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The First rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club. Second rule of Fight Club is, you DO NOT talk about Fight Club
~ Fight club's first rules
You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking Khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
~ Tyler to the audience

Tyler Durden is the main antagonist in the 1996 novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and also its 1999 film adaption of the same name, where he is played by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. He returns as an antagonist in the novel's comic book miniseries sequel Fight Club 2.


Fight Club (novel)

Tyler and the Narrator meet on a nude beach. The plot almost matches up to the movie, however Tyler is implied to be a serial killer and holds human sacrifices, whereas in the movie - despite his terrorist activities, he makes sure no life is taken although unfortunately Robert Paulson is killed. At the end of the novel he plans to kill himself and the narrator to make them a martyr. The narrator shoots himself, presumably eliminating Tyler. The narrator is locked up in a mental institution and believes he is in heaven, although orderlies say that they will be waiting for Tyler's return.

The ending of the novel is depicted in comic form as part of the Fight Club 2 comic book.

Fight Club (film)

Tyler is the imaginary friend of the Narrator (through dissociative identity disorder). Tyler comes into existence when the Narrator realizes that he has to change his life, but feels he cannot do it by himself. As a result, his troubled mind produces Tyler as his alter ego. Tyler manifests himself as physically attractive and exceedingly charming.

The Narrator "meets" Tyler for the first time on an airplane when the Narrator is returning home from a business trip. Tyler reveals to him that he runs a soap factory out of his basement, using stolen fat from a liposuction clinic. Tyler hands the Narrator his card before leaving, and when the Narrator arrives home, he discovers that his condo has exploded. He had unknowingly done this himself, during a period when he "became" Tyler (which would usually happen when the Narrator was asleep).

Later on, the Narrator calls Tyler and they meet up at a bar named Lou's Tavern, where they agree to live together at Tyler's run-down house on Paper Street, rented in the Narrator's name. In the parking lot, they begin fighting with each other for no reason other than for the fun of it, with Tyler believing that this is the first step to fighting back against the rules of society in general. Their fights draw attention to many passers-by who begin joining in, eventually leading Tyler to create a Fight Club in the basement of Lou's Tavern. Fight Club becomes a great success and as its membership rapidly grows, Tyler secretly begins using it as a platform for his ideas. The Narrator soon witnesses the club develop into Project Mayhem, a terrorist group designed to destroy all that Tyler believed was wrong about society.

Tyler Narrator-0

The Narrator in Tyler's personality.

The Narrator soon becomes aware of Tyler's true nature and finally discovers that he is merely a figment of his own imagination. As he attempts to undo Tyler's actions, Tyler severely beats him before tying him to a chair and threatening him with a gun. However, the Narrator realizes that if the gun is in Tyler's hand, it must in fact be in his own hand. He then proceeds to shoot himself in the mouth, but imagines shooting himself in the head. As a result, a large bullet wound immediately appears in Tyler's head and supposedly puts an immediate end to his existence.

Fight Club 2

After the events of the novel, the Narrator (named Sebastian) is held in a mental institute, however disciples of Tyler work there to ensure he does not die so easily.

Ten-years after the events of the novel, Sebastian and Maria are married with a son and working in a do-nothing office job for a military contractor. Maria grows bored with suburban life, and wanting an "affair" with Tyler begins misplacing her husband's medication which is used to keep Tyler away. However, Tyler has other plans and burns down the family home and apparently kills their son.

It is revealed that Sebastian's psychiatrist has been on Tyler's payroll and had been freeing Tyler for one hour, three times a week for the past ten-years. In that time Tyler created a group named "Rize or Die" and turned Fight Club into a full-on terror group, which is responsible for war throughout the world. Another revelation is that Tyler may have been around before Sebastian's first apparent meeting with him, as his father was killed in a similar house fire, which helped finance him through college.

Within the comic's universe the world appears to be destroyed during Tyler's plans to start the world anew. However Chuck Palahniuk (the writer of Fight Club and the comic book) is criticized by his fans for it. After a long trek they uncover several of the Fight Club characters from the rubble, one of them Tyler himself. Tyler subsequently murders Palahniuk at the end of the book.

Other Appearances

Fight Club (video game)

Tyler Durden video game

Tyler as he appears in the video game

In the 2004 video game Fight Club, the player takes the role of "Hero" who joins Fight Club and moves up through the ranks in order to become the second in command to Tyler Durden. Once the fights are completed, the Hero meets Tyler at the top of the building seen at the climax of the film, and he gives the player a fail safe device to blow up the buildings if anything goes wrong. After this, a gunshot can be heard as the Narrator shoots himself in the mouth in order to eliminate Tyler. With this interruption, the Hero blows up the buildings on Tyler's orders, which ties in with the ending of the film.


I want you to hit me as hard as you can.
~ Tyler's most famous line
The things that we possess, ending possess us.
~ To the Narrator in the bar
Fuck who you want to fuck
~ One of Tyler's motto
It's only after we lose everything that we're free to do anything
~ Tyler to the Narrator after burning his hand


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