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14th Oct '17 9:34:01 AM KingLyger
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%% * Basil Fawlty on ''Series/FawltyTowers''. Interestingly, Basil is based on a real person, whom his wife said was nothing like what was portrayed on the show, until a bunch of previous guests wrote the media saying "Oh yes he was!"

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%% * Basil Fawlty on ''Series/FawltyTowers''. Basil desires to move up in social standing and attract a better class of customer to his hotel, but he's also verbally abusive to the help, only superficially nice to his guests, and his HairTriggerTemper and [[FawltyTowersPlot persistent zany schemes built on webs of lies]] keep getting him into all kinds of trouble. Were Basil simply more honest and maybe a little cooler-headed, most of his problems would disappear, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk any attempts to dig beneath the surface show how petty and shallow he is]], and [[AesopAmnesia any lessons he learns are quickly forgotten]]. Creator Creator/JohnCleese has said that, were Basil a good person, ''Fawlty Towers'' would be the greatest tragedy ever made.
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Interestingly, Basil is based on a real person, person (a hotelier named Donald Sinclair), whom his wife said was nothing like what was portrayed on the show, until a bunch of previous guests wrote the media saying "Oh yes he was!"
8th Oct '17 8:08:38 AM PStriderFan
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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a massive {{Jerkass}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred (to the point where Alfred even had to punish him by using a book on how to discipline bratty children), and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector. Though, he at least shows ''some'' redeeming traits such as ''immediately'' apologizing everytime he accidentally kicks someone and even beatboxes with a [[spoiler: traumatized]] Robin.

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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a massive {{Jerkass}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred (to the point where Alfred even had to punish him by using reading a book on how to discipline bratty children), and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector. Though, he at least shows ''some'' redeeming traits such as ''immediately'' apologizing everytime he accidentally kicks someone and even beatboxes with a [[spoiler: traumatized]] Robin.
8th Oct '17 8:06:35 AM PStriderFan
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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a massive {{Jerkass}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred, and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector. Though, he at least shows ''some'' redeeming traits such as ''immediately'' apologizing everytime he accidentally kicks someone and even beatboxes with a [[spoiler: traumatized]] Robin.

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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a massive {{Jerkass}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred, Alfred (to the point where Alfred even had to punish him by using a book on how to discipline bratty children), and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector. Though, he at least shows ''some'' redeeming traits such as ''immediately'' apologizing everytime he accidentally kicks someone and even beatboxes with a [[spoiler: traumatized]] Robin.
8th Oct '17 8:02:19 AM PStriderFan
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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a total {{Narcissist}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred, and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector.

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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a total {{Narcissist}} massive {{Jerkass}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred, and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector.projector. Though, he at least shows ''some'' redeeming traits such as ''immediately'' apologizing everytime he accidentally kicks someone and even beatboxes with a [[spoiler: traumatized]] Robin.
6th Oct '17 7:25:41 PM PStriderFan
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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a total {{Narcissist}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred, and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector. [[spoiler: He gets sent to the Phantom Zone himself and the guardian, Phyllis, shows him every single one of his KickTheDog moments towards everyone and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Batman]] sees the error of his ways and saves everyone from Joker's wrath]].

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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a total {{Narcissist}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred, and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector. [[spoiler: He gets sent to the Phantom Zone himself and the guardian, Phyllis, shows him every single one of his KickTheDog moments towards everyone and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Batman]] sees the error of his ways and saves everyone from Joker's wrath]].
6th Oct '17 7:22:58 PM PStriderFan
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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a total {{Narcissist}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild to [[ParentalSubstitute Alfred]], and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector. [[spoiler: He gets sent to the Phantom Zone himself and the guardian, Phyllis, shows him every single one of his KickTheDog moments towards everyone and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Batman]] sees the error of his ways and saves everyone from Joker's wrath]].

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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a total {{Narcissist}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild to [[ParentalSubstitute Alfred]], towards his ParentalSubstitute Alfred, and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for the Phantom Zone projector. [[spoiler: He gets sent to the Phantom Zone himself and the guardian, Phyllis, shows him every single one of his KickTheDog moments towards everyone and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Batman]] sees the error of his ways and saves everyone from Joker's wrath]].
6th Oct '17 7:21:52 PM PStriderFan
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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie spends the majority of the film being a total {{Narcissist}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild to [[ParentalSubstitute Alfred]], and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for The Phantom Zone projector.

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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' spends the majority of the film being a total {{Narcissist}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild to [[ParentalSubstitute Alfred]], and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for The the Phantom Zone projector.projector. [[spoiler: He gets sent to the Phantom Zone himself and the guardian, Phyllis, shows him every single one of his KickTheDog moments towards everyone and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Batman]] sees the error of his ways and saves everyone from Joker's wrath]].
6th Oct '17 7:18:44 PM PStriderFan
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* [[AwesomeEgo Batman]] from WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie spends the majority of the film being a total {{Narcissist}} whom takes advantage of Robin (a kid whom he unknowingly adopted) by sending him on a dangerous mission for his own selfish needs, acts like an [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]] ManChild to [[ParentalSubstitute Alfred]], and inconsiderately breaks Superman's stuff in order to turn off the security system for The Phantom Zone projector.
1st Oct '17 1:51:49 AM Piterpicher
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%% * Vinnie Antonelli aka Todd Wilkenson, played by SteveMartin in ''Film/MyBlueHeaven''.

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%% * Vinnie Antonelli aka Todd Wilkenson, played by SteveMartin Creator/SteveMartin in ''Film/MyBlueHeaven''.
25th Sep '17 5:43:08 PM Vir
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Sometimes the character behaves this way because they are the [[OnlySaneMan only moderately sane, intelligent person]] and has to deal with the mess caused by apparently nicer people. Alternatively he or she is someone whose loneliness and self-loathing make them, if not likable, at least pitiable, despite engaging in ComedicSociopathy. Its exactly this engagement that makes it entertaining when they are on the receiving end of it. In other cases, despite the name they do garner some sympathy via PetTheDog moments or showing signs of being TheAtoner and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but struggle to get past their own nature and continue to treat others poorly.

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Sometimes the character behaves this way because they are the [[OnlySaneMan only moderately sane, intelligent person]] and has to deal with the mess caused by apparently nicer people. Alternatively he or she is someone whose loneliness and self-loathing make them, if not likable, at least pitiable, despite engaging in ComedicSociopathy. Its It's exactly this engagement that makes it entertaining when they are on the receiving end of it. In other cases, despite the name they do garner some sympathy via PetTheDog moments or showing signs of being TheAtoner and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but struggle to get past their own nature and continue to treat others poorly.
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