History Characters / AmericanPsycho

15th Jun '16 8:34:45 PM SeanMurrayI
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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music, art, and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make the most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Whitney Houston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles. Elsewhere, he often speaks of of owning what's described as the original version of [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/600x315/5e/2e/c5/5e2ec5ee9ec77bb094ef1b45e762d45a.jpg "Sunrise with Broken Plates"]] by artist David Onica (while discreetly boasting of the high cost he paid to obtain it), only for his ex-girlfriend to point out to him that he hung it upside down. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions about having "good taste."

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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music, art, and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make the most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Whitney Houston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles. Elsewhere, he often speaks of of owning what's described as the original version of [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/600x315/5e/2e/c5/5e2ec5ee9ec77bb094ef1b45e762d45a.jpg "Sunrise with Broken Plates"]] by artist David Onica (while discreetly boasting of the high cost he paid to obtain it), only for his ex-girlfriend to point out to him that he hung it upside down. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions about having "good taste."
8th Jun '16 3:16:27 PM SeanMurrayI
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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make the most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Whitney Houston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions.

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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music music, art, and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make the most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Whitney Houston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles. Elsewhere, he often speaks of of owning what's described as the original version of [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/600x315/5e/2e/c5/5e2ec5ee9ec77bb094ef1b45e762d45a.jpg "Sunrise with Broken Plates"]] by artist David Onica (while discreetly boasting of the high cost he paid to obtain it), only for his ex-girlfriend to point out to him that he hung it upside down. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions.delusions about having "good taste."
6th Jun '16 11:43:28 PM SeanMurrayI
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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make most most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Whitney Houston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions.

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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make most the most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Whitney Houston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions.
6th Jun '16 11:42:39 PM SeanMurrayI
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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for pop music and relate this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music artists is reduced to what material they make most most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Whitney Houston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles.

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* PopCulturedBadass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for pop music and relate pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make most most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Whitney Houston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions.
6th Jun '16 7:35:09 AM SeanMurrayI
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* KillThePoor: Stabs a homeless man to death at one point, probably because he disdained the state of him.



* MoralityPet: Luis and Jean. Not only are both in love with Bateman, they're also the only two characters in the story who are genuine people and completely honest. Consequently, Bateman can't bring himself to kill either of them, and actually is somewhat nice to Jean - definitely far nicer than to any other woman he knows.



* PetTheDog: In the book, he drops a dollar bill into a homeless girl's cup to see if he's capable of doing something good. It's subverted since the girl was a student and the cup was full of coffee.
** Played straighter when he warns Daisy (Jean in the film) to leave the apartment because they "might get hurt", thereby sparing their lives.
5th Jun '16 11:14:57 AM SeanMurrayI
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* PopCulturedBadass: Some chapters consist entirely of him going on tirades about music, be it Creator/WhitneyHouston, Huey Lewis, or Elvis Costello. Subverted, at least with Whitney Houston, since he's convinced she's a ''jazz'' singer.

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* PopCulturedBadass: Some chapters consist entirely Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for pop music and relate this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of him going on tirades about music, be it Creator/WhitneyHouston, Huey Lewis, or Elvis Costello. Subverted, at least his favorite music artists is reduced to what material they make most most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Whitney Houston, since he's Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced she's that Whitney Houston is a ''jazz'' singer.singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles.
1st Apr '16 1:08:56 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster
26th Mar '16 4:56:08 AM king2000
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17th Oct '15 9:35:24 AM TywinLannister
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* AttentionWhore: [[spoiler: Confesses his crimes near the end because he wants people to ''know'' him and because he wants to ''matter''! It doesn't work as no one believes him and his crimes may have been all just a fantasy. In the end, no one gives a shit about him, no matter how hard he tries.

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* AttentionWhore: [[spoiler: Confesses his crimes near the end because he wants people to ''know'' him and because he wants to ''matter''! It doesn't work as no one believes him and his crimes may have been all just a fantasy. In the end, no one gives will give a shit about him, no matter how hard he tries.]]
17th Oct '15 9:34:46 AM TywinLannister
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In addition to torturing prostitutes and stabbing a child to death, he also enjoys [[HarassingPhoneCall making obscene phone calls and]] [[PokeThePoodle buying productd with an expired coupon.]]

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In addition to torturing prostitutes and stabbing a child to death, he also enjoys [[HarassingPhoneCall making obscene phone calls and]] [[PokeThePoodle buying productd a box of cereal with an expired coupon.]]]]
* AttentionWhore: [[spoiler: Confesses his crimes near the end because he wants people to ''know'' him and because he wants to ''matter''! It doesn't work as no one believes him and his crimes may have been all just a fantasy. In the end, no one gives a shit about him, no matter how hard he tries.



%%* CreepyMonotone
%%* DeadpanSnarker

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%%* CreepyMonotone
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* CreepyMonotone: His InnerMonologue is this, talking about murder and torture as if it was a mundane hobby he has.
* DeadpanSnarker: Makes several snarky comments at the people around him, when he isn't thinking about killing them, that is.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Trapped in a shallow world of greed and hatred than he despises as much as he detests himself. [[spoiler: All while knowing that nothing he does will ''ever'' be of any consequence.]]



* KarmaHoudini: He escapes punishment for all his crimes, and boy is he upset about this status.

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* KarmaHoudini: He escapes punishment for all his crimes, and boy is he upset about this status. See FateWorseThanDeath.



* MaskOfSanity: And it's about... to slip.



%%* {{Sadist}}

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%%* {{Sadist}}* {{Sadist}}: Gets off on causing pain because that's the only thing he could ever do that's of any consequence.



* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: He once sees that a cheeto is the guest on a talk show and an atm tells him to feed it a cat.

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: He once sees that a cheeto cheerio is the guest on a talk show and an atm tells him to feed it a cat.
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