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People tend to think of me as being small.
However I can be confused with an imaginary large being.
It has been said a saint got me right between the eyes, perhaps, next to America.
I persistently worry when I move about the snake's head.
In the West, I am a wealthy and influential businessman.
In the mysterious East, I become dull.
Whenever I enter a city in São Paulo, I am reminded of the French Revolution.
Whenever I come back, there is a very strong smell.

Who am I?
Please explain each line in your answer.

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People tend to think of me as being small.

A gnat is a small flying insect.

However I can be confused with an imaginary large being.

Sounds like a nat, a spirit worshipped in Myanmar, of which there are 37 Great Nats.

It has been said a saint got me right between the eyes, perhaps, next to America.

Ignatius - the Saint, has gnat between two i's, next to the US. Credit to Stiv for this.

I persistently worry when I move about the snake's head.

angst - constant worry, includes snake's head in my anagram.

In the West, I am a wealthy and influential businessman.

magnate - gnat inside Mae (West) the actress.

In the mysterious East, I become dull.

stagnate - to become dull, is mixed East & gnat.

Whenever I enter a city in São Paulo, I am reminded of the French Revolution.

assignats - paper money issued during the French Revolution. Gnat in Assis, a city in São Paulo.

Whenever I come back, there is a very strong smell.

tang - (gnat reversed) is a refreshingly sharp aroma or flavor.

Title: Dedicated to our #1 Fan

Stack Exchange user gnat is the highest voter on our site - and they're all upvotes!

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    $\begingroup$ Just beat me to it! Your missing saint is rot13(vtangvh - forgjrra gur v'f, arkg gb 'hf') $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jul 23 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv - oh you could (have) post(ed). Thank you for this info! $\endgroup$ – Tom Jul 23 at 14:23
  • $\begingroup$ No worries, would rather your answer was complete than trying to score points off a one-line partial! :) +1 $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jul 23 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ They're all upvotes because he doesn't have enough rep for any other kind of vote ;-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 23 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ Honestly at this point he deserves to get more rep just for the upvotes he's given $\endgroup$ – im_so_meta_even_this_acronym Jul 23 at 15:57

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