No. 3: Biff Tannen from "Back to the Future"
Biff Tannen is sort of a conundrum. Should he be included on this list? "Back to the Future" was a movie from 1985, but the movie took place largely in 1955.
He was also a bully in 1985 -- and then again in 2015. We feel a rift in the space-time continuum just thinking about it.
Unfortunately, the role of Biff Tannen was a double-edged sword. It both made and broke Thomas Wilson's acting career. Well, maybe "broke" isn't totally accurate.
He's worked consistently since then, but he will forever be known as Biff. Any show he appears in, he is instantly recognized as Biff. In fact, he was in an episode of "House" a couple years ago, and the whole time we were waiting for him to call one of the doctors "Butthead."
Happily, he's had a rich voiceover career to help pay the bills.
Our next bully never knew the meaning of brotherly love ...
No. 2: Chet Donnelly from "Weird Science"
After seeing "Weird Science" we knew three things to be true -- Anthony Michael Hall, Kelly LeBrock, and Ilan Mitchell-Smith were poised to be superstars! Well, two out of three ain't bad.
We may not have heard anything out of Mitchell-Smith after he and Hall crafted Kelly LeBrock with their computer, but one star was able to ride his role all the way to successive big screen hits.
Bill Pullman ... er ... Bill Paxton (pardon us -- easy mistake) was able to leverage the role of Chet -- the cigar chomping, older brother who was home on a break from military school (interestingly, Paxton was 30 at the time) into success.
Throughout the movie he torments Hall and Smith. Not even his charms could keep LeBrock from turning him into one really disgusting, slimy creature we still can't shake the image of.
Last Up? Three words: sweep ... the ... leg ...
No. 1: Johnny Lawrence from "The Karate Kid"
This guy did it all -- he terrorized our doe-eyed protagonist; had mad karate skills; and wooed the hot chick.
And, like every movie bully, he makes himself feel better by demoralizing our hero, hooking up with said chick, but then loses it all in an over-the-top show of hubris when he gets smacked back down to Earth.
But while Johnny Lawrence from "Karate Kid" is notable in this list, it's the actor who played (nay, channeled) Lawrence who was the archetype for all '80s bullies.