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Megalomania (from the Greek word μεγαλομανία) is a psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence - often generally termed as delusions of grandeur. It includes an obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions. It is sometimes symptomatic of manic or paranoid disorders.
In fiction[edit | edit source]
Megalomania is portrayed very often in fiction, usually as an affliction of supervillains. It is not always used in a strictly correct manner; for instance, it is common for a villain to be described as a "megalomaniac" if he demonstrates an obsession with gaining immense power and wealth (rather than a delusion that he already possesses these things). However, fiction also contains genuinely megalomaniacal supervillains, and the lesser sense of an obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions is a common supervillain trait.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Narcissism (psychology)
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Malignant narcissism
- Narcissistic injury
- Victory disease
- Superiority complex
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