The grandson of a Scottish Presbyterian minister, Murdoch fancies himself something of a moralist.
Eli fancies himself a bong-wielding Holden Caulfield in a bathrobe.
The mountain resort town of Dalat fancies itself “The Paris of Vietnam,” complete with a replica Eiffel Tower in the center.
mid-15c., contraction of fantasy, it took the older and longer word's sense of "inclination, whim, desire." Meaning "fans of an amusement or sport, collectively" is attested by 1735, especially (though not originally) of the prize ring. The adjective is recorded from mid-18c.