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->''"All that I desire to point out is the general principle that {{Life imitates Art}} far more than {{Art imitates Life}}."''
-->-- '''Oscar Wilde'''

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish[[note]]Traditionally, the British like to say Wilde was a British author but [[NoTrueScotsman an Irish convict]][[/note]] playwright and journalist of the Victorian Era; he lived in VictorianLondon. A huge celebrity of his day, known for his wit and social commentary. He habitually made perverse and snarky quips, and often immortalized them in his work. His most celebrated play, ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest,'' is still often performed today. He also wrote poetry, most famously ''The Ballad of Reading Gaol'', one novel (''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'') and several beautiful fairy tales, including ''Literature/TheHappyPrince''. He once wrote a break-up letter that became world-famous (''[[http://upword.com/wilde/de_profundis.html De Profundis]]'').

His fun was interrupted when he sued for libel over being called homosexual. He was indeed homosexual (or maybe [[BiTheWay bisexual]]) as a significant number of young men testified at his trial. British law would still have found for him if that had been considered irrelevant.[[note]]Unlike U.S. law, where truth is considered an absolute defence against libel[[/note]] Instead, he lost, and since homosexuality was illegal... yeah. RealLife DownerEnding, there.

Famous for producing an enormous body of quotable wit -- enormous enough that of the hundreds of quotes ''attributed'' to him, as many as half may resemble things he actually said. This tendency to gather misattributions is the root of his status as Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}'s MemeticBadass in chief. Not to be confused with the other "[[Webcomic/WildeLife Oscar Wilde]]".
!!'''Works with their own pages:'''

* ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''
* ''Theatre/LadyWindermeresFan''
* ''Literature/{{The Picture of Dorian Gray}}''
* ''Theatre/{{Salome}}''
* ''Literature/TheHappyPrince''
* ''Literature/TheCantervilleGhost''
!!'''Other works provide examples of:'''

* AlasPoorYorick or ALoveToDismember: ''Salome''
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: An aversion drives the plot of ''An Ideal Husband.''
* AuthorAvatar: The character with all the good lines generally; Lord Goring in ''An Ideal Husband'' specifically.
* AuthorsOfQuote: Even within his own lifetime
* AuthorTract: Nearly everything he wrote, to some extent.
* BedsheetGhost: ''The Canterville Ghost''.
* {{Blackmail}}: Mrs. Cheveley, twice, in ''An Ideal Husband.'' [[spoiler:She fails both times.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: His comment on the wallpaper, dressing like prince Rupert for a costume party then wearing the same costume everyday, holding only a lily in a blue vase in his rooms, wanting to satisfy his blue porcelain set.
* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone in his plays. '''Everyone'''. The man himself as well.
* DoubleStandard: Several of his plays at least touch upon the unfairness of women's reputations being ruined by activities that men are allowed to get away with.
* DownerEnding: Various works, to say nothing of the last few years of his own life, which border on DiabolusExMachina territory.
* FalseWidow: Mrs. Arbuthnot from ''A Woman of No Importance''.
* HiddenDepths: Lord Goring in ''An ideal husband''.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Found in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray''. Played with in ''[[http://www.kingkong.demon.co.uk/gsr/portmrwh.htm The Portrait Of Mr. W. H.]] (see also EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory)''
* InsaneTrollLogic: "The Devoted Friend", "The Remarkable Rocket", "The Crime of Lord Arthur Savile".
* MasterPoisoner: Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, according to ''Pen, Pencil, and Poison''
* MenAreBetterThanWomen: An Ideal Husband states that, essentially, men are meant to go out into the world and do great things, while the most a woman can ask for is to help and support a great man.
* {{Narcissist}}: How he liked to act. ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' is a book about this.
* OldBeggarTest: In the short story "The Star-Child", a child is found in a forest just after a shooting star is seen in the sky. One of the woodcutters who finds the child takes him home and convinces his wife to help raise him along with their own children. The boy is handsome, but grows to be rude and arrogant. His birth mother appears on the scene in the guise of a beggar, and he rejects her. Then he turns ugly and is rejected by his friends, prompting him to go in search of his mother. Along the way, he is enslaved and aids a man with leprosy three times, though each time his master beats him for it. After the third occasion, he magically recovers his good looks and meets the leper and the beggar woman again. It turns out the leper is his father in disguise, just as his mother appeared to be a beggar woman, and both of them the wealthy rulers of a kingdom (and he of course is their son and heir).
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: "The Fisherman and his Soul"
* PatrickStewartSpeech: "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars]]."
* PrettyBoy: Bosie.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: ''De Profundis'', a 50,000-word letter written in prison from Wilde to his onetime lover Lord Alfred Douglas, is the "The Reason You Suck" Speech raised to the level of great art. Simultaneously played straight and inverted, in that for Wilde it's also a "The Reason I Suck" Speech.
* SelfPlagiarism: Some of the same bits of dialogue appear in more than one of his plays.
* ShakespeareInFiction: "The Portrait of Mr. W.H."
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Once called a cynic "a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing".
* SmugSnake: Mrs. Cheveley in ''An Ideal Husband.''
* TakeThat: To various cultures, places, and people for his satirical works.
* TitleDrop: ''The Importance of Being Earnest''; ''An Ideal Husband''; ''A Woman of No Importance''.