Yay my blogger is letting me edit again so I can participate in this week's topic afterall! So a few weeks ago we had top 10 mean girls and now we have the jerky guys, and oh my gosh there are a tonne of them. From the super creepy or obnoxious to the jerky ones that secretly we love I've included the 10 I think of first when the word jerk is being thrown around. In no particular order...
1. Cormac McLaggen
(from Harry Potter)
I think Cormac was probably the most 'jerky' of all the characters we ever met in the Harry Potter world. Sure Malfoy is evil and Crabbe and Goyle are his idiot followers and Voldemort, Fudge and Malfoy Sr all have their moments but the true jerk in Harry Potter has to be McLaggen. He's so obnoxious, annoying, egotistical and pretentious. Thank god we didn't have to put up with him for 7 books!
2. Severus Snape
(from Harry Potter)
I know I just said McLaggen is the biggest jerk in Harry Potter, and he certainly is, but we can't forget our dear old potions master can we? While he was a hard task master and devoid of any compassion when it came to Harry and the others deep down he wasn't that bad. I think his attempt to save Harry and thwart Voldemort cancels out any bad behaviour he may have previously taken part in.
3. Holden Caulfield
(from A Catcher in the Rye)
Like Snape Holden is the jerk we all love. He isn't exactly the most warm hearted and compassionate individual but he has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it hard to think of him in a permanently bad light. In fact he seems to have captured the heart of hundreds of men and women across the globe.
4. Clay, Trent, Daniel etc
(from Less than Zero)
The guys (and girls) in this novel are the most vapid, consumer-driven, egotistical characters possibly ever written. The majority have absolutely no redeeming qualities and those who show the occasion glimpse of compassion or remorse have no desire to work on making themselves better (which I think is even worse).
5. The Commander/Fred
(from The Handmaid's Tale)
Like the boys from Less Than Zero my main dislike for the Commander comes from his refusal to make any attempt to change the situation they're in. He's happy to illegally play scrabble and join the "gentleman's" clu but he has no desire to actually do anything mainly because of the personal sacrifices he'd have to make. He was weak and I really disliked him.
(from Wuthering Heights)
I am not a fan of this novel, however it has cropped up over and over in high school and university reading lists so unfortunately I know it well. Apart from the melodrama I hated how horrible all the characters are to one another. I'm listing Heathcliff here because it's meant to be guys, but seriously any character from WH could be here instead. As for Heathcliff, he's jealous, controlling, rude, arrogant, harsh, aggressive and always angry, so basically the epitome of a jerk.
7. Nils Bjurman
(from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
I don't think this guy has a single redeeming quality.You have to be a certain type of jerk to specifically seek out these kinds of guardianship roles only to live out your perverse fantasies by dominating the person you're supposed to be protecting.
(from Lord of the Rings)
I know Sauron is probably the obvious choice here, but I personally find Saruman a bit more of a jerk. Basically just looking for more power and status he betrays everything he has worked for previously and the people who trust and respect him. Also, he doesn't take any kind of failure well, old men in robes should really behave better.
9. The Grinch
(from How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
This guy sorted his stuff out just in the nick of time so I can't really hate him (plus he's a Dr Seuss character, no hate allowed!), but seriously, the dude tried to steal Christmas. Who does that? A jerk, that's who!
This guy is an asshole, using the FA package so he can have sex with whoever he wants, whenever he wants, without their permission. On top of that he is arrogant, annoying, ridiculously shallow and a smart-ass. But I love him. He's one of my favourite characters in the graphic novel, perhaps because of his many, many flaws. Don't get me wrong I would never be friends with this guy in real life, but I always feel a little sorry for him when the rest of the group gang up on him.
So there you have my top 10. Who did you all stick up on your lists?