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Books or films with narcissistic characters?

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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?

NadiaWadia Mon 02-Sep-13 00:31:22

Well some of these are probably correct but I think we have to be careful of labelling every not-so-nice person as a narcissist.

bruffin Sun 01-Sep-13 11:44:47

House in some ways

SpecialAgentCuntSnake Sun 01-Sep-13 10:43:24

Bill from Big Love, absolutely.

I see-saw on Nicki though.

Lottapianos Sun 01-Sep-13 10:11:59

Janice and Livia Soprano for sure

I'm not sure about Don Draper. He cares very deeply for Peggy and for Joan. He does dreadful self-destructive things and hurts people very badly but I do think he feels shame for it deep down. He has moments when he is kind to his children. He's certainly very impulsive and seems hellbent on sabotaging his own happiness and security. He's a fantastic character and I identify with his deep-down, well-hidden sense of aching sadness and loneliness. I'm not sure he's a narcissist but happy to be proved wrong smile

bruffin Sun 01-Sep-13 10:03:46

Seventh Veil may not necessarily be a narc but a very psychologically creepy film.

colleysmill Sun 01-Sep-13 08:51:15

Gaslight is a marvellous film - very very creepy!

What about the character Svengali in George du Mauriers novel Trilby? I always thought he might be a narc.

CCTVmum Sun 01-Sep-13 04:58:52

91/2 weeks


Gaslighting ( I have not seen this old film but this is where it comes from)

The joker in Batman

these are more psychopathic with nassicism characteristics (goes hand in hand)

FeijoaVodkaLovesHokeyPokey Sat 31-Aug-13 23:54:27

Regina and Mr Gold in Once Upon A Time (plus Regina's Mum, Hook and others)

Bumpotato Sat 31-Aug-13 23:27:03

J R Ewing

dreamingoflavender Wed 28-Aug-13 22:51:32

Blanche Dubois is in Streetcar named Desire and I would say she's more obsessive/compulsive from what I remember of her.

If anyone has read The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Amanda Wing (the mother) is possibly a good example.

justwondering72 Wed 28-Aug-13 20:48:42

Blanche Dubois, Cat on a hot tin Roof. Tennessee Williams.

BlazinStoke Wed 28-Aug-13 20:43:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dreamingoflavender Wed 28-Aug-13 20:06:32

I'm not sure Cathy or Heathcliff fit the definition of narcissistic characters.

Heathcliff came from the streets of Liverpool in the late 1700s, at time when the 'triangular trade' meant slavery was rife in cities such as Liverpool. I have always felt that the character of Heathcliff was black, or at least, mixed race, hence the numerous references to him being 'dark' 'foreign' 'gypsy.'

Cathy loved Heathcliff but it would have "degraded" her to marry him because of his looks, and because of his background; narcissistic people cannot love. Heathcliff certainly loved Cathy, but he fixated on revenge on those around him rather than the love he had for Cathy.

I agree they both probably had some sort of personality disorder (histrionic for Cathy probably - Heathcliff I am not so sure, anti-social perhaps?) but they were not narcissistic.

Loopytiles Wed 28-Aug-13 20:05:03

Oberon in midsummer night's dream.


bumbleymummy Wed 28-Aug-13 19:47:12

There are bound to be several in Jilly Cooper! smile

Maud O'Hara is springing to mind...

Possibly Helen Campbell-Black? (re-reading Riders at the moment and she's driving me mad with the whole Jake thing.)

Crumbelina Wed 28-Aug-13 19:38:46

Definitely Ferris Bueller. Not a thought for poor Cameron when he took the Ferrari. Everyone enabled him (and even Jeanie succumbed at the end).

FabricQueen Wed 28-Aug-13 18:56:37

And Catch Me If You Can, that's a good one. (film)

FabricQueen Wed 28-Aug-13 18:55:36

Yy to Zenia in The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, and the character of Madame Bovary (what a fantastic book that is).
Also the film Imagine Me and You, in my opinion.

spanky2 Wed 28-Aug-13 18:46:24

Obviously lowering the tone ...Squidward Tentacles in Sponge Bob.grin

EugenesAxe Sun 25-Aug-13 01:51:17

Quentin Villiers in Dead Babies by Martin Amis. He's part psychopath too IMO but I'm no psychiatrist so I may be wrong.

Personally wouldn't consider Emma Woodhouse a narcissist. What about Larry Durrell in 'My Family and...'? I can't decide - 2nd opinions needed.

My DSis jokingly calls me Bella sad

skyeskyeskye Sun 25-Aug-13 01:37:11

Dark Angel is the book about Constance.

Meringue33 Sun 25-Aug-13 01:08:36

White Oleander

lottieandmia Sun 25-Aug-13 00:50:03

Yes, Hatsumomo San was totally messed up imo!

GetStuffezd Sat 24-Aug-13 21:14:59

Hatsumomo from Memoirs of a Geisha

Iwaswatchingthat Sat 24-Aug-13 20:52:13

Was just coming on to post Jay Gatsby! Just read that book and you are right - it is chokka with narcissists.

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