YMMV / Patrick Stewart

  • Harsher in Hindsight: Stewart spent decades speaking out against domestic violence and speaking negatively about his father in the process. Very recently, through Who Do You Think You Are?, he learned of his father's experiences in World War II and the horrors his father had directly witnessed and began reassessing his views, realizing that the man suffered from PTSD and lived at a time when seeking help simply wasn't an option, making Stewart feel awful about not trying to better understand the causes of abusive behavior nor looking for therapies that could potentially treat abusive people.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "But science fiction, I mean why would you want to do science fiction?" — Patrick Stewart, having a chat with Lalla Ward in 1980.
  • Memetic Mutation: When the Internet started going mainstream and became more accessible, most of the people who began to access it would now be in their 20's or 30's. Those people grew up watching Stewart saving the galaxy as Picard. As such he has now become an icon online with the 'Picard Song' and several demotivational posters of him either showing his approval or disapproval (he's the standard choice of picture for the Face Palm). Know Your Meme put it best when they said:
    "Because Picard is an infallible source of truth, justice and reason invoking him to prove a point immediately grants credence to your opinion."
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The scene in Extras when he pitches a script that is essentially "Professor Charles Xavier as a pervert" steals the entire series.
      "They try to cover up, but it's too late. I've seen it all."
    • He was briefly King Richard the Lionheart in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
    • He and Sean Connery are the only two actors to have played both "King Richard" and "Robin Hood", but not in the same productions though. Sean Connery was "Robin" in "Robin & Marion" and "King Richard" in "Prince of Thieves". Patrick Stewart's role as King Richard is already mentioned above. He played "Picard as Robin" for "ST:TNG". ("Q-pid")
    • He played the Emperor in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, who provided the opening narration and died at the end of the Noob Cave.
    • As the Maitre'D of l'Idiot in L.A. Story.
  • Values Dissonance: Why he shrugs off the notion of TV as "slumming". British actors don't generally think that way, as ably described by "Furious D" here.
    D: For a British actor, there's no such thing as slumming above amateur porn, there's only working.