"You talk about the people as though you owned them, as though they belong to you......You don't care about anything except you. You just want to persuade people that you love 'em so much that they ought to love you back. Only you want love on your own terms. Something to be played your way, according to your rules."This trope is the logical conclusion of an overconfident obsession with oneself. However, it is distinct from It's All About Me in that it does not focus simply on characters who frequently display self-centered behavior (often for comedic effect), but explores the mindset of characters whose behavior is strongly symptomatic of narcissistic personality disorder. The narcissist appears literally in love with themselves, present themselves as perfect, and expect you to agree. When these expectations are not met, they react with indignation and hostility towards those who dare deny them that which they feel entitled. Moreover, while highly self-conscious of how others view them, they display little (if any) concern for the thoughts and feelings of others and are indifferent to the harm they cause in furtherance of their goals. Unlike The Sociopath though, the narcissist can be a good guy. And when he is, he can even be a great guy! He feels shame when things go wrong or he really messes up. He doesn't enjoy hurting people or dismiss their feelings. And he loves having lots of friends, and he often sincerely cares about them. It's just that his best friends are those who admire him and cheer him on, rather than perhaps people who are honest and point out flaws. Oh, and he's still more awesome than they are, with his goals being more important. He recognises his mistakes though, and as a result he can learn from them, because just because you're awesome doesn't mean you can't get more awesome. The Trope Namer is Narcissus of Greek Mythology. His story was first told by Ovid, which makes this Older Than Feudalism. One version of the myth is that Narcissus coldly turned down a beautiful woman named Echo, who as a result faded away to nothing but a literal echo. Angered by his callousness and vanity, Aphrodite cursed Narcissus to fall in unrequited love with the next person he saw—which was his own reflection in the river. Which he did until he died, whereupon his body was transformed into a flower. A common characteristic of an Alpha Bitch, Jerk Jock, My Beloved Smother, Pointy-Haired Boss, The Bully, The Fighting Narcissist (duh) or a Stepford Smiler. Particularly sinister and dangerous examples often include The Social Darwinist, The Übermensch, Evilutionary Biologist, and General Ripper. When taken to the absolute extreme, this trope is manifested by psychotic megalomaniacs who consider themselves gods destined to subjugate everyone and everything to their will. It is insufficient for a character to simply be extremely vain or excessively preoccupied with one's selfish desires to qualify for this trope. Rather, ALL the following requirements must be met in order for a character to qualify.
- The character's personality is overtly permeated by grandiosity.
- The character displays pervasive egocentrism characterized by the consistent prioritization of their own desires at others' expense and a grandiose sense of entitlement.
- The character possesses an extremely diminished capacity for empathy or a complete lack thereof.
- The character has an insatiable craving for others' admiration and/or devotion which they incessantly strive to satisfy through manipulative and domineering behavior.
- The character is extremely sensitive to how others perceive them ( a trait typically characterized by a deeply entrenched Inferiority Superiority Complex, Disproportionate Retribution for real and perceived slights, and/or a highly pronounced tendency to envy those who encroach on their sense of superiority).
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- Berserk: Griffith was a narcissist prior to the events of the Eclipse, viewing his team as little more than extensions of his own will, manipulating them towards his goals, blaming others for his decisions, and completely unable to take any sort of damage to his ego. After the Eclipse he sheds what few human traits he had and becomes a pure psychopath.
- Light Yagami of Death Note is a genius, handsome, popular and knows it. Word of God says he thinks he's above most people. After gaining powers over life and death it takes him less than a week to develop a god complex.
- Vegeta from Dragonball Z.
- Frieza even more so.
- Cell also has shades of this, especially after he reaches his Perfect Form.
- Bulma may also count, even though this was mostly in Dragonball. She has a few traits such as her vanity, having a lot of self-centered desires, and showing no scruples with manipulating and screwing people over to fulfill her desires and getting what she wants.
- Pride in Fullmetal Alchemist. He's utterly obsessed with himself to the exclusion of all others. Justified as he literally is arrogance given human form, and as such, has no emotions beyond self-love and satisfaction.
- Leonard Tesstarossa of Full Metal Panic!, which makes for an interesting contrast with his sociopathic predecessors, Gates and Gauron. Unlike them, Leonard can care about other people—it's just that he finds himself infinitely more interesting.
- Naru from Ghost Hunt. He has a name besides Naru (which is a nickname), but nobody else in the cast uses it.
- Al Da Flaga of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is a narcissistic parent, who raised his son (Mu La Flaga) with the intent of making him nothing more than an extension of his own ego. When Mu insisted on being his own person, Al locked him away in a Big Fancy House and had himself cloned. He then raised the clone to believe that it had no identity of its own, and existed only so that Al's legacy could live on, effectively trying to turn the clone child into a perfect duplicate of himself. He succeeded instead in creating a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds and Misanthrope Supreme who sought the annihilation of the entire human race and had to wear a mask in order to give himself a sense of identity.
- ...And then there's Gilbert Durandal from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, an Evilutionary Biologist from the cloning lab turned Control Freak and Consummate Liar politician who takes Al's narcissism and turns it Up to Eleven when he tries to tell the entire world how to live their lives. He's shown throughout the entire show as being preoccupied with image, presentation, and self-aggrandizement at the expense of truth or emotion, and God help you if don't cooperate with him for the coming One World Order. Fittingly, Rau liked him so much, he showed up after death just to screw with him and make fun of his plans.
- Katsuhiko Jinnai from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World.
- (The real) Madara Uchiha from Naruto.
- Asuka Langley Sohryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion seems to fit the bill perfectly with her boisterous and egocentric attitude but that's just a cover for the fact that she has a very LOW opinion of herself and thus an obsessive need to be adored and accepted. However this is not a subversion—that particular defense mechanism is probably the most widely accepted explanations for narcissism.
- Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club seems like one of these on the outside, but behavior-wise he's very considerate of others, with his most inconsiderate moments stemming from cluelessness. He does have a (justifiably) high opinion of his own appearance:
- "What a crime... such a breathtaking crime. That God would create a star as bright as I. And I know it's a disgrace, to admire this perfect face, reflected in your eyes."
- Jessie and James of Pokémon live for style, which only makes them that much more lovable. Jessie's Berserk Button is any injury done to her hair or her beautiful face; James carries around photos of himself to look at in his spare time. They dress up (stylishly) for no particular reason, silhouette themselves against the light, wave roses around and in general steal every scene they walk into. When they're about to die their priorities are clear:
Jessie: I'll always remember what a wonderful dresser you were.
James: So will I!
- In 3-gatsu no Lion, Shimada accuses Gotou of being one, due to having a well-built physique that one would not normally expect from a professional shogi player.
- Black Star from Soul Eater.
- "I will be the man who will surpass the gods!"
- Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! is incredibly proud and self-involved. In the anime he is slightly nicer and a protective big brother to Mokuba.
- Paptimus Scirocco of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is a Dark Messiah who manipulates and discards his followers like pawns on a chessboard. While he does care about them on some level, Scirocco largely views his minions in terms of what they can do for or to him, and uses constant emotional manipulation to keep them in line (especially the women). Even his Utopia Justifies the Means rhetoric contains an undercurrent of "only I can save the world." He has a typically narcissistic appreciation for those most like himself to boot—it's worth noting that the only woman (indeed the only person) he has any respect for is fellow Magnificent Bastard Haman Khan, and that the measuring stick he uses for her greatness is his own inability to manipulate her.
- Kawai from Koe no Katachi, a sweet looking and intelligent classmate of Shouya who turns out to be this. Unlike some examples, she's actually more of a text book case of Narcissism. She has a strong need to be seen as important and to be admired, claiming that she works and studies harder than everyone else, and so shouldn't be seen as anything less than great by her classmates. She is bothered when people talk badly about her, thinking that it must be because they are jealous of the relationship she has with her crush. She also believes that she was bullied back in elementary school, just like Shouko was, even though in reality she was a bystander who laughed at the bullying and was responsible for turning Shouya into the class scapegoat. But, of course, Kawai appears incapable of acknowledging these flaws, and ultimately believes she can do no wrong.
- Sailor Moon has a few examples.
- There's Rei and Minako, but they vary in terms of how they perceive themselves. Rei's attitude is "Well of course I'm beautiful and adorable doesn't everybody know that?" While Minako is more "To be so beautiful, surely this must be a crime!" Rei often lacks self awareness when she gets in the mood, and Minako tends to be very grandiose and hammy when proclaiming her good looks.
- For a villainous example, there's Queen Nehellenia from the fourth arc, whose vanity was so bad she devoured the dreams of everyone in her kingdom, which turned her subjects into living nightmares and transformed her planet into a dark wasteland, all for the sake of making sure her beauty is never ruined by age. The fourth season of the first anime even ends with her getting resealed in her prison dimension and being okay with it because it means she'll be beautiful, and the fifth season opens with her floating in a void filled with mirrors to which she can eternally gaze upon herself. She doesn't care about anyone or anything except for how she looks and that others see her as beautiful, and she really hates Sailor Moon due to jealous and paranoid beliefs that the Moon Princess is actively mocking her.
- Prussia from Axis Powers Hetalia has the catch phrase "I am awesome!" He thinks he's a main character and has a library full of journals he's kept. In the Japanese, he refers to himself as "Ore-Sama". He even wrote a song for himself, about himself.
- Doctor Doom. RIIIIIICHARDS became his nemesis because he blamed him for the accident which scarred his perfect face.
- Taken even further in some versions of his origin, where the scarring is fairly minor, but he insists on putting on his famous mask before it's finished cooling, due to his need to "conceal" the imperfection.
- As mentioned below Tony Stark / Iron Man.
- Lex Luthor hates Superman for holding humanity back...from worshipping him instead. While he's not incapable of empathy, he has trouble viewing his employees and allies as anything other than extensions of himself, and is a major Control Freak who cannot stand it when those around him have different opinions from him.
- In the Silver Age Luthor's hatred for Superman began when the latter as Superboy saved his life from a chemical fire after Luthor's experiment to create life went awry. Luthor not only blamed him for intentionally sabotaging his experiment, he also blamed him for turning bald as well. Now if that's not vanity, we don't know what is.
- Depending on the Writer, The Riddler can fit this trope.
- Depending on the Writer, Eddie Brock, the original Venom / Anti-Venom is sometimes referred to as a Narcissist when he's not being referred to as a Sociopath. He doesn't totally lack Empathy like a Sociopath but it's certainly "Never His Fault." (It's Spider-Man's!)
- Brock probably better fit a Borderline Personality Disorder than either of those (albeit an extremly dangerous one).
- Vanity in all interpretations of The Smurfs. He spends most of his time admiring himself in a handheld mirror.
- A-Pex in Power & Glory, who brags about his invulnerable body of throbbing pink steel”, even though he has a crippling fear of disease that leaves him incapable of fighting anyone.
- Preacher's version of God is this, an omnipotent being who only gave humanity free will so they could love Him despite the crap he puts them through. The series gets started when he creates a being whose power equals his own just to be loved by it. God is eventually killed by the Saint of Killers, a man who once caused Hell to freeze over because he was too full of hate for his family's murderers. Then the Saint learned that God was behind his family's murder... Did we mention this is written by a staunch atheist?
- In Equestria: A History Revealed, the Lemony Narrator perceives herself to be the best historical essay writer alive. She's also pretty self-centered and seems to care mostly about herself.
- The Pony POV Series has General-Admiral Makarov, the Big Bad of the Shining Armor Arc, who declares Shining his Arch-Enemy and sentences him to a Fate Worse Than Death all because when they first met at a diplomatic banquet, Shining didn't know his name. He's ultimately revealed to be one of Pandora's creations, which became a Black Hole Sue, convinced that it's perfect and that all stories should be about it, no matter how that twists them.
- This is popular with Disney villains:
- Gaston from Beauty and the Beast has an entire song dedicated to how awesome he is.
- Ratcliffe from Pocahontas loves himself almost as much as he loves gold.
- The Evil Queen of Snow White, who had a magic mirror specifically to tell her that she's the most beautiful in the land.
- Scar of The Lion King is this trope turned Up to Eleven. "Meticulous planning, tenacity spanning decades of denial is simply why I'll be king undisputed, respected, saluted and seen for the wonder I am, yes my teeth and ambitions are bared, be prepared!" The song is called "Be Prepared" and can be listened to here on Youtube.
- The Italian version of the last part translates as: "I'll be a king admired, feared and loved, nobody is better than me!"
- And in the French version we have "Le seul dieu vivant qu'on acclaime!", which means "The only living god to be acclaimed!".
- Frollo of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a textbook narcissist who projects his own lust on Esmeralda, as well as being a Knight Templar. "Beata Maria, you know I am a righteous man, Of my virtue I am justly proud / Beata Maria, you know I'm so much purer than the common vulgar weak licentious crowd..."
- And one Disney hero: Kuzco.
- Two in Enchanted: one hero, Prince Edward and once villain, Queen Narissa.
- Also King Candy AKA Turbo from Wreck-It Ralph.
- Tamatoa from Moana spends half his Villain Song "Shiny" singing about how beautiful and powerful he is (well, thinks he is). The other half is a "The Reason You Suck" Speech aimed at Maui. Tamatoa overcompensates for his original drab appearance by decorating his shell with glittering treasure and painting himself with bioluminescent paints so that he is shiny even in the dark.
- Patrick Bateman from American Psycho is more narcissistic than two clones of Narcissus screwing in a room full of mirrors. At one point he actually admires his reflection in a mirror while having sex.
- Not to mention every single other character.
- Tony Stark in the Iron Man films. "Textbook narcissism... agreed."
- Waldo Lydecker from 1944's Laura is definitely in love with the main character but his love for her is eclipsed by the blinding rays of his own self-love.
- Pavi Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera is so in love with himself that he has a mirror with him at all times.
- Holmes accuses Professor Moriarty of "acute narcissism" in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Considering that Moriarty can't seem to prevent himself from smiling every time Holmes mentions his intelligence, and takes a moment to gaze into a mirror and smooth his clothes before engaging in Cold-Blooded Torture, it seems Holmes is right as usual.
- Buddy Ackerman in Swimming with Sharks. "What you think means nothing. What you feel means nothing. You are here for me. You are here to protect my interests and to serve my needs."
- Arliss Loveless in Wild Wild West. He even jokes about it.
Rita: Not to give you a big head, but I kinda missed you.Loveless: Well isn't that a coincidence. I kinda missed me too!
- The mentioned-but-never-seen Professor of Applied Anthropics of the Unseen University has put forth the Very Strong Anthropic Principle, which holds that the entire point of the universe is to give rise to the Unseen University so that it may house a Professor of Applied Anthropics (Footnotes comment that virtually everyone secretly believes this, with minor variations of a fill-in-name-here nature). Later in the book in which this is mentioned, one of the wizards mentions the principle, and comments that it's jolly decent of the Professor to share the universe with everyone else.
- Gilderoy Lockhart, from Harry Potter. He's so ridiculously stuck-up, it's Played for Laughs. But then he gets what he deserves when Harry and Ron pwn him and force him to accompany them to the Chamber of Secrets. Then, he accidentally loses his memory, which conveniently erases all his smug self-importance and turns him into a cheerful Man Child. His actor, Ken Branagh, has specifically rejected the idea that Lockhart's secretly insecure - the narcissism is 100% genuine.
- Also clearly the inspiration behind Narcissa Malfoy. But then, she is subject to major Character Development when it is shown that all she really wants is to be with her family, to the point that she spares Harry out of gratitude for reassuring her that her son is alive.
- Cormac McLaggen is convinced he could play everyone else's position on the Quidditch team better than them. Harry makes it clear that McLaggen's ego wouldn't be worth putting up with if he was world-class.
- They're all overshadowed by Voldemort in this department!
- In Death: A number of characters in the series can be put in this category. Then again, they tend to be sociopathic serial killers. Clearly, characters in those categories probably would love no one but themselves.
- In Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited, Sam Vaknin studies the mindscape of malignant narcissists from the psychodynamic point of view.
- Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is modeled after the Greek character of Narcissus and even painted dressed as him at one point.
- Redwall's Emperor Ublaz Mad Eyes is self-obsessed to the point that he thinks it's perfectly reasonable to put all his manpower (or beastpower) into attacking a small and unimportant tribe several thousand miles away so he can have their family heirloom of six pink pearls. Just because he thinks they'd make a pretty crown for him, not because they're magical or anything.note
- Jaime and his twin sister Cersei from A Song of Ice and Fire are both this, and it is implied that this is the underlying cause of their relationship because they look so much alike, particularly when they were younger. Jaime to a far lesser degree - he seems to feel some genuine romantic attraction to his sister, and is able to admit some of his mistakes and is also rediscovering his former morals.
- Morgoth from The Silmarillion, being as he is, based on Satan, the original narcissist.
- The depiction of Albrecht von Wallenstein in Friedrich Schiller's Wallenstein trilogy.
- Joe from Robots Have No Tails is nicknamed Narcissus by his inventor because he'd rather gaze at his own reflection than do anything. But, like real narcissists, he's not content to simply admire himself and must devise ways of hurting others—in his case, up to and including drugging one of his master's creditors/house guests.
- The god Apollo from The Heroes of Olympus is extremely arrogant and self-centered even for a god. It is revealed in the last book to have inadvertently started the Roman-Greek demigod war because he gave his blessing to a decedent on the promise he would be raised to be the most important god in the Legion above even the king of Olympus Zeus/Jupiter. He thinks he is perfect and is several times manipulated by flattery yet is willing to bully or murder demigods on a whim if he thinks it will benefit him in someway and can only really think in terms of how a situation is affecting him. His sister Artemis is the only one he shows any type of respect or concern for.
- This is even more blatantly obvious in "The Trials Of Apollo" where for a while, all he does is whine about how unfair his punishment is and how much it sucks to be human. Although he does get better by the end of the book and even shows genuine guilt at the problems he's caused and concern for others, especially Meg and his children.
- Jaume of The Dinosaur Lords is incredibly, annoyingly self-absorbed. While he cares for his lovers, he doesn't care for their feelings and what they might think about him having other flings, and always expects people to have opinions and thoughts that would suit his agenda best. He likes to surround himself with beautiful things, is a hedonist and only his care for his mounts and country keeps him likeable.
- Second Apocalypse: Ikurei Conphas is a beautiful genius and prince of the Nansur Empire. He frequently thinks of himself as being like a god. In one sequence, he recalls as a child being unable to comprehend how others were moved by the invisible strings of emotions and empathy.
- Clip in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. He ticks off an impressive number of symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He has an inflated sense of his own abilities, achievements, talents and prowess, and has a stong sense of entitlement to the positions of Mortal Sword of the Black-Winged Lord and later the Herald of Mother Dark, which he claims are righteously his. He thinks nothing of using others and lacks the ability to consider them as more than his pawns, to be used as he sees fit. Only his own opinion has any value to Clip. Kedeviss insinuates that Clip may be envious of Nimander and his kin, as they have actually met Anomander Rake while he hasn't, and Skintick suspects that Clip is occupied by fantasies of his fated meeting with Anomander Rake, in which the latter has to step down when faced with Clip's fury.
Live Action TV
- Played for Laughs by Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock. Her Freudian Excuse is a miserable childhood with her Stage Mom, Verna.
- Tracy Jordan on the same show also appears narcissistic at times, but this is just one of a whole host of psychological problems that render him more of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
- Lexi from A.N.T. Farm.
- Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica. He remains pretty self-absorbed throughout the series.
- Gina Linetti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine is convinced that she's the absolute centre of the universe and that everyone else on the planet exists solely for her benefit and to cheer her on with whatever she aims to do. Putting a mirror in front of her distracts her in the same way it would a cockatiel, she considers almost everything and everyone around her beneath her and displays a boundless contempt for them, has limited concern for the feelings and problems of others, demands to be the centre of all attention at all times, and consider this line of dialogue when the squad is attempting to persuade Sgt. Jeffords not to accept a cushy job with a private security contractor:
Terry: I'm trying to do what's best for my family. It's not just about me.
Gina: Exactly! It's about me, and how you're abandoning me to these squares!
Lorne: "Come on, Gorgeous, you can stare at yourself in my grandmother's glass eye."
- Angel is viewed as narcissistic in the show and his spin-off show turns that into a Running Gag. On the DVD Commentary for "Billy", the writers admit they enjoy writing scenes showcasing Angel's "narcissism," although Angel's willingness to be self-sacrificing shows he cannot be a Narcissist in terms of the disorder. He has empathy, and is anything but self-centered. The Running Gag in series 2 builds to the finale arc where he finds himself in an alternate dimension. While the gang discusses their plight, Angel can be seen in the background utterly distracted by his reflection— which in our dimension he as a vampire cannot see. Once the gang has recovered from the shock of seeing him being able to reflect at all, Lorne has to forcibly drag him away from the mirror.
- Angelus possesses all of Angel's narcissistic inclinations with none of the compassion to off-set it. He cannot shut up and is one of the cockiest, most dangerous and sociopathic characters in the entire show.
- In a warped way, Spike loves Drusilla and Buffy. However, it doesn't stop him from causing pain for everyone around him. A particularly egregious example of Spike hurting Buffy causes Spike to feel guilty enough to go through trials to regain his soul, so he will not be so hurtful again. However, he still retains his edge and in the Angel spin-off, Angel's Running Gag is expanded to include him as well, culminating in them competing for everything from their place in world-shaking prophecies to trying to "save" Buffy from her latest boyfriend simply because they feel inadequate against his prowess among women.
- Glory is one to an utterly ludicrous degree. She even forces her minions to constantly come up with new ways of praising her.
- The First Evil: "You think you can fight me? I'm not a demon, little girl. I am something that you can't even conceive. The First Evil. Beyond sin, beyond death. I am the thing the darkness fears. You'll never see me, but I am everywhere. Every being, every thought, every drop of hate..." Doesn't look like modesty is this thing's strength.
- Played for Laughs by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. Not only is the set shaped around his name (C-shaped desk and all), he's also convinced, among other things, that the "gay agenda" is to make him, personally, gay.
- Jeff Winger on Community, although his experiences at Greendale improve him eventually.
Britta: You're a textbook narcissist.Jeff: Please. I'm an exceptional narcissist.
- The Master from Doctor Who is completely obsessed with his own brilliance and considers the Doctor his only equal; few of his evil plots have a clear long-term goal besides getting his arch-enemy's attention. He takes it to the absolute extreme in "The End of Time" when he converts the entire population of Earth into duplicates of himself...all of whom are as pleased with this as the original.
John Simm: (on the commentary) I knew he had a high opinion of himself before, but I had no idea he's that narcissistic.
- In Hannibal, the title character is the personification of this. His murders are motivated by his God complex and disdain for people he feels are wasting their lives. Hannibal demonstrates his superiority by degrading them and either leaving them on display or turning them into lavish meals. Moreover, he sees the people around him, even the people he likes, as being far beneath him — toys at the very best and mindless animals at worst. He indirectly refers to the common people as 'sheep' in a very condescending way. As Will points out, every single thing about Hannibal, from his dress sense to his dietary habits, is a way of proving his superiority over everyone else.
Will: I don't find you that interesting.Hannibal: You will.
- The title character of House has shown narcissistic tendencies, which has not escaped the notice of any of the main cast.
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Dennis Reynolds. He fancies himself a handsome ladies man, though it eventually becomes clear that he uses manipulative seduction tactics that border on date-rape. He think's he's popular, but it's revealed that he actually just ran around high school proclaiming himself to be a "legend" while the cool kids laughed at him behind his back. He admits that his emotions are so buried that he virtually has none. However, he is extremely insecure, bordering on mania whenever his ego is besmirched in even the smallest degree.
- Kings: King Silas Benjamin is a blatant narcissist, who cannot separate the good of his kingdom from the good of Silas. He views his children and his nation as extensions of himself, and takes honours going to anyone else as a personal insult. His wife and son also display traits of this.
- Alice Morgan from Luther is profiled by Luther as a malignant narcissist, a nasty subset of narcissism that includes sadistic and antisocial elements.
- Michael from The Office
- Shawn from Psych.
- Cat from Red Dwarf is absolutely in love with himself. The most telling example is when a Shapeshifting Seducer assumes the form that he desires most... himself.
Cat: So I'm the object of my own desires?Shapeshifter!Cat: Is there anyone more deserving?
- Dr. Cox from Scrubs is the greatest doctor of them all, a diagnosing machine, this fabulous thing. Too bad his personal life is in shambles. The show has also delivered An Aesop when showing how a little bit of confidence is not necessarily a bad thing and goes a long way towards making their patients feeling at ease.
- Jace from Shadowhunters. Best summed up in his own words:
- Lex and Lionel Luthor from Smallville. Lionel's an Archnemesis Dad and Corrupt Corporate Executive who has trouble seeing his company and his son as anything more than extensions of himself, and is willing to break almost every law imaginable in order to stay on top. Possession by Jor-El eventually rids him of the worst of these traits, though he remains manipulative and grandiose long after his Heel–Face Turn. Lex starts out as a "Well Done, Son!" Guy who tends to bring up his own problems in almost every conversation he has. This problem only gets worse as time goes by, and his delusions of heroism and need for adulation become more and more extreme; by the end of the show he's moved well past narcissism and into fullblown psychopathy as his need for control and someone to blame take over his life.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. When Major Kira first crosses into the Mirror Universe, her Evil Counterpart the Intendent has exactly this response to her. Later episodes however chose to interpret this as the Intendent being Bi the Way and wanting to Screw Yourself.
- Logan Reese from Zoey 101 most definitely.
- The POV character in Dead or Alive's "Far Too Hard," who comments that he is "fascinated with the profile in [his] mirror" and ruefully notes that you should "never, ever make it with your own reflection."
- The Carly Simon hit "You're So Vain"
- "Everybody Loves Me" by One Republic.
- "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake can be seen this way, as he's comparing the girl he loves to his own reflection. Todd in the Shadows jokingly played a clip of Gaston when commenting on this song.
- Christina Aguilera's "Vanity". The narrator heavily crosses into Screw Yourself.
- Phoebe and Her Unicorn: Marigold Heavenly Nostrils the unicorn is introduced trapped staring at her own reflection for a good day. In fact, about half of the punchlines in the comic are about her belief that she's the most beautiful thing imaginable. She once thought that a dressing room was "loveliness camp".
- When he first debuted in the WWF in 1993, Lex Luger was billed as "The Narcissist". He often posed in front of a 3-way mirror set up in the ring before matches.
- In the mid-2000's, Mark Jindrak had a similar gimmick, billed as "The Reflection Of Perfection".
- The Midnight Son Caleb Konley, who says his face is the best in the sport.
- Cody Rhodes was like this during his "dashing" persona from 2010-2011 and had a digital mirror during his entrance.
Religion and Mythology
- The Trope Namer Narcissus, was a Pretty Boy Greek hunter who was punished by the gods to fall in love with his own reflection. Why that is depends on which version of the story you hear, the most famous being Ovid's version where he rejected Echo and didn't realize the reflection was his own. Another has Narcissus falling in love with his twin sister, and after her death, pretending his reflection is her. What happens after also varies, from a slow death due to starvation and thirst because he would not look away to drowning in an attempt to kiss his reflection, to stabbing himself when he realizes that his reflection is just a reflection and will never love him back. Regardless of cause of death, or a sympathetic god transforming Narcissus so he could stare at his reflection forever, regardless a flower either grew in the place where he died or he was transformed into one: the Narcissus plant, more commonly known as the daffodil.
- Satan in the versions where he becomes jealous of God and rebels against him.
- Discussed by Jim Gaffigan in regards to his anxiety over body-length mirrors in the gym. He imagines that these types of people would be the only ones who would enjoy watching themselves work out:
"If I'm gonna be working out, I want to look at something...like myself. I want to look at myself while I work on myself. I should do a recording so I can listen to myself while I look at myself while I work on myself...as I leaf through my Self magazine and read about how myself can improve myself."
- Warhammer has Sigvald the Magnificent - the favoured champion of the Chaos God Slaanesh, Lord of Vice and Excess. Sigvald is so narcissistic that he has his shield polished to a mirror sheen so he can look at himself in battle, and is often distracted by his own reflection even in the heat of combat. His narcissism even causes him to launch his followers on wars of aggression to punish people whose hair is said to be more beautiful than his (the high elves if you must know), or the makers of wines he finds dull and tasteless. Many champions of Slaanesh show similar behaviour.
- Beholders in Dungeons & Dragons take this to an extreme. Each considers itself to be the pinnacle of creation and the perfect reflection of the Great Mother, the deity that created them. Anything that isn't a beholder is barely worth noticing. Beholders of other breeds are hated foes that must be slain on sight. Beholders of the same breed are tolerated inferiors, except technically each Beholder is its own breed. Beholders are also very good at noticing even the slightest difference in another beholder. A beholder with slightly bumpier skin or a slightly sharper teeth is as much a hated rival as a beholder with more obvious differences. Every beholder's belief that it is a perfect reflection of the Great Mother is justified because the Great Mother is a shapeshifter who adopts a form that matches that of the beholder looking at her thus reinforcing the beholder's narcissism. If all this seems crazy, that's because it is. The Great Mother is completely insane by human and even beholder standards.
- Vyers of Disgaea both thinks and speaks very highly of himself, but he is actually a very nice guy.
- Vega from Street Fighter also combines this with The Fighting Narcissist.
- Ditto for Narcis Prince in Super Punch-Out whose name also doubles as a pun. He likes to brag about how beautiful he looks, but he goes absolutely berserk in the fight should you punch his face.
- In Endless Space, the Horatio faction was founded by an eccentric trillionaire who cloned up an entire regime of allies, servants, and slaves (including Opposite Sex Clones) with some Imported Alien Phlebotinum he found on a planet. (Out of boredom, no less!) He then decided to fill the galaxy with the most beautiful thing he knew of — himself.
- Supplementary material for Sword of the Stars reveals that the Locust are an entire species of trans-carbon narcissists. "Narcissus could only dream of an experience like it."
- Fawful from Mario & Luigi. Any game. He speaks of himself in third person in a positive way, puts his own image on everything and everyone in the world and seems to want everyone to view him like he does himself. Generally, he's an extreme narcissistic with Mind Control technology gone insane with power.
- Florent L'Belle from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies would be like putting Vega on the stand (fitting, as both are Capcom creations). Always overflowing with self-praise for his own appearance, he even has his own line of beauty products that he refuses to sell to anyone despite them being in quite high demand. Yet he still advertises them in magazines and on TV, just to rub it in everyone's faces that they will never be able to have them. This has left him in desperate need of money, which is his motivation for committing murder.
- When it comes down to it, Hazama/Yuki Terumi from BlazBlue is pretty much this in a nutshell (and The Fighting Narcissist because it's a fighting game). His mindset is so simple being "I am the most awesome being in the world, so the world better run on my tastes, or else", and when someone else questions or objects to that opinion, he flips off. To drive the point home, in Japanese he refers to himself with the incredibly self-aggrandizing pronoun "ore-sama". Central Fiction reveals that his ego isn't entirely unjustified: he's actually a super-powerful self-aware robot (the Susanoo Unit is his body while "Terumi" is his mind) whose purpose is to guard another robot (the Amaterasu Unit) that controls reality. Everything that has happened in the series is due to Susanoo/Terumi chafing at the fact that someone as "awesome" as him was stuck acting as a glorified guard dog for Amaterasu.
- Bass from Mega Man (Classic) thinks VERY highly of himself. In Mega Man & Bass, his bad point is "vain as a peacock".
- In Mass Effect, this is subverted with Miranda Lawson. Created to be perfect in almost every way, she at first acts like one, but digging deeper reveal that this is a mask for a person with a severe Inferiority Superiority Complex and deeply self-loathing. Her father, Henry Lawson, on the other hand is a very clear example, creating Designer Babies like Miranda using only his DNA. Of course, this is the least of his problems.
- Borderlands 2: Handsome Jack. Look no further than the town of Opportunity, where he throws away tons of money so he can feed off the admiration of the citizens. He has an obsession with being a hero, BELIEVES that he is a hero doing heroic things, tries to take credit for killing The Destroyer (and possibly Bloodwing), calls everyone who opposes/disagrees with him a bandit, and manipulates people into doing what he wants by threatening their loved ones. He's also used some pretty nightmarishly extensive plastic surgery (it looks like he's got a second face stapled on) to seem young and hide the giant scar Lilith gave him. It comes as a real shock to learn that there are others he cares about, like Nisha and his daughter Angel, whom he has enslaved and Siren powers exploited to the point of making her physically dependent on a substance called Eridium.
- Persona 5: "Black Mask", The Heavy for the villains, is associated with the sin of Irritum, or "Vanity", and turns out to be entirely driven by his desire to be acknowledged by others, which is why he became a Kid Detective and started The Conspiracy for his Big Bad father.
- Inverted with Karkat (aka carcinoGeneticist) of Homestuck. Troll romance is complex and includes kismesissitude, which is a sort of attraction based on hatred and personal rivalry. Karkat's closest thing to a kismesis is himself due to unshakable belief in whatever his current mindset is a searing hatred of his past and future behavior. The other trolls find this hilarious.
- Karkat actually seems rather chagrined when he realizes this fact; possibly because kismesissitude is actually related to breeding and it may not be possible to provide the proper genetic material when you're your own kismesis (and being unable to provide genetic material from either of the breeding relationships is grounds for execution in Karkat's culture).
- Eridan also shows Narcissistic tendencies- for example, his feelings of superiority over the trolls of lower blood and entitlement to a romantic relationship. Also a result of his egotism and general obnoxiousness.
- Aranea Serket is almost certainly a clinical narcissist. No matter how she spins it, Aranea's grand scheme for the universe ultimately revolves entirely around assuaging her own boredom and being seen as a god and savior. She also proves herself to be almost totally void of empathy, being willing to incapacitate, Mind Rape, or even outright murder anyone who gets in her way. The only thing potentially stopping her from being a full-bore sociopath is her apparent capacity for affection (e.g. for Meenah and Vriska).
- Gemini Man in L's Empire is so obsessed with his appearance, that he applies a new coat of paint every 4 hours and shines his armor every 6. Calling him ugly is a good way to get a face-full of laser.
- Ménage ŕ 3 features international lingerie model Senna, who is deeply aware of her own international model-grade looks, thinks that nothing short of black magic can divert someone's interest away from her, and assumes that when her boyfriend is nice to one of her rivals, he must be working on some complex plot on her behalf.
- Narcissa Richmond of Grandmaster of Theft.
- Rick from Superego
- The Nostalgia Chick.
- Ask That Guy with the Glasses.
- Captain Hammer of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog "Stand back everyone, nothing here to see / Just imminent danger, in the middle of it ME!"
- Rubber Soul is a very big narcissist in Vaguely Recalling JoJo, he calls himself Mr. Damn Handsome.
- In her peephole video, Erin Andrews admires her naked body while curling her hair in the nude.
- SCP Foundation:
- SCP-056 is an egotistical shape-shifter who always makes itself a little bit better than whoever its copying, IE it turned into Scarlett Johansson while passing a group of young women and scored 30 points higher on an IQ test than the smartest/nearest researcher. It causes nothing but stress and chaos wherever it goes and it wants to be seen by more "sycophants".
- SCP-2372 is the body (id) and soul (ego/superego) of a man who disliked the idea of his body decomposing. The soul wants to escape the body and claims the body thinks the man was really "into himself".
- Sam & Mickey portray Barbie as very boastful and vain.
- American Dad!:
- Stan Smith is a huge example. He believes himself to be the ultimate patriot and the best American citizen in America as he is obsessed with going on the jury and wants to be the foreman every time. He also desires to maintain his high school record in wrestling. He also rules over his own household with an iron fist. He also believes himself to be the ultimate Christian as he wanted to play the role of Jesus in the Christmas play but got reduced to being the mall Santa and he beats up Roger when he got the role of Jesus instead for the implied reason of jealousy.
- Roger The Alien is also one. He is frequently full of himself and has done a lot of things that would otherwise make him a flanderization of this trope. He is obsessed with getting achievements on Earth in an attempt to satisfy his desire of making his own life precious and valuable, even if he has to go through nightly unethical and unorthodox means to get it and he owns an extensive wardrobe of disguises with tons of personas to use, which occasionally results in him losing control of some of these personas. Ironically, his narcissism often clashes with that of Stan's
- Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Simon from Captain N: The Game Master.
- Danger Mouse is usually quick to point out he's the world's greatest secret agent. Agent 57 lampshades it when he assumes DM's form to help him in "The Spy Who Stayed In With A Cold."
- From Daria, in the first few seasons, Quinn was a narcissist. Just look here.
- A lesser example is Jane's older brother Wind. All he does is mope and cry about his failed marriages, and when it's not a topic in a conversation, he makes it one. In the later season episode "Art Burn," he guilt trips Jane and Trent into rebuilding the gazebo in the Lane Family's backyard because it was "The Naming Gazebo" and an important part of his childhood. And then he promptly disappears for the rest of the episode and does nothing to actually help his siblings. Then we find out their parents made up the whole "Naming Gazebo" thing because he once tried to change his name.
- Drawn Together:
- Captain Hero is one big one. He is an egotistical superhero who believes himself to be a skilled crime fighter but he is in reality a very stupid superhero. He owns several pictures of himself in his bedroom and when he though that the AIDS walk was a race, he took steroids in an attempt to win something that was not a game or sport to begin with. He also blames others for his own faults such as when he blamed Wooldoor for the deaths of several people in a cable car crash when in reality, Captain Hero neglected to save them while Wooldoor attempted to warn him about it
- Princess Clara. She believes herself to be the ultimate agent of God and has a huge desire to take out what she perceives to be sin wherever she sees it. She also crusades against anything that she sees sinful unless such things benefit her directly. She is also very condescending towards others, especially towards her own housemates and she judges them harshly for their sins when the bible clearly says that true Christians should not judge people by themselves and Clara has clearly broken this as she has committed several sins of her own in the course of the show.
- Eddy from Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy. Deconstructed in the movie when he reveals that he thinks of himself as a "foul, wannabe loser."
- The tv anchors Tom Tucker in Family Guy. His house is full of pictures of him, including one of him in a wedding dress.
- Prince Daring Charming of Ever After High. The fact he always carry's a mirror to look at himself makes it really obvious.
- Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
- Both Zapp Brannigan and Bender from Futurama. In "The Farnsworth Parabox" Bender seemingly falls in love with an alternate gold plated version of himself, stating that he has finally found someone "as great as me". Zapp is shamelessly vain and full of himself.
- Narcissus is promoted to God status in Disney's Hercules, where he is shown briefly smooching at a hand mirror.
- In Goof Troop Pete is highly narcissistic (of course, he always is). He sees himself as perfect, and nothing could be better than his son PJ to grow up exactly as him - he can't grow up better because that suggests Pete could be improved upon. When his parenting methods prove inferior to Goofy's - and they always do - he is personally offended, but rather than saddened, becomes extremely agitated.
- Johnny Bravo is obsessed with exactly two things: Himself, and using that first thing to mack on as many ladies as possible.
- Johnny Test is one big example as he is a bratty kid who mostly cares about himself
- Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes. His response to seeing an image of himself is "Hello, handsome."
- In The Looney Tunes Show Bugs calls Daffy this. He does display many of the traits that mark narcissism in reality.
- Trixie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Even after character development and becoming a ally she frequently lies to make herself look better and obsesses over how others perceive her.
- Queen Chrysalis is a shapeshifter with mind control powers, which would be a lot more useful if she wasn't addicted to throwing her weight around, being the center of attention and indulging in endless evil gloating. In the comic series she also shows herself incapable of accepting any blame for her failures and to possess a very overblown perception of her own power and cunning, seemingly immune to any and all humiliation. It's eventually revealed that she deliberately starved her subjects to force them to rely on her
- The Shredder, hands down, proven in Turtles Forever. The Mirage Turtles lure the 2003 Shredder out of his Technodrome by calling him a coward. It works, and Shredder literally jumps into an ambush, set not just by them but the other Ninja Turtles that he thought he killed earlier. Why did both mismatched teams know this would work?
2003 Leonardo: If there's one constant in The Multiverse, it's the Shredder's big fat ego!
- King Julien from The Penguins of Madagascar. "That is not very interesting to me, because it is not about me. See how that works?"
- Mok from Rock & Rule. One of his villain songs consists only of the lyrics "triumph in the power and the glory that is me".
- Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants; all of his paintings and sculptures are images of him. Then there's also his rival Squilliam, who is just like Squidward only more successful and with more hair.
- The Warden from Superjail!.
- The Incredibly Amazing Man from Super Noobs is a big one as blatantly shown through his name. He is very arrogant and condescending towards other superheroes, concerns himself with his looks, is very inconsiderate of others and very destructive, and is obsessed with selling merchandise that revolves around him, especially merchandise that features images of him.
- Total Drama.
- Chris McLean. His favorite thing is himself, to the point that he puts his image on many items that go along with the challenges.
- Justin as well. You almost always see him admiring his physique and face.
- Alejandro, though to a much lesser extent than the others. It's no wonder, considering he is heavily based off of Justin.
- The Ridonculous Race:
- Don is an example as he constantly worries about the shininess of his teeth and makes some comments about his own looks when recapping previous episodes, although he is not much of it as Chris is
- Jacques and Josee also qualify as Jacques places a lot of concern about his hair and does not want oil to drip on it and Josee is obsessed with winning gold and throws tantrums when she places anywhere other than first. They are even willing to cheat in the race in order to maintain their huge narcissism.
- Starscream in most Transformers adaptations, particularly Transformers Animated and Transformers Prime. Subverted in Transformers Armada.
- Knock Out from Transformers Prime is even more narcissistic. True, he has displayed Ho Yay with Breakdown, but Word of God has stated that it doesn't really matter whether he is attracted to males, females or both because he is first and foremost in love with himself.
- Sentinel himself is also an example, particularly in Transformers: Dark of the Moon where he proclaims himself a living god. In most versions he'll end up at least mildly villainous due to his narcissism.
- Pizza Steve from Uncle Grandpa.
- Jack Spicer from Xiaolin Showdown. He constantly worries about his hair and even call his robot minions "Jackbots".
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