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21st May '17 6:23:39 PM nombretomado
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* The AI protagonist of [[Literature/TheLastAngel The Last Angel]] is a weird hybrid of this and TheMadHatter. Nemesis is fully aware she isn't mentally stable, but she only cares because it interferes with her ability to perform her self-appointed mission: revenge on the alien empire that enslaved humanity despite her best efforts. She absolutely loves playing up her madness to terrorize her enemies and exploit their fear of AI.
* ''WebOriginal/{{Worm}}'' has Regent, resident TokenEvilTeammate of the Undersiders due to his [[LackOfEmpathy high-functioning sociopathy]]...and doesn't actually like it all, since said sociopathy was a defense mechanism against [[AbusiveParents Heartbreaker's]] MindRape EmotionBomb powers. He really does want to experience unselfish love and a full emotional spectrum, but he himself admits he's so dead inside he can't even work up enough emotion to be truly upset by the way he acts.

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* The AI protagonist of [[Literature/TheLastAngel The Last Angel]] ''Literature/TheLastAngel'' is a weird hybrid of this and TheMadHatter. Nemesis is fully aware she isn't mentally stable, but she only cares because it interferes with her ability to perform her self-appointed mission: revenge on the alien empire that enslaved humanity despite her best efforts. She absolutely loves playing up her madness to terrorize her enemies and exploit their fear of AI.
* ''WebOriginal/{{Worm}}'' ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Regent, resident TokenEvilTeammate of the Undersiders due to his [[LackOfEmpathy high-functioning sociopathy]]...and doesn't actually like it all, since said sociopathy was a defense mechanism against [[AbusiveParents Heartbreaker's]] MindRape EmotionBomb powers. He really does want to experience unselfish love and a full emotional spectrum, but he himself admits he's so dead inside he can't even work up enough emotion to be truly upset by the way he acts.
16th Apr '17 3:42:11 AM Morgenthaler
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TheMadHatter doesn't suffer from insanity, they ''enjoy every minute of it''. If only the Reluctant Psycho was so well-off. They may or may not understand the details, but they are well aware that ''something'' is wrong with their own psychology and are [[HeroicWillpower fighting it to the best of their ability]], possibly with the help of medication. Success will vary; perhaps they ''do'' manage to present a normal façade but are fighting a constant inner battle to maintain it, or maybe they've found an outlet to channel their issues productively, or, in the most tragic cases, they are constantly fighting a losing battle and may only realise they've given in again once it's too late. Whatever the details, they both ''know that they are mentally unwell'', and ''desire to cancel or curtail the effects of their illness''.

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TheMadHatter doesn't suffer from insanity, they ''enjoy every minute of it''. If only the Reluctant Psycho was so well-off. They may or may not understand the details, but they are well aware that ''something'' is wrong with their own psychology and are [[HeroicWillpower fighting it to the best of their ability]], possibly with the help of medication. Success will vary; perhaps they ''do'' manage to present a normal façade but are fighting a constant inner battle to maintain it, or maybe they've found an outlet to channel their issues productively, or, in the most tragic cases, they are constantly fighting a losing battle and may only realise they've given in again once it's too late. Whatever the details, they both ''know that they are mentally unwell'', and ''desire to cancel or curtail the effects of their illness''.



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* In ''Film/{{M}}'', the eponymous murderer of children insists that he is this. He uses this to contrast himself against the mob after him. While he may be a child-murderer, he has no control over it and didn't choose it; the criminals who are after him though chose to be criminals.

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* In ''Film/{{M}}'', the eponymous murderer of children insists that he is this. He uses this to contrast himself against the mob after him. While he may be a child-murderer, he has no control over it and didn't choose it; the criminals who are after him though chose to be criminals.



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12th Apr '17 12:42:41 PM Racheakt
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* Featured as a running theme in FanFic/{{Bird}}, and played for horror and tragedy from many angles. The Stand-out example might be Mimi, who's power [[PowerIncontinence messes with her brain chemistry and causes sharp mood swings]]. Extremely dangerous for someone with [[PlayingWithFire Pyrokinesis]].

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* Featured as a running theme in FanFic/{{Bird}}, and played for horror and tragedy from many angles. The Stand-out stand-out example might be Mimi, who's power [[PowerIncontinence messes with her brain chemistry and causes sharp mood swings]]. Extremely dangerous for someone with [[PlayingWithFire Pyrokinesis]].
12th Apr '17 12:42:10 PM Racheakt
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* Featured as a running theme in FanFic/{{Bird}}, and played for horror and tragedy from many angles. The Stand-out example might be Mimi, who's power [[PowerIncontinence messes with her brain chemistry and causes sharp mood swings]]. Extremely dangerous for someone with [[PlayingWithFire Pyrokinesis]].
18th Feb '17 11:20:29 AM sbrevolver15
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-->''Of course I'm obsessed, they ''made'' me this way. You think I don't '''KNOW''' how crazy I sound!? Of course I do! '''''THEY PROGRAMMED ME TO KNOW THAT TOO!'''''''

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-->''Of course I'm obsessed, they ''made'' me this way. You think I don't '''KNOW''' how crazy I sound!? Of course I do! '''''THEY '''''[[SuddenlyShouting THEY PROGRAMMED ME TO KNOW THAT TOO!'''''''TOO!]]'''''''
3rd Jan '17 2:49:13 PM Kakai
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* Nan Balat, in ''Literature/{{The Stormlight Archive}}'' , tortures insects/small animals to relax. He maintains the habit because he is afraid that, if he stops, he will start torturing people instead of animals.

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* Nan Balat, in In ''Literature/{{The Stormlight Archive}}'' , Archive}}'':
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tortures insects/small insects and small animals to relax. He maintains the habit because he is afraid that, that if he stops, he will start torturing people instead of animals.animals.
** Szeth is very well aware that sanity is slipping away from him, and doesn't like this one bit, but he feels like going with the flow is the only option left to him.
31st Dec '16 8:56:23 AM Lemia
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* The player character of ''[[VideoGame/CubeEscape Cube Escape: Seasons]]'' is clearly aware that they're [[InsaneEqualsViolent dangerously mentally ill]]. They take Prozac daily, went to Rusty Lake because it was advertised as a place for patients, and one of the notes they leave on their bulletin board is "I'm afraid I will do something terrible." Additionally, when it looks like they really ''did'' do something terrible ([[spoiler:murdering a woman who turns out to be ''[[DrivenToSuicide themselves]]'' - it's [[MindScrew that kind of game]]]]), they seek to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong change the past]] to prevent this from happening. They also double as a TragicMonster after you learn in ''The Mill'' [[TheCorruption how they came to be what they are]].



* The player character of ''[[VideoGame/CubeEscape Cube Escape: Seasons]]'' is clearly aware that they're [[InsaneEqualsViolent dangerously mentally ill]]. They take Prozac daily, went to Rusty Lake because it was advertised as a place for patients, and one of the notes they leave on their bulletin board is "I'm afraid I will do something terrible." Additionally, when it looks like they really ''did'' do something terrible ([[spoiler:murdering a woman who turns out to be ''[[DrivenToSuicide themselves]]'' - it's [[MindScrew that kind of game]]]]), they seek to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong change the past]] to prevent this from happening. They also double as a TragicMonster after you learn in ''The Mill'' [[TheCorruption how they came to be what they are]].

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* The player character of ''[[VideoGame/CubeEscape Cube Escape: Seasons]]'' is clearly aware that they're [[InsaneEqualsViolent dangerously mentally ill]]. They take Prozac daily, went to Rusty Lake because it was advertised as a place for patients, and one of the notes they leave on their bulletin board is "I'm afraid I will do something terrible." Additionally, when it looks like they really ''did'' do something terrible ([[spoiler:murdering a woman who turns out to be ''[[DrivenToSuicide themselves]]'' - it's [[MindScrew that kind of game]]]]), they seek to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong change the past]] to prevent this from happening. They also double as a TragicMonster after you learn in ''The Mill'' [[TheCorruption how they came to be what they are]].
31st Dec '16 8:54:48 AM Lemia
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* The player character of ''[[VideoGame/CubeEscape Cube Escape: Seasons]]'' is clearly aware that they're [[InsaneEqualsViolent dangerously mentally ill]]. They take Prozac daily, went to Rusty Lake because it was advertised as a place for patients, and one of the notes they leave on their bulletin board is "I'm afraid I will do something terrible." Additionally, when it looks like they really ''did'' do something terrible ([[spoiler:murdering a woman who turns out to be ''[[DrivenToSuicide themselves]]'' - it's [[MindScrew that kind of game]]]]), they seek to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong change the past]] to prevent this from happening. They also double as a TragicMonster after you learn in ''The Mill'' [[TheCorruption how they came to be what they are]].
22nd Nov '16 9:43:35 AM Jake
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* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'': One episode had a plotline about a murder at a homeless shelter, where the only witness was a man who turned out to have Multiple Personality Disorder... and eventually, he put the pieces together and realised that one of his personalities was the killer, and ended up [[DrivenToSuicide taking a dive off an apartment building]] to make sure it could never happen again.
19th Nov '16 5:35:56 PM HeyFella
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker revels in his madness most of the time, but since one symptom of his insanity is his shifting characterization, this isn't always the case. In the end of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', he almost considers Batman's offer to rehabilitate him before regretfully saying it's too late. In ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'', he decides to use his new cosmic powers to destroy the universe because any universe that would allow someone like him to exist must be fundamentally broken.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker revels in his madness most of the time, but since one symptom of his insanity is his shifting characterization, this isn't always the case. In the end of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', he almost considers Batman's offer to rehabilitate him before regretfully saying it's too late. In ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'', he decides to use his new cosmic powers to destroy the universe because any universe that would allow someone like him to exist must be fundamentally broken.
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