So there is that 'Skins' UK series and its central character in the first two seasons Tony Stonem.

In nature, he is an antagonistic due to his antisocial tendencies. However, he excels in giving a veneer of a good boy for all adults. He seems to be a so-called all parents' dream. But only 'seems' because his peers know his real nature of a lust for manipulation and cruel games.

Some time ago, I read an article on his personality where his type was said to be like those of a character in a classical either US, or British book. It's a boy who beats up and humiliates his peers. But adults don't know about that and like him a lot thinking he is an ideal child.

The problem is that I forgot the name of that boy in a book. And since I'm not good in US / British classic literature, I can't remeber the book's title.

Could you please help me out?

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Although not an example in literature, the same archetype of Tony can also be found in "Leave It To Beaver", (a well-known American 50s sitcom) with a character named "Eddie Haskell."


Eddie was largely known for sucking up/feeding insincere compliments to adults while manipulating and messing with his friends under wraps. His name is often quoted in other tv shows to describe characters of the same achetype; other characters, such as Bart Simpson from The Simpsons, have taken inspiration from Eddie Haskell as well.

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