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21st Jun '18 5:45:11 AM ZarbiNerada
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** In ''Literature/ThePilgrimsRegress'': Mr. Sensible, for all his affability, is quite self-absorbed. FridgeHorror sets in when reading his line about hoping for mechanical servants and[=/=]or "a race of peons who will be psychologically incapable of [revolt]", and realizing he'd fit right in in [[Literature/TheStepfordWives Stepford]].
4th Feb '18 5:08:44 AM Euodiachloris
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** The most prominent example is the Lannister family. Cersei is one of the self-absorbed characters in the books, as she blithely destroys nearly everyone else's lives to keep her position as queen. Her spawn Joffrey isn't far behind, when he becomes king he feels he can do anything he wants, and everyone is him to torture. Jaime subverts this in later books, though he used to only care about [[BloodKnight fighting]] and being with his sister. While nowhere near as bad as Cersei, Tyrion indulges in this from time to time. Tywin very much practice this, he believes in upholding his legacy over what his children think, and that they should do everything as he commands.

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** The most prominent example is examples in the main series come from the Lannister family. Cersei is one of the most self-absorbed characters in the books, as she blithely destroys nearly everyone else's lives to keep her position as queen. Her spawn Joffrey isn't far behind, when he becomes king he feels he can do anything he wants, and everyone is him to torture. Jaime subverts this in later books, though he used to only care about [[BloodKnight fighting]] and being with his sister. While nowhere near as bad as Cersei, Tyrion indulges in this from time to time. Tywin very much practice this, he believes in upholding his legacy over what his children think, and that they should do everything as he commands.



** In a broader sense, most of the nobles of Westeros don't spare a thought to the millions of smallfolk whose lives are in their hands, so long as they and their legacies come out on top.


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** Historically, very few people before or since can beat the self-centeredness of Aegon "the Unworthy" Targaryen, ''the'' major cause of the Blackfyre Rebellion(s). Just about everything he did was for shiggles on the YOLO principle. And, it caused havoc.
** In a broader sense, most of the nobles of Westeros don't spare a thought to the millions of smallfolk whose lives are in their hands, so long as they and their legacies come out on top.
29th Oct '17 7:03:40 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Yasa, [[CatFolk from a feline-evolved race]], is totally self-absorbed albeit very practical about it.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', Yasa, [[CatFolk from a feline-evolved race]], is totally self-absorbed albeit very practical about it.
3rd Oct '17 9:04:25 PM JMQwilleran
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* Earlier books in the ''Literature/LlamaLlama'' series in particular are about Llama Llama causing drama because he wants his Mama's attention. As he gets older, he starts to grow out of it.
26th Sep '17 11:31:49 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Although movie adaptations have portrayed {{Lolita}} this way, it's actually Humbert Humbert. Sometimes this is PlayedForLaughs; when a potential landlord's house burns down, Humbert is only annoyed that he won't have a chance with the man's pretty daughters. And other times it's not -- Humbert thinks that he loves Lolita and waxes lyrical about her beauty, yet has barely a thought about how he's destroying her childhood until the end of the book. It never occurs to Humbert that he might forget his sexual desires out of love, and her reaction to him molesting her every night and controlling all aspects of her life is regarded as bratty teenage behaviour instead of an abuse victim lashing out in the only way she can.

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* Although movie adaptations have portrayed {{Lolita}} Literature/{{Lolita}} this way, it's actually Humbert Humbert. Sometimes this is PlayedForLaughs; when a potential landlord's house burns down, Humbert is only annoyed that he won't have a chance with the man's pretty daughters. And other times it's not -- Humbert thinks that he loves Lolita and waxes lyrical about her beauty, yet has barely a thought about how he's destroying her childhood until the end of the book. It never occurs to Humbert that he might forget his sexual desires out of love, and her reaction to him molesting her every night and controlling all aspects of her life is regarded as bratty teenage behaviour instead of an abuse victim lashing out in the only way she can.
9th Sep '17 8:49:58 AM LadyJafaria
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** Christine, Agnes's {{Foil}} in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' is this combined with BrainlessBeauty; she literally pays no attention to things that aren't about her. Agnes tests this by saying "And my father is the Emperor of Klatch and my mother is a small tray of raspberry puddings!"
22nd Aug '17 7:25:34 PM PaulA
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* The BigBad of Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[[Literature/DianaTregarde Jinx High]]'' understands the magical law of karma ... specifically she understands that when others do wrong, it leaves them open for her to harm them. The idea that ''she'' might be subject to this same law doesn't even occur to her.
** In her defense, she's actually ''not'' entirely subject to it: her body-switching magic has allowed her to let the karmic consequences land on someone else's head while she escapes scot-free, several times. One of the saddest things about the series coming to an unplanned and abrupt halt after ''Jinx High'' is that [[KarmaHoudini her ultimate escape at the end]] and its consequences (notably, that Diana Tregarde has entirely unknown to her actually killed an innocent person in the villainess's stead) are never, ever addressed.

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* The BigBad of Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[[Literature/DianaTregarde Jinx High]]'' ''Literature/JinxHigh'' understands the magical law of karma ... specifically she understands that when others do wrong, it leaves them open for her to harm them. The idea that ''she'' might be subject to this same law doesn't even occur to her.
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her. In her defense, she's actually ''not'' entirely subject to it: her body-switching magic has allowed her to let the karmic consequences land on someone else's head while she escapes scot-free, several times. One of the saddest things about the series coming to an unplanned and abrupt halt after ''Jinx High'' is that [[KarmaHoudini her ultimate escape at the end]] and its consequences (notably, that Diana Tregarde has entirely unknown to her actually killed an innocent person in the villainess's stead) are never, ever addressed.
31st Mar '17 5:21:50 PM WillBGood
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** Viserys Targaryen despite being in no position of power, he still treats everyone like dirt, and thinks everything should go his way.

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** Viserys Targaryen Targaryen, despite being in no position of power, he still treats everyone like dirt, dirt and thinks everything should go his way.
17th Mar '17 3:55:03 AM ZoeticCob
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* In Literature/TheShahnameh Goshtasp is willing to send his son Esfandiar to his death to stay king and Esfandiar is willing to dishonor Rostam to become king, even after all Rostam has done for Iran. Esfandiar is decidedly the more honorable of the two though.

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* In Literature/TheShahnameh Goshtasp is willing to send his son Esfandiar to his death to stay king and king. Unfortunately the prince takes after his father in this regard. Esfandiar is willing to dishonor Rostam to become king, even after all Rostam has done for Iran. Esfandiar is decidedly the more honorable of the two though.
17th Mar '17 3:50:04 AM ZoeticCob
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* In Literature/TheShahnameh Goshtasp is willing to send his son Esfandiar to his death to stay king and Esfandiar is willing to dishonor Rostam to become king, even after all Rostam has done for Iran. Esfandiar is decidedly the more honorable of the two though.
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