History Characters / AmericanPsycho

27th Dec '17 4:59:23 AM king3000
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* LaughablyEvil:

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* LaughablyEvil:LaughablyEvil: He can be seen as this, if you're able to stomach able his actions, that is. And understandably, that's easier said than done.
29th Nov '17 8:02:46 AM Aquila89
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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: He once sees that a cheerio is the guest on a talk show and an ATM tells him to feed it a cat.

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: He Patrick has bizarre hallucinations he believes to be true. For instance, he once sees that a cheerio Cheerio is the guest on a his favorite talk show and an ATM tells him to feed it a cat.
28th Oct '17 5:31:27 PM ClintEastwood
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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: In both the movie and the book, he stomps a dog to death that belonged to a homeless man he previously stabbed. In a chapter in the book, he disembowels another dog, then shoots its owner; in a chapter set at a zoo, he throws nickel coins to the seals, just because he saw a table asking people not to do so (because they can choke on them).
* BeneathTheMask: Publicly, he's charming, mild-mannered, and likable to those in his circle of friends. Privately, he's a violent sadist incapable of empathy, remorse, or compassion. He explicitly refers to his friendly facade as his "{{mask of sanity}}".
* BerserkButton: Anything that gives him [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex the idea that he has/gets less than the absolute best or that there is someone in his social circles that might be better than him]]. For instance, the very thought that Patrick will not get a good table at a restaurant is enough to put him "on the verge of tears". Also (in the movie), as much as he despises Luis, it's the fact that Luis had business cards that Patrick thinks are better than his own that drives him to [[spoiler: attempt to]] murder Luis almost immediately.
* BrokenAce: He outwardly appears wealthy, handsome, and successful, but BeneathTheMask his life is empty, soulless, and deeply disturbed.
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: In reading off on a litany of headlines and stories in a day's newspaper about murders, communists, nazis, AIDS, etc., he mentions [[Film/{{CHUD}} "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers"]].
* CantGetInTroubleForNuthin: No one suspects him of anything, even after he confesses everything.
* CatchPhrase: "I have to return some videotapes."



* DisproportionateRetribution: Several of his victims are killed out of jealousy or vengeance over incredibly petty grievances.
* DistractedByMyOwnSexy: During the porn film he's making with two prostitutes, he spends more time looking at himself in a mirror, flexing his biceps.



* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Early in the narrative, he publicly puts forth to his peers that it is on themselves to work towards solving social crises, such as providing food and shelter for the homeless, opposing racial discrimination, supporting civil rights and equal rights for women, and return to traditional moral values. However, privately, Bateman is an ardent bigot without ethics who only feels disgust for the poor.
*** In the book, as Bateman lays this all out, he even tries to openly support both sides of divisive social issues, such as stressing a need to "change abortion laws to protect the life of the unborn while also maintaining a woman's right to choose," which is further contradicted later in the book in separate scenes where Bateman forces women who he sleeps with to get abortions [[spoiler: even performing several of them himself against their will.]]
** Patrick shows open disdain for people who smoke cigarettes, while he himself enjoys smoking cigars.
*** In the film, Patrick disallows one of the prostitutes from smoking in his apartment after she takes out a cigarette, but Patrick lights a cigar in the exact same room after murdering Paul Allen.
*** In the book, Patrick loudly complains about being seated next to smokers at a restaurant (hoping the "nicotine addicts" hear him and feel guilty about their habit) when meeting with his ex-girlfriend Bethany. Later, when torturing Bethany back at his apartment, Patrick momentarily pauses to show her a cigar and gloat that he still smokes them, in spite of telling her earlier that he had quit.
** Patrick chides his colleagues for making anti-semitic comments about another one of their co-workers and confusing words like "menorah" and "dreidel", but in the book, while suffering some kind of mental breakdown, Patrick wanders into a kosher deli and repeatedly tries to order a cheeseburger and milkshake, failing to understand the waitress when she explains that they don't serve anything with dairy products and believing the waitress to be the one who is having a problem. When the manager approaches Patrick, he stands up and shouts anti-semitic slurs and insults before storming out back onto the street.
* ImAHumanitarian: In the book, he eats the brain and part of the insides of one of his victims, and later bursts into tears while cooking another... because he thinks he's doing it wrong and can't cook. In the movie, eating people's brains is one of the things Patrick confesses to his lawyer.



* MistakenForGay: Just as he's about to kill Luis by strangling him from behind, Luis mistakes this as Bateman coming onto him, causing him to reveal that he's gay and in love with Bateman.



* TheMovieBuff: He's a very avid fan of horror films and gory B-movies, which he often rents on VHS. He frequently rents ''Film/BodyDouble'' in the novel, is seen watching ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974'' in the film, and regularly enjoys ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' in the musical. In both the novel and musical, Bateman's associates grow tired with him always talking about movie killers like Leatherface from ''Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' (which causes Patrick much annoyance when they also mistakenly call the character "Featherhead"). In the musical, Patrick also makes passing references to ''C.H.U.D.'', mentions watching ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight'' prior to attending Evelyn's Christmas party, and considers Freddy Krueger an "American icon".



* OneHourWorkWeek: His job is very high-paying, with a cushy office, but he doesn't seem to ''do'' any actual work there and [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob has a lot of free time on his hands]]. In the various adaptations of the story, Patrick's time at his office is spent watching TV, listening to music on his walkman, doing crossword puzzles, lifting weights, and any number of other unrelated activities. Famously, when Patrick and all his associates attend a business meeting, the time is spent showing off their business cards, and later, when Patrick attempts to ''look'' busy when visited by Detective Kimball, all Patrick can think to do is pick up his phone receiver and ramble on about men's fashion and proper tipping etiquette, rather than pretend to actually be in the middle of business. When his secretary looks through his day planner, it's almost empty save for lunch dates (plus doodles in the film). It's mentioned both in the book and the film that [[{{Nepotism}} it's his dad's company]]. In his review of the film, Creator/RogerEbert mused that Patrick's spree might have been averted if he'd been put to work hitting nails with a hammer, which is about the only task he's qualified for.
* OverlyNervousFlopSweat: He does this a lot when under pressure or when coming close to getting caught in a lie. According to WordOfGod, Creator/ChristianBale was so talented an actor that when doing repeated takes of the famous business card scene, he was capable of sweating on cue.



* PsychopathicManchild: A very subtle case, but his demeanour behind his MaskOfSanity is rife with this, with things like murdering people over having better stuff than he has and desperately trying to garner attention for himself make him come off as a petulant brat having frequent tantrums because no one's paying attention to him.



* PsychopathicManchild: A very subtle case, but his demeanour behind his MaskOfSanity is rife with this, with things like murdering people over having better stuff than he has and desperately trying to garner attention for himself make him come off as a petulant brat having frequent tantrums because no one's paying attention to him.

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* PsychopathicManchild: A very subtle case, but PyrrhicVillainy: By the end of the book, it's clear that [[spoiler: all of Patrick's evil and depravity have afforded him nothing. He's still as lonely and miserable and empty as he was at the beginning, and no one gives a shit about him.]]
* RaincoatOfHorror: He wears a clear plastic raincoat over
his demeanour behind his MaskOfSanity is rife suit, to prevent it from being stained with this, with things like murdering people over having better stuff than he has and desperately trying to garner attention for himself make him come off as a petulant brat having frequent tantrums because no one's paying attention to him.blood.


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* SerialKiller: [[spoiler:[[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness Probably]].]]
** Some details in the book suggest a possibility that there may be one or more ''other'' serial killers on the loose and acting independently of--but very similar to--Bateman. In the first chapter, for instance, Patrick details a story in a day's newspaper about the disappearances of two people aboard a yacht belonging to a New York socialite who are believed to have been attacked with a machete and dumped off the boat; Patrick seems to have nothing to do with this. Later, Detective Kimball makes explicit reference to "a young stockbroker" in New Jersey who had been arrested and charged with murder and using corpses in "performing voodoo rituals".
** Patrick is obsessed with real serial killers like Ted Bundy or Ed Gein, to the point that his friends complain that he always brings them up in conversations.


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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: While he's superficial and phony, no one notices how facile his persona is. Even his obsessive grooming habits go unnoticed, since he blends right in with the rest of the self-absorbed yuppie crowd. In fact, Patrick is constantly mistaken for other people in his circle.


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* TheUnsmile: His used car salesman grin becomes even more comical when he's agitated.


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* YouAreWhatYouHate: He despises his friends because they represent parts of himself that he hates and remind him of what he doesn't have.
9th Oct '17 7:29:25 PM JoeG
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* WickedPretentious: He makes a pretense at being an aficionado of fine food, clothing, and music. Close inspection will reveal that he's only interested in these things because they're popular fads, and actually has little understanding of any of the subjects.
30th Jun '17 5:16:32 AM lolface123
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* ForTheEvulz: If it isn't his primary motivation, it comes damn close. He kills a child and is only upset because it wasn't evil enough for his taste.


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* PsychopathicManchild: A very subtle case, but his demeanour behind his MaskOfSanity is rife with this, with things like murdering people over having better stuff than he has and desperately trying to garner attention for himself make him come off as a petulant brat having frequent tantrums because no one's paying attention to him.
30th Jun '17 5:05:46 AM lolface123
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* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: [[spoiler: In ''Literature/LunarPark'', he finally meets his end by being burned alive in a pier fire after being unable to escape.]]
5th Jun '17 3:57:20 PM WillBGood
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* FauxAffablyEvil: While he does enjoy making articulate lectures about pop music and chatting about Men's fashion, most of his polite and politically correct behavior is a MaskOfSanity that barely stays on half the time. A good example is [[BaitTheDog when he appears to sympathize with a homeless man and gives him some money before stabbing him to death]] [[KickTheDog and killing his dog.]]

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* FauxAffablyEvil: While he does enjoy making articulate lectures about pop music and chatting about Men's fashion, most of his polite and politically correct behavior is a MaskOfSanity that barely stays on half the time. A good example is [[BaitTheDog when he appears to sympathize with a homeless man and gives him some money man]] before stabbing killing him to death]] (blinding him in the book) [[KickTheDog and killing (in the book, maiming) his dog.]]
5th Jun '17 3:55:13 PM WillBGood
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Of all the horrendous atrocities he's committed, including murder, cannibalism, and so on, Bateman draws the line at anti-Semitic remarks. Of course, this could all just be part of his MaskOfSanity and he really doesn't give a fuck what people say about the Jews.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Of all the horrendous atrocities he's committed, including murder, cannibalism, and so on, Bateman draws the line at anti-Semitic remarks. Of course, this could all just be part of his MaskOfSanity Or seems to. (In the book he has an argument in a Jewish deli and he really doesn't give a fuck what insults the people say about the Jews. running it.)
28th May '17 8:19:45 PM PeaceAndLove
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Of all the horrendous atrocities he's committed, including murder, cannibalism, and so on, Bateman draws the line at anti-Semitic remarks.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Of all the horrendous atrocities he's committed, including murder, cannibalism, and so on, Bateman draws the line at anti-Semitic remarks. Of course, this could all just be part of his MaskOfSanity and he really doesn't give a fuck what people say about the Jews.
28th May '17 8:18:44 PM PeaceAndLove
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Of all the horrendous atrocities he's committed, including murder, cannibalism, and so on, Bateman draws the line at anti-Semitic remarks.
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