I call it the Hank Moody Syndrome. HMS for short, cuz that's how I roll.
For those who have never watched Californication, allow me to explain (and for those who are avid viewers like myself, just hold tight).
Wiki-wiki-pedia says: Moody is an erratic but esteemed writer who frequently becomes embroiled in bizarre and in some cases scandalous situations. To put it simply? He's a charming, somehow loveable writer who screws a lot of random women and is really good at getting into crazy shit. All the while, his daughter and on-again off-again, on-again off-again girly, the "love of his life" as it were, get caught in his shenanigans and are effed up by 'em. (See Mom? I said "effed". I'm growed up.)
So, back to HMS - Hank Moody Syndrome.
More than a few guys have told me that they see themselves as real life Hank Moodys. Deep, misunderstood, judged harshly, yet with a heart of gold somewhere under that arrogant & self-obsessed persona.
I call bullshit.
For some (not all) guys that consider themselves just like ol' Hanky - it's their excuse for being an asshole, wannabe slut, or user. It's also pretty indicative of a crapload of conceit.
Think about it, boys 'n girls.
Comparing yourself to a fictional TV character who is known for getting any and every chick he meets into bed, using his charm and looks to get out of the trouble he causes, and playing the role of "intelligent badass with feelings"? Your ego is making you delusional (save for a few. I stress that again).
"I didn't mean to hurt you. I'm just misunderstood. I'm like Hank Moody."
'Scuse me mister, your HMS is showing.
So guys, take my advice - don't tell girls you're interested in that you're like Hank Moody. Because while we may love the guy on TV, we don't want a real-life one who will inevitably mess us up. You may just as well call yourself a different fictional character, and leave it at that:
Giggity giggity... giggity goo.