The Algernon


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Charming, witty, and brilliant, but lazy and self-centered, The Algernon is the Upper-Class Twit plus brains. The Algernon has no job and no real calling in life-- he spends his time making witticisms, flirting, and pulling pranks. He has Blue Blood and enough inherited money to support his idle lifestyle. On the off-chance he's gotten a job, he tends to be a Modern Major General, or just too lazy to care. Common in Victorian works, or anything that revolves around upper-class Brits. The Algernon is an eternal bachelor, but takes great pleasure in seducing many lovers. Despite all the energy he puts into flirting with girls, he is quite likely to be Ambiguously Gay. When portrayed sympathetically, they're a dashing rake, when unsympathetically, they're a debauched degenerate. Named for Algernon Moncrieff from The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar Wilde wrote a lot of these characters, and by all accounts, was probably one himself.

Not quite enough examples yet, could anyone help?
  • Algernon Moncrieff, of course
  • Major-General Stanley, the Trope Namer for Modern Major General, from The Pirates of Penzance
  • Philip from Easy Virtue
  • Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet
  • Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew
  • Lord Henry Wotton, and to some extent Dorian Gray, from ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'
  • King Charles II, in real life
  • Oscar Wilde, in real life
  • Lord Byron, in real life
  • John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, in real life
  • Falstaff, from various Shakespeare plays
  • Lord Augustus, from Lady Windermere's Fan
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