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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.
12th Oct '16 6:51:34 PM DVB
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* In ''Film/{{M}}'', the eponymous murderer of children insists that he is this.

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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.
18th Sep '16 8:33:56 AM Mt
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18th Sep '16 8:33:24 AM Mt
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* The Beast/[[spoiler:The Swordsman/Yukimasa]] from ''VisualNovel/TheHouseInFataMorgana'' is extremely violent and cruel but is brought back to sanity by The White Haired Girl and tries to restrain his violent urges while with her.
31st Aug '16 1:08:56 PM ANTMuddle
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TruthInTelevision for many people with mental illnesses, by the way. However, despite the scary-sounding trope name, most RealLife people in this situation wouldn't be dangerous to anyone except maybe themselves if they lost control of their illness. Being AxCrazy is a lot more common in fiction than reality, after all. There's also the fact that if you're aware enough to be ashamed of it, you're probably doing something (such as psychotherapy or medication) to mediate the symptoms.

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TruthInTelevision for many people with mental illnesses, by the way. However, despite the scary-sounding trope name, most RealLife people in this situation wouldn't be dangerous to anyone except maybe themselves if they lost control of their illness. Being AxCrazy is a lot more common in fiction than reality, after all.all, despite the occasional RealLife urge. There's also the fact that if you're aware enough to be ashamed of it, you're probably doing something (such as psychotherapy or medication) to mediate the symptoms.
5th Jul '16 11:05:34 AM babyhenchy1
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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 the main quality that distinguishes him from his son, Ramsey.

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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, Ramsey.[[StupidEvil Ramsay]].
18th Jun '16 1:18:27 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* Music/{{Dismember}}'s song "Bleed For Me" describes a psycho putting someone through ColdBloodedTorture. The very last lyric is a plea of "please make me stop".
19th May '16 5:35:25 AM MegaMarioMan
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TheMadHatter doesn't suffer from insanity, they ''enjoy every minute of it''. If only the ReluctantPsycho 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 ReluctantPsycho 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''.



* Series/{{Dexter}} is an excellent example of the ReluctantPsycho who uses a productive or at least acceptable outlet to relieve his issues - through vigilante justice, in his case.

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* Series/{{Dexter}} is an excellent example of the ReluctantPsycho Reluctant Psycho who uses a productive or at least acceptable outlet to relieve his issues - through vigilante justice, in his case.



** In ''The Reichenbach Fall'', [[spoiler:he consciously becomes a full ReluctantPsycho after the police department's perception of him, heavy on the 'psycho' and light on the 'reluctant', [[FromBadToWorse goes wrong in the worst possible way]].]]

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** In ''The Reichenbach Fall'', [[spoiler:he consciously becomes a full ReluctantPsycho Reluctant Psycho after the police department's perception of him, heavy on the 'psycho' and light on the 'reluctant', [[FromBadToWorse goes wrong in the worst possible way]].]]



* Music/ThreeDaysGrace has the song ''Animal I Have Become'', from the ReluctantPsycho's perspective.

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* Music/ThreeDaysGrace has the song ''Animal I Have Become'', from the ReluctantPsycho's Reluctant Psycho's perspective.
23rd Apr '16 8:31:25 PM AnotherDuck
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* Though not psychos, many people suffering from bipolar disorder and/or borderline personality disorder are this. Sure, they can enjoy their lapses into euphoria, but they can make a lot of wrong decisions when they can barely control themselves. Fighting against their desires and trying to stabilize their emotions when having either a manic episode or a depressive episode is a sign that they want to be in control, since they are not mad; they can tell when they're having abnormal mood swings and will try to handle them.
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