John "Ace" Merrill is the nephew of Reginald Merrill, the husband of Holly Merrill, the father of Ruth and Lucas Merrill, the father-in-law of Ralph McCausland and the main antagonist in "The Body" and "Stand By Me". He led a gang of bullies who tormented and terrorized Gordie LaChance, Chris Chambers , Teddy Duchamp, and Vern Tessio. He is also seen to be very close friends with Norman "Fuzzy' Bracowicz and Richard "Eyeball" Chambers, Chris's older brother. In "Needful Things", he is seen as Mr Gaunt's employee. Like, Buddy Repperton, Billy Nolan and Henry Bowers, he is the leader of a gang of bullies.
- "We're gonna get you for this"
- "You're dead"
- "What are you gonna do, shoot us all?"
- "You got two choices. You leave quietly, we take the body. You stay, we beat the shit outta you & we still take the body."
- "Will you two just shut the fuck up? If either one of you assholes had 2,000 dollars, I'd kill ya both."