“Narcissist (n.): a more polite term for a self-serving, manipulative, evil asshole with no soul.” ~ Unknown (Google Images)
I’ll be totally honest, when I was first introduced to the Marvel universe, there was one character who stole my heart. I loved his confidence and determination, the snarky wit and charisma. He didn’t give a shit what anyone thought of him. The world revolved around him, and he had the resources to do what he wanted, how he wanted to do it, when he wanted to do it. He was the center of the universe, a full tilt diva with monuments to the sky, his name plastered all over them…yup…Tony Stark.
“‘Mr. Stark displays textbook…narcissism.’ Agreed.” ~ Tony Stark, Iron Man 2
You thought I was talking about Loki there for a minute, didn’t you?
While Tony stole my heart, Loki wormed his way in there against my moral judgement. Tony and Loki are both textbook narcissists, which may be a reason why they butt heads so frequently. One of my favorite parts in the Avengers is the banter scene between Tony and Loki in Stark tower. They’re both intelligent, dangerous, and self-centered, what’s the difference?
Loki has nothing to lose. He doesn’t care who he hurts or what the consequences are…he operates solely for his own gain. Banished and outcast, he has no allegiance to anyone but himself. Tony is the opposite, feeling a sense of duty and obligation to protect humanity. One uses his vanity for good, the other for selfish gain.
Most people associate narcissism with an obsession with one’s own physical vanity, but I think it extends into their internal vanity as well…how they view themselves in all areas of life as the end-all-be-all of existence.
So…what do you think? Comments are open. 🙂