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24th May '18 10:24:48 PM Headrock
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* The ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance'' series is full of these, although there are far fewer psychos than mentally "stable" mercs.
** A notable example from the first game is Reuban, an outright psychopath who murdered his entire family with a hedge trimmer. If put on the same team with Ivan for even a short while, he will eventually pull out a weapon and attempt to kill Ivan. He will also leave if not allowed to kill a sufficient number of enemies each day. There are several other characters with these traits, including Skitz, Postie, and a few others.
** The Psycho trait from ''Jagged Alliance 2'' causes a mercenary to randomly switch to autofire and needlessly expend a lot of ammo shooting wildly at the enemy. These characters also get a morale drop if equipped with a weapon that ''can't'' autofire.
18th May '18 10:39:29 AM JamesAustin
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** ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'': [[PsychoPsychologist Dr. Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow]], is presented as a terror-loving maniac who enjoys too much of his illegal jobs.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': The Mob bosses think SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is a PsychoForHire when they set him after Batman, [[EvilIsNotAToy but he's really just using them as part of his crazy scheme]] to "[[ForTheEvulz watch the world burn.]]"
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Bane is hired by Wayne's rival [[CorruptCorporateExecutive John Daggett]] to protect his interests in Africa and then to hit the Gotham Stock exchange, falsifying some transactions and leaving Wayne penniless. It quickly becomes apparent that Bane has his own game, however, earning Daggett's trust to use his money and construction crews in order to take Gotham hostage.

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*** ''Film/BatmanBegins'':
[[PsychoPsychologist Dr. Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow]], is presented as a terror-loving maniac who enjoys too much of his illegal jobs.
** *** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': The Mob bosses think SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is a PsychoForHire Psycho for Hire when they set him after Batman, [[EvilIsNotAToy but he's really just using them as part of his crazy scheme]] to "[[ForTheEvulz watch the world burn.]]"
** *** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Bane is hired by Wayne's rival [[CorruptCorporateExecutive John Daggett]] to protect his interests in Africa and then to hit the Gotham Stock exchange, falsifying some transactions and leaving Wayne penniless. It quickly becomes apparent that Bane has his own game, however, earning Daggett's trust to use his money and construction crews in order to take Gotham hostage.
15th May '18 5:24:30 AM Pichu-kun
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* The original Terra from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''.
* Cheshire from Franchise/TheDCU. It doesn't get much more psychotic than [[MoralEventHorizon nuking a small country]] just to prove to the world that you're not bluffing -- and ''[[EvilLaugh laughing]]'' while it burns.

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* The original Terra from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''.
the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' arc ''ComicBook/TheJudasContract''. She was TheMole sent by Deathstroke to destroy the Titans from the inside out. Terra is explicitly psychopathic and she hates "goody-two-shoes" for no apparent reasons. A future {{retcon}} implies she was drugged by Deathstroke into becoming evil, however.
* Cheshire from Franchise/TheDCU. It doesn't get much more psychotic than [[MoralEventHorizon nuking a small country]] just to prove to the world that you're not bluffing -- and ''[[EvilLaugh laughing]]'' while it burns. Cheshire originally wasn't this, instead being violent to degrees, but eventually CharacterizationMarchesOn.


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* ''Fanfic/{{Flinch}}'':
** Sheik is Zelda's EnemyWithin. She likes nothing more than to make her enemies hurt and watch them bleed out. ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' tournaments don't allow people to die, though they still feel pain during the fight, so Sheik uses this to her advantage. She can inflict as much damage as she likes wih no fatalities, and it's all allowed in the tournament.
** Sheik considers Sheik her mutual because they're both so similar. Samus has NoSocialSkills and knows nothing besides violence.She takes pride in hurting others and mocks her fallen opponents. The difference is that Samus has some level of a conscious and is shown battling her confusing emotions.
8th May '18 10:23:08 AM OccasionalExister
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* Leo Bonhart from ''Literature/TheWitcher'' became a bounty hunter so he could get paid to do what he loves most in the world: [[BloodKnight fight and kill]]. Bonhart has a reputation of professionalism, but this comes across as an InformedAttribute since he betrays every employer he has during the final two books. He's actually planning on [[RetiredMonster retiring because of old age]], but this doesn't stop him from being as ludicrously sadistic as possible to his latest target, the sixteen-year-old Ciri, and he ends up obsessed with being the one to kill her after [[InLoveWithYourCarnage seeing her in action]].
6th May '18 7:04:40 AM gophergiggles
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* Killer Frost from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is explicitly described as such by Gorilla Grodd in ''Secret Society''. While the rest of the members have direct motivations (Grodd wants revenge on the League, Giganta is [[UndyingLoyalty unwaveringly loyal]] to Grodd, Parasite has it out for Superman, Sinestro has a vendetta against the Green Lantern Corp, Shade wants free reign to commit his crimes, and Clayface wants to be human again), Killer Frost is only along for the ride because she enjoys killing people.
24th Apr '18 4:00:22 AM Tyk5919
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* ''Literature/ToWelcomeOblivion'' has [[EvilCripple Rhett Talbot]], a man who gained superpowers after being exposed to Eldritch Energy. It didn't take long before he used said powers to roam around the world raping and massacring innocents, and he gleefully agrees to work for the Old Brotherhood so long as he can continue killing whoever stands in his way.
14th Apr '18 7:30:06 PM nombretomado
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Psychos abound in many criminal organizations and other places, so this is TruthInTelevision, but of course NoRealLifeExamplesPlease!

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Psychos abound in many criminal organizations and other places, so this is TruthInTelevision, but of course NoRealLifeExamplesPlease!
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11th Apr '18 2:34:12 PM ClownPrince47
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* ''Fanfic/TheBlackHearts'' has [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Marcus Black]] portrayed this way. He's an AxCrazy alcoholic who once joined the Atlas military for the opportunity to kill people. After being discharged, he became a ProfessionalKiller. Sometimes, he would take extra pay for the chance to [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] the targets if that's what the clients wanted. He's not too crazy to be effective at his job, but there's no doubt that he's a violent and bloodthirsty maniac.
7th Apr '18 2:16:34 PM OccasionalExister
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** The Brave Companions are an [[PrivateMilitaryContractors entire sellsword company]]. They're initially led by Vargo Hoat, who earned his reputation as "the Crippler" by chopping off captives' hands and feet [[ForTheEvulz for their own amusement.]] The rest of the band is comprised of a MonsterClown, {{Serial Rapist}}s and child killers. It's telling that the most "sympathetic" member of their group is a PedophilePriest who rapes and murders boys, but at least [[ReluctantPsycho feels remorse over it.]] After Hoat's death, a faction led by Rorge, one of most AxCrazy individuals in the series, takes it upon himself to lead them in RapePillageAndBurn as an outlaw.
** House Bolton starts out as the Stark family's own PsychoForHire bannermen, which is somewhat interesting as the Starks are generally good guys and the Boltons are now considered the TokenEvilTeammate of the North. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for the Starks,the Boltons are TheStarscream and betray them at the Red Wedding, and now Roose Bolton is Warden of the North.]]

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** The Brave Companions are an [[PrivateMilitaryContractors entire sellsword company]]. company]] comprised of these. Initially they work for Tywin Lannister before defecting to Roose Bolton for a better offer. They're initially led by Vargo Hoat, who earned his reputation as "the Crippler" by chopping off captives' hands and feet [[ForTheEvulz for their his own amusement.]] The rest of the band is comprised consists of a MonsterClown, {{Serial Rapist}}s serial rapists and child killers. It's telling that the most "sympathetic" member of their group is a PedophilePriest who rapes and murders boys, but at least [[ReluctantPsycho feels remorse over it.]] After Hoat's death, a faction led by Rorge, one of most AxCrazy individuals in the series, takes it upon himself to lead them in RapePillageAndBurn goes on a senseless crusade of [[RapePillageAndBurn raping, pillaging and burning]] as an outlaw.
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** House Bolton starts out as the Stark family's own PsychoForHire bannermen, which is somewhat interesting as the Starks are generally good guys and the Boltons are now considered the TokenEvilTeammate of the North. North, due to their fond family history of [[FlayingAlive flaying their enemies alive.]] [[spoiler:Unfortunately for the Starks,the Boltons are TheStarscream and betray them at the Red Wedding, and now Roose Bolton is Warden of the North.]]
7th Apr '18 2:12:55 PM OccasionalExister
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%%* Frank Nitti as portrayed in ''Film/TheUntouchables''.

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%%* * Frank Nitti as portrayed in ''Film/TheUntouchables''.''Film/TheUntouchables''. He's the main enforcer and hitman of Al Capone--who himself is portrayed as AxCrazy--and carries out all of his boss's dirty deeds with sadistic relish. His EstablishingCharacterMoment has him bombing a restaurant with a little girl inside, and he takes far too much joy in threatening to kill Elliot Ness's family as well as rubbing in the death of [[spoiler:Malone]] who he claimed, "died screaming like a stuck, Irish pig."



* Messrs. Croup and Vandemar from Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''. They, in turn, hire Mr. Ross to do a spot of work for them, and later Mr. Varney.

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* Messrs. Croup and Vandemar from Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''. They're a pair of {{Humanoid Abomination}}s that do freelance work for the sheer joy of the torturing, killing, and causing widespread destruction. Their latest job, before being hired to massacre Door's family, was destroying a monastery and killing everyone within. They, in turn, hire Mr. Ross to do a spot of work for them, and later Mr. Varney. Croup and Vandemar prove themselves to be far out of the latter two's leagues, however, as Ross is essentially used as canon fodder, and Varney [[spoiler:is implied to be eaten alive by Croup for failing them.]]



** Many warriors, especially those employed by Tywin Lannister. Ser Gregor Clegane, "The Mountain That Rides," is a hulking horror, driven into a perpetual rage by migraines and painkillers. Vargo Hoat leads a mercenary company of child killers, {{Monster Clown}}s, and other classy gents who take great pleasure in chopping off captives' hands and feet [[ForTheEvulz for their own amusement]]. At one point, a character wonders just how many monsters Tywin has working for him. Relatively more sympathetic is Sandor Clegane, a brutal thug with some {{Wangst}} issues, who insists that all knights are psychos for hire by default, but like to pretend otherwise. He sums this trope up nicely with, "Killing is the sweetest thing there is."

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** Many warriors, especially those employed by Tywin Lannister. Ser Gregor Clegane, Specifically there's the Clegane brothers. The elder brother, Gregor, "The Mountain That Rides," is a hulking horror, driven into a perpetual rage by migraines and painkillers. Vargo Hoat leads a mercenary company of child killers, {{Monster Clown}}s, painkillers, and other classy gents who take great pleasure in chopping off captives' hands spends the vast majority of his time killing and feet [[ForTheEvulz for raping his way across the kingdom. The soldiers he surrounds himself with--the Mountain's Men, Raff the Sweetling, Chiswyck and [[TortureTechnician the Tickler]]--are of a similar disposition, becoming soldiers so they can loot, kill and rape to their own amusement]]. At one point, a character wonders just how many monsters Tywin has working for him.heart's content. Relatively more sympathetic is Sandor Clegane, a brutal thug with some {{Wangst}} issues, who insists that all knights are psychos for hire by default, but like to pretend otherwise. He sums this trope up nicely with, "Killing is the sweetest thing there is."" [[spoiler:Though Sandor actually does go through some character development into a slightly better person.]]
** The Brave Companions are an [[PrivateMilitaryContractors entire sellsword company]]. They're initially led by Vargo Hoat, who earned his reputation as "the Crippler" by chopping off captives' hands and feet [[ForTheEvulz for their own amusement.]] The rest of the band is comprised of a MonsterClown, {{Serial Rapist}}s and child killers. It's telling that the most "sympathetic" member of their group is a PedophilePriest who rapes and murders boys, but at least [[ReluctantPsycho feels remorse over it.]] After Hoat's death, a faction led by Rorge, one of most AxCrazy individuals in the series, takes it upon himself to lead them in RapePillageAndBurn as an outlaw.
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