History Main / LackOfEmpathy

18th Aug '16 2:43:06 AM Nintendoman01
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* Various ghouls in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' have this mind set but Torso is a notable example. His diary reveals that he is unable to comprehend or relate to others, and has the sense something is wrong with him. His diary depicts him as thinking of humans as nothing but automated dolls crammed with meat and has no problem with mutilating woman that he [[ALoveToDismember takes as his lovers]].

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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
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Various ghouls in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' have this mind set but Torso is a notable example. His diary reveals that he is unable to comprehend or relate to others, and has the sense something is wrong with him. His diary depicts him as thinking of humans as nothing but automated dolls crammed with meat and has no problem with mutilating woman that he [[ALoveToDismember takes as his lovers]].lovers]].
** Kureo Mado, the [[TheHunter CCG's]] personal KnightTemplar, has absolutely ''nothing'' but contempt and disgust for all Ghouls no matter what, rubbing in Hinami's face about how he killed her parents and turned their remains into his Quinques, and openly expressing disgust at how Ghouls "imitate" human feelings like maternal love and compassion. Case in point: after Touka gives him a heartfelt speech about how she just wants to live like he does and points out that she only eats humans because she can't survive on anything else, Mado is completely unmoved and tells her point-blank that he can't bear to hear another word out of her mouth.



** Excellus, the SmugSnake tactician of Walhart's army, tells Say'ri that her brother Yen'fay [[spoiler: only joined up with Walhart to protect her]] ''after'' she killed him, and pretty much ''laughs in Say'ri's face'' as the latter has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.

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** Excellus, the SmugSnake tactician of Walhart's army, tells Say'ri that her brother Yen'fay [[spoiler: only joined up with Walhart to protect her]] ''after'' she killed him, and pretty much ''laughs in Say'ri's face'' as the latter has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. He even admits that he told her the AwfulTruth purely to see the look of horror on her face.


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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': Louise admits at one point that she doesn't understand emotions such as empathy, and when she realizes she feels sorry for her father Bob, she outright questions her own sanity.
15th Aug '16 9:23:46 AM I_love_dragons
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On the flip side, just because a character has empathy does not mean that they possess one ounce of compassion or sympathy, though the lack of either usually coincides with at least a diminished sense of empathy. For instance, someone with {{narcissist}}ic or [[TheSociopath anti-social personality disorder]] should not be confused with someone with [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Aspergers]] or another form of autism. Narcissists and sociopaths usually have perfect cognitive empathy, but utterly lack affective empathy necessary for genuine compassion. On the other hand, those with Aspergers or Autism sometimes have defective cognitive empathy, but normal or even hyper-effective emotional or compassionate empathy. In short: [[{{Narcissist}} narcissists]] and [[TheSociopath sociopaths]] are generally superficially charming and polite but their pretense of empathy is simply that, a mere ruse to attain a tangible end, whereas autistics, on the other hand, are more or less an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion of that: perfectly capable of feeling other people's triumphs and tribulations -- [[HotBlooded often quite intensely]] -- but you wouldn't necessarily know it from their face or tone of voice, and thatís assuming they have learned to identify them.)

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On the flip side, just because a character has empathy does not mean that they possess one ounce of compassion or sympathy, though the lack of either usually coincides with at least a diminished sense of empathy. For instance, someone with {{narcissist}}ic or [[TheSociopath anti-social personality disorder]] should not be confused with someone with [[UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome Aspergers]] or another form of autism. Narcissists and sociopaths usually have perfect cognitive empathy, but utterly lack affective empathy necessary for genuine compassion. On the other hand, those with Aspergers or Autism sometimes have defective cognitive empathy, but normal or even hyper-effective emotional or compassionate empathy. In short: [[{{Narcissist}} narcissists]] and [[TheSociopath sociopaths]] are generally superficially charming and polite but their pretense of empathy is simply that, a mere ruse to attain a tangible end, whereas autistics, on the other hand, are more or less an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion of that: perfectly capable of feeling other people's triumphs and tribulations -- [[HotBlooded often quite intensely]] -- but you wouldn't necessarily know it from their face or tone of voice, and thatís assuming they have learned to identify them.)
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1st Aug '16 6:43:15 PM MagentaFantasies
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* Although portrayed more sympathetically than many examples, due to having NoSocialSkills and a history of being betrayed by humans, Akai Tsubasa/Phoenix from KaitouJoker is this. He doesn't understand other character's emotions and relationships, in particular being confused by Joker's friendship/rivalry with Queen and Spade and angering two guards to the point that they take him prisoner (without Akai realizing he even ''is'' a prisoner.) Akai doesn't express any concern when other characters are in danger (eg. when Joker is injured and being chased by a hungry shark; when Joker and his friends are shrunken and imprisoned in a cage) and even taunts and laughs at them. Unlike Joker, Akai doesn't seem to value life, leaving Hachi and the other phantom thief assistants to be impaled in a trap, threatening to feed a shipful of people to a giant squid, and cheerfully wrapping Joker in an anchor and throwing him into the ocean, along with Akai's former companion Hosshi.

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* Although portrayed more sympathetically than many examples, due to having NoSocialSkills and a history of being betrayed by humans, Akai Tsubasa/Phoenix from KaitouJoker Anime/KaitouJoker is this. He doesn't understand other character's emotions and relationships, in particular being confused by Joker's friendship/rivalry with Queen and Spade and angering two guards to the point that they take him prisoner (without Akai realizing he even ''is'' a prisoner.) Akai doesn't express any concern when other characters are in danger (eg. when Joker is injured and being chased by a hungry shark; when Joker and his friends are shrunken and imprisoned in a cage) and even taunts and laughs at them. Unlike Joker, Akai doesn't seem to value life, leaving Hachi and the other phantom thief assistants to be impaled in a trap, threatening to feed a shipful of people to a giant squid, and cheerfully wrapping Joker in an anchor and throwing him into the ocean, along with Akai's former companion Hosshi.
1st Aug '16 6:37:05 PM MagentaFantasies
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* Although portrayed more sympathetically than many examples, due to having NoSocialSkills and a history of being betrayed by humans, Akai Tsubasa/Phoenix from KaitouJoker is this. He doesn't understand other character's emotions and relationships, in particular being confused by Joker's friendship/rivalry with Queen and Spade and angering two guards to the point that they take him prisoner (without Akai realizing he even ''is'' a prisoner.) Akai doesn't express any concern when other characters are in danger (eg. when Joker is injured and being chased by a hungry shark; when Joker and his friends are shrunken and imprisoned in a cage) and even taunts and laughs at them. Unlike Joker, Akai doesn't seem to value life, leaving Hachi and the other phantom thief assistants to be impaled in a trap, threatening to feed a shipful of people to a giant squid, and cheerfully wrapping Joker in an anchor and throwing him into the ocean, along with Akai's former companion Hosshi.
26th Jul '16 11:31:43 AM deltanine
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* ''FanFic/WhatChapter372OfFairyTailShouldHaveBeen'':
** Erza, despite having [[MadeASlave every reason]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast to have empathy]], felt none whatsoever as she tortured Kyouka. [[spoiler: Even [[EyeScream ripping her eyes out]] didn't bother her, which is strange considering one of her own eyes got torn out when she was a '''child'''!]] It's also strange how someone who still feels an overwhelming amount of regret for being unable to prevent the suffering of her friends to feel no remorse whatsoever in the suffering she herself is causing.
15th Jul '16 2:02:30 AM ChrisX
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Safe to say, the game's whole plot happens in the first place because a certain Professor Hojo was being this trope very much and decided to execute his dickish experiments to a lot of people he came across, regardless of the consequence.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Safe to say, the game's whole plot happens in the first place because a certain Professor Hojo was being this trope very much and decided to execute his dickish experiments to a lot of people he came across, regardless of the consequence. [[ForTheEvulz Because he can.]] And ForScience
15th Jul '16 2:01:47 AM ChrisX
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Hojo, Hojo, Hojo, HOJO!!!!

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Hojo, Hojo, Hojo, HOJO!!!!Safe to say, the game's whole plot happens in the first place because a certain Professor Hojo was being this trope very much and decided to execute his dickish experiments to a lot of people he came across, regardless of the consequence.
13th Jul '16 5:23:22 PM WillBGood
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** Frieza has absolutely no empathy for anyone but himself. Best exemplified in ''[[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]]'', when Tagoma coldly shoots through Shisami to hit Gohan; while the Z-Fighters and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Sorbet are all taken aback at Tagoma's ruthlessness, Frieza is ''impressed'' by it.

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** Frieza has absolutely no empathy for anyone but himself. Best exemplified in ''[[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]]'', when Tagoma coldly shoots through Shisami to hit Gohan; while the Z-Fighters and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Sorbet Sorbet]] are all taken aback at Tagoma's ruthlessness, Frieza is ''impressed'' by it.
2nd Jul '16 9:23:24 AM Nintendoman01
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** Frieza has absolutely no empathy for anyone but himself. Best exemplified in ''[[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]]'', when Tagoma coldly shoots through Shisami to hit Gohan; while Sorbet is [[EvenEvilHasStandards taken aback at Tagoma's ruthlessness]], Frieza is ''impressed'' by it.

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** Frieza has absolutely no empathy for anyone but himself. Best exemplified in ''[[Anime/DragonBallSuper Super]]'', when Tagoma coldly shoots through Shisami to hit Gohan; while Sorbet is the Z-Fighters and [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Sorbet are all taken aback at Tagoma's ruthlessness]], ruthlessness, Frieza is ''impressed'' by it.



** Majin Buu provides different takes on this. Fat Buu genuinely doesn't know any better due to his childlike demeanor and gradually learns empathy through Mr.Satan and Bee, while Kid Buu is simply too mindless to comprehend ''anything'' other than destruction. Super Buu on the other hand is sentient enough to know that he's inflicting harm on others and evil enough to not care and enjoy it anyway.

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** Majin Buu provides different takes on this. Fat Buu genuinely doesn't know any better due to his childlike demeanor and gradually learns empathy through Mr.Satan and Bee, while Kid Buu is simply too mindless to comprehend ''anything'' other than destruction. Super Buu Buu, on the other hand hand, is sentient enough to know that he's inflicting harm on others and evil enough to not care and enjoy it anyway.
30th Jun '16 7:28:54 PM Sugarp1e1
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has many antagonized characters, villain and anti-hero alike, with a history of lacking empathy towards anyone but themselves. Sasuke, Gaara (Pre-CharacterDevelopment), Orochimaru, Kabuto, numerous Akatsuki members, [[spoiler:Obito]], Kabuto, and especially Madara. There's also the abundance of villains from the anime filler arcs but let's face it, [[OvertookTheManga no one really cares for those.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has many antagonized characters, villain and anti-hero alike, with a history of lacking empathy towards anyone but themselves. Sasuke, Gaara (Pre-CharacterDevelopment), Orochimaru, Kabuto, numerous Akatsuki members, [[spoiler:Obito]], Kabuto, and especially Madara. There's also the abundance of villains from the anime filler arcs but let's face it, [[OvertookTheManga no one really cares for those.]]
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