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* In ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', the LemonyNarrator perceives herself to be the best historical essay writer alive. She's also pretty self-centered and seems to care mostly about herself.

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* In ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', the LemonyNarrator perceives herself to be Loose Change hits all of the criteria: she's convinced that she's the best historical historian ever (she's a CloudCuckoolander college student), she believes that her essay writer alive. She's also pretty self-centered (the story) will bring her fame for revealing the truth behind Equestria (otherwise known as her rambling anti-Celestia conspiracies), and seems to care mostly about herself.she's deeply jealous of other ponies who have powers she doesn't, but covers it up with a facade of Earth Pony supremacy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': While Grievous has all the self centered, self absorbed, power hungry traits of a narcissist it's not clear that he's really that fond of himself until [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS1E10LairOfGrievous "Lair of Grievous"]] reveals he's decorated his lair with a series of larger than life statues of himself, as a glorious war victor.


* Mok from ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule''. One of his villain songs consists only of the lyrics "triumph in the power and the glory that is me".



* Mok from ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule''. One of his villain songs consists only of the lyrics "triumph in the power and the glory that is me".



** In one episode when he and Marge go to a marriage counselor, he's asked to list the most important people in his life, which are: Homer, Homer J. Simpson, and Captain Mc.Cool, (which is what he calls himself.)

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** In one episode when he and Marge go to a marriage counselor, he's asked to list the most important people in his life, which are: Homer, Homer J. Simpson, and Captain Mc.Cool, [=McCool=] (which is what he calls himself.) himself).


** [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]], who just '''''loves''''' how his name and "Super Genius" roll off his tongue. Especially in the cartoons where he is paired with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, he self-admires himself and all the elaborate machines he creates to capture that wascally wabbit.

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** [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Wile E. Coyote]], who Coyote]] in the cartoons where he is paired with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. He just '''''loves''''' how his name and "Super Genius" roll off his tongue. Especially in the cartoons where he is paired with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, he self-admires himself and tongue, as well as all the elaborate machines he creates to capture that wascally wabbit.


** Sarousch, the villain of the sequel, always looks at himself in the mirror. All the while calling himself "handsome" and such.

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** *** Sarousch, the villain of the sequel, always looks at himself in the mirror. All the while calling himself "handsome" and such.


--->"Meticulous planning, tenacity spanning decades of denial is simply why I'll be king undisputed, respected, saluted and seen for the wonder I am, yes my teeth and ambitions are bared, be prepared!" The song is called "Be Prepared". It can be listened to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0AiN8vrn9Y here]] on [=YouTube=].

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--->"Meticulous planning, tenacity spanning decades of denial is simply why I'll be king undisputed, respected, saluted and seen for the wonder I am, yes my teeth and ambitions are bared, be prepared!" The song is called "Be Prepared". It can be listened to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0AiN8vrn9Y here]] on [=YouTube=].prepared!"


The TropeNamer is Narcissus of Myth/GreekMythology. Their story was first told by Ovid, which makes this OlderThanFeudalism. One version of the myth is that Narcissus coldly turned down a beautiful woman named Echo, who as a result faded away to nothing but a literal echo. Angered by their callousness and vanity, Aphrodite cursed Narcissus to fall in unrequited love with the next person he saw--which was his own reflection in the river, which he did until he died, whereupon his body was transformed into a flower. This is a perfect (if minimalist) description of the conflict within the narcissist - somebody who loves themselves, but at the same time never feels loved ''by'' themselves. Thus, they try to fill this hole with the love of others. Real Life Narcissists often have rather fragile egos when things ''do'' go wrong for them, and they may well do so since the Narcissist is rarely as clever, talented or charming as they think they are.

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The TropeNamer is Narcissus of Myth/GreekMythology. Their story was first told by Ovid, which makes this OlderThanFeudalism. One version of the myth is that Narcissus coldly turned down a beautiful woman named Echo, who as a result faded away to nothing but a literal echo. Angered by their his callousness and vanity, Aphrodite cursed Narcissus to fall in unrequited love with the next person he saw--which was his own reflection in the river, which he did until he died, whereupon his body was transformed into a flower. This is a perfect (if minimalist) description of the conflict within the narcissist - somebody who loves themselves, but at the same time never feels loved ''by'' themselves. Thus, they try to fill this hole with the love of others. Real Life Narcissists often have rather fragile egos when things ''do'' go wrong for them, and they may well do so since the Narcissist is rarely as clever, talented or charming as they think they are.


The narcissist appears [[{{Pride}} literally in love with themselves]], [[ShamelessSelfPromoter present themselves as perfect]], and [[SmallNameBigEgo expect you to agree]]. When these expectations are not met, they [[DudeWheresMyRespect react with indignation and hostility towards those who dare deny them that which they feel entitled]]. Moreover, while [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond highly self-conscious of how others view them]], they are generally [[TheUnapologetic indifferent to the harm they cause in furtherance of their goals]].

The TropeNamer is Narcissus of Greek Mythology. Their story was first told by Ovid, which makes this OlderThanFeudalism. One version of the myth is that Narcissus coldly turned down a beautiful woman named Echo, who as a result faded away to nothing but a literal echo. Angered by their callousness and vanity, Aphrodite cursed Narcissus to fall in unrequited love with the next person he saw--which was their own reflection in the river. Which he did until he died, whereupon their body was transformed into a flower. This is a perfect (if minimalist) description of the conflict within the narcissist - somebody who loves themselves, but at the same time never feels loved ''by'' themselves. Thus they try to fill this hole with the love of others. Real Life Narcissists often have rather fragile egos when things ''do'' go wrong for them, and they may well do so since the Narcissist is rarely as clever, talented or charming as they think they are.

It is insufficient for a character to simply be [[{{Pride}} extremely vain]] or [[ItsAllAboutMe excessively preoccupied with one's selfish desires]] to qualify for this trope. Rather, '''ALL''' the following requirements must be met in order to qualify.

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The narcissist appears [[{{Pride}} literally in love with themselves]], [[ShamelessSelfPromoter present themselves as perfect]], and [[SmallNameBigEgo expect you to agree]]. When these expectations are not met, they [[DudeWheresMyRespect react with indignation and hostility towards those who dare deny them that to which they feel entitled]]. Moreover, while [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond highly self-conscious of how others view them]], they are generally [[TheUnapologetic indifferent to the harm they cause in furtherance of their goals]].

The TropeNamer is Narcissus of Greek Mythology.Myth/GreekMythology. Their story was first told by Ovid, which makes this OlderThanFeudalism. One version of the myth is that Narcissus coldly turned down a beautiful woman named Echo, who as a result faded away to nothing but a literal echo. Angered by their callousness and vanity, Aphrodite cursed Narcissus to fall in unrequited love with the next person he saw--which was their his own reflection in the river. Which river, which he did until he died, whereupon their his body was transformed into a flower. This is a perfect (if minimalist) description of the conflict within the narcissist - somebody who loves themselves, but at the same time never feels loved ''by'' themselves. Thus Thus, they try to fill this hole with the love of others. Real Life Narcissists often have rather fragile egos when things ''do'' go wrong for them, and they may well do so since the Narcissist is rarely as clever, talented or charming as they think they are.

It is insufficient for a character to simply be [[{{Pride}} extremely [[{{Pride}}extremely vain]] or [[ItsAllAboutMe excessively preoccupied with one's their selfish desires]] to qualify for this trope. Rather, '''ALL''' the following requirements must be met in order to qualify.



# The character has an [[{{Greed}} insatiable appetite]] for [[GloryHound acclaim]] and [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans power]]. Regardless of how much success or popularity they obtain, a narcissist's bloated sense of entitlement will always leave their unsatisfied in the long term. Consequently, such characters inevitably feel driven to seek out ever greater levels of self-aggrandizement. As a result of their self-centeredness and diminished empathy, narcissists have little (if any) qualms flouting rules and personal boundaries to further such aims. Their success and overall functionality is contingent on how good they are at selling themselves to people and keeping them hooked; even the highest-functioning examples can have everything come crashing down when they piss off or hurt the wrong people, and low-functioning examples are generally friendless, unsuccessful losers whose lives are marked by ceaseless drama, a revolving door of people, and a persistent "weight of the world"/"eternal sufferer" attitude born from continual perceived victimhood.

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# The character has an [[{{Greed}} insatiable appetite]] for [[GloryHound acclaim]] and [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans power]]. Regardless of how much success or popularity they obtain, a narcissist's bloated sense of entitlement will always leave their them unsatisfied in the long term.long-term. Consequently, such characters inevitably feel driven to seek out ever greater levels of self-aggrandizement. As a result of their self-centeredness and diminished empathy, narcissists have little (if any) qualms flouting rules and personal boundaries to further such aims. Their success and overall functionality is contingent on how good they are at selling themselves to people and keeping them hooked; even the highest-functioning examples can have everything come crashing down when they piss off or hurt the wrong people, and low-functioning examples are generally friendless, unsuccessful losers whose lives are marked by ceaseless drama, a revolving door of people, and a persistent "weight of the world"/"eternal sufferer" attitude born from continual perceived victimhood.



* Miki Kawai from ''Manga/ASilentVoice,'' a sweet looking and intelligent classmate of Shoya who turns out to be this. Unlike some examples, she's actually more of a textbook case of Narcissism. She has a strong need to be seen as important and to be admired, claiming that she works and studies harder than everyone else, and so shouldn't be seen as anything less than great by her classmates. She is bothered when people talk badly about her, thinking that it must be because they are jealous of the relationship she has with her crush. [[SelfServingMemory She also believes that she was bullied back in elementary school, just like Shoko was]], even though in reality she was a bystander who laughed at the bullying and was responsible for turning Shoya into the class scapegoat. But, of course, Kawai appears incapable of acknowledging these flaws, and ultimately believes she can do no wrong.

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* Miki Kawai from ''Manga/ASilentVoice,'' a sweet looking sweet-looking and intelligent classmate of Shoya who turns out to be this. Unlike some examples, she's actually more of a textbook case of Narcissism. She has a strong need to be seen as important and to be admired, claiming that she works and studies harder than everyone else, and so shouldn't be seen as anything less than great by her classmates. She is bothered when people talk badly about her, thinking that it must be because they are jealous of the relationship she has with her crush. [[SelfServingMemory She also believes that she was bullied back in elementary school, just like Shoko was]], even though in reality she was a bystander who laughed at the bullying and was responsible for turning Shoya into the class scapegoat. But, of course, Kawai appears incapable of acknowledging these flaws, and ultimately believes she can do no wrong.



** There's Rei and Minako, but they vary in terms of how they perceive themselves. Rei's attitude is "Well of course I'm beautiful and adorable doesn't everybody know that?" While Minako is more "To be so beautiful, surely this ''must'' be a crime!" Rei often lacks self awareness when she gets in the mood, and Minako tends to be very grandiose and hammy when proclaiming her good looks.

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** There's Rei and Minako, but they vary in terms of how they perceive themselves. Rei's attitude is "Well of course I'm beautiful and adorable doesn't everybody know that?" While Minako is more "To be so beautiful, surely this ''must'' be a crime!" Rei often lacks self awareness self-awareness when she gets in the mood, and Minako tends to be very grandiose and hammy when proclaiming her good looks.


** The Evil Queen of ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhite'', who had a magic mirror whose primary job is to specifically tell her that she's the most beautiful in the land every single day.

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** The Evil Queen of ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhite'', ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', who had a magic mirror whose primary job is to specifically tell her that she's the most beautiful in the land every single day.





* Long-haired Bananya from Anime/{{Bananya}}, who spends more time [[TheDandy grooming his fur every two hours]] than doing anything with his fellow Bananyas.

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* Long-haired Bananya from Anime/{{Bananya}}, ''Anime/{{Bananya}}'', who spends more time [[TheDandy grooming his fur every two hours]] than doing anything with his fellow Bananyas.



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** Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has an entire song dedicated to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gZ0OgA_8G0 how awesome he is.]]
** Ratcliffe from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' loves himself almost as much as he loves gold.
** The Evil Queen of ''Disney/SnowWhite'', who had a magic mirror whose primary job is to specifically tell her that she's the most beautiful in the land every single day.
** Scar of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is this trope turned UpToEleven. He manages to use in one sentence five different words to praise himself and tops it off with how much of a wonder he is.
--->'''Meticulous planning, tenacity spanning decades of denial is simply why I'll be king undisputed, respected, saluted and seen for the wonder I am, yes my teeth and ambitions are bared, be prepared!" The song is called "Be Prepared". It can be listened to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0AiN8vrn9Y here]] on [=YouTube=].

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** Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has an entire song dedicated to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gZ0OgA_8G0 how awesome he is.]]
** Ratcliffe from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Pocahontas}}'' loves himself almost as much as he loves gold.
** The Evil Queen of ''Disney/SnowWhite'', ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhite'', who had a magic mirror whose primary job is to specifically tell her that she's the most beautiful in the land every single day.
** Scar of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ''WesternAnimation/{{The Lion King|1994}}'' is this trope turned UpToEleven. He manages to use in one sentence five different words to praise himself and tops it off with how much of a wonder he is.
--->'''Meticulous --->"Meticulous planning, tenacity spanning decades of denial is simply why I'll be king undisputed, respected, saluted and seen for the wonder I am, yes my teeth and ambitions are bared, be prepared!" The song is called "Be Prepared". It can be listened to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0AiN8vrn9Y here]] on [=YouTube=].



** Frollo of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is a textbook narcissist who projects his own lust on Esmeralda, and as is typical of a KnightTemplar uses self-righteous morality to justify his perceived superiority. Somehow he succeeds in praying in a way so selfish and self-absorbed that the contrast with his faith should be even more obvious than the answer to the riddle who is the monster and who is the man?
-->'''Beata Maria, you know I am a righteous man, Of my virtue I am justly proud / Beata Maria, you know I'm so much purer than the common vulgar weak licentious crowd..."

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** Frollo of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' ''WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is a textbook narcissist who projects his own lust on Esmeralda, and as is typical of a KnightTemplar uses self-righteous morality to justify his perceived superiority. Somehow he succeeds in praying in a way so selfish and self-absorbed that the contrast with his faith should be even more obvious than the answer to the riddle who is the monster and who is the man?
-->'''Beata --->"Beata Maria, you know I am a righteous man, Of my virtue I am justly proud / Beata Maria, you know I'm so much purer than the common vulgar weak licentious crowd..."



** One Disney hero: [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Kuzco]] and one Disney villain: [[EvilChancellor Yzma]].

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** One Disney hero: [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove [[WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewGroove Kuzco]] and one Disney villain: [[EvilChancellor Yzma]].



** Also King Candy [[spoiler:AKA Turbo]] from ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.
** Mother Gothel in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''.
** Tamatoa from ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' spends half his VillainSong "Shiny" singing about how beautiful and powerful he is (well, thinks he is). The other half is a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech aimed at Maui. Tamatoa overcompensates for his original drab appearance by decorating his shell with glittering treasure and painting himself with bioluminescent paints so that he is shiny even in the dark.

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** Also King Candy [[spoiler:AKA Turbo]] from ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.
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** Mother Gothel in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''.
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** Tamatoa from ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Moana}}'' spends half his VillainSong "Shiny" singing about how beautiful and powerful he is (well, thinks he is). The other half is a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech aimed at Maui. Tamatoa overcompensates for his original drab appearance by decorating his shell with glittering treasure and painting himself with bioluminescent paints so that he is shiny even in the dark.



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* Lexi from ''Series/ANTFarm''.
* Gaius Baltar from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. He remains pretty self-absorbed throughout the series.

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* %%* Gaius Baltar from ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. He remains pretty self-absorbed throughout the series.



** TheMaster is completely obsessed with his own brilliance and considers the Doctor his only equal; few of his evil plots have a clear long-term goal besides getting his arch-enemy's attention. He takes it to the absolute extreme in "The End of Time" when he [[spoiler: converts the entire population of Earth into duplicates of himself... all of whom are as pleased with this as the original.]]
--->'''John Simm''': ''[on the commentary]'' I knew he had a high opinion of himself before, but I had no idea he's ''that'' narcissistic.
** Clara Oswald has been called a "needy, game-playing control freak," and once fragmented herself into countless duplicates across time who [[WishFulfillment lived all the lives she had ever wanted]] (in fairness, she had a good reason for doing that). The TARDIS also once used the holographic interface to talk to her using an image of Clara herself, [[StealthInsult claiming it was the image Clara would react best to]]. Note that [[ClingyJealousGirl the TARDIS really doesn't like Clara]].

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** TheMaster is completely obsessed with his own brilliance and considers the Doctor his only equal; few of his evil plots have a clear long-term goal besides getting his arch-enemy's attention. He takes it to the absolute extreme in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time" Time"]] when he [[spoiler: converts the entire population of Earth into duplicates of himself... all of whom are as pleased with this as the original.]]
--->'''John Simm''': Simm:''' ''[on the commentary]'' I knew he had a high opinion of himself before, but I had no idea he's ''that'' narcissistic.
** Clara Oswald has been called a "needy, game-playing control freak," freak", and once fragmented herself into countless duplicates across time who [[WishFulfillment lived all the lives she had ever wanted]] (in fairness, she had a good reason for doing that). The TARDIS also once used the holographic interface to talk to her using an image of Clara herself, [[StealthInsult claiming it was the image Clara would react best to]]. Note that [[ClingyJealousGirl the TARDIS really doesn't like Clara]].



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* Orsino in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', though he might snap out of it by the end.
* Iago from Theatre/{{Othello}}.
* Abigail Williams in Theatre/TheCrucible.
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A common characteristic of an AlphaBitch, {{Bridezilla}}, TheBully, TheFightingNarcissist, JerkJock, MyBelovedSmother, PointyHairedBoss, ThePrimaDonna, SpoiledBrat, or a StepfordSmiler. Particularly sinister and dangerous examples often include the aforementioned clinical/true sociopaths, TheSocialDarwinist, TheUbermensch and GeneralRipper. The most ''absolute extreme'' of this trope is in the phrase ''AGodAmI'': psychotic megalomaniacs who consider themselves divine and [[TakeOverTheWorld destined to subjugate everyone and everything to their will]].

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A common characteristic of an AlphaBitch, {{Bridezilla}}, TheBully, TheFightingNarcissist, JerkJock, MyBelovedSmother, PointyHairedBoss, ThePrimaDonna, SelfieFiend, SpoiledBrat, or a StepfordSmiler. Particularly sinister and dangerous examples often include the aforementioned clinical/true sociopaths, TheSocialDarwinist, TheUbermensch and GeneralRipper. The most ''absolute extreme'' of this trope is in the phrase ''AGodAmI'': psychotic megalomaniacs who consider themselves divine and [[TakeOverTheWorld destined to subjugate everyone and everything to their will]].


A common characteristic of an AlphaBitch, {{Bridezilla}}, TheBully, TheFightingNarcissist, JerkJock, MyBelovedSmother, PointyHairedBoss, ThePrimaDonna, SpoiledBrat, or a StepfordSmiler. Particularly sinister and dangerous examples often include the aforementioned clinical/true {{Sociopath}}s, TheSocialDarwinist, TheUbermensch and GeneralRipper. The most ''absolute extreme'' of this trope is in the phrase ''AGodAmI'': psychotic megalomaniacs who consider themselves divine and [[TakeOverTheWorld destined to subjugate everyone and everything to their will]].

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A common characteristic of an AlphaBitch, {{Bridezilla}}, TheBully, TheFightingNarcissist, JerkJock, MyBelovedSmother, PointyHairedBoss, ThePrimaDonna, SpoiledBrat, or a StepfordSmiler. Particularly sinister and dangerous examples often include the aforementioned clinical/true {{Sociopath}}s, sociopaths, TheSocialDarwinist, TheUbermensch and GeneralRipper. The most ''absolute extreme'' of this trope is in the phrase ''AGodAmI'': psychotic megalomaniacs who consider themselves divine and [[TakeOverTheWorld destined to subjugate everyone and everything to their will]].


A common characteristic of an AlphaBitch, {{Bridezilla}}, TheBully, TheFightingNarcissist, JerkJock, MyBelovedSmother, PointyHairedBoss, ThePrimaDonna, SpoiledBrat, or a StepfordSmiler. Particularly sinister and dangerous examples often include the aforementioned clinical/true Sociopaths, TheSocialDarwinist, TheUbermensch and GeneralRipper. The most ''absolute extreme'' of this trope is in the phrase ''AGodAmI'': psychotic megalomaniacs who consider themselves divine and [[TakeOverTheWorld destined to subjugate everyone and everything to their will]].

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A common characteristic of an AlphaBitch, {{Bridezilla}}, TheBully, TheFightingNarcissist, JerkJock, MyBelovedSmother, PointyHairedBoss, ThePrimaDonna, SpoiledBrat, or a StepfordSmiler. Particularly sinister and dangerous examples often include the aforementioned clinical/true Sociopaths, {{Sociopath}}s, TheSocialDarwinist, TheUbermensch and GeneralRipper. The most ''absolute extreme'' of this trope is in the phrase ''AGodAmI'': psychotic megalomaniacs who consider themselves divine and [[TakeOverTheWorld destined to subjugate everyone and everything to their will]].

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** Vriska Serket ticks every box. Her narcissism is epitomized in her calling up Terezi right after she blinded her to laugh about it, casually bragging about how resilient she is in the face of her ARM being blown off, and her seeming to not understand why the other trolls can't just "get over" what she did to both Terezi and Aradia after the fact.

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