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Books or films with narcissistic characters?

(110 Posts)
Biscuitsareme Tue 20-Aug-13 11:37:15

I've only recently 'discovered' narcissistic behaviour and it's been a real eye-opener to me. Now there are some characters in books and films that really hit me as narcissistic.

I'll go first:

Muriel's Wedding: Muriel's awful awful father

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: the Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair
(although Strange and Norrell have traits I suppose)

Any more?

bruffin Tue 20-Aug-13 11:55:46

Gone with the wind

DioneTheDiabolist Tue 20-Aug-13 11:57:44

Wuthering Heights.

Pawprint Wed 21-Aug-13 13:35:44


mammadiggingdeep Wed 21-Aug-13 14:03:51

Daniel cleaver in bridget jones diary.....what a twat.

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Wed 21-Aug-13 14:06:54

The Talented Mr Ripley

NotSuchASmugMarriedNow Wed 21-Aug-13 14:07:29

oh definitely Scarlett O Hara! She's a classic.

FatherReboolaConundrum Wed 21-Aug-13 14:28:17

Sunset Boulevard.

Can't think of any narcissistic characters in Lolita, just a paedophile.

DragonsAreReal Wed 21-Aug-13 14:30:10


FatherReboolaConundrum Wed 21-Aug-13 14:33:26

Good one Dragons, but which character? All of them, I'd say!

DragonsAreReal Wed 21-Aug-13 14:34:31

Oh what's that book called with the awful Constance.
Perfect example of narcissistic behaviour.

The little girls parents die and the sort of aunt takes her on and when she grows up she finds out how awful her sort of aunt was. Her aunt has her traipsing all over America looking for her to. Constance was poor and her dad was having an affair with a rich lady in the country and ends up dead and she grows up in their country house. Argh I need to remember the title and read this book again!

DontActuallyLikePrunes Wed 21-Aug-13 14:34:41

I actually thought Muriel (in Muriel's Wedding) was a hideous character, I don't know about narcissistic but definitely a horror.

DragonsAreReal Wed 21-Aug-13 14:35:21

The husband, Rebecca and the maid father!!

FatherReboolaConundrum Wed 21-Aug-13 14:40:00

Yes, and in the film version, I'd add the cousin and the Second Mrs DeWinter too, plus the woman she's companion to at the start. But then it's Hitchcock and he has a rather jaundiced view of people.

Mrs Norris in Mansfield Park. My English teacher told us to circle every use of the word 'I' by her in the first chapter - the pages were covered in circles!

TheCrackFox Wed 21-Aug-13 14:47:14


Repunzel' s mum is a grade A narc.

lalalonglegs Wed 21-Aug-13 14:53:14

Lola in Charlie and Lola. She's grim.

Wellwobbly Wed 21-Aug-13 14:58:24

Citizen Kane.

Gordon Gecko in Wall Street

The mother of the ballerina (played by Barbara Herschey) in Black Swan

DragonsAreReal Wed 21-Aug-13 15:19:49

I have never seen the film didn't know there was one. (off to amazon)

Pawprint Wed 21-Aug-13 15:42:26

Mommie Dearest written by Joan Crawford's daughter. The book and the very cheesy film.

TheFallenNinja Wed 21-Aug-13 16:20:07

cup of gold

TheFallenNinja Wed 21-Aug-13 16:21:33

shallow Hal

vipersnestling Wed 21-Aug-13 16:22:00

Bruce Anderson in the 44 Scotland Street books

DontActuallyLikePrunes Wed 21-Aug-13 16:30:55

My Cousin Rachel, of course (chilling, when you put it down...)

colafrosties Wed 21-Aug-13 17:01:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Bluestocking Wed 21-Aug-13 17:06:51

Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron, is a hilarious/bloodcurdling portrait of a narcissist.

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