|Family|| Unnamed Parents|
|Missions|| Tad's House|
This Is Your School
|Voice Actor||Baron Vaughn|
- "This whole school is just like a giant version of my Dad!"
- — Tad
Development and name confusionEdit
Tad was one of the seven characters to be profiled on the Bully Facebook before the game was released. His last name was stated there to be Smith-Althorp Smith, to illustrate the Preppy tendency towards inbreeding. His name would be changed to Tad Spencer for the game, but when the Bully Soundboard was released months after the game itself, it was again given as Smith-Althorp Smith. As the name Spencer was used in the game, it is considered the correct name.
Tad is a short preppie. He has auburn hair styled almost in a pompadour. He wears the standard Aquaberry sweater vest and tan slacks, and wears a gold watch. In the winter he wears an Aquaberry sweater.
Tad is one of the richest preppies, quite possibly behind only the Harringtons. His family's fortune apparently comes from Spencer Shipping, a shipping company owned by his father that runs out of Blue Skies Industrial Park. Their estate is in the middle of Old Bullworth Vale, and is big enough that their garage has its own address.
Even by Preppy standards, Tad is very focused on his social standing. He aspires to take leadership of the Preppy clique from Derby, trying to instigate trouble between Derby and Bif and to dig up dirt on Derby's name. In free roam dialogue, he states that his father will be displeased "if this year ends without [him] on top"; this suggests that his father is pushing Tad somewhat into taking over the clique. He also has a particular grudge against the Greaser Peanut, and plots against him.
Tad is also troubled by his home life and family, particularly his overbearing and abusive father. He has a love-hate relationship with his father, both wanting to make him proud and to pay him back for the abuse and bad treatment. He sometimes mumbles about his parents and their domestic problems under his breath. He is also ashamed that his father is a self-made man rather than old money, and so he puts on faux-British pretentions to cover up this insecurity. It is also implied that the abuse and expectations given to him by his father has taken a toll on his self-esteem, with one line of his dialogue mentioning that he thinks he is too worthless to claim a position of power in the school.
Although Tad is not the only Preppie who is hinted to be inbred, he does have webbed toes on one foot. He also has a brother who has no chin and is enrolled in the Happy Volts Psychiatric Asylum. Tad's father is clearly stated to be abusive to both Tad and his mother - Tad himself claims that his father taught him the meaning of pain. Some of Tad's lines of dialogue include apologizing to his father when physically bullied or beaten up ("I'm sorry, Daddy!") and threats regarding to his father's fighting prowess ("I learned this move from my dad!" and "I'm going to pound you like my dad pounds me!")
Role in game Edit
Before Jimmy got involved with the Preppies and Greasers, Tad had some sort of relationship with Lola. Lola frequently dated Preppies on the side because they would spend money on her, and Tad was simply one of them. During This Is Your School, Tad was seen in the cafeteria talking with Derby and Pinky.
Tad has a major role in the mission The Eggs. He is leading the trio of himself, Chad and Parker, and planning to egg Mr. Hattrick's house in revenge for Hattrick trying to get Mr. Galloway fired in the previous mission, Hattrick vs. Galloway. However, Gary is waiting at Tad's house, and he claims that Jimmy had made comments about Tad's family and called Tad an inbred hermaphrodite. Tad has the gates to the estate locked, but Jimmy manages to escape.
During the mission Tad's House, Tad gives orders to the Preppies, sending them out to find out who's throwing eggs. In the Chapter 3 mission Bait, he, along with Justin, accompanies Gord to fight back the Greasers at the BMX Park. Later on during the mission The Rumble, Lola claims that Tad was the Prep responsible for rounding up his clique and attacking the Greasers in New Coventry, but he has no individual dialogue or actions during it. There is an unused beta mission that takes place after Bait where Lola goes to meet up with Tad in the Bullworth Town alley near the police station, and Jimmy must defend Tad from the attacking Greasers by shooting them with a slingshot from the vantage point.
After Chapter 3, Tad plays no further role in the story.
- Tad's canonical name may be based upon that of the protagonist in the 1996 novel The Switch by Anthony Horowitz; incidentally, Tad in the novel has wealthy parents. This may be a mere coincidence however.
- Tad seems to have a strange problem with his father. Everytime he is knocked out or hit in the testicles, he will shout out something to do with his "Daddy", as he puts it. He also says the school is like a giant version of his father as an insult.
|2nd In Command|
|Bryce Montrose · Chad Morris · Gord Vendome · Justin Vandervelde|
|Harrington House · Old Bullworth Vale|