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A guy may annoy a good-tempered person many times,but when he or she comes to a person that is colder and smarter, they tend to treat them with more respect. Sometimes they treat others nicely when they are in need of them. They just treat others in a way they want to, according to the person's social status, characteristics, importance and influence.

What do you call this kind of person? Snobby, diplomatic or something else?

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    Your question is hard to understand because it begins with a confusing run-on sentence. You should also do some research yourself and mention that in the question. (For example, did you put "snobby" and "diplomatic" into a thesaurus and check out some related words?) Dec 3, 2022 at 4:28
  • i‘ve done some research as well but found nothing good.
    – MER
    Dec 3, 2022 at 5:08
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    What did your research find?
    – mdewey
    Dec 3, 2022 at 12:25
  • find what you can find please
    – MER
    Dec 4, 2022 at 5:13

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The word diplomatic is not a good fit. It implies that a person is careful not to offend other people, and you have said that this guy annoys people.

The word snobby might fit. A snob (snobby person) is polite or welcoming to people they think are important, and rude or dismissive to people they think are unimportant. But that does not necessarily mean that he or she is acting "in his or her own interests". First, a snob might be acting that way out of habit, instead of doing it as a deliberate strategy to get what they want. Second, many snobs see themselves as part of the "important" group, so they may already have what they want.

Here are some other suggestions that might fit:

  • A flatterer is a person who gives other people lots of fake praise because they want they other people to do them favors.
  • A weak or unimportant person who tries very hard to earn the favor of stronger or more important people is a sycophant, toady, bootlicker, brownnoser, or ass-kisser.
  • A person who only cares about themselves, and does not care about other people, is a narcissist. We could also call them egocentric, self-centered, self-absorbed, self-serving, or simply selfish.
  • A person who keeps convincing other people to give them things, while giving nothing in return themselves, is a leech, sponge, mooch, freeloader, parasite or user.

Almost all of these words are insults, and a few of them (e.g. brownnoser and ass-kisser) are rather crude. So be careful how you use them.

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