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27th Nov '16 5:32:20 PM Apocrypha
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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'':
** [[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, 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.]]
27th Nov '16 3:10:07 PM bt8257
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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/AspergerSyndrome Asperger's]] or another form of [[UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism autism]]. Narcissists and sociopaths usually have perfect cognitive empathy, but utterly lack affective empathy necessary for genuine compassion. On the other hand, those with Asperger's 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/AspergerSyndrome Asperger's]] or another form of [[UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism autism]]. Narcissists and sociopaths usually have perfect cognitive empathy, but utterly lack affective empathy necessary for genuine compassion. On the other hand, those with Asperger's or Autism sometimes have defective cognitive empathy, but normal or even hyper-effective emotional or compassionate empathy. In short: [[{{Narcissist}} narcissists]] {{narcissist}}s 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: {{invert|edTrope}} this: they're perfectly capable of feeling other people's triumphs and tribulations -- Ė [[HotBlooded often quite intensely]] -- Ė but you wouldn't necessarily know it from their face or tone of voice, and thatís that's assuming they have learned to identify them.
19th Nov '16 11:13:56 PM MysteriousZorua1994
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* Jon Irenicus in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', apparently as a result of (roughly speaking) having no soul. Presumably Bodhi too, but she doesn't act that way as clearly. Irenicus has lost the ability to feel most emotions, at least positive ones, and is himself horrified at his condition. However, since he was already evil before and is now devoted to vengeance, he doesn't mind being able to do absolutely horrible things without flinching. His interactions with others can go something like this:
--> '''Victim''': "AAAAAAAARRRGGHH!"
--> '''Irenicus''' (indifferently): "The pain will only be passing, you should survive the process."
--> '''Victim''': "GHYAAAAAAHHHH!"
--> '''Irenicus''' (with a slight hint of irritation): "Do you even realise your potential?"
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue [[AllThereInTheManual Setting Material Collection]]'' reveals that the Nox Nyctores weapons remove "unnecessary" emotions from their users in combat to make them more efficient. Yukianesa removes Jin's compassion, which explains a lot.
** And VideoGame/BlazBlue's BigBad, Hazama/Terumi. Not only does he [[FauxAffablyEvil gleefully revel in his complete lack of empathy]], not only does he get his KICKS out of crossing the MoralEventHorizon; being hated by others NOURISHES him.
** Relius Clover exhibits this as well, but he doesn't revel in it like Terumi does. He instead [[TheSociopath sees everyone and everything as pawns to use]] or [[EvilGenius as guinea pigs]] [[ForScience to experiment on]].



* Ganon, although it's debatable in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', where it is hinted that the reason why Ganondorf intended to invade Hyrule was for his race's survival and benefit.
** Somewhere on that path he strayed to TheDarkSide, and TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget. After all, he wound up making things even worse for his race. This is what happens when [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword a guy embodying an ancient demon's death curse tries to help people]].
** 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.
* Organization XIII of ''KingdomHearts''. Perfectly willing to do horrible, horrible things to anyone and everyone (even each other) without so much as a hit of guilt if it means getting their hearts back. As Nobodies, they aren't supposed to be able to feel anything, which explains some of that. [[spoiler:''Dream Drop Distance'' implies that it's not that they're incapable of empathy anymore, but that Xemnas's manipulations led them to believe that they were empty emotionless shells, so they acted accordingly. This is because reaching out and connecting with friends causes the heart to naturally grow back, as happened with Roxas and Axel, something that Xemnas, Xehanort, didn't want to happen, because it would ruin his plot to turn the members into vessels for his heart.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', [[spoiler: the real Alex Mercer]] is actually described ''in-game'' as being a sociopath. This made him very effective as a MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate.
** 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.
* Mewtwo is said to have the most savage heart amongst Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, thinking of only defeating its foes.
* Genevieve Aristide from ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon''. Doesn't care that her actions would send the world even further into hell from what Harlan Wade did, she's got a job to protect.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue [[AllThereInTheManual Setting Material Collection]]'' reveals that the Nox Nyctores weapons remove "unnecessary" emotions from their users in combat to make them more efficient. Yukianesa removes Jin's compassion, which explains a lot.
** And VideoGame/BlazBlue's BigBad, Hazama/Terumi. Not only does he [[FauxAffablyEvil gleefully revel in his complete lack of empathy]], not only does he get his KICKS out of crossing the MoralEventHorizon; being hated by others NOURISHES him.
** Relius Clover exhibits this as well, but he doesn't revel in it like Terumi does. He instead [[TheSociopath sees everyone and everything as pawns to use]] or [[EvilGenius as guinea pigs]] [[ForScience to experiment on]].

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* Ganon, although it's debatable in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', where it is hinted that the reason why Ganondorf intended to invade Hyrule was for his race's survival The [[BigBad main villains]] and benefit.
** Somewhere on that path he strayed to TheDarkSide, and TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget. After all, he wound up making things even worse for his race. This is what happens when [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword a guy embodying an ancient demon's death curse tries to help people]].
** 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.
* Organization XIII of ''KingdomHearts''. Perfectly willing to do horrible, horrible things to anyone and everyone (even each other) without so much as a hit of guilt if it means getting their hearts back. As Nobodies, they aren't supposed to be able to feel anything, which explains some of that. [[spoiler:''Dream Drop Distance'' implies that it's not that they're incapable of empathy anymore, but that Xemnas's manipulations led them to believe that they were empty emotionless shells, so they acted accordingly. This is because reaching out and connecting with friends causes the heart to naturally grow back, as happened with Roxas and Axel, something that Xemnas, Xehanort, didn't want to happen, because it would ruin his plot to turn the members into vessels for his heart.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', [[spoiler: the real Alex Mercer]] is actually described ''in-game'' as being a sociopath. This made him very effective as a MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate.
** The members of [[SociopathicSoldier Blackwatch]] are all described by many people as being
psychopaths in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' and Nazis. They've gotten much worse as of [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} the sequel]], in which [[VideoGame/DeadRising2 sequel]].
** [[spoiler:Carlito subverts this as he feels sorry for [[KickTheMoralityPet shooting Isabela]] for her HeelFaceTurn]].
** Another subversion is Cliff from the first game - he's suffering from
a recording can be found of one Blackwatch officer calling out one of Vietnam flashback caused by [[spoiler:seeing zombies eat his subordinates for gunning down granddaughter]]; when you kill him, he apologizes and explains himself before he dies.
* "[[VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga Since when did people start expecting]] ''[[ScienceMarchesOn science]]'' [[MadScientist to be]] '''''humane'''''?"
** [[GodIsEvil God Almighty]] himself has
a family [[OhCrap severe case]] [[ParanoiaFuel of civilians, not because he killed this]] in Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei games.
** Alice, the recurring DarkMagicalGirl, honestly has no idea (being a completely
innocent people, but because he wasted ammo.
* Mewtwo is said
''and completely insane'' UndeadChild) why people are so reluctant to have the most savage heart amongst Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, thinking of only defeating its foes.
* Genevieve Aristide from ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon''. Doesn't care that her actions would send the world even further into hell from what Harlan Wade did, she's got a job to protect.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue [[AllThereInTheManual Setting Material Collection]]'' reveals that the Nox Nyctores weapons remove "unnecessary" emotions from their users in combat to make them more efficient. Yukianesa removes Jin's compassion, which explains a lot.
** And VideoGame/BlazBlue's BigBad, Hazama/Terumi. Not only does he [[FauxAffablyEvil gleefully revel in his complete lack of empathy]], not only does he get his KICKS out of crossing the MoralEventHorizon; being hated by others NOURISHES him.
** Relius Clover exhibits this as well, but he doesn't revel in it like Terumi does. He instead [[TheSociopath sees everyone and everything as pawns to use]] or [[EvilGenius as guinea pigs]] [[ForScience to experiment on]].
Die for Her.



* [[VideoGame/HeavyRain Lt. Carter Blake]] really almost has no empathy for anyone and everyone. The only ones who he has empathy for is Captain Perry, Ash, Grace Mars, and [[spoiler:Scott Shelby]].

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* [[VideoGame/HeavyRain Lt. Carter Blake]] really almost Former Elder Elijah in ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas''. Views people as tools to be used and disposed of when they're not needed anymore. He wants to wipe the Mojave clear of all life with the lethal cloud, destroy armed resistance with invincible holograms, and enslave the survivors with bomb collars and establish a totalitarian regime. In the Sierra Madre, he equips his captives with bomb collars to ensure obedience, has no empathy the collars linked so they won't fight each other (and blames them for anyone being so greedy that this safety measure is necessary, even though greed is his own middle name) and everyone. suggests you should kill off your allies when you don't need them anymore, yet thinks you believe him when he says he'll let you go after the whole thing is done. There is nothing to suggest that he ever entertained the idea of getting any of his previous victims to help him without coercion. Before he came to the Sierra Madre, he nearly wiped out the local chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel ''under his command'' by trying to hold the Helios One power plant against the NCR, sending wave after wave of paladins to die until the more tactically savvy members deposed him and retreated.
** Caesar's Legion embrace this so closely that it's practically their hat. Most Legionnaires have a complete lack of compassion for others. They torture NCR soldiers for fun, rape female slaves and smugly deride the inexperience of their fellows who died trying to take Nelson. Some like Silus intentionally fit their slave collars in such a way that it is uncomfortable when they move their heads or swallow food, as a reminder that they are property.
The only ones who he has empathy for is Captain Perry, Ash, Grace Mars, Legion-friendly trader Dale Barton will happily trade with you and [[spoiler:Scott Shelby]].praise the Legion's caravan security policies while ignoring the abused slaves and crucified prisoners right in front of him.



* ''StreetFighter'' - BISON!!!! (flames suddenly spring up from nowhere)
* 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.
* Jon Irenicus in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', apparently as a result of (roughly speaking) having no soul. Presumably Bodhi too, but she doesn't act that way as clearly. Irenicus has lost the ability to feel most emotions, at least positive ones, and is himself horrified at his condition. However, since he was already evil before and is now devoted to vengeance, he doesn't mind being able to do absolutely horrible things without flinching. His interactions with others can go something like this:
--> '''Victim''': "AAAAAAAARRRGGHH!"
--> '''Irenicus''' (indifferently): "The pain will only be passing, you should survive the process."
--> '''Victim''': "GHYAAAAAAHHHH!"
--> '''Irenicus''' (with a slight hint of irritation): "Do you even realise your potential?"
* The [[BigBad main villains]] and psychopaths in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' and the [[VideoGame/DeadRising2 sequel]].
** [[spoiler:Carlito subverts this as he feels sorry for [[KickTheMoralityPet shooting Isabela]] for her HeelFaceTurn]].
** Another subversion is Cliff from the first game - he's suffering from a Vietnam flashback caused by [[spoiler:seeing zombies eat his granddaughter]]; when you kill him, he apologizes and explains himself before he dies.

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* ''StreetFighter'' - BISON!!!! (flames suddenly spring up from nowhere)
* Johnny Gat
''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
** Gangrel, the [[AxCrazy Mad King]]
of ''SaintsRow'' doesn't just lack empathy, there's Plegia. When [[spoiler:Emmeryn]] performs a good chance he shot it HeroicSuicide to defy his ambitions, Gangrel absolutely ''delights'' in seeing Chrom's pain. Needless to say, said HeroicSuicide causes Gangrel to [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating lose every last bit of respect his kingdom had for looking at him funny. He demonstrates his ruthless nature at him]].
** Excellus, the SmugSnake tactician of Walhart's army, tells Say'ri that her brother Yen'fay
[[spoiler: Aisha's funeral, brutally beating Ronin leader Shogo, only joined up with Walhart to protect her]] ''after'' she killed him, and burying him alive.]] pretty much ''laughs in Say'ri's face'' as the latter has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. He seems to become even MORE ruthless after this point. Yeah.
* Jon Irenicus in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', apparently as a result of (roughly speaking) having no soul. Presumably Bodhi too, but she doesn't act
admits that way as clearly. Irenicus he told her the AwfulTruth purely to see the look of horror on her face.
* Genevieve Aristide from ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon''. Doesn't care that her actions would send the world even further into hell from what Harlan Wade did, she's got a job to protect.
* [[VideoGame/HeavyRain Lt. Carter Blake]] really almost
has lost the ability to feel most emotions, at least positive ones, no empathy for anyone and is himself horrified at his condition. However, since he was already evil before and is now devoted to vengeance, he doesn't mind being able to do absolutely horrible things without flinching. His interactions with others can go something like this:
--> '''Victim''': "AAAAAAAARRRGGHH!"
--> '''Irenicus''' (indifferently): "The pain will
everyone. The only be passing, you should survive the process."
--> '''Victim''': "GHYAAAAAAHHHH!"
--> '''Irenicus''' (with a slight hint of irritation): "Do you even realise your potential?"
* The [[BigBad main villains]]
ones who he has empathy for is Captain Perry, Ash, Grace Mars, and psychopaths in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' and the [[VideoGame/DeadRising2 sequel]].
** [[spoiler:Carlito subverts this as he feels sorry for [[KickTheMoralityPet shooting Isabela]] for her HeelFaceTurn]].
** Another subversion is Cliff from the first game - he's suffering from a Vietnam flashback caused by [[spoiler:seeing zombies eat his granddaughter]]; when you kill him, he apologizes and explains himself before he dies.
[[spoiler:Scott Shelby]].



* ''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.
* 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.
* "[[VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga Since when did people start expecting]] ''[[ScienceMarchesOn science]]'' [[MadScientist to be]] '''''humane'''''?"
** [[GodIsEvil God Almighty]] himself has a [[OhCrap severe case]] [[ParanoiaFuel of this]] in Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei games.
** Alice, the recurring DarkMagicalGirl, honestly has no idea (being a completely innocent ''and completely insane'' UndeadChild) why people are so reluctant to Die for Her.
* Dimentio, the true BigBad of ''SuperPaperMario''. He clearly sees his boss's feelings for his lost love as a weakness to be exploited, and does the same with Nastasia's feelings for Bleck.

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* ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'': [[TheSociopath Luca Blight]]. Your country's equivalent The ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' games has one in Krew, a FatBastard who cares for no one but his profits and rare artifacts, and is willing to let a city be destroyed if it benefits him, and ''him only''. One example him lamenting over the boy scounts brutally slaughtered loss of an artifact in the night they are sewers, ignoring the five men who were swept away while moving it.
* Organization XIII of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. Perfectly willing
to see do horrible, horrible things to anyone and everyone (even each other) without so much as a hit of guilt if it means getting their families? Regret not joining in on the massacre hearts back. As Nobodies, they aren't supposed to be able to feel anything, which explains some of that. [[spoiler:''Dream Drop Distance'' implies that ''you set up'' to practise your swordsmanship. Adorable and traumatized little girl it's not 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 they're incapable of empathy anymore, but that you just [[spoiler: poisoned Xemnas's manipulations led them to death]]? Mock her and remind her believe that she they were empty emotionless shells, so they acted accordingly. This is a ChildByRape.
* Sektor from
because reaching out and connecting with friends causes the ''MortalKombat'' series. And no, this isn't a case of CyberneticsEatYourSoul -- he was like this even ''before'' he was turned heart to naturally grow back, as happened with Roxas and Axel, something that Xemnas, Xehanort, didn't want to happen, because it would ruin his plot to turn the members into a cyborg.
* "[[VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga Since when did people start expecting]] ''[[ScienceMarchesOn science]]'' [[MadScientist to be]] '''''humane'''''?"
** [[GodIsEvil God Almighty]] himself has a [[OhCrap severe case]] [[ParanoiaFuel of this]] in Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei games.
** Alice, the recurring DarkMagicalGirl, honestly has no idea (being a completely innocent ''and completely insane'' UndeadChild) why people are so reluctant to Die for Her.
* Dimentio, the true BigBad of ''SuperPaperMario''. He clearly sees his boss's feelings
vessels for his lost love as a weakness heart.]]
* Ganon, although it's debatable in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', where it is hinted that the reason why Ganondorf intended
to be exploited, invade Hyrule was for his race's survival and does benefit.
** Somewhere on that path he strayed to TheDarkSide, and TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget. After all, he wound up making things even worse for his race. This is what happens when [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword a guy embodying an ancient demon's death curse tries to help people]].
** It gets worse in
the same 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 Nastasia's feelings for Bleck.him.



* Arcturus Mengsk from {{Starcraft}} callously sacrifices both [[AMillionIsAStatistic strangers]] and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness allies]] in his pursuit of power.
** At one point he fires on the ship carrying his son Valerian. "My father will sacrifice any piece on the chess board to take the queen."



* Former Elder Elijah in ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas''. Views people as tools to be used and disposed of when they're not needed anymore. He wants to wipe the Mojave clear of all life with the lethal cloud, destroy armed resistance with invincible holograms, and enslave the survivors with bomb collars and establish a totalitarian regime. In the Sierra Madre, he equips his captives with bomb collars to ensure obedience, has the collars linked so they won't fight each other (and blames them for being so greedy that this safety measure is necessary, even though greed is his own middle name) and suggests you should kill off your allies when you don't need them anymore, yet thinks you believe him when he says he'll let you go after the whole thing is done. There is nothing to suggest that he ever entertained the idea of getting any of his previous victims to help him without coercion. Before he came to the Sierra Madre, he nearly wiped out the local chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel ''under his command'' by trying to hold the Helios One power plant against the NCR, sending wave after wave of paladins to die until the more tactically savvy members deposed him and retreated.
** Caesar's Legion embrace this so closely that it's practically their hat. Most Legionnaires have a complete lack of compassion for others. They torture NCR soldiers for fun, rape female slaves and smugly deride the inexperience of their fellows who died trying to take Nelson. Some like Silus intentionally fit their slave collars in such a way that it is uncomfortable when they move their heads or swallow food, as a reminder that they are property. The Legion-friendly trader Dale Barton will happily trade with you and praise the Legion's caravan security policies while ignoring the abused slaves and crucified prisoners right in front of him.

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* Former Elder Elijah in ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas''. Views 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.
* Mewtwo is said to have the most savage heart amongst Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, thinking of only defeating its foes.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', [[spoiler: the real Alex Mercer]] is actually described ''in-game'' as being a sociopath. This made him very effective as a MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate.
** The members of [[SociopathicSoldier Blackwatch]] are all described by many
people as tools to be used and disposed of when they're not needed anymore. He wants to wipe the Mojave clear of all life with the lethal cloud, destroy armed resistance with invincible holograms, and enslave the survivors with bomb collars and establish a totalitarian regime. In the Sierra Madre, he equips his captives with bomb collars to ensure obedience, has the collars linked so they won't fight each other (and blames them for being so greedy that this safety measure is necessary, even though greed is his own middle name) psychopaths and suggests you should kill off your allies when you don't need them anymore, yet thinks you believe him when he says he'll let you go after Nazis. They've gotten much worse as of [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} the whole thing is done. There is nothing to suggest that he ever entertained the idea sequel]], in which a recording can be found of getting any one Blackwatch officer calling out one of his previous victims to help 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 without coercion. Before he came to the Sierra Madre, he nearly wiped out the local chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel ''under funny. He demonstrates his command'' by trying ruthless nature at [[spoiler: Aisha's funeral, brutally beating Ronin leader Shogo, and burying him alive.]] He seems to hold the Helios One power plant against the NCR, sending wave become even MORE ruthless after wave of paladins to die until the more tactically savvy members deposed him and retreated.
** Caesar's Legion embrace
this so closely that it's practically their hat. Most Legionnaires have a complete lack of compassion for others. They torture NCR soldiers for fun, rape female slaves and smugly deride the inexperience of their fellows who died trying to take Nelson. Some like Silus intentionally fit their slave collars in such a way that it is uncomfortable when they move their heads or swallow food, as a reminder that they are property. The Legion-friendly trader Dale Barton will happily trade with you and praise the Legion's caravan security policies while ignoring the abused slaves and crucified prisoners right in front of him.point. Yeah.



* Arcturus Mengsk from {{Starcraft}} callously sacrifices both [[AMillionIsAStatistic strangers]] and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness allies]] in his pursuit of power.
** At one point he fires on the ship carrying his son Valerian. "My father will sacrifice any piece on the chess board to take the queen."
* ''StreetFighter'' - BISON!!!! (flames suddenly spring up from nowhere)
* ''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.
* Dimentio, the true BigBad of ''SuperPaperMario''. He clearly sees his boss's feelings for his lost love as a weakness to be exploited, and does the same with Nastasia's feelings for Bleck.



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
** Gangrel, the [[AxCrazy Mad King]] of Plegia. When [[spoiler:Emmeryn]] performs a HeroicSuicide to defy his ambitions, Gangrel absolutely ''delights'' in seeing Chrom's pain. Needless to say, said HeroicSuicide causes Gangrel to [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating lose every last bit of respect his kingdom had for him]].
** 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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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]] [[UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome Asperger's]] or another form of autism.[[UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism 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 Asperger's 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.
15th Nov '16 12:22:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* From the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': Char Aznable has [[AcePilot many]], [[TheChessmaster many]], [[{{Badass}} talents]]. The ability to see other people as anything other than tools is not among them, although there are one or two people (Lalah Sune, his sister Artesia) whom he seems to care about. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Gihren]] [[SocialDarwinist Zabi]] plays this trope very straight, [[SelfMadeOrphan killing his father]] [[EvilPrince so that he can usurp his position]], turning his little brother's funeral into a ''political rally'', and never showing an ounce of regard for anyone [[TheSociopath who isn't himself]]. This eventually bites him in the ass when he fails to anticipate how his sister will react to their father's murder.

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* From the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': Char Aznable has [[AcePilot many]], [[TheChessmaster many]], [[{{Badass}} talents]].talents. The ability to see other people as anything other than tools is not among them, although there are one or two people (Lalah Sune, his sister Artesia) whom he seems to care about. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Gihren]] [[SocialDarwinist Zabi]] plays this trope very straight, [[SelfMadeOrphan killing his father]] [[EvilPrince so that he can usurp his position]], turning his little brother's funeral into a ''political rally'', and never showing an ounce of regard for anyone [[TheSociopath who isn't himself]]. This eventually bites him in the ass when he fails to anticipate how his sister will react to their father's murder.
13th Nov '16 7:34:46 PM Adept
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* [[Manga/{{Monster}} Johan Liebert]].
** Also Grimmer and Bonaparta, both of whom end up as subversions
*** It's suggested, even more chillingly, in the semi-sequel ''Another Monster'' that Johan may actually possess empathy. He just also has the ability to efficiently ignore it.

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* [[Manga/{{Monster}} ''Manga/{{Monster}}'':
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Johan Liebert]].
** Also Grimmer
Liebert becomes the titular monster because he has no regard for other people's feelings or lives, and Bonaparta, both of whom end up as subversions
*** It's suggested, even more chillingly, in
would manipulate them and destroy their lives just because he could. However, the semi-sequel ''Another Monster'' suggested that Johan may actually possess empathy. He just also has the ability to efficiently ignore it.it.
** Wolfgang Grimmer defies this. He claims to be unable to feel, but he knows enough about right and wrong to try his best to do good for others.
30th Oct '16 3:55:03 PM nombretomado
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* Apollo on ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''. When Hercules confronts and defeats him after he attacks a village with fireballs, Hercules angrily goes, "You could have killed those people!" Apollo, "Who cares... besides you anyway."

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* Apollo on ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''. When Hercules confronts and defeats him after he attacks a village with fireballs, Hercules angrily goes, "You could have killed those people!" Apollo, "Who cares... besides you anyway."
24th Oct '16 6:19:21 AM EthanLac
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23rd Oct '16 3:20:27 AM FoxBluereaver
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** [[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.]

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** [[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.]]
8th Oct '16 9:26:44 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':

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