Rivals: Fab Four

By February 12, 2010May 10th, 2017Character Roles

THE BULLY

“If you let a bully come in your front yard, he’ll be on your porch the next day and the day after that he’ll rape your wife in your own bed.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

Bullying is an act of repeated agressive behavior in order to hurt another person, either physically, mentally, or both. It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful individual or group targeting those who are less powerful. There are three basic types of abuse: emotional, verbal, and physical. And most bullying involves subtle methods of coercion such as psychological manipulation. Bullies often act out of jealousy or insecurity because they are (or have been) bullied themselves.

Most bullies share a number of characteristics: (1) they are authoritarian, with a strong need to control or dominate, (2) they often have a prejudicial view of subordinates, (3) they speak to others in a condescending manner, (4) they often are motivated out of envy or resentment, (5) they crave constant empowerment, either because bullying fuels an already arrogant and narcissistic personality or the act of bullying conceals shame or anxiety that helps to boost self-esteem, and (6) they may share other risk factors such as depression, personality disorders, aggressive or obsessive behavior, and an unhealthy concern to preserve self image. 

The Bully in film

Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), George McFly’s (Crispin Glover) 1985 day intimidating supervisor and 1955 high school bully. – Back to the Future (1985)

Harry Kello (Emile Meyer), the dirty cop hired by J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) to “take care of” both honest musician Steve Dallas (Martin Milner) and slimy press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis). – Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Bobby (Kyle Schmid), the high school letter-jacket-wearing-tough-guy stereotype, who constantly bullies Jack Stall (Ashton Holmes). – A History of Violence (2005)

Juror #10 (Ed Begley), a garage owner and pushy loudmouthed bigot. – 12 Angry Men (1957)

Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), the psychopathic, who murders several civilians during the failed bank heist and abducts a police officer, who he brutally tortures at the warehouse. – Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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