I am trying to describe this character from a book and I want to emphasize the fact that this character always wants/needs to be the best in his class. My first thought was to use the word high achiever, but I want a word with a more negative connotation to it. I'm thinking the word should point towards the character's almost manipulative behavior, in that he is willing to do foolish acts in attempt to appear as the strongest and best in his class. Another good way of describing this trait would be the term "fragile masculinity", but this has a political undertone, and the real issue doesn't involve any argument on gender roles but rather just the character flaw of needing to be the "alpha male" per se.

To sum it up I am looking for a word that describes the character flaw of always needing (or at least appearing) to be the best/strongest/most powerful person in a group.

Sorry about the confusing explanation, and thank you for any help and suggestions given!

  • A perfectionist in all senses? – CalvT Apr 16 '18 at 19:52
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    How about just competitive? – Xanne Apr 16 '18 at 19:55
  • Yes he is competitive, but more severe than that. He is obsessed with being the best, and can't accept the fact that he may not be the most skillful person at his school. In the book it shows that he even feels threatened by people who don't outwardly admit that he is the best, and thus he performs dangerous acts in attempt to appear invincible/powerful. (hope that makes sense) – Danielle Apr 16 '18 at 20:03
  • he is very much a narcissist. – Danielle Apr 16 '18 at 20:05
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because asking about character flaws best at Psychology & Neuroscience Stack Exchange – lbf Apr 16 '18 at 20:29

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