Big Jack Horner, formerly known as Little Jack Horner until he became older, is the main antagonist of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. He's a feared pastry chef and crime lord who plots to reach the Wishing Star in order to enact his wish to harness all of the magic on the planet. He is voiced by John Mulaney.
Why He's Big Jack Horner
- Along with Death, he is one of the most memorable characters in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.
- He is one of those irredeemable villains done right.
- He has a lot of hilarious moments, such as the scene where he tries to pull out the Excalibur from his endless bag.
- The way it traumatizes the Ethical Bug revealing his true colors to him is also hilarious.
- He has a good character design, both his younger kid and older self, just like the other characters in the movie.
- As laughable as Jack can be, he's still a monstrously strong man with a very large and diverse arsenal of magical weapons at his disposal, and has a cruel and sinister personality to match.
- He has a great set of weapons, like his hand statue, crossbow, magic pumpkin, a wizard's staff, a shrinking potion and enlargement cookie he uses to make him large during the final battle.
- John Mulaney did a great job voicing him.
- He is a brilliant parody of villains who are purely irredeemable and all of his evil actions are very fun to watch.
- He has a history of stealing various magical items, creatures and people ever since he was snubbed of fairy-tale fame. Jack plots to reach the Wishing Star in order to enact his wish to harness all of the magic on the planet, racing against Puss in Boots and Goldilocks for the wish.
- He might've been one of the many who wanted to use the Wishing Star for his own selfish purposes, but he was still just one of many who were doing the same thing. As the movie goes on and the antagonists either turn over a new leaf (Goldilocks and the bears) or decide to leave the heroes alone (Death), Jack's unrepentant villainy, as well as his nigh-apocalyptic wish, convinces everybody to put aside their differences and stop him from getting his wish at all costs.
- His death at the end of the movie is more than deserved, considering all the cruel things he had done.
- He has a lot of great quotes, such as:
- "Little Jack Horner didn't have any magic. He was a pathetic, buttered baker's boy. Little Jack's dead. I'm Big Jack Horner!"
- "Oh ho ho, what a good boy am I..."
- "My, you have a lot of nerve coming back here."
- "Yeah in the face why?"
- "Well you know what they say: Can't bake a pie without losing a dozen men. Hehehehe..."
- "Wha-wha-what took you so long, idiot?!"
- "They're such pools of vulnerability... It's so cute how you think that would work on me! Don't you know I'm dead inside? By the way, your nose is bleeding."
- "I've been called a lot of things... but never Death. I like it. That's MY wish!"
- "Oh come on. You walked into that one."
- "What did I do to deserve this? I mean, what specifically?"
Why he is an irredeemable monster
- He is an evil and manipulative crime boss who wants the star in order to become more powerful and rule the world.
- He cares very little for the lives of others, even to his own subordinates, and is willing throw them away to pursue his own goals, like ignoring the last bakers plea for help with the excuse that he is busy fighting his opponents.
- He is entirely motivated by his jealousy over magical creatures for getting more attention than him and playing a part in the failure of his disastrous career as a child entertainer. He already has a pretty good lot in life, but he's so driven by envy and greed that he can't see it.
- He is based on the English nursery rhyme Little Jack Horner.