Richard Vernon is the main antagonist of the 1985 Brat Pack film "The Breakfast Club". He is the principal at the high school, who keeps naughty students in detention. He is strict and a bully who intends to break up all students in detention, and to make them write a 1000-word essay, telling him who they think they are. Vernon is the archenemy of the "Criminal" and leader of the group, John Bender. He is played by the late Paul Gleason, who reprised the role in other appearances.