The town bully is a stereotypical character, especially from the mythology of the American Wild West. The town bully generally oppresses meeker residents of the town. This character is often featured in movies, sometimes as a greaser or a gangster. In 1980s films, he may be an ill-tempered preppy, and the ringleader or a group of lesser bullies.
The town bully usually achieves and maintains his power in large part because of the smallness of the town where he resides, and because of the collective apathy or timidity of the rest of the town residents. Often, the moral of movies featuring a town bully is that if the rest of the town bands together, they can rid themselves of the town bully. Examples of town bullies include Biff Tannen from the Back to the Future series of movies, the real life case of Ken Rex McElroy who conducted a 20-year campaign terrorizing three counties in northwest Missouri, and Nelson Muntz as the main bully in The Simpsons television series, with Jimbo Jones, Dolph and Kearney Zzyzwicz as his cronies.