-Daredevil
    Bullseye-Daredevil
    Lori-Total Recall 1990 and 2012
    Sugar (Drew Barrymore)-Batman Forever
    Michelle Pffeifer-Hairspray 2007
    Stephen Lang-Avatar
    Vin Diesel-Boiler Room
    Roth-Romeo Must Die
    Maurice-Romeo Must Die
    Scott Wolf-White Squal
    Obidiah Stane-Iron Man
    Count Dooku-Star Wars Episodes II and III
    Ray Liotta-collection of work
    D-Fens-Falling Down
    Richard Dreyfuss-collection of work
    Steve Carell-collection of work
    Sarge-Doom
    Jack Black-Anchorman
    Wes Mantooth-Anchorman
    Frank Vitchard-Anchorman (RIP Frankie-V)
    Aron Ralston-127 Hours
    Christian Slater-collection of work
    Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader-Star Wars Episodes II-VI
    Jean Vilain-The Expendables 2
    Trent Mauser-The Expendables 1 and 2
    Gunnar Jensen-The Expendables 1
    Tina Fey-collection of work
    Willie Lopez-Ghost
    Samuel L. Jackson-Jumper
    Tom Hanks-A League Of Their Own
    Bob Hoskins-Unleashed
    William Forsythe-collection of work-Flattop
    The Evil Friar-Heaven Help Us
    Jason Bateman-collection of work
    John Stamos-collection of work
    Jack Hardemeyer-Ghostbusters 2
    Peter Venkman-Ghostbusters 2
    Dan Aykroyd-My Fellow Americans
    The T-1000-Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    The T-X-Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
    M Bison-Street Fighter
    Juno Skinner-True Lies
    Gibb-True Lies
    Lyle Atwood-Timecop
    Senator McComb-Timecop
    Kurt Russell-Tequila Sunrise
    TS Garp-The World According To Garp
    Mark Wahlberg-Ted
    Bulk and Skull-Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
    Modo-Biker Mice From Mars
    Michael Keaton-Desparate Measures
    Hugh Grant-collection of work
    Henri Ducard/Ra’s Al Ghul-Batman Begins
    Slag-Blind Fury
    Braden-Revenge Of The Ninja
    Caifano-Revenge Of The Ninja
    Mileena-Mortal Kombat 2
    Shang Tsung-Mortal Kombat
    Heihachi Mishima-Tekken
    Vincent-Collateral

  • Klaus Mann

    The biggest douche didn’t even make the list! Harry Ellis from Die Hard…”Hans…Bubby”.

  • DevinJ

    To be fair, Cal Hockley probably did save that little girl’s life. For all the wrong reasons of course, but nobody else seemed to willing to help her…

  • Ravenous

    Rusty – “I actually like Bobby Briggs from Twin Peaks. Leo would be a better candidate.”

    Or Hank Jennings, unlike Leo, he was a real sneaky type of douche.

  • Brandon

    how is the dude from gladiator not on this list. That villian had audiences hating his guts.

  • I support the Gilderoy Lockhart character as the douchiest character in the HP series. Usually, most people think of ol’ Wormtail, but in my mind what makes Lockhart worse is his enormous ego and the fact that he can’t seem to do anything right. At least Wormtail was instrumental in Voldemort’s corporeal return. Wormtail also wasn’t deluded in thinking that everyone he met thought he walked on water. As for Snape, I don’t see him as being a douchebag so much as just hating HP and doing everything to pour vengeance down on the boy.

  • Michael Burch

    Bob Morton from “Robocop” played by Miguel Ferrer…

  • Henry Krinkle

    # 1… Percy Wetmore (funny how that last name works), from “The Green Mile”.

    Easily the most spoiled, sniveling, sorry, cowardly POS character ever.

    In real life, check out the girl he married…. Courtney Stodden (he was 51, she was 16).

    Life does imitate art.

  • Joe

    Nice catch on Big Ernie McCracken.
    Another douche I remember well is Humperdinck from the Princess Bride. Frankly, the name says it all.

  • Boothby171

    William Atherton, again,. but this time as Professor Jerry Hathaway, in “Real Genius.”

  • Nate

    Ron Silver as Gordie in The Arrival. Another nice guy who made a career out of playing bad guy corporate doucebags. In this case, a douchebag alien who wants to take over Earth. R.I.P. Silver.
    ” ‘Cause you LIKE IT HOT!!!! DON’T YOU, GORDIE?!??!!?”

  • Nate

    Glenn from The Wedding Singer.

  • Nate

    And, of course, let’s not forget Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore:) “I eat little pieces of shit like you for breakfast” “You eat little pieces of shit for breakfast?”