You all know that arrogant S.O.B that is usually pissing us off by ranting about how absolutely wonderful they are? This is not that character.
is the type of narcissist who constantly rants and raves about how mindblowingly awesome they are, and the fans agree
Maybe it's because they back up their bragging with genuine skill and competence, or maybe it's because they're just so damn entertaining in their rants. But whatever the reason, it's this character's ego that makes them so charismatic.
Often a trait of the Magnificent Bastard
, the Memetic Badass
, and the Insufferable Genius
. Contrast the Small Name, Big Ego
and Smug Snake
, who may have an ego, but in their case it's more annoying than entertaining. Also contrast the Boisterous Weakling
, who tries to brag even though his weakness is painfully obvious to everyone.
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- Tony Stark, just as in the comics. "I've successfully privatized world peace" is such an audacious and narcissistic thing to claim, but not only is it partially true, he's just so awesome for daring to say it.
- In The Avengers, he successfully figures out where Loki plans to make his move by realizing that Loki is no different from him in that regard.
Tony: And Loki, he's a full-tilt diva, right? He wants flowers, he wants parades. He wants a monument built to the skies with his name plastered... (realizing that Loki is at Stark Tower, the monument to Tony's greatness) son of a bitch.
- Captain Jack Sparrow.
- Star Trek Into Darkness has Commander John Harrison (Khan), an Implacable Evil Brit in a Badass Longcoat who dual-wields a rifle and a fighter cannon to reduce a squad of Klingons into cinders. He is not humble:
Harrison: "Because I am... better."
Kirk: "At what?"
- Zaphod Beeblebrox of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. It's how he survives the Total Perspective Vortex... at least until it's revealed shortly that it was sabotaged. As Zarniwoop tells him, "You would never have survived the real one." Still, Zaphod is one hoopy frood.
- The fact that someone went out of their way to create a virtual reality, identical to the real reality, specifically for Zaphod's benefit, just so Zaphod could survive said Vortex, should tell you something.
- Skulduggery Pleasant, in-universe. His partner, Valkyrie Cain describes him as "hugely vain and narcissistic but endearingly so."
- Journey to the West features Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. He manages to go toe-to-toe with dragons, the Judges of Hell, and Heaven itself. And BOY does he brag about it.
Live Action TV
- Souji Tendou from Kamen Rider Kabuto,. In the same series, Tsurugi Kamishiro is almost as good at everything as Tendou, and more comedic as he plays it up. (Once an Episode, he tells us that he's the man who stands at the top of... something new every time. When he decided to see how the common folk live, the catchphrase became hilarious, because now it's "I am the man who shall stand at the top of waiting in line!")
- Possibly the only reason anyone roots for Walter White later on in Breaking Bad. He may Kick the Dog several times an episode at least, but he throws out awesome moments and bombastic speeches just as frequently.
- The page quote is from Dr. Perry Cox of Scrubs who's the definition of ego, yet backs it up time after time with genuine skill.
- Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother.
- The titular Doctor from Doctor Who. He's traveled across nearly all time and space, and saved the world more times than he can likely count, is an egotist how often likes to inform people of awesome he is, especially if they DARE to doubt him. His Evil Counterpart, The Master, is villainous example, who makes no effort to hide how highly he thinks of himself from anyone, including The Doctor. Thing is, he is that good, having single handedly taken over entire worlds, among other things. He also likes to boost that he'll never die, and, he won't.
"I'm the Doctor, and you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up." (It works.)
- House would be half as long and nowhere near as amusing if the title character didn't spend most of every episode showing off how brilliant he is:
Wilson: You're quite impressed with yourself right now, aren't you?
House: Who wouldn't be?
- Sheldon Cooper.
- Stephen Colbert in-character on The Colbert Report. The man has a portrait of himself in which he's looking at another portrait of himself, and spins every news story or interview so everything agrees with him and the world generally revolves around him. It's hilarious.
- Avon in Blake's 7 is a fan favourite based largely on his high estimate of his own intelligence, his low estimate of everyone else's, and his acerbic way of making this clear to everyone.
- Congressman Frank Underwood. He views God as a Worthy Opponent and has several conversations (not monologues) with the audience explaining just how brilliant his plans are.
- Holmes. The John Harrison quote above would make just as much sense coming from Benedict Cumberbatch's earlier BBC character.
- Leonardo de Montreal, Nightmares' Angel, in Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine. One quote from him consists of an epic A God Am I speech explaining why he drank all the milk and didn't buy any more. Those who can pull off this character type well are also advised to consider Fist-Shake XP.
- Duke Nukem is a self-centered, politically incorrect chauvinistic bastard. And the fans love him for it, both in and out of universe due to the fact that he does have a personality (in contrast to most other shooter protagonists) and his general badassery for saving the world multiple times by himself. How narcissistic is he? In multiple games, he doesn't have a Life Meter—he has an ego meter. And looking at yourself in the mirror gives it a permanent boost.
- Draven from League of Legends. In a game boasting Loads and Loads of Characters, he's in his own League.
- Street Fighter 2's Vega is about as narcissistic as you can get, but does have his fans.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Groose starts out as a an amusing Jerk Jock, but through Character Development, becomes Link's Lancer after a particularly Funny Moment. Both of these combined made him both an Ensemble Dark Horse and a Memetic Badass.
- Legacy of Kain: Kain rivals Vegeta in terms of his ambition, arrogance and (in his younger years) explosive temper, but because he combines it with genuine cunning, he remains awesome. The Gambit Pileup plotline, excellent faux-Shakespearian script and truly spectacular voice acting play no small part in this.
- Sonic the Hedgehog. It can be easy to forget nowadays, but he's still quite the braggart and is proud of his Super Speed, and it was his "attitude" that made him a worldwide cultural icon in the first place. It helped that even with his ego, he's a hero that's not too proud to admit to needing help from his friends.
- Shadow, to his fans at least. He's far more arrogant than Sonic, and quite possibly anybody in the series besides some of the villains, but he shows consistently that only Sonic can match him.
- Sovereign from Mass Effect 1. You get a grand total of one conversation with him in the game, which consists entirely of him bragging about himself and how the Reapers will destroy galactic civilization. And it's quite one of the best moments of the games.
- In the sequels, Harbinger for the same rasons.
- The Power of the Sun: Pyrrhon the "self-proclaimed" Sun God from Kid Icarus: Uprising is starting to become this. His Tumblr page is all about how awesome he is and why there can be no one as awesome as Pyrrhon.
- Gilgamesh of the Final Fantasy series is one of the most popular characters, which is largely due to his huge ego. In-Universe, it's sometimes portrayed as empty bragging and always with a healthy dose of humor, but for players, he's rarely a pushover, and sometimes he's among the Bonus Bosses.
- Kane from Command & Conquer refers to himself as "a close second" to God. However, being a Magnificent Bastard, he could make a case for that being official. Over the Tiberium series he's gone from "reports suggest that he's much older than he looks" to "he somehow survived being at ground zero of an Ion Cannon strike with nothing more than scarring" to "he doesn't age and can't be permanently killed, and it's not due to a trick like cloning."
- In Fate/EXTRA, there's the playable Saber, aka Emperor Nero. She almost certainly has the biggest ego in the cast, and is beloved for it.
- Gilgamesh. The King of Heroes was included in Fate/Extra CCC for a reason, after all.
- Caesar and Mr. House from Fallout: New Vegas.
- Mima, an evil spirit from the early Touhou games, is a chronic liar who falsely claimed to be a deity while talking to the goddess of a demon world, yet she backs her arrogance up with the power to defeat said goddess. In the eyes of the fandom she can do stuff like the "Twilight Spark" despite not possessing any similar attacks in the games.
- Also, Miko from later in the series. Known for making herself available just in case people feel they need an immortal God Emperor to lead them to prosperity. But until then she'll just work on achieving enlightenment and ascending bodily into heaven. Even the Boss Subtitles seem to agree, labeling her the Almighty Taoist Ruler of the Universe.
- Lute in Fire Emblem Sacred Stones constantly goes on about what an amazing mage prodigy she is. Her stats back her up on this.
- HK-47 from Knights of the Old Republic, due to essentially being the Star Wars equivalent to Bender.
- Gig from Soul Nomad & the World Eaters is an arrogant jerk with the overall demeanor of a delinquent teenager who has no respect for anybody, and it's hilarious. Plus he's every bit as a much of badass as his constant bragging claims; in fact, he's likely the game's most popular character.
- Overlord Zetta from Makai Kingdom will proudly and hammily boast that he's the "Most badass freakin' overlord in the Cosmos", and the fans love him for it.
- Dante from Devil May Cry is an egoistical Deadpan Snarker that will openly taunt the Legions of Hell, and has taken them on more than once and come out none the worse for wear.
- Bowser from Super Mario Bros.. He's a massive ham with equally massive ego, but he can back every claim. When pitted against another threat, he'll stomp it to pieces and burn it to ashes. His massive armies follow him not out of fear, but out respect and admiration. Against anyone other than Mario and Luigi, he's unstoppable, verging on The Juggernaut.
- Klavier Gavin from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney prides himself on his dual rockstar/prosecutor career, and loves the attention he gets from fans; during one witness testimony, the witness is staring at him (though more out of anxiety and confusion than admiration), and to Klavier, being stared at is business as usual. He's also a very popular character, especially amongst female fans. It helps that despite his ego, he's one of the most competent, nicest, and least corrupt prosecutors in the series.
- Wario from the Super Mario Bros., Wario Land and WarioWare series. He's a greedy, selfish jerkass who cares for nobody except himself (and beats up everyone in his way), but that's exactly why his fans like him. Cause there's something admirable about just how honest the guy is about his ambitions and motivations. Best seen in his Crowdfarter video meant to promote Game & Wario, where he actually just outright says 'you give me your money so I can make my dreams come true'.
- Master Neloth in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim DLC expansion Dragonborn steals the show with his over-the-top haughtiness and magical experiments of dubious safety. He'll also go surprisingly hands-on for a Telvanni mage-lord when attempting to find a MacGuffin with you.