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However, this is only consistent in the anime, whereas the manga and Xenoverse tend to bring him under Adaptational Nice Guy. In the Izaya Orihara spin-off from Durarara!! Izaya himself counts. In Durarara!! However, it is made clear he only helps or hurts people on a whim and is neither good nor evil. Now, the protagonist in his own series, he hasn't changed a bit, for example, after talking a girl down from blowing up a building, he takes the bomb, pins it to the ceiling and sets it off for fun.
Jin's first appearance in the original manga is as a violent revolutionary punishing would-be deserters by ripping a man's face off. He mellows a bit as he ages but is still willing to send in his own fiancee as part of a force defusing booby-trapped atomic bombs by trial and error. Ryoma practically lives to fight, though, at the same time, he does care about innocents and does his best to make sure none of them gets hurt. At the very least, he has Moral Sociopathy if nothing else. He has no regard for human life though deep down he admires humanity , will kill at any opportunity if allowed , and enjoys the thrill of war.
He does at least attempt to limit his body count to those who actually are a part of the battle he's in. While obviously he's an evil, evil man, he's also the psychotic result of a Super Soldier program by an off-world human faction, meaning that A: he's programmed to only care about fighting and seek to always have battles to fight , and B: he's still loyal to his creators, who have decided it's best to just scrub all life from the colony world and repopulate it with fresh colonists.
Mikazuki of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is a Child Soldier who has no qualm on killing, he does not have the concept of mercy when it comes to disposing enemies when they're still speaking , often gives vulgar nicknames to enemies who managed to survive his encounters. And he remains in an unnervingly calm mood all the time. Wolfgang Grimmer of Monster is a rare example of a hero whose sociopathic traits are shown in a sympathetic light. In spite of his lack of emotion, he is a pretty nice guy who actually performs heroic deeds because he wants to.
His "Magnificent Steiner" persona is the more traditional version of this, as it causes him to kill his enemies in a more brutal fashion. While she mostly sticks to killing other serial killers , she has no qualms about doing so. He outright admits that concepts like "fear" and "pity" are unknown to him, shocking Whitley and Kelden the Keldeo, with the latter realizing that he wasn't collected with his emotions like his masters, he just doesn't have any. Kuroi from Thou Shalt Not Die. If you piss him off, or just annoy him, and you are not Mashiro , a quick death is the best you can hope for.
He only cares about his own well being, and the twin sister "War slave" sisters he owns, Lara and Sara. He cares not one whit about collateral damage, and will do anything and everything he needs to in order to win a fight, except for sacrificing either one or both of Lara and Sara, even going so far as to buy children between 10 and 14 years old, by the thousands , purely to make into soldiers for his army, and cares not a whit about collateral damage. He is considered extremely benevolent by comparison because the world he was dragged to is that much worse! Fran, the year-old deuteragonist of I Was A Sword When I Reincarnated is truly dedicated to the forces of good and even has the noble goal of "evolving" so people stop trying to genocide her race. Unfortunately, she needs to be given a reason to not kill people who annoy or antagonize her, and she sees nothing wrong with the liberal use of Cold-Blooded Torture when she's seeking information regarding her current mission.
She does have a nice Freudian Excuse that she was kidnapped and put into slavery shortly after her parents died, and was abused for four years, and her targets also prove themselves to be Asshole Victim bastards who deserve no mercy. Cancer Deathmask in Saint Seiya: Episode. G by virtue of being the same evil sadist as in the original series , only this time he's fully on the heroes' side.
Best shown when a Giant — a Physical God bent on exterminating mankind for not worshipping him — enters his Temple and is horrified when he sees it's covered by the unresting souls of Deathmask's victims manifesting as wailing faces and calls him out on this , only to get called out on how he is trying to exterminating mankind and added to the collection. However, each of his enemies is a Complete Monster that deserves it, and Keyaru himself is loyal to his party as they follow him in their quest to save the world Comic Books. The Punisher is the comic book mascot of this trope. He was, by far, the most popular costumed "superhero" that kills his enemies rather than put them in jail. And he's been doing it way before the Dark Age of Comics. Rorschach of Watchmen to an extent.
He is more than willing to torture and kill if he believes good will come of it. He is also the target of a large Misaimed Fandom that admires his absolute dedication to his cause. Rorschach: Lying. Do it again - break finger. Not joking. Xellos is portrayed this way in author Prime Minister's epic series about the relationship between him and Lina Inverse. He shows no love or empathy towards others, except Lina and the children they eventually have together. Child of the Storm and its sequel have it become increasingly obvious that Peter Wisdom a. Regulus Black , the ruthless Director of MI13, is an example of this trope, being every bit as ruthless as the things and people he opposes , it being made abundantly clear that he's willing to do anything in defence of his country.
Multiple characters remark after meeting him that there's something thoroughly unnerving about him. His status as this, though, is cemented when he bluntly states to Thor that the sole reason he's going along with the Avengers plan to send Harry back to Hogwarts as part of his recovery following what the Red Room did to him and his resultant bout of Dark Phoenix mania , when he is potentially literally too dangerous to live, is not because he's feeling nice.
It's because he's decided that it's the best of a bad bunch of options: this way, he can actually affect the outcome, and because putting a bullet in Harry's head wouldn't work - and if he thought it was necessary, and that it would work, he'd do it in a heartbeat though he does admit that he'd feel guilty. Played with for L's character in Story of the Century , whose canonical role as the Big Good becomes deconstructed; he looks like this at his worst due to his apparent Lack of Empathy and frosty single-tracked demeanor.
It gets to a point where he's sometimes treated as the Villain Protagonist of the story, that is until Light and Misa are revealed to be the REAL villains, but even then. However, there are moments in the story and in its supplementary material that suggest that he does care more about people than he lets on , he begins to act a little more "human" around Morality Pet Erin though he will never outright admit how important she is to him, and sometimes not even she's safe from his dirty play and ends up making a Heroic Sacrifice at the end. Unfortunately, the way he goes about it earns him the treatment one may get from crossing the Moral Event Horizon instead.
The trope appears again in the sequel, And the Story Continues. Near appears to be this at first for more or less the same reasons his predecessor did, but is slowly revealed to be, while mean and not above dirty play, very much capable of empathy and forming attachments There is also Umbra , a shinigami who betrays both Kiyomi and Teru without a second thought and sees murder as a perfectly viable solution to a problem regardless of the scale thereof i.
Generally, he defects to Near's side out of a personal boredom, b loyalty to Erin, and c a desire to learn more about his past he is all but confirmed outright to be L's reincarnation. Directly played through with Mercury in the A dance of Shadow and Light series by Ocadioan , where the author himself even states in an AN that Mercury is, at his best, a temporary sociopath, whom the author himself would fear if he was ever to find himself in a position of power with lands and titles. It becomes worse in the second story , where his flashbacks show him not only killing and mentally breaking a father in front of his wife and children who btw have been tied up with nooses around their necks , but also killing off the rest of the family after he offs the father.
He Who Fights Monsters indeed, especially when considering that he is doing all of this in a war against The Black Hand. He also gets extra points for offing his old love interest , manipulating the female protagonist and caring more about getting his personal revenge against a shade that destroyed his home and killed his pets than the lives of those that could be saved if he just played along with the dragon riders and let them do the deed. Shinji showed no sympathy towards other people unless or until they became family or friends.
Even so, he manipulates everyone , including those he cares for. Admittedly, he's pretty open about it Asuka and Rei know that he both uses them and loves them , and he became somewhat more considerate and more compassionate at the end. Considering how he is in Saint Seiya and he was summoned from well before he received his slice of Humble Pie , he becomes this simply by deciding to help -while still considering killing everyone in Melromarc's capital if the king continues with his condescending attitude. Of Sheep and Battle Chicken : While many of the heroic characters qualify to one degree or another, Liara easily wins the crown for her actions after Shepard's death.
She indirectly or directly kills thousands of innocents in her quest to find the Shadow Broker He thinks that he's dreaming , so he doesn't take anything seriously while out to Save the Princess. Checkmate features Wolfe, a District 2 Victor their second to join the Rebellion who is actually selected to be a tribute by Mags and Lyme due to the hope that someone of his nature egotistical, gloating, largely remorseless killer winning the Hunger Games after such a long string of Career victories will embitter the outer Districts and make them more eager to Rebel.
He does show some Character Development during his Games, coming to care about some of the others. He works dutifully with the Rebellion partially due to liking the sense of importance, partially out of loyalty to Lyme, and partially because It's Personal after his games while retaining the killer's mentality that saw him through the games and having a limited understanding of the better world their trying to achieve. She is a dedicated Rebel, determined not to let anyone else she could save die, and does feel a sense of loss for various victors killed in the war, but looks back relatively fondly on her own Games how she looks, some of her kill methods etc. And then there's how, at the age of ten, she once helped her future Ermine Mentor kill the Academy of Evil 's resident Girl Posse who'd murdered Ermine's friend , largely on a whim and watched with a smile.
Wilhuff Tarkin, Hero of the Rebellion builds up on Ferren Barr 's canon characterization to make him into this and well known as such among the Jedi Order, to the point they had selected the Hyperionian as his Master specifically because they knew he'd be able to keep his tendencies in check. Films — Animated. His file reveals that he was a narcissistic womanizer who prioritized saving women over others "tubby Joe Schmoe with a raygun pointed at his head might have to wait in line" and that he was perfectly willing to use lethal force against villains.
He was also a Super Supremacist. Films — Live-Action. Riddick from The Chronicles of Riddick series. He certainly has nothing against killing when it benefits him, but would rather be left alone and wipe his hands of the entire human race that way. He was even willing to let the entire universe be destroyed simply because it wasn't his fight. Just make sure you mind the children. Lookin' at you, Johns. Billy the Kid in Young Guns consistently behaves like one. He is excited every time there is bloodshed, and kills perhaps more people than any of his companions, often ignoring the original plan they agreed on just so he can kill more opponents. Even when saving the Earth , Godzilla has shown himself to be very ruthless and brutal in his methods, though he subverts the trope in that he actually has some altruistic qualities.
To an extent, The Bride from Kill Bill. When she's under a truth serum from Bill, she admits that she genuinely enjoys killing and maiming people. If Snake Plissken gives even a fraction of a damn about the people who die helping him, he certainly doesn't show it. In Escape from New York , the only hint that he might care is when he asks the president how he felt about all the people who died to rescue him and is not impressed with the president's flippant response. In Escape from L. Zig-zagged in the film adaptation of The Keep. There's a lot of toning down of the character of Glaeken. He still comes off as being an emotionally disconnected and kind of creepy individual, but the only person he directly murders besides the Big Bad is a nameless Nazi soldier, although he does so with surprising ferocity and the guy's only real crime outside of, y'know, being a Nazi was he wouldn't stop attempting to grab Glaeken's arm.
Seems like a considerably minor offense to deserve being chucked down a gorge. They did film the scene from the book where Glaeken murders Carlos for betraying him, but it was cut possibly in an effort to avert this very trope. He is a perfectly normal if somewhat tired bourgeois in the beginning but after being fed up by the shallowness of his society, he goes on a rampage with his kids' nanny showing no trace of empathy towards other people except his new flame.
In Wild Wind , Okati shoots German prisoners at every opportunity. The World of Kanako : Akikazu is a violent, alcoholic, abusive ex-cop who beats up and tortures anybody who is in his way and sexually assaults women when he's drunk. However, he still is disgusted by some of the worst acts of the other characters. Fairy Tales. Let's face it, the heroes of MANY fairy tales behave this way, killing, lying, and stealing their way to fame and fortune, often with no better excuse than "that guy deserved it". Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk , for example, commits multiple burglaries and then murders the person coming to reclaim their stolen property. The musical Into the Woods deconstructs this story, among many others.
This is how Takeshi Kovacs views himself. Several times, he describes the traits needed to qualify for Envoy training as "psychopathic tendencies and a sense of team spirit", at least one of which he had instilled during his time in the military. While he has enough of a conscience to Pet the Dog for those who he feels to be the victims, he has no problem with permakilling or torturing anyone who interferes with his goals. Several characters in Peter Watts's Blindsight ; most prominently Jukka Sarasti, a potential murderer, a sociopathic vampire, but one who leads the crew against impossible odds, and who is possibly going out of his way not to offend their sensibilities. Like his television version, Dexter Morgan in Darkly Dreaming Dexter and subsequent novels self identifies as a violent sociopath.
His foster father trained him to kill other violent criminals in order to channel use violent urges in a "positive" manner. His values are so far astern from the reader's sensibilities that he sometimes comes across as shockingly cruel. In some instances, it seems he is ambiguous when describing events that are of great moral relevance to the reader, apparently because he sees no ethical dilemma in them.
He shows a mixture of traits, some of which may be sociopathic, others of which may indicate a place on the autism spectrum. Partly this is due to Severian having been raised as a Torturer from infancy, and partly it is due to his status as a mnemonist. Having studied Abnormal Psychology at Miami University, Wolfe was likely aware of the case history of a real-life mnemonist known as "S" who displayed a passive-receptive attitude, and a wealth of thought and imagination contrasting with a surprising lack of intellect.
These traits are a significant plot point, with Severian unable to join the dots to see how he is being manipulated, distracting the reader with flights of fancy, and, in true Wolfeian style, leaving the reader to figure out the true story. Peter Pan : Peter spends an awful lot of his time killing off pirates, and often is willing to put his friends in danger simply because it would be interesting or even funny. This is because of the basic nature of his character; being a child forever, he's inherently selfish and often amoral.
It is mentioned that during the fights between the Lost Boys and the pirates, if the pirates seem to be at a disadvantage, Peter will join their side to even things out. That's right, he will happily fight and kill his friends just because it's more of a challenge. Evidently, Lost Boys come and go, and Peter doesn't have any real interest in keeping track of them. Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart is more sociopathic than hero at times. He executes his adopted son and gets convicted for murder and arson, the arson being for burning down a church Which was a stand against colonialism, but still The Dog Stars : After the End , the main character Higs has a partnership with Bangley, a sociopathic gun-nut who lives for nothing besides killing.
Higs does all the practical work, while Bangley protects them. This is supposed to be a good thing. Howard Roark of The Fountainhead blows up an apartment building because his designs weren't followed to the letter. Both of these characters are portrayed positively. Joy Phim is a perfect example of this trope in the Never Again series. When we first meet her, she mentions her skill with weapons and lovingly describes how swiftly she can kill someone with her martial arts. When training John in their use, she says that it's actually best to kill one's enemy instead of incapacitating them, even though this goes against the code of nearly every martial artist.
If one still had any doubts as to her nature, she sulks in her room whenever John hires a criminal syndicate to do their dirty work instead of letting Joy kill their targets herself — that's right, she throws a tantrum if she doesn't get to kill someone. The only reason John and the Society even put up with her is because their enemies are the worst dictators of the twentieth century. How to Be a Superhero offers several examples and recommendations, most notably The Castrator, a man in spiked body armor who wields a bloody chainsaw. Glaeken Trismegestus in The Keep.
While not an actual sociopath i. When Carlos - the captain of the ship taking him from Greece to Romania - betrays him, Glaeken does initially let him live, but unfortunately, the guy has Chronic Backstabbing Disorder , forcing Glaeken to kill him not even two sentences later. He also rather cold-bloodedly murders the Romanian soldiers at the border, though since they're collaborators working with the Nazis, it's hardly as if they're undeserving victims. This is toned down in the film. Luckily for the world, he directs his psychopathy at slaughtering the evil nobles and overthrowing the Final Empire.
By the end of the first book, he is being worshipped as a Crystal Dragon Jesus. Kullervo from The Kalevala is one of the best examples. His Evil Uncle Untamo kills Kullervo's tribe and failing to kill Kullervo due to his magic, raises him badly, leaving Kullervo impulsive, cruel, and mentally ill. For example, when his Uncle tells him to look after a baby, he tortures and kills the child for no reason.
When he avenges the murder of his tribe he apparently kills Untamo's entire tribe. Kullervo ends up Driven to Suicide after finding his family dead. Bothari in Vorkosigan Saga is a multiple rapist and murderer, who get sexually excited by killing and when watching a pregnant prisoner be abused by her captors. Knowing this, he depends on the structure of his military service and the guidance of the lord and lady he serves to show him what is right and what is wrong. To be fair, the only crimes he is known to have committed were while under orders, and all but one were after he had been deliberately driven insane by torture and drugs by his commander.
He may have committed others before he placed himself under orders in order to let others make decisions he knew he could not. Wyre in Dark Heart is a powerful and skilled bodyguard, but also a ruthless sadist who enjoys killing. This eventually becomes a problem for the other protagonists. Even when he and the heroes end up working together, none of them like or trust him. Zack State, the main character of The Mental State , is this from a certain perspective. Despite having the emotionlessness, ruthlessness, deviousness, and manipulative guile one would expect from a sociopath, he also has a specific moral code that means he can only inflict misery on people he judges as being worthy of it.
His brutality manifests as either tough-love or karmic punishment. He uses cunning and manipulation to turn the prison into his own version of a dictatorship. Luckily, he has an extremely liberal approach to handling prisoners and even succeeds in causing many of them to reform. It is hard to tell whether his actions are motivated by his sense of morality or just another means of improving his position. However, there are subtle hints that he genuinely cares for the other inmates on some level and is even cured of his sociopathy at the end of the story. Amos, from The Expanse , is well aware he's a sociopathic monster, so he purposely follows people that have a good moral sense.
He still has no issue killing people when he deems it necessary, and in one book when he's left without moral guidance for a while he notices that it'd be a good idea to get back onto the Rocinante because he's falling back into his old ways. Live-Action TV. The quote supplier, the title character from Sherlock , admits he is this. Sherlock has all the classic signs of a fictional sociopath: a general lack of empathy; self centered behavior; total disregard for laws; and regular use of fake charm, lies, and manipulation to achieve his goals. Ultimately subverted however, since when push comes to shove Sherlock really does care about his friends.
It's suggested that Sherlock has tried to mold his mind into sociopathic thought patterns in order to function better as a detective. Sherlock: I'm not a psychopath, Anderson, I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research. Magnussen: No chance for you to be a hero this time, Mr. Sherlock: Oh, do your research. I'm not a hero, I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Merry Christmas! Mythology and Religion. Greek Mythology heroes. While some do have stronger moral compasses than others, most notably Perseus, Greek Mythology doesn't ponder with such pesky concepts as "right" and "wrong" or "good" and "evil".
The only concept of "sin" which the Greek Mythology knows is hubris , delusion of being as good as the deities , — which means, of course, that if you are a deity yourself, you are categorically incapable of sinning. It doesn't even have to be delusion. Having the gall to actually be better than them, especially in their own domains, can get you in trouble. Just ask Arachne. Tabletop Games. Exalted : A character with Compassion 1 can be played like this. Alchemicals with high Clarity are explicitly spelled out as not examples — they're emotionless, not wantonly cruel — but those infected by Gremlin Syndrome may well attempt to continue fighting the good fight even as their condition instills a psychotic desire to destroy and maim. Infernals who take enough Ebon Dragon Charms can easily become virtue-stripped sociopaths who have to actively resist the urge to flip out and ruin people's happiest memories, but they remain playable and capable of perverse nobility even as they're wrecking lives left, right and centre.
They also have no empathy for the masses. Their fight against the supernatural does not care about collateral damage: if a Wayward thinks the most efficient way to kill a vampire that controls a local business is to bomb the building while he's inside along with all of the innocent employees , then he'll bring it down. The iconic Wayward, God 45, is implied to have stolen a nuclear weapon during the Time of Judgment. Warhammer 40, : Grimdark as it is, this is the norm. One of the requirements for Space Marine candidates is a near-psychotic willingness to kill, as killing is pretty much what he'll be doing for the rest of his life. There's two important caveats to the "psychotic willingness" part, though: first is that the Space Marines are disciplined soldiers who must treat psychosis as a tool, and secondly they know full well "psychotic" is relative, so they prefer to recruit from planets where death is a normal part of daily life, even at a young age , in order to mitigate the shock.
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