"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure."This character is strongly motivated by a desire to be happy and experience various kinds of pleasure. Unlike an Ethical Hedonist, however, the character isn't mature enough to sufficiently consider even his own long-term needs, much less the (short-term or long-term) needs of others. Personal instant gratification is the goal here. Sometimes Flanderized so that the pursuit of pleasure becomes the character’s only defining trait, doing whatever feels good without any thought of the consequences. "I Did It for the lulz" might just as well be his motto. Such a childish mentality is often justified by the character actually being a child. If the character is an adult, he might be a sex maniac… lovable or otherwise. While usually Played for Laughs, this kind of character is sometimes played as a Strawman Political against Ethical Hedonists or people with a Hedonistic Lifestyle. Unlike these real hedonists, a childishly hedonistic character is not prone to consider other people’s happiness, or even his own long-term happiness: Instant gratification is gold. If it feels good right now, live it up! Why waste time on thinking? Thinking isn’t fun! Unless you are thinking about how to get what you want as quickly and effortlessly as possible, that is. It's original to compare this general viewpoint of some ancient hedonists, who believed you should basically do the opposite; true happiness is the opposite of desires, which cause pain. So you shouldn't do anything like this as that won't lead you to real happiness (see Epicureanism, for instance). You can imagine any of the characters on this page laughing ruthlessly at the idea. Compare It Amused Me and Protagonist-Centered Morality (for this trope played sympathetically). For Happiness is another related trope. This trope is one of the defining traits of a sociopath.
— Dr. Frank N. Furter, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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- The apostle Wyald from Berserk. His motto is "Enjoyment and excitement!" The fact that he says this while he is raping a farm girl who helped the Band of the Hawk who he and his Black Dog Knights have been hired to kill illustrates all we need to know about his nature.
- Greg from A Cruel God Reigns. He doesn't care that he rapes and Mind Rapes his step-son Jeremy to the point that Jeremy is Driven to Suicide and eventually ends up committing Vehicular Sabotage. He is convinced that what he is doing is fine and that love is about taking what you want (even though it is clearly not what Jeremy wants.) Luckily for Jeremy and the audience, Jeremy's Vehicular Sabotage against him is a Karmic Death.
- Cross Marian of D.Gray-Man to an extent. He likes to smoke, drink, and his hobby in the character book is visiting red-light districts. He's not a bad guy though. It's been shown he does respect women, and is a gentleman. He hits on Lenalee, a young 16-year-old girl. But earlier, he protected her on the crumbling ark. However, seems he does like to embrace the pleasures life has to offer-loving the finest wine, sake, and beautiful things. Word of God says he lives hiding many bitter things, has hardships, and blows off steam in amazing ways. So, his hedonism is probably a way of blowing off steam, or trying to feel better in the midst of a horrible war.
- His character quote in the fanbook is "Sake is the best medicine." So, he apparently finds drinking to be good for healing for feeling bad.
- Gauron from Full Metal Panic!. He does pretty much everything For the Evulz, because he gets off on it. Even Kalinin didn't expect Gauron to be such an extreme, insane, depraved pleasure seeker. One ironically humorous moment shows Kalinin thinking to himself that, no matter what, Gauron is a smart pro that would value his life above everything else and would never do stupid things for short term pleasure. And then... a short while later, Gauron is shown getting off on his fight with Sousuke, which culminates in him attempting to commit a double suicide with Sousuke just for the pleasure of it.
- Hellsing has Arthur Hellsing. In his youth, he spent more time drinking and womanizing rather than fulfilling his duties to the organization's goal. Though, as he aged, he became more mature.
- Haruhi Suzumiya will do anything for her own amusement, to the point where she will use Mikuru as her personal toy.
- Onigumo/Muso from Inuyasha. Unlike the more calculating Naraku, Onigumo/Muso is simply a violent psychopath who's after the best that life has to offer.
- The Queen's Blade character Menace certainly fits. In her first life, she spent all her time playing with her huge lesbian harem, so much so that she allowed her kingdom to collapse into social decay and corruption without care so long as she could keep partying. Even though this eventually got her killed, after being revived, her sole goal is to rebuild Amara, her former kingdom, and go right back to her endless days and nights of lesbian pleasure.
- Queen's Blade Grimoire features Hansel, the split personality of Gretel, who enjoys fighting women and having their company. Then there's Despina who kidnaps women and make them part of her personal harem.
- Giriko from Soul Eater. He spends most of his free time drinking and hitting on female henchmen, he's lazy as sin, and he acts disturbingly touchy-feely with the teenage girl he's attempting to kill.
- Thanks to his sadistic likening for violence, Stein gets accused of this by his Morality Chain Spirit. Even taking Stein's later Character Development into account, he has a point.
- From Sword Art Online, Nobuyuki Sugo/Oberon the Fairy King. His lust for power and treatment of Asuna gives him some exaggerated hedonistic qualities.
- Tsukiyama Shuu from Tokyo Ghoul. He surrounds himself with the finest things in life, and is obsessed with experiencing the most unique and pleasing flavors. Classical music, fine literature, beautiful flowers, interesting people, and designer clothing are all things he savors.
- Almost everyone in Toriko is a hedonist thanks to delicious food being Serious Business. The difference between the good guys and the bad guys is that the good guys are Ethical Hedonists and the bad guys...aren't.
- In World's End Harem where billions of men died due a Virus, leaving the women to run the world that collapsed, Five Men who are immune and survived were found: Hino Kyouji, The No.1 male, is thrilled with the way the world has become and consider it to be heaven on Earth, where women will make all his sexual fantasies a reality, he shows no concern on the mission to repopulate the planet, what he cares is for women attending to his pleasures.
- Part of what makes the Purple Man so bad. He's been abusing his Mind Control powers for sex since the Comics Code Authority would allow it (and just For the Evulz for way longer than that).
- In one of the Judge Dredd crossovers with Batman, an entire cult of hedonists decided to go into self-imposed isolation from the rest of Megacity One in a Megadome, where they could indulge themselves until the end days. Unfortunately, without protection by the Law this made them easy targets for the Joker and the Dark Judges, who lock themselves in with the cultists and proceed to slaughter them all. As Judge Mortis put it, he's a "Deadonist."
- Lorelei, the younger sister of Thor villainess Amora the Enchantress. Amora is actually the more sympathetic sibling, since she does on some level genuinely care about a few other people and regrets that she ruined her best opportunities for happiness with her villainous ways. Lorelei is basically a younger version of Amora minus any of her redeeming qualities. When Amora tried to persuade Lorelei to change her ways, Lorelei pondered it for a moment before laughing it off.
- In Preacher, two Fallen Angels embrace hedonism by opening a hotel in Las Vegas and indulging themselves with drugs and sex. One of them tells his friend that if he knew what life on Earth had to offer, he would have gotten himself kicked out of Heaven centuries ago. His only regret is that he didn't fall when Joan of Arc was still alive.
- The main theme of the Wanted Comic Book. The hero is happy when he becomes a supervillain and begins randomly insulting and murdering people at will. Oddly enough, the villain also believes this exact same creed — he's frustrated that the current Masquerade prevents appropriately powerful supervillains from simply causing worldwide pandemonium.
Films — Animated
- Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King. The main conflict from their part of the story is Simba's conflict over whether to continue his carefree lifestyle with them or to stand up and retake his place as king from Scar. He chooses the latter.
- This serves as Prince Naveen's Fatal Flaw in The Princess and the Frog — he's a raging pleasure seeker who doesn't want (or rather, doesn't really know how) to actually work towards anything.
- Hexxus from FernGully: The Last Rainforest is a sentient glob of pollution who lives for self-gratifying pleasure and consumption. His Villain Song illustrates it perfectly.
"Hit me one time
Hit me twice
OOOOOHHH...that's rather nice..."
Films — Live-Action
- The original version of the movie Alfie.
- The main character in Bad Lieutenant Port Of Call New Orleans, which mostly consists of getting high and getting laid. When they say he's "bad", they're not kidding around.
- Tim and Eric's The Comedy provides an especially unfunny and a very harsh critique/deconstruction of this by taking hedonism to a new level which seems to be the only reason every one of the main character hedge fund kids and their other hipster friends have to live.
- Jenny from Forrest Gump becomes this in her adulthood, and a rather tragic example at that. Her parental abuse motivating her desire for happiness drives her into becoming a borderline junkie, getting one abusive boyfriend after another, and contemplating suicide. Her promiscuous life eventually causes her to die from AIDS.
- Many characters in the Hellraiser series show are this in varying degrees, inevitably leading them to the lament configuration.
- Titus from Jupiter Ascending. He's too busy with his zero-G splice orgies to be bothered with things like keeping the company running. It's established at the start that he's squandered his inheritance and suffered a recent financial setback, and needs Earth for funds.
- The Rapture: Sharon, Randy and the other swingers. Sharon is tired of the lifestyle though and becomes a Christian, bringing Randy with her.
- Dr. Frank N Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show does whatever he pleases in the name of "absolute pleasure."
- Sutter Keely in The Spectacular Now - a teenager with zero plans whose interest lies only in living in the moment.
- Juan Antonio in Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a talented painter who seems to do nothing more than make beautiful art, drink fine wine and sleep with beautiful women.
- Gary King, the Perky Goth Man Child protagonist of The World's End, has only one ambition in life - to "have a good time."
- X-Men Film Series:
- As an Oxford graduate student, Charles Xavier had a large appetite for bedding lovely co-eds and for imbibing liquor, and the latter becomes debilitating after he falls prey to alcoholism. It's part of his psychological maturation to gradually discard his selfish pursuit of sensual gratification and replace it with a selfless For Happiness perspective.
- The Wolverine: Noburo Mori likes to indulge in drugs and prostitutes.
- Merle from Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series. She was portrayed as preferring to pursue cultural and carnal pleasure rather than the gambling and power plays of her fellow citizens, only becoming engaged in the bigger picture when forced to.
- In Atlas Shrugged, Francisco D'anconia is supposedly this, but it's all an act.
- In Black Legion, Telemachon, like all Emperor's Children, is flat out addicted to pleasure and sensation, to the point when he's practically begging Nefertari to touch him context . He gets a bit better after Khayon strips him of emotions and then gives them back.
- The 8th book of Bloody Jack (The Wake Of The Lorelei Lee): Captain Laughton is of the Ethical Hedonist variety. Or at least the "I want everyone around me to be as happy as I am" variety.
- The Brave New World lives by this philosophy. If nothing else works, you can take soma. It is ultimately a deconstruction, because while everyone is happy, their lives are empty because perfect happiness comes at the cost of science, art and religion.
- In Children of the Black Sun, Sympaths in the Akharian Empire are encouraged and expected to pursue lives of pleasure, since they charge their magic from their emotional environment. However, the mechanism which turns an environment of pleasure into magic is soured if anyone involved isn't genuinely happy, so the hedonism in question has to be a generous, ethical, non-selfish kind — pleasure at the expense of others will defeat the purpose.
- In The Dinosaur Lords, the religious group called Garden of Beauty and Truth posits that hedonism is what life truly is about, and that one should spend their existence seeking pleasure, arts, love and beauty. The person whose writings they've based their philosophy on is less this trope and more of a Narcissist, although hedonism figures in it as well.
- Don Quixote: At the first part of the novel, Don Quixote is a Lord Error-Prone who only cares about living his Chivalric Romance fantasies, no matter who else pays for it. The second part he evolves to a For Happiness motivation.
- Horace Slughorn from Harry Potter is implied to have shades of this.
- Many Dark Others (no surprise there) but also Light Others exhibit this trait in the Night Watch series. For the former, it results in part from their philosophy's emphasis on putting self-interest about anything else, but for all Others, a combination of long-lasting youth and disengagement from human society results in boredom that they try to stave off through sensual indulgence.
- In the Michael Moorcock story "Phoenix in Obsidian", Earth has a dying Sun, and a large contingent of the survivors have become complete hedonists/nihilists, because they have nothing to live for otherwise.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray: Dorian Gray and his mentor Lord Henry are both depraved hedonists.
- Nikki, the protagonist's mother in The Rules of Survival, is this to a really, really unhealthy degree.
- The titular Screwtape of The Screwtape Letters accuses God of being a hedonist. Of course, C.S. Lewis in his preface warns the reader that Screwtape is an Unreliable Narrator.
- Jane Austen's male Romantic False Leads usually fall under this, such as John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility (same for Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park). Willoughby does whatever seems pleasurable in the moment, so he's very often in debt and then gets into deep trouble. In Devonshire, what's pleasurable is romancing Marianne Dashwood, but when he visits town, he seduces Colonel Brandon's young ward, leaves her pregnant, and then quickly gets engaged to an heiress so he can maintain his comfortable lifestyle. Willoughby later confesses that his intentions towards Marianne were just to flirt and only later decided he could marry her. Elinor and Marianne both conclude that such a marriage would have been constantly unhappy, with them constantly in financial trouble and enduring Willoughby's thoughtless philandering.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, Robert Baratheon indulged in physical pleasures to cope with losing the love of his life and being stuck with a throne he never wanted. He spends his days gorging, whoring, drinking, and hunting (combining the last two gets him killed in a "hunting accident" arranged by his wife) and leaves the responsibilities of ruling to his more competent advisors.
- Angus McNeill in the Venus Prime series.
- Marius de Romanus from The Vampire Chronicles is a more ethical and moderate example of this trope.
- Graendal of The Wheel of Time was formerly an extreme ascetic type who embraced hedonism as part of a Faith–Heel Turn when she realized that no-one else could live up to her ridiculously high standards- in other words, she's a hedonist out of spite. The other part of her turn was joining the forces of Evil and becoming a member of its elite Standard Evil Organization Squad seeking to bring about The End of the World as We Know It, so naturally her hedonism consists of being a Jerkass Depraved Bisexual and Manipulative Bitch who enjoys screwing with and killing people For the Evulz. At least some of this is actually a form of Obfuscating Stupidity - Graendal explicitly notes in her internal monologue in the later books that while she certainly enjoys her creature comforts, she's not as beholden to them as she wants others to believe and is entirely capable of functioning without them if need be (the screwing with and killing people For the Evulz is pretty genuine, though).
- Michael G. Munz's Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure has Dionysus. Hedonism is pretty much his whole purview. He makes his home atop the Dionysian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, "resplendently convivial" in his plush leather recliner throne drinking beer and playing video games while flanked by beautiful women at the center of a non-stop party.
Dionysus: Oh, no-no-no, you needn't get down to business so fast! Have a seat. Have another beer. Bask in the hedonistic glory of the Dionysian Casino and its god! C'mere, there's room on the chair! Think of me as a sexy Santa Claus!
Live Action TV
- Donovan and Elizabeth/The Countess from American Horror Story: Hotel. Both are a much more twisted example of this trope, but they are introed having a foursome with Donovan and another couple before killing them and drinking their blood.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: One key difference between Faith and Buffy was this. Faith lived life every second like she wanted to... and when accidents happened (like the murder of an innocent) that knocked Buffy for a loop, she merely "took care of the body" and went on as if nothing happened.
"My lady, you'll find, that with the exception of an honest day's work, there's no challenge I'm not prepared to face."
- Except she was obviously feeling guilty as hell. And while she clearly enjoyed being able to do what she wanted, when she wanted, what she truly desired was a life more like Buffy's and, if she couldn't have that, make Buffy become more like her to ease the jealousy.
- Early Faith is a Nietzschean, not a Hedonist. Being a Slayer (she thinks) means you are Above Good and Evil and can do whatever you want. Saving x lives means you can kill any number of people less than x, since you will still be in the plus column.
- Liam was just another drunken layabout in 1750s Ireland...until he met Darla, became a vampire (Angelus), and turned his tastes towards inflicting as much misery on human beings as possible.
- In Dominion, Gabriel's angels mourn the deaths of two of their kind. Then they celebrate their sacrifice with an orgy. Most of the angels didn't even have physical forms before the war, so they're enjoying it.
- Game of Thrones:
- King Robert lives for the immediate gratification of food, drink, whores, and combat.
- Oberyn Martell spends most of his leisure time in King's Landing sampling the delights of the best brothel.
- Frank Reynolds from Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia. A successful business man who gave up his wealth for the sake of doing all of the depraved stuff he's always wanted to do? Why yes, he qualifies.
- Blaine DeBeers from iZombie. He loves the best booze, beautiful women, nice clothes, fast cars and gets irritated when he can't have them. One of the reasons for his Badass Decay when his zombie state is cured was due to the elimination of those urges.
- Kilgrave from Jessica Jones. Kilgrave insists on enjoying others' luxurious homes, wears sharp suits and only ever uses skilled chefs to prepare his food. He even appeared in Jessica's life with a woman on each arm.
- Lucifer from Lucifer. He cares only about having fun and getting to just screw around. The only reason he really helps solve crime with Chloe is because he is either personally invested in the case or because it sounds fun. Also, he enjoys punishing the guilty, so long as it's on his terms.
Lucifer: (said with a beaming smile) I'll punish them, any method you prefer. Nice, solid flogging. Get the old swamp nuts in a vice, y'know.
- Mazikeen, as well. She's introduced being eaten out by some random guy and is constantly looking for new sexual partners.
- An episode of Star Trek: Voyager has the crew of the titular ship encounter a highly-advanced culture, whose people spend much of their time indulging in various pleasures. Things get less pleasant for the crew, after they learn that they mostly care about their own pleasure and quickly tire and lose interest towards the crew after a while. They also have their own version of Alien Non-Interference Clause, refusing to share technology to a race that doesn't already have it or even using it to help the Voyager shave off a few thousand light years from her journey.
- The future version of Castiel in "The End". Having lost his powers and given up on trying to save the world, he turns to copious amounts of drugs and sex to occupy his time.
- Gabriel (also known as the Trickster) appears to be this, tormenting others for his entertainment, creating women out of thin air, gorging himself on chocolate and other desserts. Then it's revealed that, although he does enjoy it, he actually means some of the lessons he claims to be trying to teach and seems a little miserable under his Trickster persona.
- Then there's Balthazar (funny how all of these are angels). His reaction to the good guys derailing the Apocalypse is to grab a bunch of valuable weapons, fake his own death and start doing whatever the hell he wants on Earth ("This morning I had a menage a...what's the French for twelve?"). When Castiel catches up to him, he insists he's just following the example Cas set. "You showed me we could do anything, so I'm trying everything."
- Lucifer in "The End" also shows signs of this. When he's not killing people, he's taking in the sheer wonder of the world, which he describes as a stunning thing that is beautiful in so many ways.
- Maryann on True Blood. Makes sense, since she's a Maenad, a follower of the Greek god of wine and dancing Dionysus. She generally uses her powers to make the whole town break out in impromptu orgies.
- In the vocaloid song Evil Food Eater Conchita by mothy, we have Banica Conchita.
- Foetus takes this to it's extreme with a lyrical style and song structure style similar to Tom Waits with over half of his songs being about the despair this sort of lifestyle can bring about.
- The Katy Perry song "Last Friday Night" portrays her as this in spades.
- The Residents' Tweedles! is pretty much an entire album dedicated to this, sung from the point of view of an emotionally devoid narcissistic sexual deviant
- Tom Waits is in love with writing songs from the perspective of characters whose driving mentality epitomizes this trope; Jockey Full of Bourbon, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Get Lost, Satisfied, Tango 'Til They're Sore, and Goin' Out West being just a few examples.
- Dionysos from Greek Mythology was essentially the god of hedonism. Technically he was the god of wine, but he and his followers formed an entire religion that was basically a drinking contest. Being a Greek god, he was also a huge Jerkass to anyone who objected to his followers' debauchery — Dionysos' creed was basically "Eat, drink, and be merry — or I'll kill you." On a more highbrow note, Dionysos was the patron of Tragedy — even the name of the genre comes from him (tragedy=trag-oida=goat-song; a goat was one of Dionysos' major symbols). Whether or not this detracts from him being a hedonist depends on perspective: while your average people these days would say that tragedy's Downer Endings are mighty depressing, people who actually understand the Greeks — including the average Ancient Greek — would argue that Tragedy is actually pretty pleasurable.
- The Ashwood Abbey compact of Hunter: The Vigil is this. They started out as just a bunch of Rich Idiot with No Day Job types, until they made the mistake of defiling a werewolf-controlled locus with one of their orgies. Their founder decided the proper response was to arm himself with heavy artillery, start another orgy, then kill the werewolves when they came to repeat their cleansing. Ashwood Abbeyists basically hunt monsters for the fun of it, often seducing them (and/or outright raping them), torturing them and murdering them. Of course, this does bite them in the ass; their fondness for "experimentation" means they often wind up on the losing side (disembowled while trying to rape werewolves, ghouled because of their fondness of drinking vampire blood for the rush, mindcontrolled by mages, etc), and most other hunters despise them to the point many regard them as being just as bad, if not worse, than the monsters themselves.
- The color Red in Magic: The Gathering is this philosophy to its Tabletop Game conclusion. It has cards that are awesomely damaging to the target...but tends to leave the caster wide open to counterattack (when the spells don't damage the caster, too). Red is passionate and powerful, but the cost of that power is that it doesn't consider the effects and often harms itself. Compare with its allied colors Black, which knows the negative side effects and chooses them anyway, and Green, which is just as primal and wild but is also devoted to the arts of healing. Contrast with opposing colors Blue, which is all about careful thought, and White, which is about order and control (of one's self and others).
- The (black) vampires on the plane of Zendikar are described as hedonistic. They are also, coincidentally, said to be the most advanced race on Zendikar.
- Innistrad, a gothic plane, also have vampires, though they are separated into several clans. One clan, Markov, is more hedonistic than the rest.
- Combine Red and Black and you get people like the Rakdos Guild in Ravnica. The passion of Red and the selfishness of Black creates hedonists that not only don't care about the consequences to themselves but also don't care about who else they might hurt with their debauchery.
- In the Classical Mythology inspired Theros, hedonism and revelries are represented by both Red and Green. Satyrs are a particularly duplicitous example, masquerading as festive merry-goers but actually engaging in very depraved revels, and are not above enslaving humans. The planeswalker Xenagos, a satyr from this plane, is actually something of a deconstruction: he was originally a happy go lucky hedonist, but upon ascending he realised how small he was in the grand scheme of things, so he became very bitter and incapable of enjoying the revels anymore. So he became a god.
- In Pathfinder, this is the defining characteristic of two fiendish races; the rakshasa and the oni.
- In the Dungeons & Dragons setting Planescape, the Sensates are a faction dedicated to experiencing every sensation and act that they can — good as well as bad. Many members take this as an excuse to become hedonists; they are looked down on for indulging one sensation—pleasure—to the exclusion of all others, and to blinding themselves to new experiences. These members are commonly sent to a hold the Sensates have in Arborea, where they get to do nothing but blindly indulge their hedonist ways, over and over again for the rest of their lives without ever experiencing anything new (and before you ask, the door is open. Anyone sent there can leave any time they want. So far, nobody has).
- Slaanesh from Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. He- she? it?- is literally the manifestation of all the Squick in the universe, while his followers are to a psychopath in it either For the Evulz or because Evil Feels Good. Lest we find the idea of a cult of hedonists even somewhat non-threatening, remember that this is 40K and their idea of a good time probably starts with "violate your intestines through your belly button" and just goes in whatever random direction they can find from there.
- In 40K, Slaanesh was literally Squicked into existence by centuries of Eldar engaging in ever-more depraved acts of debauchery, reshaping the Warp until he/she/it manifested in a humongous Warp storm. The Eldar now refer to Slaanesh as "She Who Thirsts", and take a great many precautions to prevent her/him/it from eating their souls on death.
- While the Craftworld Eldar and the Exodites have renounced their hedonistic ways and follow the path of rigid self-control to keep themselves free of Slaanesh's influence, the Dark Eldar are just as bad as the pre-Fall Eldar, if not worse after they figured that not only is Cold-Blooded Torture fun, but it also allows them to stave off Slaanesh draining their souls.
- In a dark twist which acts as a metaphor for drug abuse, Slaanesh's followers tend to develop a tolerance to hedonistic indulgence over time. It gets to the point where they have to be constantly pumped full of Chaos-spawned drugs just to feel anything.
- In Antony and Cleopatra, this trait is shared by the Egyptians. Antony has also adopted the tendency due to being in Egypt for so long.
- Val in Babes in Arms declares himself to be this (although whether he remains so is unclear, since his ideologies shift constantly).
- Count Henri de Bouvray in Victor Herbert's Mlle. Modiste: "There's no worldly pleasure myself I deny,/There's no one to ask me the wherefore or why..."
- In The Moon Is Blue, David Slater lists his interests as "steaks—liquor—and sex—in that order."
- Fiyero in the musical Wicked: "Nothing matters but knowing nothing matters... It's just life, so keep dancing through!"
- Well, at least until he goes through some massive Character Development and some of his frivolous comments and beliefs become painfully ironic.
- In Assassin's Creed III, Thomas Hickey is one of the villains, but unlike the other Templars that Connor assassinates, he's not in it for their principles of Order; he just goes along with them because they pay well. All he wants out of life is girls and booze, and his Motive Rant to Connor is all about how he, unlike the Assassin, can have what he wants. That is, until Connor kills him.
- In Asura's Wrath, Augus has Greed as his Mantra affinity, and it shows. He lives for pleasure above all else: sleeping with beautiful maidens, eating good food, drinking fine wines. Most of all, he enjoys a good fight.
- Diablo III has Azmodan. Justified because he is the lord of sin.
- Isabela from Dragon Age II seems to live for three things: the thrill of adventure, alcohol, and sexual gratification (from men and women both).
- Sebastian admits he used to be a hedonist before his family sent him to the Chantry. When Isabela hears this, she complains that she should have met him back then instead of now.
- Shannon of God Hand. Her search for pleasure is never-ending and often involves mortal men being used as her "toys".
- After only getting two or so scenes in Kingdom Hearts II, Demyx was somewhat fleshed out as this is Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. He's more interested in writing songs than following orders, and isn't above bribing Roxas to finish his missions for him.
- Vorador from the Legacy of Kain series has fully embraced the image of vampires as creatures of indulgence when Kain meets him in Blood Omen. Kain is fairly disgusted with Vorador when he first meets him, quipping that the once great warrior had been defeated by his own hedonism.
- Morinth of Mass Effect 2 is a killer afflicted with a condition that makes her kill those she has sex with, which has an addictive effect upon her. She's been spending centuries getting her kicks with either slaughter, music or drugs as well as evading her mother Samara.
- MOTHER 3's main villain and returning antagonist, Porky has traveled through time and space to experience every little bit of joy he can in his extremely long life. After perhaps thousands of years, he has decided to end all existence, just because it's the only thing he has yet to do. Eventually, he's sealed in a capsule that cannot be broken into or out of, forever, and he enjoys it.
- The Inklings of Splatoon as a whole are described as leading a largely hedonistic lifestyle. They mostly care about fun, parties, and looking good. It gets to the point that, in the backstory of the game, the Inklings started off at a disadvantage in the Great Turf War because they couldn't wake up early enough in the morning to fend off the Octarians' initial assaults, and that in the present time Cap'n Cuttlefish and his agents are the only ones doing something about the Octarians' plans.
- Suika Ibuki from Touhou, who has never been seen sober for centuries. Most other characters in Touhou also have various vices that they indulge in. It helps that the majority of them aren't human.
- Special mention goes for Ms. Hinanawi Tenshi, who wreaks havoc for the sake of getting into the emotional height, something that her people lacks.
- Magick Chicks: The cast page of the print editions plainly identifies Faith as such and describes her as "morally grey." She's been known to abuse her privileges as student council president in the name of fun, or to seduce classmates. Faith also has a strong sexual appetite, for which she makes no apology.
- In The Gungan Council, Deagan Hunt and XoChitl Salvaje, as Zeltrons, and Kirk search for the thrills and pleasures in life for their own reasons.
- General Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender pretended to be very much the hedonist, much to the chagrin of his naive nephew who refused to see that the evil empire didn't deserve their loyalty. For Iroh, life's little pleasures are more important than doing his duty... but only when his duty is actually evil, destructive or plain unworthy. Whenever he has a worthy cause to fight for, he's dedicated and self-sacrificing if needed.
- Hedonism-bot of Futurama ("How wonderfully decadent!") . How hedonistic is he? He's so hedonistic, he has his solid gold body smothered in chocolate ("Your tax dollars at work!"). The DVD commentary for Futurama stated that he was not simply a hedonistic robot but he was hedonism itself as a robot, which is why he is not called "Hedonist-bot". It wouldn't have done him justice ("I apologize for nothing!").
- Bender is no slacker in the hedonistic scale either (it's the only thing he doesn't slack on) as he openly enjoys the vices of life with only a fraction of the consequences. This becomes a problem in one of the Anthology of Interest episodes as Bender is turned into a human. Having never learned about self-control, he runs off to indulge in food, women, and booze. When they finally find him a week later, he's become morbidly obese and dies shortly thereafter in the middle of a massive party that he starts.
- Beezy on Jimmy Two-Shoes lives his life basically eating, sleeping, hanging out with Jimmy and spending time with his girlfriend Saffi. He basically does whatever is most pleasurable to him the moment, regardless of how stupid, unsafe, or insensitive it would be for him or others.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Pinkie Pie. A more G-rated example, she lives for parties, sweets, laughter and above all, happiness. Discord, as the embodiment of chaos, is also a G-rated example, but way less friendly than Pinkie Pie.
- In an episode of The Simpsons a self-help guru gets the entire town going on this motto — specifically, acting like Bart. The whole thing falls apart at the festival celebrating this newfound freedom, the main catalyst being when a handyman decides he didn't "feel like" greasing the Ferris wheel so it wouldn't fall off its hinges and go on a rampage.
- What little we see of John Corben's character in Superman: The Animated Series shows that he's quite the hedonist. He surrounds himself with luxuries in his prison cell while enjoying gourmet food, all of it courtesy of Lex Luthor. When he gets out of prison and is transformed into Metallo, one of the first things he does is force a kiss on Lois Lane, remarking that he had been thinking about her during his entire stint. His initial joy at being transferred into a superstrong robot body swiftly turns into horror when he discovers that he couldn't feel the kiss. His new form has no sense of taste, touch, or smell.
- Atomic Puppet has the billioniare Cloudcuckoolander Rudolph Mintenberg, who lives only to entertain himself due to being in a constant state of Rich Boredom.
- The Time Squad: The Larry 3000 seems to split being The Spock and The Hedonist about 50/50. He gives a good show of being uptight and prissy, and the casual viewer might mistake him for being the Only Sane Man to Tuddrussel's Boisterous Bruiser, but truthfully the a nice chunk of the mission hang-ups happen as a result of him getting distracted and siding with whomever is messing up history if they promise more fun than fixing it would.
- Amethyst from Steven Universe likes to spend her off-mission time eating and sleeping. As a Gem, she doesn't actually need to do so, she just likes to.