|“||I am the best wrestler! I am the best talker! I am the best technician! I am the best brawler! And I don't say these things from a place of insecurity - and I apologize for your lack of self-confidence - but I say it because I am it!||„|
|~ CM Punk demonstrating his egomania in a rant to John Cena and Bret Hart on Monday Night RAW.|
|“||Have any of you ever dreamed of working for the greatest villain of all time?!||„|
|~ Scarlet Overkill|
Villains who have excessive importance of themselves and their own life experiences. These characters tend to talk excessively about themselves and have insatiable desire to be above others. It mainly includes three sub-types: Egomaniacs, Megalomaniacs and Monomaniacs. This category also includes villains who seekes attentions and/or fame.
Types of Egotists
Egomaniacs (also called narcissists) are individuals who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder, also called egomania. They have a delusional sense of self-worth and are NOT the same as an Arrogant Villain, though many people do confuse them - in simple terms an Egomaniac is obsessed with themselves and believes they should be the center of attention, an object of worship/reverence, are incredibly vain about their appearance, and so forth. Many megalomaniacs are egomaniacal as they are certain attention-seekers.
Arrogant villains often try and bully people - Egomaniacs on the other hand are decidedly more deranged: a person who demands statues built of themselves or has their image pasted in every available area of his or her empire, for example, goes beyond Arrogance and is an Egomaniac.
Many Egomaniacs also react extremely poorly to anyone trying to humble them, rejecting their advances because they believe that they are simply not giving them the respect they see themselves as deserving - this can cause them to lash out in a fit of narcissistic rage, making them much more dangerous than a simple arrogant snob or bully.
Similar with cowards, should these villains die, it is often in disgrace, and unlike the other, they are far less likely to redeem themselves and die with honor.
Two easy (but rough) ways to identify if a villain is an Egomaniac: If said villains use the words "I" and "me" a great deal or constantly refer to themselves in 3rd person.
Megalomaniacs are evildoers who are obsessed with power and are similiar to Dark Lords and Evil Rulers in that they seek to dominate everything but are more concerned with power than actual conquest: despite having the word maniac in the name it does not mean they are always clinically insane. However a Megalomaniac will often commit outrageous acts such as hold cities for ransom, kidnap presidents etc in order to demand outrageous claims of power.
Monomaniacs are a specific kind of Obsessed villain, often found in comic books and fantasy media but also encountered in more "serious" works - they are villains who devote their entire life to an idea or "gimmick", often something either petty or bizarre and rarely (if ever) stray far from their obsession, gearing everything around their symbol of choice.
Classic examples are villains who employ weapons, henchmen and even plans all based around a topic that would seem absurd to a sane mind but are neverthless a pivotal part of their twisted goals.
Examples would be Egghead (who always themes his work on eggs, even his appearance and speech), Mane-iac (themes everything on hair products) and some versions of Joker (themes everything on clowns etc).
Many professional wrestlers can be considered monomaniacs as well, as often pro wrestlers have gimmicks of their own, such as The Undertaker's undead/supernatural gimmick and Goldust's gold/movie themes.
DO NOT CONFUSE EGOMANIA WITH MEGALOMANIA
Egomania is obsession with self-worth (as explained above); Megalomania is obsession with power: the two are often linked but are different conditions.
EGOMANIA versus ARROGANCE
- Egomaniacs are actively malicious, especially to those who do not respect them or who they feel undermine them.
- Egomaniacs are attention-seekers and cannot stand to be "second place" to anyone - they demand the adoration and adulation of others and become deeply hostile (often even violent) towards those who do not pander to them.
- Egomaniacs can be charming and respectful as long as they are the center of attention; however, the moment attention is taken from them, they lose their charm and respect and become petty and cruel.
- Egomaniacs tend to hold grudges and are sometimes known as "Malignant Narcissists" due to the fact they generally seek to harm people they believe have wronged them, yet are "friendly" to those who "respect" them.
- Egomaniacs are usually suffering from emotional or psychological problems; Arrogant Villains tend to simply develop contempt for others due to upbringing or selfish personalities.
MONOMANIAC versus OBSESSED
Monomaniac is specifically for villains who dedicate their whole life around a "gimmick" or "theme" (for example a villain obsessed with the hero like Hugo Strange would not count as a monomaniac). It is also worth noting not all "Monomaniacs" are actually obsessed, some tailor themselves on a specific theme simply out of eccentric and/or attention-seeking behavior (for example costumed criminals etc).
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