Looks like shyster can cover this, but if people associate the word with "lawyer," many will mistake this for Amoral Attorney. All the positive examples on urban dictionary mention lawyers. Dictionary.com puts "shady lawyer" as the primary meaning.
Well, other than the shamelessness whenever confronted about their unscrupulous activities, this character does sound like an epitome of the Con Man to me. How about Shamelessly Consummate Con Man, then?
edited 19th Feb '12 10:23:02 AM by MarqFJA
Where there is Distress, therein lies a Story. Where there is a Story, therein lies a Will. Where there is a Will, therein lies a Soul.
We have a Con Man trope. We don't want a name that will be confused with that.
This is "A trickster-philosopher who lives by pandering to people's greed and gullibility."
Edit: Wait what? Is Con Man an index or or a character type trope? Oy vey... Another candidate for TRS.
I think this trope could be a lot broader than just con-men. Don't a lot of magicians basically fit this type? Take Derren Brown. He fits the description perfectly, but he's a mentalist/hypnotist/magician/TV personality.
If we could come up with a much broader name, this could potentially be a heavily-used trope.
I don't know about Catbert's issue, but I can share mine.
All the description tells me is The Same, but More, Con Man who is happy. Which means the only Con Man who doesn't fit, is one who regrets his actions. We have a trope for criminals who regret their past, and wish to change?
For a bit of history, this used to be called Humphrey.
A trickster-philosopher, who lives by pandering to people's greed and gullibility. Not only does he never feel guilty about it, he will be offended by suggestions that he stop. If people want to be tricked, who is he to say no?
The true mark of a Humphrey is how serene and happy they are, despite what they do every day. They have reached a cynic's nirvana.
Named for two Humphreys: Sir Humphrey Applebee of Yes Minister, and Mr. Humphries of Are You Being Served? Sir Humphrey had a cynical motto for everything ("Gratitude is merely the expectation of future reward," "The Official Secrets Act exists to protect officials, not secrets"), and was always cool — except when some honesty broke into his perfect world. Mr. Humphries knew how ridiculous his job was, and did it just as absurdly as he was supposed to. After all, he was never the one who had to face the consequences — that was the boss or the customers.
Honestly, I think we need to scrap this page and start from scratch. The description is incoherent and most of the examples are bad.
Create a trope for showmen/advertisers that make their living off of exagerated claims, dubious advertising, and sometimes even down right hoaxes. Those are the traits I would associate with PT Barnum. Give the new page a new name. The Barnum can be a redirect to that.
Alternative Titles: Trickster And Thinker
23rd Nov '12 8:19:04 AM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.