Gruff layabout. Disbarred lawyer. Borderline racist. The progenitor of the gifted, but troubled Tenenbaum clan is a study in extremes. Like Chaz, Richie, and his adopted daughter, Margot, you can't help but sympathize with the absentee patriarch, even at his most boorish. Whether frivolously quibbling over a children's play like a fussy David Edelstein or faking stomach cancer to arouse empathy, Royal is habitually flummoxed despite his best intentions. Like an amalgamation of Thurston Howell III and Huck Finn, Royal is an endearing, but overprivileged imp predisposed to chicanery. "Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin' the cemetery?"