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The Fighting Narcissist

Handsome fighters never lose battles.
Vega, Street Fighter

The Fighting Narcissist is arrogance and pride incarnate. He is the most beautiful, the most perfect, your superior in every way. And should you doubt this fact, he will make you pay for your folly, severely.

The Fighting Narcissist is a common character type in action series, especially common in martial arts media. He is a formidable fighter who happens to be handsome, extremely so, and takes pride in that fact to the point of capital sin. To him (and it's almost always him, not her) there is no one more beautiful or talented than himself, and to him both concepts are synonymous. He doesn't just happen to be both beautiful and talented, he's beautiful because he's talented, and vice versa.

He is selfish, vain, and confident of himself, and condescending to anyone and everyone else. Physically, he tends to be slim, tall and fair, but with defined musculature. He will have Caucasian features, even if he's not actually Caucasian. He will be refined in speech and manners, with a tinge of condescension in his speech. He is usually quite seductive, perhaps even refined and charming, but he is nowhere near as pleasing as he might seem at first glance. Beauty is an obsession to him, and often he describes his actions in these terms ("My fighting style is the most beautiful", or "Seeing blood run is a thing of beauty", for example).

This is manifested in exotic weapons, fashionable clothing, body modification, even the use of makeup or masks. You can tell a character is a Fighting Narcissist at first glance: his appearance is genuinely striking. He also tends to be quite wealthy, and a member of the upper crust of society.

This attitude does not lend itself to altruism: Fighting Narcissists are almost universally bad. They have no friends, few allies, and innumerable enemies. They see no one as their equal, and any alliance will be one of convenience. They might sometimes be a villain's Dragon, but have no loyalty to their master beyond convenience, and might even try to take the top seat themselves. The character is usually used as a formidable antagonist to The Hero who is thoroughly unlikeable and irredeemable.

As much arrogance as he might display, he is a talented fighter, dangerously so. Fighting styles lean towards the acrobatic and eccentric (they are mostly very fast). Another particular characteristic, curiously, is Combat Pragmatism. While all opponents are beneath him, no method of achieving victory is. He will use hidden weapons, underlings, and all other sorts of nasty surprises. Victory is all that matters to him, and he sees using underhanded tactics as him being smarter and more cunning. Honor means nothing to him, since honor is, to a certain point, an altruistic attitude, and he always looks out for number one.

Another particular characteristic of a Fighting Narcissist is his attitude towards sexuality. By his definition, any other person is inferior to him, so he is often not actively sexually interested in anyone else. While often effeminate, he is rarely actively interested in men, although he might become obsessed with another fighter who's actually beautiful and talented as well. On the other side of the spectrum, his attitude towards women is almost universally, irredeemably bad. A Fighting Narcissist tends to abuse women and finds much amusement in it. If he actually considers a woman attractive, it is to the point of obsession, and this relationship can lead to massive amounts of Foe Yay. Conversely, if the Fighting Narcissist is effectively gay, he'll almost universally be an Effeminate Misogynistic Guy. The bottom line is that a Fighting Narcissist generally does not deign anyone to be worthy of his desire, and any desire he might have for someone is ALWAYS unhealthy.

If a hero actually proves himself superior in anything, the Fighting Narcissist does not take it well. His high opinion of himself does not allow him to take defeat in any way lightly, and any humiliation he is subjected to instills irrational hatred in him. Oh, and scarring him in ANY way, especially in the face, will enrage him to the point of murderous insanity. If he doesn't get killed (or kill himself), expect him to act the part of Beauty to Beast, wear a mask and Black Cloak, and break every mirror he sees.

While he can be ambitious and seek power, the main reason a Fighting Narcissist actually fights is self-gratification. He does not fight to prove himself, because he has nothing to prove: in his mind, he's already perfect. He does not seek a challenge, because such petty behavior is beneath him. More often than not, he fights out of boredom and bloodlust: he enjoys fighting and enjoys causing pain, period. Although rarely needing to work, he will often be a gangster, contract killer, or bodyguard; basically, professions that expose him to violence. He might also be a Serial Killer who uses fighting as an excuse to commit murder.

The character can also be used in a less extreme (i.e. non-murderous but still violent) fashion in lighter media: pro wrestling, for example, has myriad examples of arrogant and vain fighters. Also, very rarely, a Fighting Narcissist might actually be convinced to leave the dark side, but this is exceedingly rare, and many times it ends in his ultimate demise.

Related to Beauty Is Bad, and Agent Peacock. Contrast Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, who, while also condescending of others and a powerful fighter, is not obsessed with his looks nor inherently evil, and Gorgeous George, whose obsessions lead to ambiguity more than arrogance and is friendly with the females to heighten the ambiguity. Spiritual brother to the Smug Super. Often a successful blow to the face will be a Berserk Button. The Fighting Narcissist also parallels the Combat Sadomasochist in terms of the Seven Deadly Sins: where the Narcissist has Vanity/Pride as a staple, the Sadomasochist is into Lust. In Manga, this type of character is referred to as the narusisuto, a long-haired, effeminate self-admirer.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bleach: Yumichika Ayasegawa, one of the very rare heroic examples because he may be a subversion. He certainly insists on presenting himself as such a person, but the reality is more complicated: his fight with Charlotte Cuuhlhourne reveals he's actually sacrificing his real self for the sake of his squad's philosophy due to his belief that Undying Loyalty is much more important than his own desires. Charlotte is used to lampshade this by genuinely being what Yumichika is pretending to be...but looks-wise, he's a mix of The Brute and Magical Girl. When they fight, Hilarity Ensues, followed by Mood Whiplash to reveal the truth about Yumichika.
    • In the Invasion arc, the anime decides to play this trope straight for Yumichika by changing his Hidden Depths to something that's even more narcissistic than his public image. The first time Yumichika meets his clone, he's struck by the terrible dilemma of not being able to fight - because he can't bring himself to attack 'such a beautiful me'. On the other hand, his clone has no such qualms about the fight because he thinks the real Yumichika would look even more beautiful covered in blood...which is taking narcissism to the point of both sadism and masochism.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Zarbon, Frieza's henchman. He takes a HANDICAP in most fights to preserve his good looks; he has the ability to transform into a much stronger but much uglier form, but only does so when it's a choice between doing so or being killed.
    • Cell after achieving his Perfect form - even more so in Kai, where he breaks the fourth wall to stroke his ego:
    Cell: I have achieved the perfect body! Go ahead, admire it. Admit it, you know you're jealous.
    • Even Vegeta has some elements of this, at least very early on; he was not pleased when a supposedly lower-class warrior like Goku was able to draw blood from him. Really, it wouldn't be inaccurate to say that most of the villains in Dragon Ball Z display this trope at one time or another.
  • Hiromi Kisiragi of Eyeshield 21 is a cornerback who believes that only strength is beautiful; this factors into his exceptionally brutal play style. He's still far more sympathetic than most the examples of this trope, not least because his narcissism is rooted in his own self-loathing and past as a bully magnet; he's now out to prove to everyone that he's not a pushover anymore. And oh yeah, that he's pretty. He's more of a wannabe-Fighting Narcissist than a full on example.
  • Yuda of Fist of the North Star, quite possibly the Trope Maker and Trope Codifier in Japanese media. Pretty much any character that follows this archetype in any Japanese work is somehow based on him. His rivalry with Rei was based on proving his Nanto Kokaku Ken style was more beautiful than Rei's Nanto Suicho Ken.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The legendary Major Armstrong has shades of this trope in both his combat skill and utter infatuation with himself and his beautiful muscles. Definitely a good guy though.
    • There's also the homunculus Greed, who rarely uses his very powerful full-body armored form, because it makes his face ugly.
    • Kimblee's a bit paranoid about getting blood on his suit, not that it ever stops him. He also seems to care quite a bit for his hat, too.
  • Cobraja from HeartCatch Pretty Cure!. The man even uses autographed photos of himself as weapons!
  • Bad End Cure Beauty from Smile Pretty Cure! who hates everybody that is ugly, and she believes beauty is justice.
  • Dio Brando of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Deidara from Naruto becomes crazy hysterical from having his "art" looked down on. He also shows signs of acute jealousy.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
    • Asuka might qualify. The mere thought of no longer being the best pilot decreases her performance to the point where she can't fight anymore, which in turn makes her undergo a complete mental breakdown and become suicidally depressed. Then comes End of Evangelion where she returns for one final fight but this time, she's extremely pissed, tearing her foes apart with bare hands and screaming at full volume the whole time. Hey, what happened to "a fight should be clean and elegant, without waste"?
    • Mari from Rebuild of Evangelion demonstrates tendencies of this with her Crazy Awesome Cloud Cuckoo Lander Blood Knight personality.
  • New Grappler Baki averts this trope for the most part, which fits its motto of "the strong is the beautiful." See this for an example; some kind of "practical beauty." Kureha Shinogi, however, is VERY MUCH a straight example.
  • Pearl of One Piece wears heavy armor to protect his body from scars and goes a little nuts when he sees his own blood.
    • "White Horse" Cavendish too. A Knight in Shining Armor, or perhaps a deconstruction thereof, he is the captain of the Beautiful Pirates (and is really Bishounen himself) and has amassed a huge bounty for being a major threat to the World Government. While he has murderous levels of envy towards bigger upstarts than him, and refuses to believe anyone can be prettier than him, he does subvert the trope in that he is actually a good person inside, just incredibly vain and fond of dramatic entrances.
  • Ranma ½ features the Kuno siblings, Tatewaki and Kodachi, the latter of whom falls more neatly into this trope than her brother.
  • Julius of Rave Master.
  • Sailor Moon has Dark Kingdom General Zoisite, although he prefers to fight dirty, employing trickery and deceit.
  • Pisces Aphrodite, Lizard Misty (Who Word of God confirmed to be Aphrodite's disciple) and Papillon Myu of Saint Seiya.
  • Twenty from Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, who also can't resist stripping in the middle of anywhere.
  • Androssi Zahard from Tower of God. For the love of god, if you kick her in the face, make sure it finishes her off. Problem is, that is really not that easy.
  • Dilandau from The Vision of Escaflowne is the epitome of this. "MY FACE!"
  • Karen Kitaura, aka Schoen (or Schön if umlauts are your thing), from Weiß Kreuz. Her Code Name means "beautiful" in German, she was an ex-model, and she goes batshit when her face is scarred.
  • Suzuki/Suzuka from YuYu Hakusho, who kills anyone who refuses to add Beautiful to his name.
  • Dark Schneider from Bastard!! is a variant — while he is a good-looking The Casanova who spouts lines about the good-looking "hero" always beating ugly guys being a universal law, he's boorish, crass and a total perv.
  • Sunny from Toriko hates anything "icky" and tends to capture ingredients that have a positive effect on a person's body. Unlike most other examples of this trope, though, he's not evil.

    Comic Books 
  • Mister X, assassin and enemy of Wolverine.
    • Mister X may be more of an example of an evil Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, since he displays a great deal of bloodlust and desire to prove that he's the greatest fighter in the world, but little to no overt concern about his appearance.
  • Minor Superman foe Barrage, who wears Powered Armor but refuses to cover his face due to his vanity.

    Fan Works 
  • In Heroes And Villains, Buffy is a mild, female version of this, since the story is largely an exploration of what she would be like if her pre-Slayer personality remained in place after she gained her powers. Her vanity, conceit, and condescension towards everyone less beautiful and/or powerful than herself are all on full display as she begins her quest to rule Sunnydale High.
  • General Esteem from The Immortal Game, who's widely recognized as the greatest bladecaster in the world, and whose price for serving Titan was eternal youth. And to really sell the point, the first scene to focus on him shows how much time he spends on getting his appearance just right.
  • General-Admiral Makarov, the Big Bad of Shining Armor's side story in the Pony POV Series, while he cares more about his reputation and position than his appearance, still counts. To him, not knowing who he is is an offense punishable by either death or Fate Worse than Death.

    Film 

    Literature 
  • In the Travis McGee novel The Green Ripper, Travis mentions one of his opponents always seems to be a bit too much "posing for the non-existent camera". It's just about this guy's only flaw, as he is a really good combat fighter.
  • Lestat de Lioncourt from Interview with the Vampire.
  • China Sorrows from Skulduggery Pleasant.
  • Sasaki Kojiro from Musashi is both this and an Arrogant Kenjutsu Guy.
  • The main antagonist from Dean Koontz's The Good Guy. He has such an obsession with mirrors and his own superiority to anyone in this world that he believes he's actually a native of some alternate mirror-world.
  • Guan Yu in Romance of the Three Kingdoms increasingly becomes one as the story progresses, to the point that he is contemptuous of pretty much every opponent he faces. This hubris is what eventually brings him down.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lord Flashheart from Blackadder.
    "Next time you all get bored of your lives, give me a call then I'll come and kill you!"

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The original Narcissist of wrestling might have been "Natural Guy" Buddy Rogers, which, at the time was not so much its own gimmick as it was a subversion of the original Gorgeous George, real name George Wagner. Buddy looked and acted similar but instead of any suggestions toward homosexuality he incited audiences with his obliviously inflated ego, such as his insistence his bleached head was naturally that way.
    • Buddy would later become the "Nature Boy" then be succeeded by Ric Flair who added on claims of having a ludicrous fortune and lady killing record, further distancing himself from both Gorgeous George and the more recent narcissist gimmick.
  • "The Narcissist" Lex Luger, current image provider, who stared into a mirror before his matches.
  • Rick "The Model" Martel. Aside from being a model, his schtick was that he had his own signature brand of perfume, 'Arrogance', which he'd spray into his opponents' faces.
  • "The Reflection of Perfection" Mark Jindrak, who was pretty much an expy of Luger's Narcissist days.
  • "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters early in his WWE career, with an exaggerated posing entrance that likened himself to a work of art.
  • "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, who goes to great lengths to avoid being hit in the face, until a 619 by Rey Mysterio Jr completely turned him into a grotesque character who wore a face mask.
  • "Ravishing" Rick Rude, although his gimmick was more along the lines of being ruggedly handsome rather than beautiful.
  • "Pretty" Paul Roma, jobber-to-the-stars in WCW and WWF.
  • Irish wrestling has the team of Rough Stuff - a pair of vain oiled up Adonises that love to flex and booty-pop in the audiences' faces.
  • YAMATO in Dragon Gate as of a 2013 Face-Heel Turn.
  • Towards the end of his career, Hector Garza started doing this. He'd come out to the ring in long tights and a skintight long sleeve shirt, then at various points in the match dramatically remove them. In Mexico, he was a face while doing this, and he would regularly get cheap shotted by the heels.
  • Tyler Breeze of NXT, who calls himself "Prince Pretty" and "Mmm, Gorgeous". He struts like a runway model and takes pictures of himself before every match. His cell phone is his most prized possession, as it houses all those photos.
  • This became The Miz's new Heel angle after he returned to WWE in 2014. The idea is that he thinks he's a much bigger celebrity than he is (due to having starred in some movies produced by WWE), and attributes this celebrity mostly to his handsome, handsome face. He calls it his "moneymaker" and during matches he's scared to death of any harm coming to it.

    Tabletop Games 
  • This is the hat of Slaanesh-worshipping Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000. Since Slaanesh is the god of pleasure, exhilaration, aesthetics and narcissism, the typical skew of his cultists are sex, drugs and rock n' roll. Sexless genetically engineered super soldiers don't do sex so either they have to load up on the drugs and rock n' roll and seem very un-soldierish, or they become the pinnacle of the Fighting Narcissist.
  • Meanwhile, there's Slaanesh's favorite champion in vanilla Warhammer, Prince Sigvald the Magnificent. He wears golden armour and carries a stylish rapier rather than the customary giant spiky axe of Chaos. All his warriors carry mirrored shields so that he can admire himself at his leisure, he suffers from the 'stupidity' rule because of his tendency to sit there and preen in the middle of the battlefield...and Sigmar help you if you think that means he can't slice you up at his leisure.
  • Many Toreador vampires in the Old World of Darkness subscribe to this trope. Yes, they're artists and often dilettantes. They also have access to Celerity.
    • Likewise, the Lasombra are an aristocratic and regal clan... who have trouble with personal grooming, due to that whole "lacking a reflection" thing. They're said to keep ghouls around mainly to make sure their appearance is immaculate, and punish anyone who leaves a hair out of place. They've also got access to Potence and Obtenebration, which means those punishments are gonna hurt.
    • Many Nosferatu resent beauty and take perverse pleasure in destroying it. "Cleopatras" are Nosferatu that were chosen because of their extraordinary beauty. These vampires were usually (but not always) cruel and exceedingly vain in life, making the Embrace something of an Ironic Hell or a Fate Worse than Death for them. As a result, many "Cleopatras" attempt to learn the Obfuscate abilty Mask of a Thousand Faces as soon as possible in an attempt to resume their old ways.

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • A rare good guy example(and VERY MUCH unambiguously a good guy) is Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat. Yeah, he's full of himself, cocky and arrogant, but he really is THAT good a fighter, and he's possibly the game's most moral, selfless hero. Other heroes in the franchise fight for good out of duty or because it's their job, but Cage does it because it's right.
  • Sergei, one of the Seven Deities from Asura's Wrath. He doesn't get too much screen-time and still manages to work "beauty" into half of his lines.
  • Flea, of Chrono Trigger fame, is a tad more mystically inclined than the standard example but he has a quote which embodies the whole fighting narcissist philosophy:
    "Power is beauty, and I'm deliciously strong!"
  • Dawn of War
    • In "The Last Stand" mode for Dawn of War II, the Chaos Sorcerer has two different build paradigms: the Doppelganger-generator, and the "Narcissist" build who turns all Doppelganger-buffs into self-buffs.
    • Also worth mentioning is that the TLS Sorcerer uses the same voice actor as Sindrii Myr, who set new standards for The Starscream by successfully offering his Chaos Lord as a sacrifice for his own daemonic ascension.
  • "Mid-Boss" Vyers from Disgaea, although it's more of a facade.
  • Zhang He, from Dynasty Warriors, is obsessed with developing beauty and grace in everything from himself to the formation of his soldiers, and bears a striking resemblance to Vega/Balrog/Claw (see Street Fighter below).
    • And Zhong Hui just can't seem to find enough hours in the day to remind everyone of just how amazing he is.
  • A rare heroic example is Jean Pierre from Fighter's History. A gymnast who got utterly pissed when he received a less-than-perfect score in a tournament, he dedicated himself to train endlessly to hone his beautiful acrobat moves, and enters the tournament to see the results of said training.
  • Kuja from Final Fantasy IX fits this trope.
  • Duke Tanas Oliver from Fire Emblem Path of Radiance is the most beautiful man ever and an enemy to all ugly people because they sinfully look upon him with envy. He will fight on the behalf of anyone else who meets his high standards though. Not in ways they often like but always for their own good since only he really understands beauty and knows how to defend it.
  • Ash Crimson, from The King of Fighters. Subverted, it's a facade
    • Benimaru Nikaido plays it straighter... and is one of the almost non-existent benevolent examples. Yes he is extremely easy in the eye as well as a loyal friend AND a genuinely skilled fighter, but he's also extremely vain and full of himself.
  • Draven from League of Legends is the younger brother of the famed Noxian general Darius; unlike his brother, however, he wanted only to be famous and have his name recognized everywhere, and so he went from being an ordinary executioner to a flamboyant, theatrical showman, turning executions into grand gladiatorial spectacles with him hunting prisoners down and toying with them before dispatching them with a decisive axe-toss. His quotes reflect this; nearly everything he says is some sort of boast.
  • Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword spends much of the cutscene before the second battle against him commending his own beautiful body.
    Ghirahim: Lovely, aren't they? You'll find the supple skin of my arms tougher than any armor. Doesn't their shape just leave you...breathless? Behold! Such beauty! Such a pure form! Such an exquisite physique! Such stunning features! Yes, I've pretty much got it all. Though there is one teensy, tiny thing I lack...Namely, mercy.
  • Whether or not Bowser is to be considered beautiful, he considers himself the epitome of physique and manliness. Hilarious self-worship moments abound in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
  • Launch Octopus from Maverick Hunter X, hilariously enough. He joins Sigma simply because he considers himself an 'artist' of underwater combat and gets offended when his fighting style is called 'Maverick'. While he's not conventionally pretty by human standards, he speaks in a refined and snotty form of speech and says that 'even my explosion is beautiful' when he dies.
  • From Megaman Zero series we have Pegasolta Eclair. When you fight him he introduce himself as "Dr. Weil has a plan as beautiful as myself," and his death quote is "Wah! How could this happen to me!? But...my death, it's so beautiful!"
  • Johnny Cage (a rare heroic example) has some shades of this in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and Mortal Kombat 9.
  • Street Fighter's Vega/Balrog/Claw is the best example of this kind of character. Rich, sexy and evil beyond belief, he leads a double life of a nobleman by day and an assassin by night. In all of his battles he wears his iconic mask just to make sure nothing so much as scratches his perfect face. Not to mention he joined Shadaloo because he just really loves killing people. He has a disturbing fixation on both Chun-Li and Cammy, considering Chun-Li the perfect rival in beauty and technique, and because Cammy was made beautiful by Bison himself. The only reason he returns in IV is because he's looking for the data on how to create spare bodies (AKA Seths) for Bison, which would theoretically allow him to live forever.
    • This attitude backfires horribly for him in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, when he fights Chun-Li, who severely puts him off his game by just kicking the ever-loving shit out of his face. Things go from bad to worse for him pretty quick following that.
      • Likewise, in Street Fighter, Ryu puts Vega off his game by holding his face-protecting metal mask in a furnace and leaving him with a burn on one cheek. Vega takes a bad landing on his own claw and dies shortly afterwards.
  • The Suikoden series has an entire class of "Narcissist" characters: foppish aristocrats (or in one case, a conman pretending to be) who have great admiration for themselves, but are surprisingly skilled swordsmen. Atypically for this trope, the Narcissists invariably befriend the hero, and get along very well with each other. Typically, they're under the mistaken impression that the hero is part of their clique. It should be pointed out that the male narcissists (Milich, Vincent, Reinbach etc) are gushingly friendly towards the hero and exhibit (a dramatically heightened) sense of chivalry, whereas the females (Esmeralda and Josephine) are much haughtier and openly bitchy and rude on occasion. Suikoden V introduces Josephine, (the series' first female Narcissist available for the active party) a runaway noblewoman turned fashion designer who unsuccessfully tries to get the hero to dress more "appropriately" (i.e. in gaudily foppish clothing). Unlike other Narcissists of the series, she's not a swordsman, instead being something of a Magic Knight who uses an umbrella with a blade in the tip to rather good effect.
  • Super Punchout had a boxer named Narcis Prince, whose weak spot was his perfect face; a successful punch to his chin would cause him to get pissed off, move faster, hit harder, and make several fatal mistakes in a row, most of which left him open for another sock to the face.
    • Super Macho Man acts like this in the Wii remake of the original Punch-Out!!.
  • Zelos Wilder from Tales of Symphonia deserves mention. He even has a title called ''Narcissist'' and various battle quotes to go with it.
    Zelos: I'm just too pretty! Seriously!
  • Lee Chaolan, from Tekken...somewhat. While he does prize elegance in battle greatly, defeating him is much more likely to make him determined to improve himself and/or his tactics than to make him declare a vendetta against you specifically. In other words, while he tends to assume that he's at the zenith, he's still capable of accepting that he hasn't achieved it yet, and is more likely to blame himself than you. Think of it as trying to deserve his own narcissism.

    On one hand, he fits this trope in a lot of aspects: he was The Dragon to Heihachi, and later, to Kazuya, while having no loyalty towards them (and probably having plans to take them down eventually); one of his post-match animations in 5 is he saying “You need to fight with more class”; his fighting style is faster and more acrobatic; and his motivations are ultimately the pursue of more power, and trying to get revenge on Kazuya and Heihachi for the humiliation he’s gone through by their hands. On the other hand, he takes defeat by Lars pretty well, makes an alliance with him that goes past his immediate goals (he admits owing a lot to Lars and repairs Alisa after the events in Scenario Campaign), appears to treat women fairly, and, among the characters directly related to the Mishima Family (Lars notwithstanding), he is the most moral one (though that’s not to say he is a nice person). Maybe he’s a Subversion?
  • Konami Beat 'em Up Violent Storm features Julius, a muscular Greek statue who declares "BEAUTY IS JUSTICE!" when he comes to life to attack you. For normal players, he's very tough, being the penultimate boss, but a YouTube video of high-level play shows that he's vulnerable to grab attacks whenever he randomly breaks into his gratuitous bodybuilding pose.
  • Byakuren Hijiri from Touhou was once a Buddhist nun and youkai exorcist, but grew afraid of growing old and dying, and traded her humanity for eternal youth and beauty as a youkai herself.
  • Doctor Doom carries his self-adoration into Marvel vs. Capcom 3 pretty well:
    The applause shall continue for another hour. The first to stop clapping shall be executed.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Fate/stay night, Gilgamesh is a king of this trope (amongst the many other things he is king of) and hits practically every part of it spot-on. In the Unlimited Blade Works route, he passes over a perfect opportunity to kill all the main characters in one fell swoop because part of the house they were fighting in was on fire, and it was getting soot on his clothing.

    His earlier appearance in Fate/Zero sees him abandon several of his unique one-of-a-kind super weapons from his Hyperspace Arsenal. They had been used to attack an ugly Eldritch Abomination and had gotten muddy and slimy as a result.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • A rare heroic and female example is found in Cassidy Cain, the protagonist of Grandmaster of Theft. She takes pride in her skill and beauty in battle, developing her style to be graceful and not waste any actions in addition to disliking being hit. She also admits to enjoying showing off her talents during combat and taunts others on their lack of grace as a fighter. Furthermore, she fits being a Combat Pragmatist. However, she does have a clear set of morals unlike most, generally directs this attitude towards enemies as a means to infuriate them, and she's far more focused on refining her skills if she's defeated so she can overcome the person in the future.

    Western Animation 
  • Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender .
  • Beauty and the Beast: "No one's slick as Gaston/No one's quick as Gaston..."
  • Bugs Bunny briefly serves as mascot for a Gorgeous George-style wrestler named "Ravishing Ronald" in Bunny Hugged. Ronald lasts about five seconds against his opponent, "The Crusher."
  • In a heroic variation, Neil from Class of the Titans, who is literally a descendant of Narcissus.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog's Bayou loves himself so much, he makes his slave slugs stuff shed skins of himself. His most used word is "me" and variations of it. He's SO vain, that even when his stuffed shed skins attack him, he cannot bring himself to attack them.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2, the Big Bad Lord Shen. First clue is that he's a white peacock. He's smug, calculating, looks down on everyone, and when he fights his movements are noticeably more graceful and elegant than the other kung-fu fighters.
  • Invoked on an episode of The Simpsons where Bart, Homer, and their friends criticize a boxer on TV who kisses his muscles.
  • Sunstreaker, from Transformers G1, is a cross between this and combat addict. He's a ferocious fighter whether or not you're on his side (pretty much the only person he actively seems to like is his twin Sideswipe, and even then they bicker), and Primus help you if you scratch his paint. Oddly enough, he's one of the good guys.
    • Knock Out from Transformers Prime is a vain, sadistic pretty-boy of a Decepticon who once managed to get the drop on Optimus Prime. Like Sunstreaker, he's very sensitive about his paint job.

    Real life 
  • While he became the Fat Bastard in old age, Herman Göring was a dashing fighter pilot in his youth and diagnosed as a narcissistic sociopath during the Nuremberg trials.
  • A significantly less evil example would be David Beckham who is good looking, takes great pride in his appearance and is a professional footballer.
    • Also, Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Ancient Celtic warriors had shades of this, they wore flashy jewellery, carried exquisitely crafted weapons and shields, and even bleached and styled their hair.
  • The Cavaliers during the English civil war were renowned for being vainglorious but affable, hedonistic, and very well-dressed.
  • Gaius Julius Caesar was extremely vain about his appearance, a world-class fighter and habitual womaniser.
  • Alexander the Great was fabulous in terms of dress sense, thought himself the son of Zeus and we all know what a great fighter he was.


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