One who wishes to be recognized for an idea without putting forth the "ninety-nine percent perspiration" needed to implement that idea.
One who seeks or is granted honor far greater than their perceived contribution would warrant.
Origin of one-percenter
- one + percent + -er. After Thomas Edison: "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." The motorcycling sense comes from a supposed 1948 statement by the American Motorcycle Association that ninety-nine percent of motorcyclists are good people enjoying a clean sport, and it is only one percent who are antisocial barbarians.