Town bully

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The town bully is a stock character, especially in Westerns. The town bully generally oppresses meeker residents of the town. This character is often featured in movies, sometimes as a greaser[citation needed] or a gangster. In 1980s films, he may be an ill-tempered preppy, and the ringleader of 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, Nelson Muntz in The Simpsons television series, and Clarisse La Rue in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.

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