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18th May '17 6:35:11 PM bt8257
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Comedic Sociopathy can be seen in nearly all comedy. It is the root of shows like ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', and ''Series/FawltyTowers'', but it shows up just as readily on ''Series/SesameStreet''.

A subtrope of the OutOfCharacterMoment. See also HeroicComedicSociopath, a character who does this all the time and loves it. This trope is what the SadistShow and BlackComedy live off of. This may result in NoSympathy in situations where the character is clearly deserving of it. TooFunnyToBeEvil coupled with RuleOfFunny is the basic principle that allows this trope to work. Compare to LaughWithMe or CringeComedy. When this trope gets taken to extreme, over-the-top levels, it's CrossesTheLineTwice. See also DisproportionateRetribution, because in comedy this is usually okay.

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Comedic Sociopathy can be seen in nearly almost all comedy. It is the root of shows like ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', and ''Series/FawltyTowers'', but it shows up just as readily on ''Series/SesameStreet''.

A subtrope sSubTrope of the OutOfCharacterMoment. See also HeroicComedicSociopath, a character who does this all the time and loves it. This trope is what the SadistShow and BlackComedy live off of. This may result in NoSympathy in situations where the character is clearly deserving of it. TooFunnyToBeEvil coupled with RuleOfFunny is the basic principle that allows this trope to work. Compare to LaughWithMe or CringeComedy. When this trope gets taken to extreme, over-the-top levels, it's CrossesTheLineTwice. See also DisproportionateRetribution, because in comedy this is usually okay.
12th May '17 8:49:56 PM yingandyan
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* Yan from ''Webcomic/YingAndYan'' is often unapologetically mean to his conjoined twin brother Ying, insulting him even when he is faced with a problem like [[https://tapastic.com/episode/565957 identity theft]].
29th Apr '17 2:23:47 PM TheCuza
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* WebVideo/JonTron's "Starcade" series involved Darth Vader forcing Jon to review a bunch of ''Star Wars'' games. This was ultimately just to keep him distracted while Emperor Palpatine accomplished his evil plan: [[spoiler:rebuilding ''Star Wars Kinect'']], purely to enjoy the misery it will inflict on everyone else.
-->'''Jon:''' What do you want from me?! Why do this?!\\
'''Palpatine:''' Because I want to see people all around the galaxy [[spoiler:''do the funny Han Solo dance'']]!\\
'''Jon:''' Oh God, no!\\
'''Palpatine:''' And I will be there to watch as ''every last person'' [[spoiler:gets frustrated because the controls ''almost'' work, but ''NEVER QUITE DO WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO'']]!\\
'''Jon:''' Impossible evil! What wretched part of the galaxy did you ''spawn'' from?!\\
'''Palpatine:''' [[spoiler:'''''Los Angeles''''']].\\
'''Jon:''' [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!]]\\
''[Palpatine shocks Jon with Force Lightning]''\\
'''Palpatine:''' And after this, we will go into my chambers... and I will [[spoiler:watch you try to ''NAVIGATE THE '''MENUS''''']]!
18th Apr '17 4:42:39 PM DrNoPuma
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* The LetsPlay/HoboBros discuss the concept of schadenfreude while struggling with the levels in one of their ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'' videos.
14th Apr '17 9:02:12 PM Psychadelico
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* Late-90's early-2000's ''Creator/InsomniacGames'' absolutely ''loved'' this trope. Probably 50% of all the cutscenes in ''VideoGame/Spyro2RiptosRage'' and the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 first]] [[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando two]] ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' games involve some poor soul getting eaten, squished, falling into lava or at least smacked around a bit.
12th Apr '17 1:11:17 AM Silverblade2
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is a very literal comedic sociopath. Some of his best moments are as hilarious as they are evil.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is a very literal comedic sociopath. Some of his best moments are as hilarious as they are evil.



* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'' "I like shooting people."

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* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'' "I like shooting people."
1st Apr '17 11:38:11 PM TommyTiger
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', many of Tom's injuries which are intended to be funny are sometimes downright cruel such as [[AnvilOnHead anvils or a heavy blunt object landing on his head]], getting poked in the eyes, stabbed with knives or pitchforks, getting shot with guns, heavy objects dropped onto his feet, getting his teeth smashed or pulled out, mauled by Spike, etc. No wonder some viewers end up RootingForTheEmpire.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', many of Tom's injuries which are intended to be funny are sometimes downright cruel [[CrossesTheLineTwice cross the line twice]], such as [[AnvilOnHead anvils or a heavy blunt object landing on his head]], getting poked in the eyes, stabbed with knives or pitchforks, getting shot with guns, heavy objects dropped onto his feet, getting his teeth smashed or pulled out, mauled by Spike, etc. No wonder It's gotten to the point where some viewers end up RootingForTheEmpire.[[RootingForTheEmpire preferring Tom over Jerry]].
16th Mar '17 1:32:55 PM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Iznogoud's cruelty and BadBoss tendencies towards Dilat are entirely played for laughs.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': Iznogoud's cruelty and BadBoss MeanBoss tendencies towards Dilat Wa'at Alahf are entirely played for laughs.
9th Feb '17 12:03:20 AM SilverFang
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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Cross's emotional and physical abuse of Allen is usually [[DudeNotFunny played for laughs]]. However, this was more in the anime given Cross' AdaptationalVillainy. In the manga, Allen has only suffered genuine trauma with the amount of debts he's had to pay off due to Cross. Whereas in the anime, Cross abandons Allen to be beaten by thugs, orders Allen to bring him man-eating animals, throws him to legions of Akuma without training him, and having Allen so scarred that he believed that all generals were evil due to his experience with Cross.

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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Cross's emotional and physical abuse of Allen is usually [[DudeNotFunny played for laughs]]. However, this was more in the anime given which was apart of Cross' AdaptationalVillainy. In the manga, Allen has only suffered genuine trauma with the amount of debts he's had to pay off due to Cross. Whereas in the anime, Cross abandons Allen to be beaten by thugs, orders Allen to bring him man-eating animals, throws him to legions of Akuma without training him, and having had Allen so scarred that he believed that all generals were evil due to his experience with Cross. But WordOfGod says Cross considers Allen to be his son, and he was never portrayed as badly in the manga.
9th Feb '17 12:01:33 AM SilverFang
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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Cross Marian's abusive treatment of his student Allen Walker is [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood played for laughs]].

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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Cross Marian's abusive treatment Cross's emotional and physical abuse of his student Allen Walker is [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood usually [[DudeNotFunny played for laughs]].laughs]]. However, this was more in the anime given Cross' AdaptationalVillainy. In the manga, Allen has only suffered genuine trauma with the amount of debts he's had to pay off due to Cross. Whereas in the anime, Cross abandons Allen to be beaten by thugs, orders Allen to bring him man-eating animals, throws him to legions of Akuma without training him, and having Allen so scarred that he believed that all generals were evil due to his experience with Cross.
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