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13th May '17 3:27:45 PM Ezaxcks
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** Mazikeen, as well. She's introduced being eaten out by some random guy and is constantly looking for new sexual partners.
11th May '17 6:32:05 AM Ezaxcks
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* Juan Antonio in ''Film/VickyChristinaBarcelona'' is a talented painter who seems to do nothing more than make beautiful art, drink fine wine and sleep with beautiful women.

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* Juan Antonio in ''Film/VickyChristinaBarcelona'' ''Film/VickyCristinaBarcelona'' is a talented painter who seems to do nothing more than make beautiful art, drink fine wine and sleep with beautiful women.
11th May '17 6:31:29 AM Ezaxcks
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* Juan Antonio in ''Film/VickyChristinaBarcelona'' is a talented painter who seems to do nothing more than make beautiful art, drink fine wine and sleep with beautiful women.
7th May '17 1:15:25 AM Fireblood
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It's original to compare this general viewpoint of some ancient hedonists, who believed you should basically do the opposite; true happiness is the opposite of desires, which cause pain. So you shouldn't do anything like this as that won't lead you to real happiness (see UsefulNotes/Epicureanism, for instance). You can imagine any of the characters on this page laughing ruthlessly at the idea.

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It's original to compare this general viewpoint of some ancient hedonists, who believed you should basically do the opposite; true happiness is the opposite of desires, which cause pain. So you shouldn't do anything like this as that won't lead you to real happiness (see UsefulNotes/Epicureanism, {{UsefulNotes/Epicureanism}}, for instance). You can imagine any of the characters on this page laughing ruthlessly at the idea.
7th May '17 1:14:57 AM Fireblood
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It's original to compare this general viewpoint to the original hedonists, who believed you should basically do the opposite; true happiness is the opposite of desires, which cause pain. So you shouldn't do anything you really want. You can imagine any of the characters on this page laughing ruthlessly at the idea.

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It's original to compare this general viewpoint to the original of some ancient hedonists, who believed you should basically do the opposite; true happiness is the opposite of desires, which cause pain. So you shouldn't do anything like this as that won't lead you really want.to real happiness (see UsefulNotes/Epicureanism, for instance). You can imagine any of the characters on this page laughing ruthlessly at the idea.
25th Apr '17 7:29:18 PM Ezaxcks
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* ''{{Hellsing}}'' has [[ThePatriarch Arthur Hellsing]]. In his youth, he spent more time drinking and womanizing rather than fulfilling his duties to the organization's goal. Though, as he aged, he became more mature.


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* [[BigBad Blaine DeBeers]] from ''Series/{{iZombie}}''. He loves the best booze, beautiful women, nice clothes, fast cars and gets irritated when he can't have them. One of the reasons for his BadassDecay when his zombie state is cured was due to the elimination of those urges.
11th Apr '17 2:20:54 PM jccw227
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** Bender is no slacker in the hedonistic scale either (it's the only thing he doesn't slack on) as he openly enjoys the vices of life with only a fraction of the consequences. This becomes a problem in one of the [[WhatIf Anthology of Interest episodes]] as Bender is turned into a human. Having never learned about self-control, he runs off to indulge in food, women, and booze. When they finally find him a week later, he's become morbidly obese and dies shortly thereafter in the middle of a massive party that he starts.
8th Apr '17 10:19:23 PM nombretomado
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* The titular Screwtape of ''TheScrewtapeLetters'' accuses God of being a hedonist. Of course, C.S. Lewis in his preface warns the reader that Screwtape is an UnreliableNarrator.

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* The titular Screwtape of ''TheScrewtapeLetters'' ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'' accuses God of being a hedonist. Of course, C.S. Lewis in his preface warns the reader that Screwtape is an UnreliableNarrator.
24th Jan '17 8:51:20 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** King Robert lives for the immediate gratification of food, drink, whores, and combat.
** Oberyn Martell spends most of his leisure time in King's Landing sampling the delights of the best brothel.
30th Dec '16 10:59:14 AM Bassball_Batman
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While usually PlayedForLaughs, this kind of character is sometimes played as a StrawmanPolitical against [[UsefulNotes/EthicalHedonism Ethical Hedonists]] or people with a [[EthicalSlut Hedonistic Lifestyle]]. Unlike these real hedonists, a childishly hedonistic character is not prone to consider other peopleís happiness, or even his own long-term happiness: Instant gratification is gold. If it feels good right now, do it! Why waste time on thinking? Thinking isnít fun! [[ManipulativeBastard Unless]] you are thinking about how to get what you want as quickly and effortlessly as possible, that is.

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While usually PlayedForLaughs, this kind of character is sometimes played as a StrawmanPolitical against [[UsefulNotes/EthicalHedonism Ethical Hedonists]] or people with a [[EthicalSlut Hedonistic Lifestyle]]. Unlike these real hedonists, a childishly hedonistic character is not prone to consider other peopleís happiness, or even his own long-term happiness: Instant gratification is gold. If it feels good right now, do it! '''live it up!''' Why waste time on thinking? Thinking isnít fun! '''Unless''' you are [[ManipulativeBastard Unless]] you are thinking about how to get what you want want]] as quickly and effortlessly as possible, that is.



* LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya. Will do anything for her own amusement, to the point where she will use Mikuru as [[ChewToy her personal toy]].
* Gauron from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. He does pretty much everything ForTheEvulz, because he gets off on it. Even Kalinin didn't expect Gauron to be such an extreme, insane, depraved pleasure seeker. One ironically humorous moment shows Kalinin thinking to himself that, no matter what, Gauron is a smart pro that would value his life above everything else and would never do stupid things for short term pleasure. And then... a short while later, Gauron is shown [[CombatSadomasochist getting off on his fight with Sousuke]], which culminates in him [[spoiler: attempting to commit a double suicide with Sousuke just for the pleasure of it]].



* Giriko from ''Manga/SoulEater''. He spends most of his free time drinking and hitting on female henchmen, he's lazy as sin, and he acts disturbingly touchy-feely with the teenage girl he's attempting to kill.
** Thanks to his sadistic likening for violence, Stein gets accused of this by his {{Morality Chain}} Spirit. Even taking Stein's later Character Development into account, he has a point.



* Almost ''everyone'' in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is a hedonist thanks to delicious food being SeriousBusiness. The difference between the good guys and the bad guys is that the good guys are Ethical Hedonists and the bad guys...aren't.



* Gauron from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. He does pretty much everything ForTheEvulz, because he gets off on it. Even Kalinin didn't expect Gauron to be such an extreme, insane, depraved pleasure seeker. One ironically humorous moment shows Kalinin thinking to himself that, no matter what, Gauron is a smart pro that would value his life above everything else and would never do stupid things for short term pleasure. And then... a short while later, Gauron is shown [[CombatSadomasochist getting off on his fight with Sousuke]], which culminates in him [[spoiler: attempting to commit a double suicide with Sousuke just for the pleasure of it]].
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' will do anything for her own amusement, to the point where she will use Mikuru as [[ChewToy her personal toy]].
* Onigumo/Muso from ''{{Anime/Inuyasha}}''. Unlike the more calculating Naraku, Onigumo/Muso is simply a violent psychopath who's after the best that life has to offer.



* Giriko from ''Manga/SoulEater''. He spends most of his free time drinking and hitting on female henchmen, he's lazy as sin, and he acts disturbingly touchy-feely with the teenage girl he's attempting to kill.
** Thanks to his sadistic likening for violence, Stein gets accused of this by his {{Morality Chain}} Spirit. Even taking Stein's later Character Development into account, he has a point.
* From ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Nobuyuki Sugo/Oberon the Fairy King. His lust for power and treatment of Asuna gives him some exaggerated hedonistic qualities.



* Almost ''everyone'' in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is a hedonist thanks to delicious food being SeriousBusiness. The difference between the good guys and the bad guys is that the good guys are Ethical Hedonists and the bad guys...aren't.



* From ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Nobuyuki Sugo/Oberon the Fairy King. His lust for power and treatment of Asuna gives him some exaggerated hedonistic qualities.
* Onigumo/Muso from ''{{Anime/Inuyasha}}''. Unlike the more calculating Naraku, Onigumo/Muso is simply a violent psychopath who's after the best that life has to offer.



* The main theme of the ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' ComicBook. The hero is happy when he becomes a supervillain and begins randomly insulting and murdering people at will. Oddly enough, the villain also believes this exact same creed -- he's frustrated that the current {{Masquerade}} prevents appropriately powerful supervillains from simply causing worldwide pandemonium.



* In one of the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' crossovers with ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', an entire cult of hedonists decided to go into self-imposed isolation from the rest of Megacity One in a Megadome, where they could indulge themselves until the end days. Unfortunately, without protection by the Law this made them easy targets for the Joker and the Dark Judges, who lock themselves in with the cultists and proceed to slaughter them all. As Judge Mortis put it, he's a "Deadonist."
* Lorelei, the younger sister of [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor villainess Amora the Enchantress]]. Amora is actually the more sympathetic sibling, since she does on some level genuinely care about a few other people and regrets that she ruined her best opportunities for happiness with her villainous ways. Lorelei is basically a younger version of Amora minus any of her redeeming qualities. When Amora tried to persuade Lorelei to change her ways, Lorelei pondered it for a moment before laughing it off.



* Lorelei, the younger sister of [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor villainess Amora the Enchantress]]. Amora is actually the more sympathetic sibling, since she does on some level genuinely care about a few other people and regrets that she ruined her best opportunities for happiness with her villainous ways. Lorelei is basically a younger version of Amora minus any of her redeeming qualities. When Amora tried to persuade Lorelei to change her ways, Lorelei pondered it for a moment before laughing it off.
* In one of the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' crossovers with ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', an entire cult of hedonists decided to go into self-imposed isolation from the rest of Megacity One in a Megadome, where they could indulge themselves until the end days. Unfortunately, without protection by the Law this made them easy targets for the Joker and the Dark Judges, who lock themselves in with the cultists and proceed to slaughter them all. As Judge Mortis put it, he's a "Deadonist".

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* Lorelei, The main theme of the younger sister of [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor villainess Amora the Enchantress]]. Amora ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' ComicBook. The hero is actually the more sympathetic sibling, since she does on some level genuinely care about happy when he becomes a few other supervillain and begins randomly insulting and murdering people and regrets that she ruined her best opportunities for happiness with her villainous ways. Lorelei is basically a younger version of Amora minus any of her redeeming qualities. When Amora tried to persuade Lorelei to change her ways, Lorelei pondered it for a moment before laughing it off.
* In one of
at will. Oddly enough, the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' crossovers with ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', an entire cult of hedonists decided to go into self-imposed isolation from the rest of Megacity One in a Megadome, where they could indulge themselves until the end days. Unfortunately, without protection by the Law villain also believes this made them easy targets for the Joker and the Dark Judges, who lock themselves in with the cultists and proceed to slaughter them all. As Judge Mortis put it, exact same creed -- he's a "Deadonist".frustrated that the current {{Masquerade}} prevents appropriately powerful supervillains from simply causing worldwide pandemonium.



* In ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', [[spoiler: the heroes' [[MyFutureSelfAndMe future selves]] turn out to be this. They'll go to any lengths to find fun... ''[[DeconstructedTrope any]]'' [[DeconstructedTrope lengths.]]]].

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* In ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', [[spoiler: the heroes' [[MyFutureSelfAndMe future selves]] turn out to be this. They'll go to any lengths to find fun... ''[[DeconstructedTrope any]]'' [[DeconstructedTrope lengths.]]]].lengths]]]].



* Timon and Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. The main conflict from their part of the story is Simba's conflict over whether to continue his carefree lifestyle with them or to stand up and retake his place as king from Scar. He chooses the latter.



* Timon and Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. The main conflict from their part of the story is Simba's conflict over whether to continue his carefree lifestyle with them or to stand up and retake his place as king from Scar. He chooses the latter.



* ''[[TimAndEric The Comedy]]'' provides an especially unfunny and a very harsh critique/deconstruction of this by taking hedonism to a new level which seems to be the only reason every one of the main character hedge fund kids and their other hipster friends have to live.
* Jenny from ''Film/ForrestGump'' becomes this in her adulthood, and a rather tragic example at that. Her parental abuse motivating her desire for happiness drives her into becoming a borderline junkie, getting one abusive boyfriend after another, and contemplating suicide. [[spoiler:Her promiscuous life eventually causes her to die from AIDS.]]
* [[Creator/TimCurry Dr. Frank N Furter]] from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' does whatever he pleases in the name of "absolute pleasure".
* Many characters in the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' series show are this in varying degrees, inevitably leading them to the lament configuration.



* The main character in ''Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans'', which mostly consists of getting high and getting laid. When they say he's "bad," they're not kidding around.
* Gary King, the PerkyGoth ManChild protagonist of ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', has only one ambition in life - to "have a good time".

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* The main character in ''Film/BadLieutenantPortOfCallNewOrleans'', which mostly consists of getting high and getting laid. When they say he's "bad," "bad", they're not kidding around.
* Gary King, Tim and Eric's ''The Comedy'' provides an especially unfunny and a very harsh critique/deconstruction of this by taking hedonism to a new level which seems to be the PerkyGoth ManChild protagonist of ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', has only reason every one ambition of the main character hedge fund kids and their other hipster friends have to live.
* Jenny from ''Film/ForrestGump'' becomes this
in her adulthood, and a rather tragic example at that. Her parental abuse motivating her desire for happiness drives her into becoming a borderline junkie, getting one abusive boyfriend after another, and contemplating suicide. [[spoiler:Her promiscuous life - eventually causes her to "have die from AIDS]].
* Many characters in the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' series show are this in varying degrees, inevitably leading them to the lament configuration.
* Titus from ''Film/JupiterAscending''. He's too busy with his zero-G splice orgies to be bothered with things like keeping the company running. It's established at the start that he's squandered his inheritance and suffered
a good time".recent financial setback, and needs Earth for funds.
* ''Film/TheRapture'': Sharon, Randy and the other swingers. Sharon is tired of the lifestyle though and becomes a Christian, bringing Randy with her.
* [[Creator/TimCurry Dr. Frank N Furter]] from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' does whatever he pleases in the name of "absolute pleasure."



* Gary King, the PerkyGoth ManChild protagonist of ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', has only one ambition in life - to "have a good time."



* Titus from ''Film/JupiterAscending''. He's too busy with his zero-G splice orgies to be bothered with things like keeping the company running. It's established at the start that he's squandered his inheritance and suffered a recent financial setback, and needs Earth for funds.
* ''Film/TheRapture'': Sharon, Randy and the other swingers. Sharon is tired of the lifestyle though and becomes a Christian, bringing Randy with her.



* The ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' ''lives'' by this philosophy. If nothing else works, you can take ''soma.'' It is ultimately a deconstruction, because while everyone is happy, their lives are empty because perfect happiness comes at the cost of science, art and religion.

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* Merle from Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series. She was portrayed as preferring to pursue cultural and carnal pleasure rather than the gambling and power plays of her fellow citizens, only becoming engaged in the bigger picture when forced to.
* In ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', Francisco D'anconia [[spoiler:is supposedly this, but it's all an act]].
* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'', Telemachon, like all Emperor's Children, is flat out addicted to pleasure and sensation, to the point when he's practically begging Nefertari to [[ItMakesSenseInContext touch him]] [[labelnote:context]]Dark Eldar touch is especially pleasurable to servants of Slaanesh, who wants to eat their souls. Emperor's Children serve Slaanesh.[[/labelnote]]. He gets a bit better after [[spoiler:Khayon strips him of emotions and then gives them back]].
* The 8th book of ''Literature/BloodyJack'' (''The Wake Of The Lorelei Lee''): Captain Laughton is of the EthicalHedonist variety. Or at least the "I want everyone around me to be as happy as I am" variety.
* The ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' ''lives'' by this philosophy. If nothing else works, you can take ''soma.'' ''soma''. It is ultimately a deconstruction, because while everyone is happy, their lives are empty because perfect happiness comes at the cost of science, art and religion.religion.
* In ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheBlackSun'', Sympaths in the Akharian Empire are encouraged and expected to pursue lives of pleasure, since they [[EmotionEater charge their magic from their emotional environment]]. However, the mechanism which turns an environment of pleasure into magic is soured if anyone involved ''isn't'' genuinely happy, so the hedonism in question has to be a generous, ethical, non-selfish kind ó pleasure at the expense of others will defeat the purpose.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', the religious group called Garden of Beauty and Truth posits that hedonism is what life truly is about, and that one should spend their existence seeking pleasure, arts, love and beauty. The person whose writings they've based their philosophy on is less this trope and more of a {{Narcissist}}, although hedonism figures in it as well.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'': At the first part of the novel, Don Quixote is a LordErrorProne who only cares about living his ChivalricRomance fantasies, [[VictimizedBystander no matter who else pays for it]]. The second part he evolves to a ForHappiness motivation.
* Horace Slughorn from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is implied to have shades of this.
* Many Dark Others (no surprise there) but also Light Others exhibit this trait in the ''Literature/NightWatch'' series. For the former, it results in part from their philosophy's emphasis on putting self-interest about anything else, but for all Others, a combination of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever long-lasting youth]] and disengagement from human society results in boredom that they try to stave off through sensual indulgence.
* In the Creator/MichaelMoorcock story "Phoenix in Obsidian", Earth has a dying Sun, and a large contingent of the survivors have become complete hedonists/nihilists, because they have nothing to live for otherwise.



* In the Creator/MichaelMoorcock story "Phoenix in Obsidian", Earth has a dying Sun, and a large contingent of the survivors have become complete hedonists/nihilists, because they have nothing to live for otherwise.
* Many Dark Others (no surprise there) but also Light Others exhibit this trait in the ''Literature/NightWatch'' series. For the former, it results in part from their philosophy's emphasis on putting self-interest about anything else, but for all Others, a combination of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever long-lasting youth]] and disengagement from human society results in boredom that they try to stave off through sensual indulgence.
* Horace Slughorn from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is implied to have shades of this.
* Creator/JaneAusten's male [[RomanticFalseLead Romantic False Leads]] usually fall under this, such as John Willoughby in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' and Henry Crawford in ''Literature/MansfieldPark''.
* Captain Laughton in ''[[Literature/BloodyJack The Wake Of The Lorelei Lee]]'' is of the EthicalHedonist variety. Or at least the "I want everyone around me to be as happy as I am" variety.
* [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Nikki]], the protagonist's mother in ''The Rules of Survival,'' is this to a really, ''really'' unhealthy degree.
* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'', Telemachon, like all Emperor's Children, is flat out addicted to pleasure and sensation, to the point when he's practically begging Nefertari to [[ItMakesSenseInContext touch him]] [[labelnote:context]]Dark Eldar touch is especially pleasurable to servants of Slaanesh, who wants to eat their souls. Emperor's Children serve Slaanesh.[[/labelnote]]. He gets a bit better after [[spoiler:Khayon strips him of emotions and then gives them back.]]
* Graendal of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' was formerly an extreme ascetic type who embraced hedonism as part of a FaithHeelTurn when she realized that no-one else could live up to her ridiculously high standards- in other words, she's a hedonist out of spite. The other part of her turn was joining the forces of Evil and becoming a member of its elite StandardEvilOrganizationSquad seeking to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, so naturally her hedonism consists of being a {{Jerkass}} DepravedBisexual and ManipulativeBitch who enjoys screwing with and killing people ForTheEvulz. At least some of this is actually a form of ObfuscatingStupidity - Graendal explicitly notes in her internal monologue in the later books that while she certainly enjoys her creature comforts, she's not as beholden to them as she wants others to believe and is entirely capable of functioning without them if need be (the screwing with and killing people ForTheEvulz is pretty genuine, though).
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'': At the first part of the novel, Don Quixote is a LordErrorProne who only cares about living his ChivalricRomance fantasies, [[VictimizedBystander no matter who else pays for it]]. The second part he evolves to a ForHappiness motivation.
* In ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', Francisco D'anconia [[spoiler:is supposedly this, but it's all an act.]]

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* In [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Nikki]], the Creator/MichaelMoorcock story "Phoenix protagonist's mother in Obsidian", Earth has a dying Sun, and a large contingent ''The Rules of the survivors have become complete hedonists/nihilists, because they have nothing to live for otherwise.
* Many Dark Others (no surprise there) but also Light Others exhibit
Survival'', is this trait to a really, ''really'' unhealthy degree.
* The titular Screwtape of ''TheScrewtapeLetters'' accuses God of being a hedonist. Of course, C.S. Lewis
in his preface warns the ''Literature/NightWatch'' series. For the former, it results in part from their philosophy's emphasis on putting self-interest about anything else, but for all Others, a combination of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever long-lasting youth]] and disengagement from human society results in boredom reader that they try to stave off through sensual indulgence.
* Horace Slughorn from ''Literature/HarryPotter''
Screwtape is implied to have shades of this.
an UnreliableNarrator.
* Creator/JaneAusten's male [[RomanticFalseLead Romantic False Leads]] usually fall under this, such as John Willoughby in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' and (same for Henry Crawford in ''Literature/MansfieldPark''.
* Captain Laughton in ''[[Literature/BloodyJack The Wake Of The Lorelei Lee]]'' is of the EthicalHedonist variety. Or at least the "I want everyone around me to be as happy as I am" variety.
* [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Nikki]], the protagonist's mother in ''The Rules of Survival,'' is this to a really, ''really'' unhealthy degree.
* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'', Telemachon, like all Emperor's Children, is flat out addicted to pleasure and sensation, to the point when he's practically begging Nefertari to [[ItMakesSenseInContext touch him]] [[labelnote:context]]Dark Eldar touch is especially
''Literature/MansfieldPark''). Willoughby does whatever seems pleasurable to servants of Slaanesh, who wants to eat their souls. Emperor's Children serve Slaanesh.[[/labelnote]]. He gets a bit better after [[spoiler:Khayon strips him of emotions in the moment, so he's very often in debt and then gives them back.]]
* Graendal of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' was formerly an extreme ascetic type who embraced hedonism as part of a FaithHeelTurn
gets into deep trouble. In Devonshire, what's pleasurable is romancing Marianne Dashwood, but when she realized he visits town, he seduces Colonel Brandon's young ward, leaves her pregnant, and then quickly gets engaged to an heiress so he can maintain his comfortable lifestyle. Willoughby later confesses that no-one else his intentions towards Marianne were just to flirt and only later decided he could live up to her ridiculously high standards- in other words, she's a hedonist out of spite. The other part of her turn was joining the forces of Evil marry her. Elinor and becoming Marianne both conclude that such a member of its elite StandardEvilOrganizationSquad seeking to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, so naturally her hedonism consists of being a {{Jerkass}} DepravedBisexual and ManipulativeBitch who enjoys screwing marriage would have been constantly unhappy, with and killing people ForTheEvulz. At least some of this is actually a form of ObfuscatingStupidity - Graendal explicitly notes in her internal monologue in the later books that while she certainly enjoys her creature comforts, she's not as beholden to them as she wants others to believe constantly in financial trouble and is entirely capable of functioning without them if need be (the screwing with and killing people ForTheEvulz is pretty genuine, though).
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'': At the first part of the novel, Don Quixote is a LordErrorProne who only cares about living his ChivalricRomance fantasies, [[VictimizedBystander no matter who else pays for it]]. The second part he evolves to a ForHappiness motivation.
* In ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', Francisco D'anconia [[spoiler:is supposedly this, but it's all an act.]]
enduring Willoughby's thoughtless philandering.



* Marius de Romanus from ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' is a more ethical and moderate example of this trope.
* Graendal of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' was formerly an extreme ascetic type who embraced hedonism as part of a FaithHeelTurn when she realized that no-one else could live up to her ridiculously high standards- in other words, she's a hedonist out of spite. The other part of her turn was joining the forces of Evil and becoming a member of its elite StandardEvilOrganizationSquad seeking to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, so naturally her hedonism consists of being a {{Jerkass}} DepravedBisexual and ManipulativeBitch who enjoys screwing with and killing people ForTheEvulz. At least some of this is actually a form of ObfuscatingStupidity - Graendal explicitly notes in her internal monologue in the later books that while she certainly enjoys her creature comforts, she's not as beholden to them as she wants others to believe and is entirely capable of functioning without them if need be (the screwing with and killing people ForTheEvulz is pretty genuine, though).



* Merle from Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series. She was portrayed as preferring to pursue cultural and carnal pleasure rather than the gambling and power plays of her fellow citizens, only becoming engaged in the bigger picture when forced to.
* In ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheBlackSun'', Sympaths in the Akharian Empire are encouraged and expected to pursue lives of pleasure, since they [[EmotionEater charge their magic from their emotional environment]]. However, the mechanism which turns an environment of pleasure into magic is soured if anyone involved ''isn't'' genuinely happy, so the hedonism in question has to be a generous, ethical, non-selfish kind ó pleasure at the expense of others will defeat the purpose.
* Marius de Romanus from ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' is a more ethical and moderate example of this trope.
* The titular Screwtape of TheScrewtapeLetters accuses God of being a hedonist. Of course, C.S. Lewis in his preface warns the reader that Screwtape is an UnreliableNarrator.
* Willoughby of ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' does whatever seems pleasurable in the moment, so he's very often in debt and then gets into deep trouble. In Devonshire, what's pleasurable is romancing Marianne Dashwood, but when he visits town, he seduces Colonel Brandon's young ward, leaves her pregnant, and then quickly gets engaged to an heiress so he can maintain his comfortable lifestyle. Willoughby later confesses that his intentions towards Marianne were just to flirt and only later decided he could marry her. Elinor and Marianne both conclude that such a marriage would have been constantly unhappy, with them constantly in financial trouble and enduring Willoughby's thoughtless philandering.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', the religious group called Garden of Beauty and Truth posits that hedonism is what life truly is about, and that one should spend their existence seeking pleasure, arts, love and beauty. The person whose writings they've based their philosophy on is less this trope and more of a {{Narcissist}}, although hedonism figures in it as well.



* Maryann on ''Series/TrueBlood''. Makes sense, since she's a [[spoiler:Maenad, a follower of the Greek god of wine and dancing Dionysus]]. She generally [[spoiler:uses her powers to make the whole town break out in impromptu orgies]].

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* Maryann on ''Series/TrueBlood''. Makes sense, since she's a [[spoiler:Maenad, a follower of the Greek god of wine Donovan and dancing Dionysus]]. She generally [[spoiler:uses her powers to make the whole town break out in impromptu orgies]].Elizabeth/The Countess from ''Series/{{American Horror Story Hotel}}''. Both are a much more twisted example of this trope, but they are introed having a foursome with Donovan and another couple before killing them and drinking their blood.



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The [[ForWantOfANail future version]] of Castiel in "The End". Having [[BrokenBird lost his powers and given up on]] trying to save the world, he turns to copious amounts of drugs and sex to occupy his time.
** Gabriel (also known as the Trickster) appears to be this, tormenting others for his entertainment, creating women out of thin air, gorging himself on chocolate and other desserts. Then it's revealed that, although he does enjoy it, he actually means some of the lessons he claims to be [[TricksterArchetype trying to teach]] and seems a little miserable under his Trickster persona.
** Then there's Balthazar (funny how all of these are angels). His reaction to the good guys derailing the Apocalypse is to grab a bunch of valuable weapons, fake his own death and start doing whatever the hell he wants on Earth ("This morning I had a menage a...what's the French for twelve?"). When Castiel catches up to him, he insists he's just following the example Cas set. "You showed me [[ScrewDestiny we could do anything]], so I'm trying ''everything''."
** Lucifer in "The End" also shows signs of this. When he's not killing people, he's taking in the sheer wonder of the world, which he describes as a stunning thing that is beautiful in so many ways.



* Donovan and Elizabeth/The Countess from ''Series/{{American Horror Story Hotel}}''. Both are a much more twisted example of this trope, but they are introed having a foursome with Donovan and another couple before killing them and drinking their blood.



* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the crew of the titular ship encounter a highly-advanced culture, whose people spend much of their time indulging in various pleasures. Things get less pleasant for the crew, after they learn that they mostly care about their own pleasure and quickly tire and lose interest towards the crew after a while. They also have their own version of AlienNonInterferenceClause, refusing to share technology to a race that doesn't already have it or even using it to help the ''Voyager'' shave off a few thousand light years from her journey.



* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the crew of the titular ship encounter a highly-advanced culture, whose people spend much of their time indulging in various pleasures. Things get less pleasant for the crew, after they learn that they mostly care about their own pleasure and quickly tire and lose interest towards the crew after a while. They also have their own version of AlienNonInterferenceClause, refusing to share technology to a race that doesn't already have it or even using it to help the ''Voyager'' shave off a few thousand light years from her journey.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The [[ForWantOfANail future version]] of Castiel in "The End". Having [[BrokenBird lost his powers and given up on]] trying to save the world, he turns to copious amounts of drugs and sex to occupy his time.
** Gabriel (also known as the Trickster) appears to be this, tormenting others for his entertainment, creating women out of thin air, gorging himself on chocolate and other desserts. Then it's revealed that, although he does enjoy it, he actually means some of the lessons he claims to be [[TricksterArchetype trying to teach]] and seems a little miserable under his Trickster persona.
** Then there's Balthazar (funny how all of these are angels). His reaction to the good guys derailing the Apocalypse is to grab a bunch of valuable weapons, fake his own death and start doing whatever the hell he wants on Earth ("This morning I had a menage a...what's the French for twelve?"). When Castiel catches up to him, he insists he's just following the example Cas set. "You showed me [[ScrewDestiny we could do anything]], so I'm trying ''everything''."
** Lucifer in "The End" also shows signs of this. When he's not killing people, he's taking in the sheer wonder of the world, which he describes as a stunning thing that is beautiful in so many ways.
* Maryann on ''Series/TrueBlood''. Makes sense, since she's a [[spoiler:Maenad, a follower of the Greek god of wine and dancing Dionysus]]. She generally [[spoiler:uses her powers to make the whole town break out in impromptu orgies]].



* Invoked in the "Babescanner" mode of ''Pinball/BigBangBar,'' where the player must search for a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe... or blue, or orange, or...

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* Invoked in the "Babescanner" mode of ''Pinball/BigBangBar,'' ''Pinball/BigBangBar'', where the player must search for a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe... or blue, or orange, or...



** In the Myth/ClassicalMythology inspired Theros, hedonism and revelries are represented by both Red and Green. [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyrs]] are a particularly duplicitous example, masquerading as festive merry-goers but actually engaging in ''very'' depraved revels, and are not above enslaving humans. The planeswalker Xenagos, a satyr from this plane, is actually something of a deconstruction: he was originally a happy go lucky hedonist, but upon ascending he realised how small he was in the grand scheme of things, so he became very bitter and incapable of enjoying the revels anymore. [[spoiler:So he became a god.]]

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** In the Myth/ClassicalMythology inspired Theros, hedonism and revelries are represented by both Red and Green. [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyrs]] are a particularly duplicitous example, masquerading as festive merry-goers but actually engaging in ''very'' depraved revels, and are not above enslaving humans. The planeswalker Xenagos, a satyr from this plane, is actually something of a deconstruction: he was originally a happy go lucky hedonist, but upon ascending he realised how small he was in the grand scheme of things, so he became very bitter and incapable of enjoying the revels anymore. [[spoiler:So he became a god.]]god]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', this is the defining characteristic of two fiendish races; the rakshasa and the {{oni}}.
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}, the Sensates are [[SenseFreak a faction dedicated to experiencing every sensation and act that they can]] -- good as well as bad. Many members take this as an excuse to become hedonists; they are looked down on for indulging one sensation--pleasure--to the exclusion of all others, and to blinding themselves to new experiences. These members are commonly sent to a hold the Sensates have in Arborea, where they get to do nothing but blindly indulge their hedonist ways, over and over again for the rest of their lives without ever experiencing anything new (and before you ask, the door is open. Anyone sent there can leave any time they want. So far, nobody has).



* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}, the Sensates are [[SenseFreak a faction dedicated to experiencing every sensation and act that they can]] -- good as well as bad. Many members take this as an excuse to become hedonists; they are looked down on for indulging one sensation--pleasure--to the exclusion of all others, and to blinding themselves to new experiences. These members are commonly sent to a hold the Sensates have in Arborea, where they get to do nothing but blindly indulge their hedonist ways, over and over again for the rest of their lives without ever experiencing anything new (and before you ask, the door is open. Anyone sent there can leave any time they want. So far, nobody has).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', this is the defining characteristic of two fiendish races; the rakshasa and the {{oni}}.



* Fiyero in the musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': "Nothing matters but knowing nothing matters... It's just life, so keep dancing through!"
** Well, at least until he goes through some massive CharacterDevelopment and some of his frivolous comments and beliefs become painfully ironic.
* Val in ''Babes in Arms'' declares himself to be this (although whether he remains so is unclear, since his ideologies shift constantly).



* Val in ''Babes in Arms'' declares himself to be this (although whether he remains so is unclear, since his ideologies shift constantly).



* Fiyero in the musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': "Nothing matters but knowing nothing matters... It's just life, so keep dancing through!"
** Well, at least until he goes through some massive CharacterDevelopment and some of his frivolous comments and beliefs become painfully ironic.



* Morinth of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is a killer afflicted with a condition that makes her kill those she has sex with, which has an addictive effect upon her. She's been spending centuries getting her kicks with either slaughter, music or drugs as well as evading [[spoiler:her mother Samara.]]
* Shannon of ''VideoGame/GodHand''. Her search for pleasure is never-ending and often involves [[ThisIsMyHuman mortal men being used as her "toys".]]

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* Morinth In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', Thomas Hickey is one of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is a killer afflicted the villains, but unlike the other Templars that Connor assassinates, he's not in it for their principles of Order; he just goes along with a condition that makes her kill those she them because they pay well. All he wants out of life is girls and booze, and his MotiveRant to Connor is all about how he, unlike the Assassin, can have what he wants. That is, until Connor kills him.
* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', [[OldMaster Augus]]
has sex with, which has an addictive effect upon her. She's been spending centuries getting her kicks with either slaughter, music or drugs Greed as well as evading [[spoiler:her mother Samara.]]
* Shannon of ''VideoGame/GodHand''. Her search
his Mantra affinity, and it shows. He lives for pleasure above all else: sleeping with beautiful maidens, eating good food, drinking fine wines. Most of all, he enjoys [[BloodKnight a good fight]].
-->'''Augus:''' "Relax my son. Enjoy every moment. You fight, then you eat good food. You fight, then you drink fine wine. [[RuleOfThree You fight]], then you sleep with beautiful women. Hell, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs fight with beautiful women!]] That's what it truly means to live."
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has Azmodan. Justified because he
is never-ending and often involves [[ThisIsMyHuman mortal men being used as her "toys".]]the lord of sin.



* Shannon of ''VideoGame/GodHand''. Her search for pleasure is never-ending and often involves [[ThisIsMyHuman mortal men being used as her "toys"]].



* [[DrunkenMaster Suika Ibuki]] from Touhou, who has never been seen sober for ''centuries''. Most other characters in Touhou also have various [[MrViceGuy vices]] that they indulge in. It helps that the majority of them [[{{Youkai}} aren't human]].

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* Vorador from the ''Videogame/LegacyOfKain'' series has fully embraced the image of vampires as creatures of indulgence when Kain meets him in ''Blood Omen''. Kain is fairly disgusted with Vorador when he first meets him, quipping that the once great warrior had been defeated by his own hedonism.
* Morinth of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is a killer afflicted with a condition that makes her kill those she has sex with, which has an addictive effect upon her. She's been spending centuries getting her kicks with either slaughter, music or drugs as well as evading [[spoiler:her mother Samara]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'''s main villain [[spoiler:and returning antagonist, Porky]] has traveled through time and space to experience every little bit of joy he can in his extremely long life. After perhaps thousands of years, he has decided to end all existence, [[ItAmusedMe just because it's the only thing he has yet to do]]. Eventually, [[spoiler:he's sealed in a capsule that cannot be broken into or out of, forever]], and he ''enjoys'' it.
* The Inklings of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' as a whole are described as leading a largely hedonistic lifestyle. They mostly care about fun, parties, and looking good. It gets to the point that, in the backstory of the game, the Inklings started off at a disadvantage in the Great Turf War because they couldn't wake up early enough in the morning to fend off the Octarians' initial assaults, and that in the present time Cap'n Cuttlefish and his agents are the only ones doing something about the Octarians' plans.
* [[DrunkenMaster Suika Ibuki]] from Touhou, ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', who has never been seen sober for ''centuries''. Most other characters in Touhou also have various [[MrViceGuy vices]] that they indulge in. It helps that the majority of them [[{{Youkai}} aren't human]].



* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', [[OldMaster Augus]] has Greed as his Mantra affinity, and it shows. He lives for pleasure above all else: sleeping with beautiful maidens, eating good food, drinking fine wines. Most of all, he enjoys [[BloodKnight a good fight]].
-->'''Augus:''' "Relax my son. Enjoy every moment. You fight, then you eat good food. You fight, then you drink fine wine. [[RuleOfThree You fight]], then you sleep with beautiful women. Hell, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs fight with beautiful women!]] That's what it truly means to live."
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has Azmodan. Justified because he is the lord of sin.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'''s main villain [[spoiler:and returning antagonist, Porky]] has traveled through time and space to experience every little bit of joy he can in his extremely long life. After perhaps thousands of years, he has decided to end all existence, [[ItAmusedMe just because it's the only thing he has yet to do]]. Eventually, [[spoiler:he's sealed in a capsule that cannot be broken into or out of, forever]], and he ''enjoys'' it.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', Thomas Hickey is one of the villains, but unlike the other Templars that Connor assassinates, he's not in it for their principles of Order; he just goes along with them because they pay well. All he wants out of life is girls and booze, and his MotiveRant to Connor is all about how he, unlike the Assassin, can have what he wants. That is, until Connor kills him.
* Vorador from the ''Videogame/LegacyOfKain'' series has fully embraced the image of vampires as creatures of indulgence when Kain meets him in ''Blood Omen''. Kain is fairly disgusted with Vorador when he first meets him, quipping that the once great warrior had been defeated by his own hedonism.
* The Inklings of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' as a whole are described as leading a largely hedonistic lifestyle. They mostly care about fun, parties, and looking good. It gets to the point that, in the backstory of the game, the Inklings started off at a disadvantage in the Great Turf War because they couldn't wake up early enough in the morning to fend off the Octarians' initial assaults, and that in the present time Cap'n Cuttlefish and his agents are the only ones doing something about the Octarians' plans.



* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': The cast page of the print editions plainly identifies Faith as such and describes her as [[GreyAndGreyMorality "morally grey".]] She's been known to [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/deadeye abuse her privileges as student council president]] in the name of fun, or to seduce classmates. Faith also has [[ReallyGetsAround a strong sexual appetite]], [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/enjoying_the_perks for which she makes no apology.]]

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* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': The cast page of the print editions plainly identifies Faith as such and describes her as [[GreyAndGreyMorality "morally grey".]] "[[GreyAndGreyMorality morally grey]]." She's been known to [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/deadeye abuse her privileges as student council president]] in the name of fun, or to seduce classmates. Faith also has [[ReallyGetsAround a strong sexual appetite]], [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/enjoying_the_perks for which she makes no apology.]]apology]].



* In an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' a self-help guru gets the entire town going on this motto -- specifically, acting like Bart. The whole thing falls apart at the festival celebrating this newfound freedom, the main catalyst being when a handyman decides he didn't "feel like" greasing the Ferris wheel so it wouldn't fall off its hinges and go on a rampage.

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* In an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' a self-help guru gets General Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' pretended to be very much the entire town going on this motto -- specifically, acting like Bart. The whole thing falls apart at hedonist, much to the festival celebrating this newfound freedom, chagrin of his naive nephew who refused to see that the main catalyst being when a handyman decides he evil empire didn't "feel like" greasing the Ferris wheel so it wouldn't fall off its hinges deserve their loyalty. For Iroh, life's little pleasures are more important than doing his duty... but only when his duty is actually evil, destructive or plain unworthy. Whenever he has a ''worthy'' cause to fight for, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he's dedicated and go on a rampage.self-sacrificing if needed]].



* General Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' pretended to be very much the hedonist, much to the chagrin of his naive nephew who refused to see that the evil empire didn't deserve their loyalty. For Iroh, life's little pleasures are more important than doing his duty... but only when his duty is actually evil, destructive or plain unworthy. Whenever he has a ''worthy'' cause to fight for, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he's dedicated and self-sacrificing if needed]].
* The [[WesternAnimation/TimeSquad Larry 3000]] seems to split being TheSpock and TheHedonist about 50/50. He gives a good show of being uptight and prissy, and the casual viewer might mistake him for being the OnlySaneMan to Tuddrussel's BoisterousBruiser, but truthfully the a nice chunk of the mission hang-ups happen as a result of him getting distracted and siding with whomever is messing up history if they promise more fun than fixing it would.
* What little we see of John Corben's character in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' shows that he's quite the hedonist. He surrounds himself with luxuries in his prison cell while enjoying gourmet food, all of it courtesy of ComicBook/LexLuthor. When he gets out of prison and is transformed into Metallo, one of the first things he does is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty force a kiss on Lois Lane]], remarking that he had been thinking about her during his entire stint. His initial joy at being transferred into a superstrong robot body swiftly turns into horror when he discovers that he couldn't feel the kiss. [[SenseLossSadness His new form has no sense of taste, touch, or smell.]]


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* In an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' a self-help guru gets the entire town going on this motto -- specifically, acting like Bart. The whole thing falls apart at the festival celebrating this newfound freedom, the main catalyst being when a handyman decides he didn't "feel like" greasing the Ferris wheel so it wouldn't fall off its hinges and go on a rampage.
* What little we see of John Corben's character in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' shows that he's quite the hedonist. He surrounds himself with luxuries in his prison cell while enjoying gourmet food, all of it courtesy of ComicBook/LexLuthor. When he gets out of prison and is transformed into Metallo, one of the first things he does is [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty force a kiss on Lois Lane]], remarking that he had been thinking about her during his entire stint. His initial joy at being transferred into a superstrong robot body swiftly turns into horror when he discovers that he couldn't feel the kiss. [[SenseLossSadness His new form has no sense of taste, touch, or smell]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': The Larry 3000 seems to split being TheSpock and TheHedonist about 50/50. He gives a good show of being uptight and prissy, and the casual viewer might mistake him for being the OnlySaneMan to Tuddrussel's BoisterousBruiser, but truthfully the a nice chunk of the mission hang-ups happen as a result of him getting distracted and siding with whomever is messing up history if they promise more fun than fixing it would.
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