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Jock

A Jock is, among other things, a particular type of highschool athlete, usuually male, who doesn't take their sport seriously, makes jokes frequently, is often a bully, and is as a rule somewhat lacking in intelligence.

Other words that may mean the same as "jock" include meathead, musclebrain and the similar term musclehead. These terms are to most often refer to the conceit and selfishness that develops with the stereotype.


The jock stereotype is used often in the mass media to portray a relatively unintelligent and unenlightened, but nonetheless physically and socially well endowed character. Examples of this include the high school quarterbacks Dash Baxter in the Nickelodeon cartoon Danny Phantom and Kevin Thompson in the MTV cartoon Daria, the popular athlete love interest Tommy Ross in Carrie, the spoiled bullying antagonist Luke Ward in the first season of The O.C., and Kim's wealthy athlete boyfriend Jim in Edward Scissorhands.


Jocks as antagonists are stock characters shown as lacking compassion for the  protagonist and are generally flat and static characters. Heathers' "Kurt" and "Ram" roles, the Spider-Man character Flash Thompson and Jean Grey's first boyfriend Duncan Matthews in X-Men: Evolution are such examples.


Often, in comedy where the main characters aren't popular, the jock is the chief antagonist and cruel to the main characters. He hates nerds and homosexuals, is dim-witted, worshipped by the other students despite his cruelty, is obsessed with pretty girls, and is unable to recognize the ugly girl's beauty until she has a makeover. He is despised by the nerds, and usually has an unfortunate ending. Examples of this are the popular 1980s movies Revenge of the Nerds and Heathers.



As a protagonist the jock will often be a dynamic character who will gothrough an epiphany or new understanding will lead to a change in the values of the jock. This change often means a cessation of athletics and/or some other equivalent social sacrifice which leads to the character no longer being considered a jock. Examples include Randall "Pink" Floyd in Dazed and Confused and Andrew Clark in The Breakfast Club, as well Highway to Heaven episodes "Friends" and "Code Name: Freak".

As a rule, Jocks listen to mainsream music, wear those varsity sport jacket things, and carry a basketball which they often show off with. What seperates an actual athlete from a jock is that jocks are often more concerned with their popularity than with sports.

Info (Except first and last paragraphs, which are mine) from wikipedia. Image from DeviantART.
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