Characters / American Psycho

Patrick Bateman

  • Cloudcuckoolander: Hallucinates that an ATM tells him to feed it a stray cat. He actually tries to do it in the movie.
  • Creepy Monotone: His Inner Monologue is this, talking about murder and torture as if it was a mundane hobby he has.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes several snarky comments at the people around him, when he isn't thinking about killing them, that is.
  • Evil Is Petty: Almost all of his murders are motivated by people having nicer clothes or better apartments than he does.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Trapped in a shallow world of greed and hatred than he despises as much as he detests himself. All while knowing that nothing he does will ever be of any consequence.
  • Faux Affably Evil: While he does enjoy making articulate lectures about pop music and chatting about Men's fashion, most of his polite and politically correct behaviour is a Mask of Sanity that barely stays on half the time. A good example is when he appears to sympathize with a homeless man and gives him some money before stabbing him to death and killing his dog.
  • Hallucinations: Caused by stress, and extremely bizarre, but he believes every one of them.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Despite his insane levels of narcissism, it is shown often that Bateman utterly detests himself as much as he does everyone else and most of his murders are motivated by people unintentionally reminding him of this.
  • It's All About Me: The only people he refuses to kill are ones who profess some affection for him, all of which he coldly discards.
  • Karma Houdini: He escapes punishment for all his crimes, and boy is he upset about this status. See Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Mask of Sanity: And it's about... to slip.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: A banker and Ax-Crazy Serial Killer.
  • Narcissist: Ye gods... Half of his Inner Monologue is centered around how superior he is and how perfect he does everything.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He hits the trifecta: he's sexist, racist, and homophobic, as well as extremely elitist. And yet, he frequently calls out his "friends" for making even mildly prejudiced remarks.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Deconstructed. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music, art, and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make the most appealing to the widest audiences and lowest common denominator, such as rejecting early Genesis albums with Peter Gabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Phil Collins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Whitney Houston is a jazz singer or believing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is a song by The Beatles. Elsewhere, he often speaks of owning what's described as the original version of "Sunrise with Broken Plates" by artist David Onica (while discreetly boasting of the high cost he paid to obtain it), only for his ex-girlfriend to point out to him that he hung it upside down. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions about having "good taste."
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: He seems to just wear them because they are designer and because all his other Yuppie friends wear the same thing.
  • Sadist: Gets off on causing pain because that's the only thing he could ever do that's of any consequence.
  • The Sociopath: Informs everything about his life — the film's director describes him as a Martian trying to imitate human behavior (and never quite hitting the mark). He is probably one of the best examples in media.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: As we learn during his narration of his morning routine, he is the pinnacle of physical perfection.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: He once sees that a cheerio is the guest on a talk show and an atm tells him to feed it a cat.
  • Unreliable Narrator: His sanity is, at best, questionable.
  • Villain Protagonist: A Serial Killer with a host of disorders making him Ax-Crazy. Our central focus, everyone. And even if he's just imagining the murders, he's still an unlikable, self-centered, elitist, racist, shallow bastard.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He stabs a small boy to death just to see if he'd enjoy it. He doesn't... because he doesn't find it evil enough.

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