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10th Jun '18 4:27:49 PM M3
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* Azula, fresh from freedom from the asylum in [[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch]] is aware that she has lost control of her mind and she is not happy about it. [[spoiler: Her goal is to silence the voice in her head that is causing her so much pain and doubt, but the only way she thinks that will happen is to kill her mother; which Zuko will not let happen for very obvious reasons]].

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* Azula, fresh from freedom from the asylum in [[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch]] [[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch The Search]] is aware that she has lost control of her mind and she is not happy about it. [[spoiler: Her goal is to silence the voice in her head that is causing her so much pain and doubt, but the only way she thinks that will happen is to kill her mother; which Zuko will not let happen for very obvious reasons]].
10th Jun '18 4:27:16 PM M3
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* Azula, fresh from freedom from the asylum in [[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch]] is aware that she has lost control of her mind and she is not happy about it. [[spoiler: Her goal is to silence the voice in her head that is causing her so much pain and doubt, but the only way she thinks that will happen is to kill her mother; which Zuko will not let happen for very obvious reasons]].
18th Mar '18 2:21:52 PM thatother1dude
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* Downplayed in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Roose Bolton has no empathy and enjoys the suffering of other human beings. Even so, he restrains his impulses enough that he can put on a fairly convincing facade of sanity. (Though anyone who spends enough time around him will be disturbed, even if they can't put their finger on why.) He will do needlessly cruel things for his own amusement, but never if it would damage his goals. So he'll [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslight]] his aristocratic captives or rape peasant women, but he won't do anything that is counterproductive and in the public eye. Bolton is a monster, but a pragmatic one. This is the main quality that distinguishes him from his son, [[StupidEvil Ramsay]].
12th Feb '18 11:22:40 AM Kalaong
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* TruthInTelevision. Charles Whitman, before barricading himself in a belltower and killing 14 people, wrote a suicide note explaining that he knew something was very, very wrong with him and to use any money left over from his life insurance to pay for research to prevent it from happening again. (Turns out he had a brain tumor pressing on his amygdala that was the size of a pecan and necrotic. That means he had a tumor that was [[NightmareFuel rotting inside his own brain.]])

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* TruthInTelevision. Charles Whitman, before barricading himself in a belltower and killing 14 people, wrote a suicide note explaining that he knew something was very, very wrong with him and to use any money left over from his life insurance to pay for research to prevent it from happening again. (Turns out he had a brain tumor pressing on his amygdala that was the size of a pecan and necrotic. That means he had a tumor that was [[NightmareFuel [[BodyHorror rotting inside his own brain.]])
20th Jan '18 3:09:12 AM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'': [[spoiler:The Homelander]], to paraphrase Billy, became a psychopath by accident. He's repeatedly seen committing disgusting atrocities (like eating babies) and others happen offscreen (like raping Billy's wife), and visual evidence of his indulging himself as well. [[spoiler:Many of them are actually committed by his clone, including the rape, who deliberately records himself and sends the pictures to the Homelander to gaslight him into thinking he really is insane and can't remember it.]] This leads [[spoiler:the Homalander]] to embrace evil and outright rebellion, giving Vought-American no choice but to unleash their contingency plan in case he got out of control: [[spoiler:Black Noir]]. How do they know he can do it? Because [[spoiler:Black Noir ''is'' Homelander's clone]], and in fact set the whole thing up because [[spoiler:his sole purpose in life was to take out the Homelander]], which wasn't an option as long as he was content with low-level hedonism.
15th Oct '17 6:29:23 PM LlamaAdventure
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* [[spoiler: Yuri]] in ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub''. [[spoiler: She's rewritten by [[MediumAwareness Monika]] from a mild NightmareFetishist into a downright psychotic and terrifying {{Yandere}}, but is put into an sort of AndIMustScream scenario by it when she's still aware that something is happening to her personality that she has no power to stop. This may have contributed to her finally killing herself at the end of Act 2, regardless of whether the player accepts her feelings or not.]]
28th Jul '17 8:51:33 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Dr. Franken Stein, an unhinged genius with a violent edge to him that loves dissection and even enjoys his own craziness. However, he doesn't want to let it get too far or let himself get too bad, so he basically worships the Shinigami for giving him stability and purpose.

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* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has ''Manga/SoulEater'': Dr. Franken Stein, Stein is an unhinged genius with a violent edge to him that loves dissection and even enjoys his own craziness. However, he doesn't want to let it get too far or let himself get too bad, so he basically worships the Shinigami for giving him stability and purpose.
28th Jul '17 8:28:21 PM thatother1dude
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* Ice King (AKA Simon Petrikov) of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' knows that something is wrong with him, but doesn't know what. His last video log before being driven completely insane has him hoping that one day he might find his way back to sanity. In later episodes, it's mentioned that he knew that he wanted to stop using [[ArtifactOfDoom the crown]] because he knew what it was doing to him, but he needed its power to be able [[ParentalSubstitute to save Marceline.]]
** Lemongrab. When he's not busy being an ass, he's a very sad man who's confused as to why he doesn't understand people, and why other people don't understand him. He's a failed experiment and is all too aware of his abnormality.

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Ice King (AKA Simon Petrikov) of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' knows that something is wrong with him, but doesn't know what. His last video log before being driven completely insane has him hoping that one day he might find his way back to sanity. In later episodes, it's mentioned that he knew that he wanted to stop using [[ArtifactOfDoom the crown]] because he knew what it was doing to him, but he needed its power to be able [[ParentalSubstitute to save Marceline.]]
** Lemongrab. When he's Lemongrab's not busy being an ass, he's a very sad man who's confused as to why he doesn't understand people, and why other people don't understand him. He's a failed experiment and is all too aware of his abnormality.
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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