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Opaque name, a magnet for zero-content examples: The Barnum get usage counts

 51 Septimus Heap, Thu, 10th Jan '13 4:56:49 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
I am leery at using an argument that works with a supposed "prime example" of the trope.

 52 Marq FJA, Thu, 10th Jan '13 4:58:38 AM from Saudi Arabia Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
O' Allah, save Egypt
I'm not the one who's holding it as a prime example of the current writeup, for your information; she used to be more or less described as such for "The Barnum", though.
Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ ḥukm al-ʻaskar
I don't think Trickster Philosopher conveys the trope very well. P.T. Barnum was a lot of things, but The Trickster he was not. Bugs Bunny is a trickster. The Barnum is more of a con artist.

"Philosopher" isn't right either. This character isn't philosophical so much as he is completely unashamed of what he does—as far as he's concerned, it's his god-given right to part a fool from his money, and if you didn't want your pocket picked, you shouldn't have kept your wallet there.

edited 12th Jan '13 12:08:36 AM by troacctid

Rhymes with "Protracted."
Bumping for votes.
Rhymes with "Protracted."
 55 Larkmarn, Tue, 5th Feb '13 11:53:51 AM Relationship Status: Hello, I love you
I like going with the alliteration of Contented Con Man, but not going to list it if other people don't care for it.

 56 Septimus Heap, Tue, 5th Feb '13 11:56:49 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
The Shameless Con Man is my first choice,

 57 Xtifr, Wed, 6th Feb '13 7:22:48 PM Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
World's Toughest Milkman
I'd prefer it without the "The", but otherwise, it does seem like the best suggestion so far.
"Existential Despair" is an oxymoron.
The system doesn't know you right now, so no post button for you.
You need to Get Known to get one of those.

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.
At issue:
Pick a name for this YKTTW.
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