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.
edited 22nd Mar '12 5:02:15 AM by Catbert