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26th Mar '17 12:02:21 AM Aipom-pom
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** [[TheDragon Mukuro Ikusaba]] cares about one thing only: her sister [[spoiler:[[BigBad Junko]]]]. Anyone and everyone else means nothing to her. While she doesn't take any sadistic joy in the suffering of others, she doesn't particularly care if they suffer either, and will willingly throw them under the bus for [[spoiler:Junko's]] sake.

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** [[TheDragon Mukuro Ikusaba]] cares about one thing only: her sister [[spoiler:[[BigBad Junko]]]]. Anyone and everyone Everyone else means nothing to her. While she doesn't take any sadistic joy in the suffering of others, she doesn't particularly care if they suffer either, and will willingly throw them under the bus for [[spoiler:Junko's]] sake.
26th Mar '17 12:01:00 AM Aipom-pom
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** [[TheDragon Mukuro Ikusaba]] cares about one thing only: her sister [[BigBad Junko]]. Anyone and everyone else means nothing to her. While she doesn't take any sadistic joy in the suffering of others, she doesn't particularly care if they suffer either, and will willingly throw them under the bus for Junko's sake.
** [[BrokenAce Izuru Kamukura]] is completely indifferent to the pain of people around him, to the point that his reaction to watching someone getting {{Mind Rape}}d is to remark on how dull it is. This is justified, though, as while he logically knows what emotions are, he's a {{Transhuman}} so far above others he just can't empathize with them. Though like Mukuro, he has a MoralityPet whom he makes an exception for, [[StarCrossedLovers Chiaki Nanami]]. [[spoiler:Her death is the one thing that drives him to actual tears.]]

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** [[TheDragon Mukuro Ikusaba]] cares about one thing only: her sister [[BigBad Junko]].[[spoiler:[[BigBad Junko]]]]. Anyone and everyone else means nothing to her. While she doesn't take any sadistic joy in the suffering of others, she doesn't particularly care if they suffer either, and will willingly throw them under the bus for Junko's [[spoiler:Junko's]] sake.
** [[BrokenAce Izuru Kamukura]] is completely indifferent to the pain of people around him, to the point that his reaction to watching someone getting {{Mind Rape}}d is to remark on how dull it is. This is justified, though, as while he logically knows what emotions are, he's a {{Transhuman}} so far above others he just can't empathize with them. Though like Mukuro, he has a MoralityPet someone whom he makes an exception for, [[StarCrossedLovers [[spoiler:[[StarCrossedLovers Chiaki Nanami]].Nanami]]]]. [[spoiler:Her death is the one thing that drives him to actual tears.]]



** Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious on the other hand is the villanous incarnate of this trope, with [[TheSociopath everything]] [[ManipulativeBastard that comes]] [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide with it.]]

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** Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious on the other hand is the villanous villainous incarnate of this trope, with [[TheSociopath everything]] [[ManipulativeBastard that comes]] [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide with it.]]



* Ultraman Belial from ''[[Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends Ultra Galaxy Legends]]'' and [[Film/UltramanZeroTheRevengeOfBelial its sequel]]. It should come as no surprise since he is (''[[CanonDiscontinuity canonically]]'') the first ever, inherently, evil Ultra in the Universe. Not only did he start off by endangering the lives of his home planet ([[spoiler:and himself]]) by being a brash power-hungry young warrior, after he got exhiled, [[FallenHero he came back]] [[spoiler:enfused by the power of [[BiggerBad Alien Reiblood]] AND winding a weapon that has him control an army of monsters]] to ravage the planet that exhiled him, under the belief that THEY betrayed him and left him to die.

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* Ultraman Belial from ''[[Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends Ultra Galaxy Legends]]'' and [[Film/UltramanZeroTheRevengeOfBelial its sequel]]. It should come as no surprise since he is (''[[CanonDiscontinuity canonically]]'') the first ever, inherently, evil Ultra in the Universe. Not only did he start off by endangering the lives of his home planet ([[spoiler:and himself]]) by being a brash power-hungry young warrior, after he got exhiled, [[FallenHero he came back]] [[spoiler:enfused by the power of [[BiggerBad Alien Reiblood]] AND winding a weapon that has him control an army of monsters]] to ravage the planet that exhiled exiled him, under the belief that THEY betrayed him and left him to die.



* ''Film/TheMechanic1972''. The sociopathy of the two hitman protagonists is shown in various ways. Arthur realises Steve has what it takes to be his understudy when the latter watches a former girlfriend who's slit her wrists to get his attention bleed over the course of several hours (she lives, but only because they give her the car keys so she can drive herself to the hospital). In another scene when Arthur is at the hospital, he walks past a young boy with an artificial leg without even a sympathetic glance.

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* ''Film/TheMechanic1972''. The sociopathy of the two hitman protagonists is shown in various ways. Arthur realises realizes Steve has what it takes to be his understudy when the latter watches a former girlfriend who's slit her wrists to get his attention bleed over the course of several hours (she lives, but only because they give her the car keys so she can drive herself to the hospital). In another scene when Arthur is at the hospital, he walks past a young boy with an artificial leg without even a sympathetic glance.



* Acererak from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors'' quest, Full stop. He decides to become immortal by becoming a lich, when his body begins to fail after several centuries, he begins to plot ascending into becoming the ruler of all dead by building a tomb filled with hideous traps that can (and will) kill even the strongest of adventurers, all in his honour, then when it is finished, he kills all the ones who built it AND his followers, kidnaps an innocent Siren and places her in a cavern, shackled through magical means, why? Just for his own amusement of seeing adventurers go paranoid wether she is a trap or a monster. And finally, when adventurers DO reach his chamber, he sucks their soul out, just like that.

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* Acererak from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors'' quest, Full stop. He decides to become immortal by becoming a lich, when his body begins to fail after several centuries, he begins to plot ascending into becoming the ruler of all dead by building a tomb filled with hideous traps that can (and will) kill even the strongest of adventurers, all in his honour, honor, then when it is finished, he kills all the ones who built it AND his followers, kidnaps an innocent Siren and places her in a cavern, shackled through magical means, why? Just for his own amusement of seeing adventurers go paranoid wether whether she is a trap or a monster. And finally, when adventurers DO reach his chamber, he sucks their soul out, just like that.



** It gets worse in the timeline where he kills the Hero of Time: According to the story in the manual for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', as soon as he laid eyes on the actual triforce, he murdered all the Gerudo that came with him.

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** It gets worse in the timeline where he kills the Hero of Time: According to the story in the manual for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', as soon as he laid eyes on the actual triforce, Triforce, he murdered all the Gerudo Gerudos that came with him.



* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'': [[TheSociopath Luca Blight]]. Your country's equivalent to the boy scounts brutally slaughtered the night they are to see their families? Regret not joining in on the massacre that ''you set up'' to practise your swordsmanship. Adorable and traumatized little girl that you recently orphaned wailing in grief and fear after you just ran her teenage guardian through? Shut the brat up for good for spoiling your "fun" by decapitating her! Your [[MoralityPet sister]] grieving over your father that you just [[spoiler: poisoned to death]]? Mock her and remind her that she is a ChildByRape.

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* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'': [[TheSociopath Luca Blight]]. Your country's equivalent to the boy scounts scouts brutally slaughtered the night they are to see their families? Regret not joining in on the massacre that ''you set up'' to practise practice your swordsmanship. Adorable and traumatized little girl that you recently orphaned wailing in grief and fear after you just ran her teenage guardian through? Shut the brat up for good for spoiling your "fun" by decapitating her! Your [[MoralityPet sister]] grieving over your father that you just [[spoiler: poisoned to death]]? Mock her and remind her that she is a ChildByRape.



** Erika Furudo is not only unfazed, but actually excited by the murders occuring, partly because she "knows" that wherever a detective like her goes, a murder occurs. Needless to say, when questioning witnesses, she doesn't bother with delicacy.

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** Erika Furudo is not only unfazed, but actually excited by the murders occuring, occurring, partly because she "knows" that wherever a detective like her goes, a murder occurs. Needless to say, when questioning witnesses, she doesn't bother with delicacy.



** Diamond Tiara, the Cutie Mark Crusaders's [[SpoiledBrat school snob]] is all over this trope in episode ''Ponyville Confidential'', when she gains the name of "Foal Free Press" editor-in-chief, she blackmails the Crusader Trio to write more embarrassing stories about most of the show's cast, or else she'll post pirvate photos. At the end, after the trio write an apology to their victims, Diamond is finally punished by being kciked out of the chief's chair.

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** Diamond Tiara, the Cutie Mark Crusaders's [[SpoiledBrat school snob]] is all over this trope in episode ''Ponyville Confidential'', when she gains the name of "Foal Free Press" editor-in-chief, she blackmails the Crusader Trio to write more embarrassing stories about most of the show's cast, or else she'll post pirvate private photos. At the end, after the trio write an apology to their victims, Diamond is finally punished by being kciked kicked out of the chief's chair.
21st Mar '17 6:19:18 PM SirBlah
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* A common theme in the series 'Series/BlackMirror'' is how our use of technology can make us loose empathy with each other and make us dehumanise others around us:
** In ''The National Anthem'', the British public force the Prime Minister to have sex with a pig on live television in order to save a princess. [[spoiler: After it was revealed that he was trying to fake the footage.]]
** In ''White Christmas'', electronic "cookies" containing a AI replica of a person are used as slaves contained within virtual prisons, despite being as seemingly sentient as the persons they originated from.
** In ''White Bear'', [[spoiler: an amnesiac criminal is tortured by subjecting them to a fake zombie apocalypse-like scenario.]]
20th Mar '17 12:26:48 PM Aipom-pom
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Not to be confused with NoSympathy, which refers to characters who supposedly ''do'' have an ability to empathise, but completely fail to demonstrate it. KidsAreCruel, TeensAreMonsters and AdultsAreUseless often have this trope, though these can be (partially) excused by the cognitive faculties required for empathy having had insufficient time to develop (the former moreso than the latter; anyone who's been around toddlers will tell you that they can be selfish little bastards). Subtrope of HollywoodPersonalityDisorders.

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Not to be confused with NoSympathy, which refers to characters who supposedly ''do'' have an ability to empathise, empathize, but completely fail to demonstrate it. KidsAreCruel, TeensAreMonsters and AdultsAreUseless often have this trope, though these can be (partially) excused by the cognitive faculties required for empathy having had insufficient time to develop (the former moreso more so than the latter; anyone who's been around toddlers will tell you that they can be selfish little bastards). Subtrope of HollywoodPersonalityDisorders.



** [[BrokenAce Izuru Kamukura]] is completely indifferent to the pain of people around him, to the point that his reaction to watching someone getting {{Mind Rape}}d is to remark on how dull it is. This is justified, though, as while he logically knows what emotions are, and experiences them himself, he's a {{Transhuman}} so far above others he just can't empathize with them. Though like Mukuro, he has a MoralityPet whom he makes an exception for, [[StarCrossedLovers Chiaki]]. [[spoiler:Her death is the one thing that drives him to actual tears.]]

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** [[BrokenAce Izuru Kamukura]] is completely indifferent to the pain of people around him, to the point that his reaction to watching someone getting {{Mind Rape}}d is to remark on how dull it is. This is justified, though, as while he logically knows what emotions are, and experiences them himself, he's a {{Transhuman}} so far above others he just can't empathize with them. Though like Mukuro, he has a MoralityPet whom he makes an exception for, [[StarCrossedLovers Chiaki]].Chiaki Nanami]]. [[spoiler:Her death is the one thing that drives him to actual tears.]]



* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': In the proper series ''nothing'' was as important to Gendo as Yui. As long as he managed to save her he did not care for the pain his actions and behaviour caused on people like his children or the girl his son loved. It bit him in the arse later when [[spoiler:Yui returned, expressed how disgusted she was at his actions, and said she could not forgive him unless he earned their children's forgiveness first.]]

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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': In the proper series ''nothing'' was as important to Gendo as Yui. As long as he managed to save her he did not care for the pain his actions and behaviour behavior caused on people like his children or the girl his son loved. It bit him in the arse later when [[spoiler:Yui returned, expressed how disgusted she was at his actions, and said she could not forgive him unless he earned their children's forgiveness first.]]



* ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'': Alex, a dyed-in-the-wool sadist. Even in the final chapter of the British version, where Alex [[RetiredMonster gives up being a delinquent]], he never explicitely develops a sense of empathy. He simply gets bored with violence and desires to start a family.

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* ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'': Alex, a dyed-in-the-wool sadist. Even in the final chapter of the British version, where Alex [[RetiredMonster gives up being a delinquent]], he never explicitely explicitly develops a sense of empathy. He simply gets bored with violence and desires to start a family.



** Reese also once bought an exspensive toy plane for Dewey and broke it in front of him just so he could see Dewey's face when he does it, and gleefully confirms to Dewey when the latter angrily tells Reese that he's the worst brother ever that he is indeed the worst, apparently taking pride in it.

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** Reese also once bought an exspensive expensive toy plane for Dewey and broke it in front of him just so he could see Dewey's face when he does it, and gleefully confirms to Dewey when the latter angrily tells Reese that he's the worst brother ever that he is indeed the worst, apparently taking pride in it.



** Arguably, this was [[GodEmperor The God-Emperor of Mankind's]] FatalFlaw (or at least among one of the more dangerous ones). For all that he did to ensure human supremacy and prosperity, he didn't seem capable of actually connecting with most humans on a personal level, even his own Primarchs. This ultimately brought ruin to everything and everyone around him, including himself, when said LackOfEmpathy became one of the [[DaddyIssues major reasons]] half his sons betrayed the Imperium to Chaos and set off the events that made the Imperium a theocratic hell-hole upon which the Emperor can only watch his dream burn and die by inches for ''millenia''.

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** Arguably, this was [[GodEmperor The God-Emperor of Mankind's]] FatalFlaw (or at least among one of the more dangerous ones). For all that he did to ensure human supremacy and prosperity, he didn't seem capable of actually connecting with most humans on a personal level, even his own Primarchs. This ultimately brought ruin to everything and everyone around him, including himself, when said LackOfEmpathy became one of the [[DaddyIssues major reasons]] half his sons betrayed the Imperium to Chaos and set off the events that made the Imperium a theocratic hell-hole upon which the Emperor can only watch his dream burn and die by inches for ''millenia''.''millennia''.
1st Mar '17 12:02:28 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Series/TheExpanse'' [[MadScientist Dr. Dresden]] is a verifiable sociopath and all of his assistants had the part of their brains that enable empathy disabled by transcranial magnetic stimulation.
27th Feb '17 4:16:04 AM flodoris
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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]], 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]], Tobi, and especially Madara.[[spoiler: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.]]



** [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha]] is one of the worst examples in this series. His nihilistic outlook on life leads to him using and/or killing several people for his goals. The Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, which killed several people and forced the protagonist to become a [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan Jinchuriki]], is his doing, and he claimed to do so simply out of amusement.[[spoiler: Even worse when it's later revealed that all he's done it's because he can't cope with the fact that the girl he loved was killed.]]

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** [[spoiler:Obito Tobi [[spoiler:aka Obito Uchiha]] is one of the worst examples in this series. His nihilistic outlook on life leads to him using and/or killing several people for his goals. The Nine-Tails' attack on Konoha, which killed several people and forced the protagonist to become a [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan Jinchuriki]], Jinchuuriki]], is his doing, doing and not to mention the many other terrible actions which he claimed committed and all for the sake to do so simply out replace reality with a dream where everyone can be happy and the good guys always win. And for this he is willing to kill lots of amusement.[[spoiler: Even people, as he reasons that they will be resurrected anyway once he accomplishes his goal.
** [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha probably even
worse when it's later revealed that all he's done it's because he can't cope with considering the fact that even Obito ''himself'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards considers him too asshole]] [[TeethClenchedTeamwork to tolerate]]. Once he appears on the girl battlefield with Alliance he loved was killed.shamelessly killed a lot of people and all in order to test his new powers. At one point he openly declares that he sees the world as mere "entertainment". Also in his fight with Hashirama, he refused to stop despite them both being zombies anyway and Obito's about to obliterate everyone in the barrier and acts offended that Hashirama considers that save people to be more important than fighting him again.]]
17th Feb '17 3:31:53 AM Morgenthaler
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** 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.

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** Kureo Mado, the [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters 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.
6th Feb '17 2:41:03 PM IdumeanPatriot
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* The ComicBook/RedSkull thinks only of himself. ''Only'' of himself. He doesn't even think of other people as ''people'' most of the time. Only he and his goals matter. Millions can die and millions more suffer, and if he gains something by it, that's all that matters.

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* The [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the writing]], ComicBook/RedSkull thinks only is either the second-or-third-worst [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish bastard]] in all of himself. ''Only'' of himself. He doesn't Marvel comics, or a disturbingly ''un''selfish and even think of other people as ''people'' most of the time. Only he and his goals matter. Millions can die and more dangerous [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist Nazi true believer]] who will run roughshod over millions more suffer, to avenge Hitler's death and if restore his idea of the perfect fascist utopia. Either way, he gains something won't be stopped by it, that's all that matters.any appeals to mercy or pity.
26th Jan '17 8:07:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sektor from the ''MortalKombat'' series. And no, this isn't a case of CyberneticsEatYourSoul -- he was like this even ''before'' he was turned into a cyborg.

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* Sektor from the ''MortalKombat'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' series. And no, this isn't a case of CyberneticsEatYourSoul -- he was like this even ''before'' he was turned into a cyborg.



** The members of [[SociopathicSoldier Blackwatch]] are all described by many people as being psychopaths and Nazis. They've gotten much worse as of [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} the sequel]], in which a recording can be found of one Blackwatch officer calling out one of his subordinates for gunning down a family of civilians, not because he killed innocent people, but because he wasted ammo.
* Johnny Gat of ''SaintsRow'' doesn't just lack empathy, there's a good chance he shot it for looking at him funny. He demonstrates his ruthless nature at [[spoiler: Aisha's funeral, brutally beating Ronin leader Shogo, and burying him alive.]] He seems to become even MORE ruthless after this point. Yeah.

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** * The members of [[SociopathicSoldier Blackwatch]] are all described by many people as being psychopaths and Nazis. They've gotten much worse as of [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} the sequel]], in which a recording can be found of one Blackwatch officer calling out one of his subordinates for gunning down a family of civilians, not because he killed innocent people, but because he wasted ammo.
* Johnny Gat of ''SaintsRow'' ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' doesn't just lack empathy, there's a good chance he shot it for looking at him funny. He demonstrates his ruthless nature at [[spoiler: Aisha's funeral, brutally beating Ronin leader Shogo, and burying him alive.]] He seems to become even MORE ruthless after this point. Yeah.
26th Jan '17 8:07:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Arcturus Mengsk from {{Starcraft}} callously sacrifices both [[AMillionIsAStatistic strangers]] and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness allies]] in his pursuit of power.

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* Arcturus Mengsk from {{Starcraft}} VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} callously sacrifices both [[AMillionIsAStatistic strangers]] and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness allies]] in his pursuit of power.



* ''StreetFighter'' - BISON!!!! (flames suddenly spring up from nowhere)

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* ''StreetFighter'' ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' - BISON!!!! (flames suddenly spring up from nowhere)
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