History YMMV / AmericanPsycho

9th Apr '17 6:33:20 PM Tehrannotaur
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* CompleteMonster: The truly despicable main character [[VillainProtagonist Patrick Bateman]] is a vapid, {{greed}}y, Manhattanite stock broker by day, and a remorseless [[TheSociopath sociopath]] and {{serial killer}} by night. He [[WouldHitAGirl murders and tortures women]] in the most sexually {{sadist}}ic and [[CruelAndUnusualDeath horrific ways]] imaginable, callously kills his colleagues over the [[EvilIsPetty pettiest of slights]], [[ImAHumanitarian eats the brains of some of his victims]] and [[ILoveTheDead experiments with the corpses]], and actually thinks [[WouldHurtAChild murdering a child]] isn't evil ''enough'' because he wants the death to affect more people. He eventually goes on a destructive rampage through the city, killing several cops and numerous innocents who get in his way. While the story plays with the notion of whether [[UnreliableNarrator all the events happened as described]], the novel and its [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptation]] completely construct the idea of the Complete Monster. Bateman himself eventually concludes that he is a walking nightmare whose inhumanity and cruelty know no bounds, and whose only discernable emotions are pride, hatred, and disgust.

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* CompleteMonster: The truly despicable main character [[VillainProtagonist Patrick Bateman]] is a vapid, {{greed}}y, Manhattanite stock broker by day, and a remorseless [[TheSociopath sociopath]] and {{serial killer}} by night. He [[WouldHitAGirl murders and tortures women]] in the most sexually {{sadist}}ic and [[CruelAndUnusualDeath horrific ways]] imaginable, callously kills his colleagues over the [[EvilIsPetty pettiest of slights]], [[ImAHumanitarian eats the brains of some of his victims]] and [[ILoveTheDead experiments with the corpses]], and actually thinks [[WouldHurtAChild murdering a child]] isn't evil ''enough'' because he wants the death to affect more people. He eventually goes on a destructive rampage through the city, killing several cops and numerous innocents who get in his way. While the story plays with the notion of whether [[UnreliableNarrator all the events happened as described]], the novel and its [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptation]] [[TropeMaker completely construct the idea of the Complete Monster. Monster]]. Bateman himself eventually [[CardCarryingVillain concludes that he is a walking nightmare whose inhumanity and cruelty know no bounds, bounds]], and whose only discernable emotions are pride, hatred, and disgust.
6th Mar '17 1:32:44 AM king3000
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: And how!
22nd Feb '17 5:06:09 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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** '''EVERYTHING''' with Jean, She ''really'' loves Patrick but he spends most of his time treating her like garbage and their "date" becomes very bad. And that's not even getting to the ending when [[spoiler: she finds Patrick's planner filled with drawings of his murders...]]
** The movie scene with Patrick and Courtney sharing a ''surprising'' intimate moment over each other's insecurities of their love lives and how broken as individuals they are. Like everything else, it doesn't come up agaiin.
26th Jan '17 4:32:00 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CantUnHearIt: Try and read the book without hearing Creator/ChristianBale. Go on, I dare you.
26th Jan '17 4:30:23 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* GeniusBonus:
** Patrick gives detailed descriptions of each character's clothes, including brand names and prices. Readers who are extremely knowledgeable about 80's fashion will notice that the outfits are clownishly mismatched.
** There's a similar gag involving the food at the various restaurants, which go from outrageous but plausible (red snapper pizza) to outright inedible (mud soup and charcoal arugula).



* MemeticMutation: Patrick Bateman (and some of his choice reaction shots) has become memetic in and of himself. Also, the entire Huey Lewis and The News, Phil Collins, and Whitney Houston speeches.

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* MemeticMutation: Patrick Bateman (and some of his choice reaction shots) has become memetic in and of himself. Also, the entire Huey Lewis Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews, Music/PhilCollins, and The News, Phil Collins, and Whitney Houston Music/WhitneyHouston speeches.
15th Dec '16 3:22:41 PM nighttrainfm
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: A major theme underlying the film is that the less violent aspects of Bateman's sociopathy are much in line with the prevailing right-wing philosophies of TheEighties. Of particular note is his insane homophobia, and the several conversations he and his associates have about how they believe that a straight man can't get AIDS (during the Reagan administration, the government did almost nothing to inform the public about AIDS). Bateman himself also makes several references to Reagan, and how Bateman believes he is just as insincere as Bateman himself. He also enjoys taunting the homeless (when he isn't [[KillThePoor killing them]]) by calling them deadbeats and spouting Reagan-esque "wisdom" at them.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical:
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A major theme underlying the film is that the less violent aspects of Bateman's sociopathy are much in line with the prevailing right-wing philosophies of TheEighties. Of particular note is his insane homophobia, and the several conversations he and his associates have about how they believe that a straight man can't get AIDS (during the Reagan administration, the government did almost nothing to inform the public about AIDS). Bateman himself also makes several references to Reagan, and how Bateman believes he is just as insincere as Bateman himself. He also enjoys taunting the homeless (when he isn't [[KillThePoor killing them]]) by calling them deadbeats and spouting Reagan-esque "wisdom" at them.
29th Nov '16 10:02:25 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Patrick Bateman ''really'' a serial killer, or is he [[spoiler:a hallucinating coward]], or is he [[spoiler:an utterly unremarkable and bored white collar worker who has escapist fantasies about being a serial killer to make himself and his humdrum life seem more interesting]]?
* AwesomeMusic: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. The soundtrack is comprised of the cheesiest 80's songs imaginable and Patrick's tastes are often the subject of parody. Patrick's enthusiasm is oddly infectious, though.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Patrick Bateman ''really'' a serial killer, or is he [[spoiler:a hallucinating coward]], or is he [[spoiler:an utterly unremarkable and bored white collar worker who has escapist fantasies about being a serial killer to make himself and his humdrum life seem more interesting]]?
* AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. The soundtrack is comprised of the cheesiest 80's songs imaginable and Patrick's tastes are often the subject of parody. Patrick's enthusiasm is oddly infectious, though.
19th Jul '16 3:44:57 PM PolarManne
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* WatchItForTheMeme: A lot of people watch the movie just for the Huey Lewis and The News speech.


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16th Jul '16 7:31:10 PM HeyFella
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* Tearjerker: This depends on your interpretation of the ending of course, but Bateman's existence is so shallow and meaningless he can't even understand basic human interaction. He even cries during one of his murders that he just wants to be loved. And everyone around him is so self-absorbed they literally don't notice his frequent confessions to his crimes. By the end, it feels like a cry for help.

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* Tearjerker: TearJerker: This depends on your interpretation of the ending of course, but Bateman's existence is so shallow and meaningless he can't even understand basic human interaction. He even cries during one of his murders that he just wants to be loved. And everyone around him is so self-absorbed they literally don't notice his frequent confessions to his crimes. By the end, it feels like a cry for help.
10th Jul '16 7:56:30 PM Discar
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** Patrick murdering Paul Allen is now [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Batman]] swinging an axe in [[Film/DCExtendedUniverse The]] [[Film/SuicideSquad Joker's]] face.

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** Patrick murdering Paul Allen is now [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Batman]] swinging an axe in [[Film/DCExtendedUniverse The]] [[Film/SuicideSquad [[Film/SuicideSquad2016 Joker's]] face.
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