Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman

    American Psycho
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… in a dysfunctional family, which probably explains a lot about him. As he says, “I'm a child of divorce, so gimme a break!”

Living... in an expensive apartment on the Upper West Side in Manhattan with his favorite possessions: an original David Onica painting of a naked woman sitting on a chaise longue watching MTV, a complete stereo system by Sansui with six-foot speakers in Brazilian rosewood, and a music collection with everything by Whitney Houston, Genesis and Huey Lewis and the News.

Profession... investment banker at Pierce & Pierce. He doesn't need the job, so he comes in whenever. He spends 10% of his day agonizing about business cards and the other 90% doodling disturbing images in his notebook. His greatest contribution to the company is that he hasn’t killed everyone in it.

Interests... going to exclusive Manhattan night-spots, doing the finest coke he can find, washing down Xanax with Diet Pepsi, getting manicures, pedicures, and facials, listening to Genesis, taking walks around New York City, and killing people.

Relationship Status... dating Evelyn. But she's starting to get annoying. Not only does she refuse to get breast implants, but she is also demanding a firm commitment from him.

Challenge... confronting his madness. His own words best describe his torment: “my nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.” And that isn't all he is dealing with. He doesn't have the nicest business card among his associates, and that bothers him more than anything.

Personality... deranged. At first glance, Patrick seems like just a narcissistic banker – very Ken doll with his dewy skin, friendly demeanor, and dead eyes. But as you get to know him, he's a deadly serial killer unlike any other. In fact, you won't see any blood on his hands from his murders because he is always getting manicures. He talks endlessly about his designer clothes and the great tables he gets in trendy restaurants, but is his vanity just a cover up for his own insecurities? We think so. But his actions can be a little over the top!


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