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"You talk about the people as though you owned them, as though they belong to you......You don't care about anything except you. You just want to persuade people that you love 'em so much that they ought to love you back. Only you want love on your own terms. Something to be played your way, according to your rules."
Jedediah Leland to Charles Foster Kane, Citizen Kane

This trope is the logical conclusion of an overconfident obsession with oneself. However, it is distinct from It's All About Me in that it does not focus simply on characters who frequently display self-centered behavior (often for comedic effect), but explores the mindset of characters whose behavior is strongly symptomatic of narcissistic personality disorder.

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

The Trope Namer is Narcissus of Greek Mythology. Their story was first told by Ovid, which makes this Older Than Feudalism. 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 extremely vain or excessively preoccupied with one's selfish desires to qualify for this trope. Rather, ALL the following requirements must be met in order to qualify.

  1. The character's personality is overtly permeated by their own grandiosity. In all their interactions with others, a pathological narcissist firmly believes themselves to be vastly superior to those around them and (more importantly) expects recognition of this "fact". While capable of faking humility, all narcissists are angered by the mere hint they are being denied the recognition "owed" to them. Likewise, they deeply resent anyone who draws attention away from them or in any way encroaches on their claim of superiority. The "extinction burst" is a well-known phenomenon when someone finally calls them out on their bullshit and makes the narcissist realize that they can no longer control them; the more arrogant and prideful examples are likely to unleash a gigantic torrent of verbal abuse, while the more depressive ones will instead launch into a massive pity party about how much worse the target has made their life, and escalations into physical attacks, scorched-earth revenge campaigns, or attention-seeking suicide attempts are not at all uncommon.
  2. The character is self-absorbed to the point that they consistently prioritize their own desires at others' expense. Due to their grandiose sense of entitlement, narcissists have little (if any) qualms disregarding others' needs and personal boundaries to further their goals. If they do take someone else's needs and desires into consideration, then it is likely an opportunity to grandstand for attention by congratulating themselves for their sheer magnanimity, or, worse, as a bargaining chip or to have something to hold over them in the future.
  3. The character is extremely self-conscious of how they're perceived by others. Despite having little regard for those around them, their peace of mind hinges on receiving recognition of their self-importance from others. However, unlike a character with Acquired Situational Narcissism, a pathological narcissist's grandiosity is not dependent on others' validation. Rather, it is the fact that these characters' egos are so inherently bloated that they perceive anything less than near-constant praise and adulation as a grievous injustice. Consequently, these characters regularly display a glaringly low tolerance for criticism and a blatant unwillingness to take responsibility for mistakes or outright wrongdoing; apologies, when they do come, are either insincere formalities or attempts to shift blame and save face, and either way are hollow and meaningless because the narcissist doesn't actually believe that they did anything wrong, but they also know that they only stand to lose by not deigning to apologize. On the upside, a narcissist's obsession with projecting an image of infallibility renders them capable of internalizing at least SOME set of moral guidelines.
  4. The character has an insatiable appetite for acclaim and 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.

A common characteristic of an Alpha Bitch, Bridezilla, The Bully, The Fighting Narcissist, Jerk Jock, My Beloved Smother, Pointy-Haired Boss, The Prima Donna, Spoiled Brat, or a Stepford Smiler. Particularly sinister and dangerous examples often include the aforementioned clinical/true Sociopaths, The Social Darwinist, The Übermensch and General Ripper. The most absolute extreme of this trope is in the phrase A God Am I: psychotic megalomaniacs who consider themselves divine and destined to subjugate everyone and everything to their will.

Compare Small Name, Big Ego; Inferiority Superiority Complex; and Black and White Insanity. Compare and contrast The Sociopath who combine the narcissists' extreme self-centeredness and vanity with an insatiable craving for stimulation, a complete lack of conscience, as well as an inability and unwillingness to form ANY emotional bonds with those around them.

Contrast Heroic Self-Deprecation. See also Hollywood Personality Disorders.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Long-haired Bananya from Bananya, who spends more time grooming his fur every two hours than doing anything with his fellow Bananyas.
  • Berserk: Griffith was a narcissist prior to the events of the Eclipse, viewing his team as little more than extensions of his own will, manipulating them towards his goals, blaming others for his decisions, and completely unable to take any sort of damage to his ego. After the Eclipse he sheds what few human traits he had and becomes a pure psychopath.
  • Light Yagami of Death Note is a genius, handsome, popular and knows it. Word of God says he thinks he's above most people. After gaining powers over life and death it takes him less than a week to develop a god complex.
  • Bulma may count, even though this was mostly in Dragon Ball. She has a few traits such as her vanity, having a lot of self-centered desires, and showing no scruples with manipulating and screwing people over to fulfill her desires and getting what she wants.
  • Dragonball Z:
    • Vegeta has been the most prideful in himself and his strength for decades.
    • Frieza even more so.
    • Cell also has shades of this, especially after he reaches his Perfect Form.
  • Dragon Ball Super: Goku Black plans on wiping out all mortal life and shaping the universe in his image. Upon achieving his Super Saiyan Rose transformation, he spends the next several moments boasting of his beauty and his newfound power. The apprentice Kai Zamasu has many of the same characteristics, which makes perfect sense seeing as how Black was an alternate version of Zamasu before switching bodies with Goku.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Pride in Fullmetal Alchemist. He's utterly obsessed with himself to the exclusion of all others. Justified as he literally is arrogance given human form, and as such, has no emotions beyond self-love and satisfaction.
    • The version of Pride in the 2003 anime is no better, viewing himself as the pinnacle of creation and an agent of God.
  • Leonard Tesstarossa of Full Metal Panic!, which makes for an interesting contrast with his sociopathic predecessors, Gates and Gauron. Unlike them, Leonard can care about other people—it's just that he finds himself infinitely more interesting.
  • Naru from Ghost Hunt. He has a name besides Naru (which is a nickname), but nobody else in the cast uses it.
  • Al Da Flaga of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is a narcissistic parent, who raised his son (Mu La Flaga) with the intent of making him nothing more than an extension of his own ego. When Mu insisted on being his own person, Al locked him away in a Big Fancy House and had himself cloned. He then raised the clone to believe that it had no identity of its own, and existed only so that Al's legacy could live on, effectively trying to turn the clone child into a perfect duplicate of himself. He succeeded instead in creating a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds and Misanthrope Supreme who sought the annihilation of the entire human race and had to wear a mask in order to give himself a sense of identity.
  • Hanazawa Teruki from Mob Psycho 100 is a perfect example. Before his fight with Mob, he displayed practically all of the symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, to the point of one of his actual quotes being “I’m special, better than others, and the whole world revolves around me!” Even after the fight, he seems to have a distinct lack of empathy, having no problem with torturing someone or burning them alive.
  • Katsuhiko Jinnai from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World.
  • (The real) Madara Uchiha from Naruto.
  • Donquixote Doflamingo from One Piece is one of the most odious and vile malignant narcissists in all of anime and manga. Supremely self-absorbed and firmly convinced of his absolute superiority and right to be beyond reproach and consequence due to his royal blood, his public face as a Warlord hides what he truly is: a cruel, sadistic tyrant who defines people's worth by their ability to be useful to him and displays extreme rage and almost gleeful hatred towards anyone who gets in his way or makes him look bad, and, when desperate, demonstrates that he will stop at absolutely nothing to get his way, even if it means killing an entire country. His supposed Undying Loyalty to his inner circle (which, for a while, appeared to be his one redeeming trait) is also revealed to be a sham, as he is perfectly willing to use them as martyrs and sacrificial lambs for his cause. When defeated and captured, he refuses to take any sort of responsibility for his actions and instead seems to be overjoyed at the fact that the World Government is facing a possible war over the power vacuum that his capture created. Lastly, while he may have had a horrifying and traumatic past, flashbacks make it very clear that most of it is his own damn fault, and his brother (one of the most genuinely nice and sympathetic characters in the series) went through the exact same things that Doflamingo went through, which lends a great deal of credence to his theory that Doflamingo was just innately evil.
  • Karamatsu in Osomatsu-san. His youngest brother, Todomatsu (Totty), is also this to a lesser extent.
  • Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club seems like one of these on the outside, but behavior-wise he's very considerate of others, with his most inconsiderate moments stemming from cluelessness. He does have a (justifiably) high opinion of his own appearance:
    • "What a crime... such a breathtaking crime. That God would create a star as bright as I. And I know it's a disgrace, to admire this perfect face, reflected in your eyes."
  • Jessie and James of Pokémon live for style, which only makes them that much more lovable. Jessie's Berserk Button is any injury done to her hair or her beautiful face; James carries around photos of himself to look at in his spare time. They dress up (stylishly) for no particular reason, silhouette themselves against the light, wave roses around and in general steal every scene they walk into. When they're about to die their priorities are clear:
    Jessie: I'll always remember what a wonderful dresser you were.
    James: So will I!
  • In 3-gatsu no Lion, Shimada accuses Gotou of being one, due to having a well-built physique that one would not normally expect from a professional shogi player.
  • Black Star from Soul Eater.
    • "I will be the man who will surpass the gods!"
  • Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! is incredibly proud and self-involved. In the anime he is slightly nicer and a protective big brother to Mokuba.
  • Paptimus Scirocco of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is a Dark Messiah who manipulates and discards his followers like pawns on a chessboard. While he does care about them on some level, Scirocco largely views his minions in terms of what they can do for or to him, and uses constant emotional manipulation to keep them in line (especially the women). Even his Utopia Justifies the Means rhetoric contains an undercurrent of "only I can save the world." He has a typically narcissistic appreciation for those most like himself to boot—it's worth noting that the only woman (indeed the only person) he has any respect for is fellow Magnificent Bastard Haman Khan, and that the measuring stick he uses for her greatness is his own inability to manipulate her.
  • Miki Kawai from A Silent Voice, 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. 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.
  • Sailor Moon has a few examples.
    • 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.
    • For a villainous example, there's Queen Nehellenia from the fourth arc, whose vanity was so bad she devoured the dreams of everyone in her kingdom, which turned her subjects into living nightmares and transformed her planet into a dark wasteland, all for the sake of making sure her beauty is never ruined by age. The fourth season of the first anime even ends with her getting resealed in her prison dimension and being okay with it because it means she'll be beautiful, and the fifth season opens with her floating in a void filled with mirrors to which she can eternally gaze upon herself. She doesn't care about anyone or anything except for how she looks and that others see her as beautiful, and she really hates Sailor Moon due to jealous and paranoid beliefs that the Moon Princess is actively mocking her.
  • Sword Art Online: Sugou Nobuyuki possesses multiple narcissistic traits. He's arrogant, egomaniacal, and power-hungry, to the extent of proclaiming himself a god, and quite manipulative, easily tricking Asuna's parents into thinking he's a friendly Honest Corporate Executive when he's really using their company for his own twisted ends. He also possesses a grandiose sense of self-worth and expects special treatment from people around him, believing he's entitled to have Asuna even though she completely despises him. Finally, he's unable to handle criticism and takes defiance of his plans very personally; he views Kirito as beneath him, openly calling him trash and scum, and is outraged when Kirito ruins his plans while verbally tearing down his delusions of godhood and summing him up as nothing but a "king of thieves" mooching off Kayaba's work, to the extent that he outright tries to murder him in real life while declaring he won't accept anything less than Kirito's death for his interference.
  • Prussia from Axis Powers Hetalia has the catchphrase "I am awesome!" He thinks he's a main character and has a library full of journals he's kept. In the Japanese, he refers to himself as "Ore-Sama". He even wrote a song for himself, about himself.

    Asian Animation 
  • Smart S. of Happy Heroes is very into himself, up to the point that he refers to himself as stuff like "the main character" and will immediately panic should an intrusion ruin his appearance even the slightest bit.

  • Discussed by Jim Gaffigan in regards to his anxiety over body-length mirrors in the gym. He imagines that these types of people would be the only ones who would enjoy watching themselves work out:
    "If I'm gonna be working out, I want to look at myself. I want to look at myself while I work on myself. I should do a recording so I can listen to myself while I look at myself while I work on I leaf through my Self magazine and read about how myself can improve myself."

    Comic Books 
  • Fantastic Four: Doctor Doom. RIIIIIICHARDS became his nemesis because he blamed him for the accident which scarred his perfect face. Taken even further in some versions of his origin, where the scarring is fairly minor, but he insists on putting on his famous mask before it's finished cooling, due to his need to "conceal" the imperfection.
  • Superman:
    • Lex Luthor hates Superman, and at a lesser extent Supergirl, for holding humanity back... from worshipping him instead. While he's not incapable of empathy, he has trouble viewing his employees and allies as anything other than extensions of himself, and is a major Control Freak who cannot stand it when those around him have different opinions from him.
    • In the Silver Age Luthor's hatred for Superman began when the latter as Superboy saved his life from a chemical fire after Luthor's experiment to create life went awry. Luthor not only blamed him for intentionally sabotaging his experiment, he also blamed him for turning bald as well. Now if that's not vanity, we don't know what is.
    • Brainiac steals cities and blows up their origin homeworlds when he's done with absorbing their cultures' knowledge. In short, his goal as seen in Superman: Brainiac is absorbing the whole knowledge of the universe until "evolving into perfection", and regards literally everybody else as expendable guinea pigs.
    • Supergirl's villain Reactron is a self-centered, lecherous bully who hates Kara Zor-El to death because she had the gal to fight back and beat him down when he attacked her with no provocation whatsoever. In retaliation, he murdered her parents, blew up her planet and attempted to kill her and rape her several times. He also murdered his ex-girlfriend because the woman dared to break up with him. Benjamin Krullen cares for no one but himself, and people are only toys he amuses himself with.
  • Depending on the Writer, Batman's enemy The Riddler leaves riddles for attention.
  • Venom:
  • Vanity in all interpretations of The Smurfs. He spends most of his time admiring himself in a handheld mirror.
  • A-Pex in Power & Glory, who brags about his “invulnerable body of throbbing pink steel”, even though he has a crippling fear of disease that leaves him incapable of fighting anyone.

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    Fan Works 
  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, the Lemony Narrator perceives herself to be the best historical essay writer alive. She's also pretty self-centered and seems to care mostly about herself.
  • The Makings of Team CRME:
    • Roman Torchwick was said to be written with narcissistic personality disorder in mind, and it certainly shows. He is already incredibly arrogant about becoming the top mob boss in Vale and tends to view others as extensions of himself. Shown when he says that he married a woman just to have a queen for his criminal empire and because they're both attractive people, meaning they should naturally be together. He will screw over anyone to get power. He also responds favorably to praise whether it is willing or reluctant (one reason he likes his old mob boss, Violet Kincaid) and will be offended when he isn't seen as a criminal mastermind. His only friend, Dwight Golding, is only kept around for so long because he helped Roman in building his criminal empire and not any real attachment to Dwight. He was mostly seen as an accessory and is only treated nicely when Roman fires him because he helped Roman get his business off the ground.
      Chloe: I mean, [Neo]'s always happy to see you. And I don't blame her.
      Roman: Well, of course, she’s happy to see me. It's me.
    • Cinder Fall starts fitting the criteria of a narcissistic psychopath in this series. She’s incredibly egocentric and overconfident about her abilities and even brags about her Fall Maiden powers before she even gets them. She’s also insanely needy for validation since it’s not enough to just be strong and powerful. She wants to be feared for it, too. She tends to only consider others in the way that they relate to her. She is fond of Mercury because they have similar experiences with abuse and share certain traits. However, that fondness is strained when he starts undermining her connection with Emerald that she uses for her benefit. She likes having Emerald around because she is devoted to Cinder, but she will put Emerald down when she starts being too bold. She wants total obedience. And she hates Watts because he makes it his mission to take her down a peg. She also doesn’t like having her decisions being criticized. Having Salem treat her as the favorite child only helped to enable her ego. And being praised by her for successfully training Mercury and Emerald also helps to stroke that ego. This also proves how Emerald and Mercury are extensions of herself in her mind. They help her get praise from Salem. She even gets distracted by her own sexy when observing her naked body in a mirror. The narration even states that she sees it as a perfect body.
  • The Pony POV Series has General-Admiral Makarov, the Big Bad of the Shining Armor Arc, who declares Shining his Arch-Enemy and sentences him to a Fate Worse than Death all because when they first met at a diplomatic banquet, Shining didn't know his name. He's ultimately revealed to be one of Pandora's creations, which became a Black Hole Sue, convinced that it's perfect and that all stories should be about it, no matter how that twists them.
  • Project Riribirth depicts Riri Williams as one, to the extent that she programs the AI systems she builds to continually praise her and tell her how awesome she is. This is shown to be in part because of the way Tony Stark mentored her.
  • Sam & Mickey portray Barbie as very boastful and vain.
  • The Arthur fic Proper Discipline has DW diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, despite being a kindergartner. She is diagnosed after her behavior, or more precisely DW setting her house on fire, causes her to be institutionalized.

    Films — Animation 
  • This is popular with Disney villains:
    • Gaston from Beauty and the Beast has an entire song dedicated to how awesome he is.
    • Ratcliffe from Pocahontas loves himself almost as much as he loves gold.
    • The Evil Queen of Snow White, 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 The Lion King is this trope turned Up to Eleven. 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 here on YouTube.
    • The Italian version of the last part translates as: "I'll be a king admired, feared and loved, nobody is better than me!"
    • And in the French version we have "Le seul dieu vivant qu'on acclaime!", which means "The only living god to be acclaimed!".
    • Frollo of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a textbook narcissist who projects his own lust on Esmeralda, and as is typical of a Knight Templar 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..."
    • Sarousch, the villain of the sequel, always looks at himself in the mirror. All the while calling himself "handsome" and such.
    • One Disney hero: Kuzco and one Disney villain: Yzma.
    • Same in Enchanted: one hero, Prince Edward and one villain, Queen Narissa.
    • Also King Candy AKA Turbo from Wreck-It Ralph.
    • Mother Gothel in Tangled.
    • Tamatoa from Moana spends half his Villain Song "Shiny" singing about how beautiful and powerful he is (well, thinks he is). The other half is a "The Reason You Suck" Speech 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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Patrick Bateman from American Psycho is more narcissistic than two clones of Narcissus screwing in a room full of mirrors. At one point he actually admires his reflection in a mirror while having sex. Not to mention every single other character.
  • A Few Good Men: Jack Nicholson is spot on in his portrayal of Col. Nate Jessup, the Marine Corps officer that orders an illegal Code Red to deal with a woefully inferior Marine recruit. It never helped that Jessup has an ego that borders on sadism and psychopathic. Jessup goes beyond even having a massive god complex. He disobeys his superior officers because he thinks he knows better than them, loves to hear himself talk, rather flippantly exploits others for his own gain, has a colossally overblown sense of self-importance, seems to think he and he alone is somehow 'special,' ("I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom.") demands excessive admiration and unquestioned obedience he clearly doesn't deserve, displays arrogance and haughtiness to his peers as well as his underlings, is an Entitled Bastard, displays a clear Lack of Empathy, and is seemingly incapable of even considering the mere possibility that he is ever wrong about anything. Even when confronted with irrefutable evidence that he is, he simply blames everyone else.
  • Black Widow's report in Iron Man 2 dubs Tony Stark as such. However, it is a milder case of It's All About Me: Tony acts like he believes the entire world revolves around him, as demonstrated by his series of suspiciously specific denials at the Stark Expo, his performance at the Senate subcommittee hearing, and discussed by Nick Fury (who reminds Tony that he is "not the center of my universe") and Piper, who at one point threatens to throw something at his head if he says "I" one more time. But he deeply cares about Pepper, fellow Avengers, young Peter Parker and ordinary people he protects for their own sake — something a pathological narcissist is incapable of, along with taking the blame.
    Tony Stark: "Textbook... narcissism?" [sees Fury's expression] Agreed.
  • Waldo Lydecker from 1944's Laura is definitely in love with the main character but his love for her is eclipsed by the blinding rays of his own self-love.
  • Pavi Largo from Repo! The Genetic Opera is so in love with himself that he has a mirror with him at all times.
  • Holmes accuses Professor Moriarty of "acute narcissism" in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Considering that Moriarty can't seem to prevent himself from smiling every time Holmes mentions his intelligence, and takes a moment to gaze into a mirror and smooth his clothes before engaging in Cold-Blooded Torture, it seems Holmes is right as usual.
  • Buddy Ackerman in Swimming with Sharks. "What you think means nothing. What you feel means nothing. You are here for me. You are here to protect my interests and to serve my needs."
  • Arliss Loveless in Wild Wild West. He even jokes about it.
    Rita: Not to give you a big head, but I kinda missed you.
    Loveless: Well isn't that a coincidence. I kinda missed me too!

  • The mentioned-but-never-seen Professor of Applied Anthropics of the Unseen University has put forth the Very Strong Anthropic Principle, which holds that the entire point of the universe is to give rise to the Unseen University so that it may house a Professor of Applied Anthropics (Footnotes comment that virtually everyone secretly believes this, with minor variations of a fill-in-name-here nature). Later in the book in which this is mentioned, one of the wizards mentions the principle, and comments that it's jolly decent of the Professor to share the universe with everyone else.
  • Gilderoy Lockhart, from Harry Potter. He's so ridiculously stuck-up, it's Played for Laughs. But then he gets what he deserves when Harry and Ron pwn him and force him to accompany them to the Chamber of Secrets. Then, he accidentally loses his memory, which conveniently erases all his smug self-importance and turns him into a cheerful Manchild. His actor, Ken Branagh, has specifically rejected the idea that Lockhart's secretly insecure - the narcissism is 100% genuine.
    • Also clearly the inspiration behind Narcissa Malfoy. But then, she is subject to major Character Development when it is shown that all she really wants is to be with her family, to the point that she spares Harry out of gratitude for reassuring her that her son is alive.
    • Cormac McLaggen is convinced he could play everyone else's position on the Quidditch team better than them. Harry makes it clear that McLaggen's ego wouldn't be worth putting up with if he was world-class.
    • They're all overshadowed by Voldemort in this department!
  • In Death: A number of characters in the series can be put in this category. Then again, they tend to be sociopathic serial killers. Clearly, characters in those categories probably would love no one but themselves.
  • In Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited, Sam Vaknin studies the mindscape of malignant narcissists from the psychodynamic point of view.
  • Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is modeled after the Greek character of Narcissus and even painted dressed as him at one point.
  • Redwall's Emperor Ublaz Mad Eyes is self-obsessed to the point that he thinks it's perfectly reasonable to put all his manpower (or beastpower) into attacking a small and unimportant tribe several thousand miles away so he can have their family heirloom of six pink pearls. Just because he thinks they'd make a pretty crown for him, not because they're magical or anything.note 
  • Jaime and his twin sister Cersei from A Song of Ice and Fire are both this, and it is implied that this is the underlying cause of their relationship because they look so much alike, particularly when they were younger. Jaime to a far lesser degree - he seems to feel some genuine romantic attraction to his sister, and is able to admit some of his mistakes and is also rediscovering his former morals.
  • Morgoth from The Silmarillion, being as he is, based on Satan, the original narcissist.
  • The depiction of Albrecht von Wallenstein in Friedrich Schiller's Wallenstein trilogy.
  • Joe from Robots Have No Tails is nicknamed Narcissus by his inventor because he'd rather gaze at his own reflection than do anything. But, like real narcissists, he's not content to simply admire himself and must devise ways of hurting others—in his case, up to and including drugging one of his master's creditors/house guests.
  • The god Apollo from The Heroes of Olympus is extremely arrogant and self-centered even for a god. It is revealed in the last book to have inadvertently started the Roman-Greek demigod war because he gave his blessing to a decedent on the promise he would be raised to be the most important god in the Legion above even the king of Olympus Zeus/Jupiter. He thinks he is perfect and is several times manipulated by flattery yet is willing to bully or murder demigods on a whim if he thinks it will benefit him in someway and can only really think in terms of how a situation is affecting him. His sister Artemis is the only one he shows any type of respect or concern for.
    • This is even more blatantly obvious in "The Trials of Apollo" where for a while, all he does is whine about how unfair his punishment is and how much it sucks to be human. Although he does get better by the end of the book and even shows genuine guilt at the problems he's caused and concern for others, especially Meg and his children.
  • Jaume of The Dinosaur Lords is incredibly, annoyingly self-absorbed. While he cares for his lovers, he doesn't care for their feelings and what they might think about him having other flings, and always expects people to have opinions and thoughts that would suit his agenda best. He likes to surround himself with beautiful things, is a hedonist and only his care for his mounts and country keeps him likeable.
  • Second Apocalypse: Ikurei Conphas is a beautiful genius and prince of the Nansur Empire. He frequently thinks of himself as being like a god. In one sequence, he recalls as a child being unable to comprehend how others were moved by the invisible strings of emotions and empathy.
  • Clip in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. He ticks off an impressive number of symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He has an inflated sense of his own abilities, achievements, talents and prowess, and has a strong sense of entitlement to the positions of Mortal Sword of the Black-Winged Lord and later the Herald of Mother Dark, which he claims are righteously his. He thinks nothing of using others and lacks the ability to consider them as more than his pawns, to be used as he sees fit. Only his own opinion has any value to Clip. Kedeviss insinuates that Clip may be envious of Nimander and his kin, as they have actually met Anomander Rake while he hasn't, and Skintick suspects that Clip is occupied by fantasies of his fated meeting with Anomander Rake, in which the latter has to step down when faced with Clip's fury.
  • Lucifer in Paradise Lost is the mightiest of all the Angels in Heaven and consequently comes to believe that he is, or at least should be, higher than God himself To this end, he gathers an army of Angels about himself and attempts to overthrow God to rule in his stead. After obviously losing and being cast into Hell, he becomes Emperor there, claiming "Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven" and seeks to corrupt mankind so that they will worship him instead of God, in order to gain vengeance on God for refusing Lucifer what he believes is rightfully his. He's so full of himself that when he meets Sin, he's initially attracted to her because she looks so much like him. Though to be fair, when he learns that the reason for the resemblance is that Sin is his daughter, even he's understandly squicked out.
    • The first thing Eve does after being created is look in awe at her own beautiful reflection. God calls her to look away from herself and towards Adam, but Satan uses the first woman's vanity to eternal consequence.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 30 Rock:
    • Played for Laughs by Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney. Her Freudian Excuse is a miserable childhood with her Stage Mom, Verna.
    • Tracy Jordan on the same show also appears narcissistic at times, but this is just one of a whole host of psychological problems that render him more of a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Lexi from A.N.T. Farm.
  • Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica. He remains pretty self-absorbed throughout the series.
  • Gina Linetti in Brooklyn Nine-Nine is convinced that she's the absolute center of the universe and that everyone else on the planet exists solely for her benefit and to cheer her on with whatever she aims to do. Putting a mirror in front of her distracts her in the same way it would a cockatiel, she considers almost everything and everyone around her beneath her and displays a boundless contempt for them, has limited concern for the feelings and problems of others, demands to be the center of all attention at all times, and consider this line of dialogue when the squad is attempting to persuade Sgt. Jeffords not to accept a cushy job with a private security contractor:
    Terry: I'm trying to do what's best for my family. It's not just about me.
    Gina: Exactly! It's about me, and how you're abandoning me to these squares!
  • Buffyverse:
    • Angel is viewed as narcissistic in the show and his spin-off show turns that into a Running Gag. On the DVD Commentary for "Billy", the writers admit they enjoy writing scenes showcasing Angel's "narcissism," although Angel's willingness to be self-sacrificing shows he cannot be a Narcissist in terms of the disorder. He has empathy, and is anything but self-centered. The Running Gag in series 2 builds to the finale arc where he finds himself in an alternate dimension. While the gang discusses their plight, Angel can be seen in the background utterly distracted by his reflection— which in our dimension he as a vampire cannot see. Once the gang has recovered from the shock of seeing him being able to reflect at all, Lorne has to forcibly drag him away from the mirror.
      Lorne: Come on, Gorgeous, you can stare at yourself in my grandmother's glass eye.
    • Angelus possesses all of Angel's narcissistic inclinations with none of the compassion to off-set it. He cannot shut up and is one of the cockiest, most dangerous and sociopathic characters in the entire show.
    • In a warped way, Spike loves Drusilla and Buffy. However, it doesn't stop him from causing pain for everyone around him. A particularly egregious example of Spike hurting Buffy causes Spike to feel guilty enough to go through trials to regain his soul, so he will not be so hurtful again. However, he still retains his edge and in the Angel spin-off, Angel's Running Gag is expanded to include him as well, culminating in them competing for everything from their place in world-shaking prophecies to trying to "save" Buffy from her latest boyfriend simply because they feel inadequate against his prowess among women.
    • Glory is one to an utterly ludicrous degree. She even forces her minions to constantly come up with new ways of praising her.
    • The First Evil: "You think you can fight me? I'm not a demon, little girl. I am something that you can't even conceive. The First Evil. Beyond sin, beyond death. I am the thing the darkness fears. You'll never see me, but I am everywhere. Every being, every thought, every drop of hate..." Doesn't look like modesty is this thing's strength.
  • Played for Laughs by Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. Not only is the set shaped around his name (C-shaped desk and all), he's also convinced, among other things, that the "gay agenda" is to make him, personally, gay.
  • Jeff Winger on Community, although his experiences at Greendale improve him eventually.
    Britta: You're a textbook narcissist.
    Jeff: Please. I'm an exceptional narcissist.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Master 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 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 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, claiming it was the image Clara would react best to. Note that the TARDIS really doesn't like Clara.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Like many real life high-functioning sociopaths and sadists, Ramsay shows several narcissistic traits. He's overly confident in his abilities, his relations are shallow and only for the sake of his own pleasure, and his inflated ego is easily wounded by his father's pragmatic remarks.
    • While a brilliant statesman and a highly skilled military strategist, Tywin is also extremely vain, insensitive, and self-absorbed. He equates his ambition with that of his House and the Kingdom and so, expects nothing less than total obedience from those around him.
    • Cersei, much like her father, has a pronounced sense of self-worth. She is also practically a textbook case. Cersei sees herself as far more intelligent and powerful than she actually is. Her love for her brother Jaime is because she sees him as a reflection of herself if she were a man (which is also why she is notably distraught over his missing hand rather than any impact that it could ever have on his life). She loves her children, but moreso as extensions of herself than as human beings. She takes any perceived (real or not) slight extremely seriously and will often come up with forms of Disproportionate Retribution for it, even when she has absolutely nothing to gain by doing so. She also often tends to devalue and ruthlessly criticize and tear down those who come into contact with her. So, truly, due to the way Cersei's mind works, she is almost fundamentally incapable of not thinking everything is about her and ties back to her. So even on a more general level, Cersei is truly incapable of placing anyone's interest before her own.
  • In Hannibal, the title character is the personification of this. His murders are motivated by his God complex and disdain for people he feels are wasting their lives. Hannibal demonstrates his superiority by degrading them and either leaving them on display or turning them into lavish meals. Moreover, he sees the people around him, even the people he likes, as being far beneath him — toys at the very best and mindless animals at worst. He indirectly refers to the common people as "sheep" in a very condescending way. As Will points out, every single thing about Hannibal, from his dress sense to his dietary habits, is a way of proving his superiority over everyone else.
    Will: I don't find you that interesting.
    Hannibal: You will.
  • The title character of House has shown narcissistic tendencies, which has not escaped the notice of any of the main cast.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Dennis Reynolds. He fancies himself a handsome ladies man, though it eventually becomes clear that he uses manipulative seduction tactics that border on date-rape. He think's he's popular, but it's revealed that he actually just ran around high school proclaiming himself to be a "legend" while the cool kids laughed at him behind his back. He admits that his emotions are so buried that he virtually has none. However, he is extremely insecure, bordering on mania whenever his ego is besmirched in even the smallest degree.
    • The entire gang qualifies, befitting of their Neutral Evil morality. Dennis just stands out as the most extreme example.
  • Kings: King Silas Benjamin is a blatant narcissist, who cannot separate the good of his kingdom from the good of Silas. He views his children and his nation as extensions of himself, and takes honors going to anyone else as a personal insult. His wife and son also display traits of this.
  • Alice Morgan from Luther is profiled by Luther as a malignant narcissist, a nasty subset of narcissism that includes sadistic and antisocial elements.
  • Cat from Red Dwarf is absolutely in love with himself. The most telling example is when a Shapeshifting Seducer assumes the form that he desires most... himself.
    Cat: So I'm the object of my own desires?
    Shapeshifter Cat: Is there anyone more deserving?
  • Dr. Cox from Scrubs is the greatest doctor of them all, a diagnosing machine, this fabulous thing. Too bad his personal life is in shambles. The show has also delivered An Aesop when showing how a little bit of confidence is not necessarily a bad thing and goes a long way towards making their patients feeling at ease.
  • Jace from Shadowhunters. Best summed up in his own words:
    Jace: This is a glamour. A rune that makes me invisible to mundanes. (Beat) It's a shame really, because I'm denying them all this.
  • Lex and Lionel Luthor from Smallville. Lionel's an Archnemesis Dad and Corrupt Corporate Executive who has trouble seeing his company and his son as anything more than extensions of himself, and is willing to break almost every law imaginable in order to stay on top. Possession by Jor-El eventually rids him of the worst of these traits, though he remains manipulative and grandiose long after his Heel–Face Turn. Lex starts out as a "Well Done, Son!" Guy who tends to bring up his own problems in almost every conversation he has. This problem only gets worse as time goes by, and his delusions of heroism and need for adulation become more and more extreme; by the end of the show he's moved well past narcissism and into fullblown psychopathy as his need for control and someone to blame take over his life.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. When Major Kira first crosses into the Mirror Universe, her Evil Counterpart the Intendent has exactly this response to her. Later episodes however chose to interpret this as the Intendent being Bi the Way and wanting to Screw Yourself.


    Myths & Religion 
  • The Trope Namer, Narcissus, was a Pretty Boy Greek hunter who was punished by the gods to fall in love with his own reflection. Why that is depends on which version of the story you hear, the most famous being Ovid's version where he rejected Echo and didn't realize the reflection was his own. Another has Narcissus falling in love with his twin sister, and after her death, pretending his reflection is her. What happens after also varies, from a slow death due to starvation and thirst because he would not look away to drowning in an attempt to kiss his reflection, to stabbing himself when he realizes that his reflection is just a reflection and will never love him back. Regardless of cause of death, or a sympathetic god transforming Narcissus so he could stare at his reflection forever, regardless a flower either grew in the place where he died or he was transformed into one: the Narcissus plant, more commonly known as the daffodil.
  • Satan in the versions where he becomes jealous of God and rebels against him.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • When he first debuted in the WWF in 1993, Lex Luger was billed as "The Narcissist". He often posed in front of a 3-way mirror set up in the ring before matches.
  • In the mid-2000's, Mark Jindrak had a similar gimmick, billed as "The Reflection Of Perfection".
  • The Midnight Son Caleb Konley, who says his face is the best in the sport.
  • Cody Rhodes was like this during his "dashing" persona from 2010-2011 and had a digital mirror during his entrance.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer has Sigvald the Magnificent - the favored champion of the Chaos God Slaanesh, Lord of Vice and Excess. Sigvald is so narcissistic that he has his shield polished to a mirror sheen so he can look at himself in battle, and is often distracted by his own reflection even in the heat of combat. His narcissism even causes him to launch his followers on wars of aggression to punish people whose hair is said to be more beautiful than his (the high elves if you must know), or the makers of wines he finds dull and tasteless. Many champions of Slaanesh show similar behaviour.
  • Beholders in Dungeons & Dragons take this to an extreme. Each considers itself to be the pinnacle of creation and the perfect reflection of the Great Mother, the deity that created them. Anything that isn't a beholder is barely worth noticing. Beholders of other breeds are hated foes that must be slain on sight. Beholders of the same breed are tolerated inferiors, except technically each Beholder is its own breed. Beholders are also very good at noticing even the slightest difference in another beholder. A beholder with slightly bumpier skin or a slightly sharper teeth is as much a hated rival as a beholder with more obvious differences. Every beholder's belief that it is a perfect reflection of the Great Mother is justified because the Great Mother is a shapeshifter who adopts a form that matches that of the beholder looking at her thus reinforcing the beholder's narcissism. If all this seems crazy, that's because it is. The Great Mother is completely insane by human and even beholder standards.

    Video Games 
  • Vyers of Disgaea both thinks and speaks very highly of himself, but he is actually a very nice guy.
  • Vega from Street Fighter also combines this with The Fighting Narcissist.
  • Narcis Prince in Super Punch-Out whose name also doubles as a pun. He likes to brag about how beautiful he looks, but he goes absolutely berserk in the fight should you punch his face. Like above example also counts as The Fighting Narcissist.
  • In Endless Space, the Horatio faction was founded by an eccentric trillionaire who cloned up an entire regime of allies, servants, and slaves (including Opposite Sex Clones) with some Imported Alien Phlebotinum he found on a planet. (Out of boredom, no less!) He then decided to fill the galaxy with the most beautiful thing he knew of — himself.
  • Supplementary material for Sword of the Stars reveals that the Locust are an entire species of trans-carbon narcissists. "Narcissus could only dream of an experience like it."
  • Fawful from Mario & Luigi. Any game. He speaks of himself in third person in a positive way, puts his own image on everything and everyone in the world and seems to want everyone to view him like he does himself. Generally, he's an extreme narcissistic with Mind Control technology gone insane with power.
    • Everyone in the series qualifies, more or less. One of the Mario Party games had its Excuse Plot be that every character wanted a land they found to be named after themselves!
  • Florent L'Belle from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies would be like putting Vega on the stand (fitting, as both are Capcom creations). Always overflowing with self-praise for his own appearance, he even has his own line of beauty products that he refuses to sell to anyone despite them being in quite high demand. Yet he still advertises them in magazines and on TV, just to rub it in everyone's faces that they will never be able to have them. This has left him in desperate need of money, which is his motivation for committing murder.
  • When it comes down to it, Hazama/Yuki Terumi from BlazBlue is pretty much this in a nutshell (and The Fighting Narcissist because it's a fighting game). His mindset is so simple being "I am the most awesome being in the world, so the world better run on my tastes, or else", and when someone else questions or objects to that opinion, he flips off. To drive the point home, in Japanese he refers to himself with the incredibly self-aggrandizing pronoun "ore-sama". Central Fiction reveals that his ego isn't entirely unjustified: he's actually a super-powerful self-aware robot (the Susanoo Unit is his body while "Terumi" is his mind) whose purpose is to guard another robot (the Amaterasu Unit) that controls reality. Everything that has happened in the series is due to Susanoo/Terumi chafing at the fact that someone as "awesome" as him was stuck acting as a glorified guard dog for Amaterasu.
  • Bass from Mega Man (Classic) thinks VERY highly of himself. In Mega Man & Bass, his bad point is "vain as a peacock".
  • In Mass Effect, this is subverted with Miranda Lawson. Created to be perfect in almost every way, she at first acts like one, but digging deeper reveal that this is a mask for a person with a severe Inferiority Superiority Complex and deeply self-loathing. Her father, Henry Lawson, on the other hand is a very clear example, creating Designer Babies like Miranda using only his DNA. Of course, this is the least of his problems.
  • Borderlands 2: Handsome Jack. Look no further than the town of Opportunity, where he throws away tons of money so he can feed off the admiration of the citizens. He has an obsession with being a hero, BELIEVES that he is a hero doing heroic things, tries to take credit for killing The Destroyer (and possibly Bloodwing), calls everyone who opposes/disagrees with him a bandit, and manipulates people into doing what he wants by threatening their loved ones. He's also used some pretty nightmarishly extensive plastic surgery (it looks like he's got a second face stapled on) to seem young and hide the giant scar Lilith gave him. It comes as a real shock to learn that there are others he cares about, like Nisha and his daughter Angel, whom he has enslaved and Siren powers exploited to the point of making her physically dependent on a substance called Eridium.
  • Far Cry 4's Big Bad Pagan Min, the king/dictator of Kyrat, is definitely quite an egomaniac. According to his government's propaganda, Pagan Min is the great messianic savior of Kyrat trying to bring order and peace to the war-torn nation, saving it from being taken over by those dastardly Golden Path rebels. But really, he's just an insane, petty tyrant who gets rich off of exporting opium to other countries, executing celebrity chefs who disappoint him, and of course killing anyone who dares to question his authority and greatness.
  • Persona 5: Ichiryusai Madarame, a famous painter, is associated with the sin of vanity, since he's obsessed with being a well-respected artist. While he puts on a humble act in public, and claims to paint in a small and run-down shack, it's all a ruse. He actually has a much larger house under a mistress' name, and his Palace, the representation of how he sees said shack, is actually a gaudy and extravagant-looking museum. All this would be bad enough, but he stays relevant by plagiarizing his students' work, and stole his Magnum Opus from Yusuke's mother while letting her die.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, this is a trait of Meridia, a Daedric Prince whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with Life Energy, Light, and Beauty. She cannot tolerate it when her actions are painted in anything but a positive light, even at her most ruthless, petty, and vindictive. While disguised as "the Groundskeeper" in Online, she refers to herself (as Meridia) and her actions in the most glorifying language possible. To hear her speak, everything she does is merciful, benevolent, and wise, and she also thinks highly of her own beauty and power. She shows zero patience or tolerance for anything which does not support that conclusion.
  • In The Sims 4:
    • If '"Get Famous'' is installed, famous Sims have a chance of getting the Vain Street fame quirk from using mirrors. Sims with this quirk always want to admire themselves in the mirror and become tense if they haven't in some time.
    • And to a lesser extent, the Self-Absorbed trait can also be this. Sims with this trait are able to request compliments and get excited when receiving presents.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Eggman, so very much. Not only does he name almost every damn thing he invents the "egg (fill in the blank)" he's constantly making giant robots and other likenesses of himself and even puts his face on the Death Egg, as well as claiming multiple times to be the smartest person in the world.
  • Draven from League of Legends fits to a tee.
  • Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat, though to a much lesser degree in MKX and MK 11.

    Web Animation 
  • Prima from Of Weasels And Chickens. In all the songs she sings, she manages to find some way to praise herself.
    (when introducing herself) Prima. Number one! All around perfect, if I’m correct – and trust me, I always am.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Ohhhhhhh Julie is a BIG time narcissist! She thinks she is the picture of perfection and everyone else is beneath her.
  • RWBY:
    • Cinder Fall admits that she wants to be "strong, feared, and powerful", implying a need for recognition by others. During her fight with Pyrrha, she attempts to de-legitimise Pyrrha's eligibility to receive the power to bolster her sense of superiority. When Ruby permanently injures her at the end of Volume 3, Cinder begins developing a vengeful obsession with her. While still recovering from her injuries, she is disgruntled and frustrated with having to suffer disrespect and insults from the rest of Salem's subordinates. When she first meets Raven, the latter concludes that Cinder has a "slight case of egomania" to have a name that is suspiciously fitting for a Fall Maiden and, when she fights Jaune, she only stops toying with him when he manages to strike her mask, almost injuring her; she instantly flies into a rage, ranting about the audacity of someone as weak as him daring to think he could beat her. When she confronts the Spring Maiden at the Relic of Knowledge's vault, she outright claims that the only person worthy of possessing such power is herself.
    • Adam Taurus has multiple characteristics commonly attributed to a narcissist. He is manipulative, arrogant, egocentrical and power-hungry. He is visibly attention-hungry; he expects special treatment from people around him and has a skewed perception of himself as a heroic figure for the Faunus. He never sits on the High Leader's throne, he lounges indolently as he issues his orders. He is unable to handle criticism and takes defiance of his authority personally, retaliating spitefully and with murderous intent. As a result, when Blake turns her back on the White Fang because his violence is hurting innocents, he doesn't simply go after her, he vows to destroy everyone she loves as well.

    Web Comics 
  • Awkward Zombie: Marth. Played for Laughs in one strip where the only other person he describes as beautiful... is his 32nd-great-granddaughter from the future who looks almost exactly like him but with longer hair.
  • Homestuck:
    • Inverted with Karkat (a.k.a. carcinoGeneticist). Troll romance is complex and includes kismesissitude, which is a sort of attraction based on hatred and personal rivalry. Karkat's closest thing to a kismesis is himself due to unshakable belief in whatever his current mindset is a searing hatred of his past and future behavior. The other trolls find this hilarious. Karkat actually seems rather chagrined when he realizes this fact; possibly because kismesissitude is actually related to breeding and it may not be possible to provide the proper genetic material when you're your own kismesis (and being unable to provide genetic material from either of the breeding relationships is grounds for execution in Karkat's culture).
    • Eridan also shows Narcissistic tendencies — for example, his feelings of superiority over the trolls of lower blood and entitlement to a romantic relationship. Also a result of his egotism and general obnoxiousness.
    • Aranea Serket is almost certainly a clinical narcissist. No matter how she spins it, Aranea's grand scheme for the universe ultimately revolves entirely around assuaging her own boredom and being seen as a god and savior. She also proves herself to be almost totally void of empathy, being willing to incapacitate, Mind Rape, or even outright murder anyone who gets in her way. The only thing potentially stopping her from being a full-bore sociopath is her apparent capacity for affection (e.g. for Meenah and Vriska).
  • Gemini Man in L's Empire is so obsessed with his appearance, that he applies a new coat of paint every 4 hours and shines his armor every 6. Calling him ugly is a good way to get a face-full of laser.
  • Ménage à 3 features international lingerie model Senna, who is deeply aware of her own international model-grade looks, thinks that nothing short of black magic can divert someone's interest away from her, and assumes that when her boyfriend is nice to one of her rivals, he must be working on some complex plot on her behalf.

    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation:
    • SCP-056 is an egotistical shape-shifter who always makes itself a little bit better than whoever its copying, IE it turned into Scarlett Johansson while passing a group of young women and scored 30 points higher on an IQ test than the smartest/nearest researcher. It causes nothing but stress and chaos wherever it goes and it wants to be seen by more "sycophants".
    • SCP-2372 is the body (id) and soul (ego/superego) of a man who disliked the idea of his body decomposing. The soul wants to escape the body and claims the body thinks the man was really "into himself".
    • A possible interpretation of ●●|●●●●●|●●|●. It's a monster which steals any verbally expressed (word using) information about itself, including kidnapping anyone who speaks about it. It might be that it perceives verbal information about it as its "reflections" while also being unable to recognize photos or drawings as being about itself.

    Web Videos 
  • Captain Hammer of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog "Stand back everyone, nothing here to see / Just imminent danger, in the middle of it ME!"
  • Rubber Soul is a very big narcissist in Vaguely Recalling JoJo, he calls himself Mr. Damn Handsome.
  • In her peephole video, Erin Andrews admires her naked body while curling her hair in the nude.
  • Sam from The Cry of Mann contains quite a few signs; he believes himself the best actor on the show and talks constantly about how good of an actor he is and how famous he is, despite being a bit-character. He's so obsessed with himself that he felt entitled to be on "Tanking Mann", barging into the show even on days he wasn't booked and taking the spotlight away from the actual guests and hosts. His need for constant praise and attention is so great, he went berserk when a caller asked which role he played in the show, forcing the caller to claim they were just joking around. Finally, he shows a need for power and attention, with the aforementioned forcing himself into "Tanking Mann" episodes and his apparent ownership over "Tanking Mann" itself, which was considered a leech on Cry Of Mann's success as a show. He even bribed a camera guy to give him a spotlight so he can monologue when not meant to, knowing the cast couldn't do anything to stop him.

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes:
    • 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 Bugs Bunny, he self-admires himself and all the elaborate machines he creates to capture that wascally wabbit.
    • In The Looney Tunes Show, Bugs calls Daffy this. He does display many of the traits that mark narcissism in reality.
  • American Dad!:
    • Stan Smith is a huge example. He believes himself to be the ultimate patriot and the best American citizen in America as he is obsessed with going on the jury and wants to be the foreman every time. He also desires to maintain his high school record in wrestling. He also rules over his own household with an iron fist. He also believes himself to be the ultimate Christian as he wanted to play the role of Jesus in the Christmas play but got reduced to being the mall Santa and he beats up Roger when he got the role of Jesus instead for the implied reason of jealousy.
    • Roger combines narcissism with a high amount of sociopathy. His narcissism is shown through his many awards and achievements (which he mostly got through cheating), his numerous personas and disguises, his self absorbed behavior, and the fact that he proclaimed himself to be "The Decider" (which was a direct result of being lied to by his own species in a trick to abandon him on Earth).
  • Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Bojack Horseman:
    • BoJack has textbook compensatory narcissism with a deep rooted entitlement and high need of appreciation coming from an inferiority complex, with his actions being attempts to live up to who he thinks he should be for others and falling short of it. He also has Borderline Personality Disorder due to his disgust and craving of affection from even people he despises — like Mr. Peanutbutter — or knows are just trying to use him — like Angela and Ana. He's been also often interpreted as having clinical depression due to his lack of motivation and positive emotions as well as his self-defeating behavior and occasional suicidal ideation.
    • His mother, Beatrice, has a more complex case of narcissism with a pot full of different shades of the spectrum: "amorous" (clingy attitude and territorial attitude even to those she dislikes just because they're hers), "elitist" (haughty, believes appearance and status to be everything, derides everything short of her image of perfection), "compensatory" (behavior largely out of insecurity, compensation) and even "fanatic" (she just can't let go of grudges, keeps any emotional actions as proof of her own beliefs) fit her to some degree.
    • While nice about it, Mr. Peanutbutter fits the description of the shy, covert/compensatory narcissist: he wants people to be happy and often goes out of his way to make it so but rather than finding out what would make them so, he forgoes that in favor of his bases of what he assumes would make them happier. He also tries to be the cool guy so that people will feel comfortable around him and don't leave him at all, something which has happened in the past and has created him a complex. Not that he would come out and say it; better try passive-aggressive remarks in the form of concerned thoughts. There's also how much he wants things exactly as he envisions in spite of his carefree attitude, which he masks with niceness hoping that will make things go his way. His grandiose sense of projects without any backbone or purpose and insecurity about Diane also make him rather needy with his expressions of love being Grand Romantic Gestures.
    • Secretariat was just as much as a Crowd Pleaser as Mr. Peanutbutter and just as miserable as BoJack. He would often bask on the public's adoration while secretly falling apart because of how little he saw of himself in his audience's expectations. Fame, glory and love meaning everything for him, he was eternally fearful of falling into obscurity to the point of selling out his brother to the army as a replacement during The Vietnam War. Tripping into disgrace once he was found out betting in his own races, he was banned from racing, the only thing that made him feel alive and allowed to forget his problems, and as such he finally committed suicide. Forget BoJack, Secretariat is the embodiment of compensatory narcissism as well as a chilling reminder of what can happen when such disorder is allowed to run rampant.
    • Sarah Lynn is an example of the "unprincipled"/"amorous" type: willing to exploit others for her own gratification, feels little to no remorse over it and always uses her sexuality and devil-may-care attitude as an excuse to get away with horrid actions.
  • Simon from Captain N: The Game Master.
  • Danger Mouse is usually quick to point out he's the world's greatest secret agent. Agent 57 lampshades it when he assumes DM's form to help him in "The Spy Who Stayed In With A Cold."
  • From Daria, in the first few seasons, Quinn was a narcissist. Just look here.
    • A lesser example is Jane's older brother Wind. All he does is mope and cry about his failed marriages, and when it's not a topic in a conversation, he makes it one. In the later season episode "Art Burn," he guilt trips Jane and Trent into rebuilding the gazebo in the Lane Family's backyard because it was "The Naming Gazebo" and an important part of his childhood. And then he promptly disappears for the rest of the episode and does nothing to actually help his siblings. Then we find out their parents made up the whole "Naming Gazebo" thing because he once tried to change his name.
  • Drawn Together:
    • Captain Hero is one big one. He is an egotistical superhero who believes himself to be a skilled crime fighter but he is in reality a very stupid superhero. He owns several pictures of himself in his bedroom and when he though that the AIDS walk was a race, he took steroids in an attempt to win something that was not a game or sport to begin with. He also blames others for his own faults such as when he blamed Wooldoor for the deaths of several people in a cable car crash when in reality, Captain Hero neglected to save them while Wooldoor attempted to warn him about it
    • Princess Clara. She believes herself to be the ultimate agent of God and has a huge desire to take out what she perceives to be sin wherever she sees it. She also crusades against anything that she sees sinful unless such things benefit her directly. She is also very condescending towards others, especially towards her own housemates and she judges them harshly for their sins when the bible clearly says that true Christians should not judge people by themselves and Clara has clearly broken this as she has committed several sins of her own in the course of the show.
  • Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy. Deconstructed in the movie when he reveals that he thinks of himself as a "foul, wannabe loser."
  • The tv anchors Tom Tucker in Family Guy. His house is full of pictures of him, including one of him in a wedding dress.
  • Prince Daring Charming of Ever After High. The fact he always carry's a mirror to look at himself makes it really obvious.
  • Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
  • Both Zapp Brannigan and Bender from Futurama. In "The Farnsworth Parabox" Bender seemingly falls in love with an alternate gold plated version of himself, stating that he has finally found someone "as great as me". Zapp is shamelessly vain and full of himself.
  • Narcissus is promoted to God status in Disney's Hercules, where he is shown briefly smooching at a hand mirror.
  • In Goof Troop Pete is highly narcissistic (of course, he always is). He sees himself as perfect, and nothing could be better than his son PJ to grow up exactly as him - he can't grow up to be better because that suggests Pete could be improved upon. When his parenting methods prove inferior to Goofy's - and they always do - he is personally offended, but rather than saddened, becomes extremely agitated.
  • Johnny Bravo is obsessed with exactly two things: Himself, and using that first thing to mack on as many ladies as possible.
  • Johnny Test is one big example as he is a bratty kid who mostly cares about himself
  • Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes. His response to seeing an image of himself is "Hello, handsome."
  • Mr. Cat from Kaeloo has shown shades of this, for example Comically Overreacting to losing a whisker.
  • Trixie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Even after character development and becoming a ally she frequently lies to make herself look better and obsesses over how others perceive her.
    • Queen Chrysalis is a shapeshifter with mind control powers, which would be a lot more useful if she wasn't addicted to throwing her weight around, being the center of attention and indulging in endless evil gloating. In the comic series she also shows herself incapable of accepting any blame for her failures and to possess a very overblown perception of her own power and cunning, seemingly immune to any and all humiliation. It's eventually revealed that she deliberately starved her subjects to force them to rely on her
  • The Shredder, hands down, proven in Turtles Forever. The Mirage Turtles lure the 2003 Shredder out of his Technodrome by calling him a coward. It works, and Shredder literally jumps into an ambush, set not just by them but the other Ninja Turtles that he thought he killed earlier. Why did both mismatched teams know this would work?
    2003 Leonardo: If there's one constant in The Multiverse, it's the Shredder's big fat ego!
  • King Julien from The Penguins of Madagascar. "That is not very interesting to me, because it is not about me. See how that works?"
  • Mok from Rock & Rule. One of his villain songs consists only of the lyrics "triumph in the power and the glory that is me".
  • Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants; all of his paintings and sculptures are images of him. Then there's also his rival Squilliam, who is just like Squidward only more successful and with more hair.
  • The Warden from Superjail!.
  • The Incredibly Amazing Man from Super Noobs is a big one as blatantly shown through his name. He is very arrogant and condescending towards other superheroes, concerns himself with his looks, is very inconsiderate of others and very destructive, and is obsessed with selling merchandise that revolves around him, especially merchandise that features images of him.
  • Total Drama.
    • Chris McLean. His favorite thing is himself, to the point that he puts his image on many items that go along with the challenges.
    • Justin as well. You almost always see him admiring his physique and face.
    • Alejandro, though to a much lesser extent than the others. It's no wonder, considering he is heavily based off of Justin.
  • The Ridonculous Race:
    • Don is an example as he constantly worries about the shininess of his teeth and makes some comments about his own looks when recapping previous episodes, although he is not much of it as Chris is
    • Jacques and Josee also qualify as Jacques places a lot of concern about his hair and does not want oil to drip on it and Josee is obsessed with winning gold and throws tantrums when she places anywhere other than first. They are even willing to cheat in the race in order to maintain their huge narcissism.
  • Starscream in most Transformers adaptations, particularly Transformers Animated and Transformers Prime. Subverted in Transformers Armada.
    • Knock Out from Transformers Prime is even more narcissistic. True, he has displayed Ho Yay with Breakdown, but Word of God has stated that it doesn't really matter whether he is attracted to males, females or both because he is first and foremost in love with himself.
    • Sentinel himself is also an example, particularly in Transformers: Dark of the Moon where he proclaims himself a living god. In most versions he'll end up at least mildly villainous due to his narcissism.
  • Pizza Steve from Uncle Grandpa.
  • Jack Spicer from Xiaolin Showdown. He constantly worries about his hair and even call his robot minions "Jackbots".
  • The New Adventures of Jonny Quest has Zartan, an extremely vain, flamboyant Corrupt Corporate Executive type who appears in the episode "The Monolith Man." He is extremely handsome and dresses very flamboyantly. While experimenting with an unknown type of underground radiation, it turned the right side of his face to stone. Now he is driven to find more of the same radiation in an effort to study it so he can undo the damage to his good looks. One problem: the crystals which give off the radiation is extremely volatile and tends to explode without warning, making it extremely difficult to mine. Zartan's mining operations suffer multiple accidents as a result of the crystals blowing up and killing the workers. Undaunted, Zartan demands his men press on and on, because restoring his handsomeness is more important than the lives of his employees.
  • Samurai Jack has Aku, the Made of Evil Big Bad, who demands tributes from the oppressed masses in the form of statues in his likeness. An good example of this is when he visits the Cult of Aku to see their statue. He applauds their efforts and adds that while it's an attractive replica, it pales in comparison to the real Aku. Then he gives them a piece of his essence to worship.
  • Homer from The Simpsons.
    • 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.)
    • In the episode where gay marriage is legalized in Springfield, Homer imagines what it would be like to marry someone of the same sex, and pictures himself married, and making out, with himself while a bunch of baby mini-Homers crawl on the floor.
  • Gumball from The Amazing World of Gumball is fundamentally decent and hides his monstrous ego with genuine anxiety, but he's such an Attention Whore he inserts himself into someone else's story and forces a happy ending where he saves the day on them.

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Alternative Title(s): Vanity, The Narcissist


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