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20th Aug '16 4:45:57 PM Luigifan
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A sadist is someone that enjoys the suffering of others. This is the kind of character that takes pleasure in inflicting ColdBloodedTorture and psychological abuse. Whether it's physical or psychological, a sadist will take pleasure in making or seeing others suffer. Sometimes a sadist has a LackOfEmpathy that stops that from feeling any guilt from the suffering they cause. However, that is not a prequisite. Most do indeed feel bad about their actions; they just enjoy it too much to ''stop''.

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A sadist is someone that enjoys the suffering of others. This is the kind of character that takes pleasure in inflicting ColdBloodedTorture and psychological abuse. Whether it's physical or psychological, a sadist will take pleasure in making or seeing others suffer. Sometimes Sometimes, a sadist has a LackOfEmpathy that stops that from feeling any guilt from the suffering they cause. However, that is not a prequisite. Most do indeed feel bad about their actions; they just enjoy it too much to ''stop''.



Modern psychology has a much broader understanding of the term than listed above. In general, a sadist is anyone who seeks not only to harm another person, but to control or dominate them; others seek revenge (even pre-emptive revenge) for perceived slights, real or imagined, sometimes targeting innocent people as substitutes for the true subject of their wrath (e.g. AbusiveParents); some are emotional vampires who like to experience terror by instilling it in others (kind of an inverse or twisted empathy); some take out their personal inadequacies, stresses or self-loathing on other people; and still others wish merely to feed their own ego- having power over another "[[InsaneTrollLogic proves]]" they are better than them; and some [[ForTheEvulz merely wish to see others suffer.]] While not all sadists do things ForTheEvulz and some are rather opportunistic and pragmatic, ForTheEvulz is reserved for the most obsessed of sadists.

In practice, most sadists are not physically violent, and the ones who are usually come from a violent culture or background. Psychological and emotional sadism is much more common and, in some cases, much more sophisticated and harmful, being easier to disguise from either the victim or their loved ones. Its also, often, very mundane -- the MeanBoss, TheBully, and the DomesticAbuser are all often types of sadist. Many target family members in particular, as they are "safe" targets they can control easily, or otherwise go after someone who is in their power (eg. a MeanBoss with their employees, or a SadistTeacher with their students) so that it becomes harder for them to resist. Others, including the nastier types of internet {{Troll}}, prefer to target strangers and may hide their behaviour from those closest to them (at least, if they feel they will be judged for it), essentially leading a double-life.

The difference between TheSociopath and the sadist is that the latter ''wants'' to hurt others; the former is defined by their utter indifference and lack of remorse, and typically cause harm only as a means to an end. A sadist is not '''necessarily''' devoid of guilt; rather, like the {{Narcissist}}, they just ignore or find excuses for it, frequently blaming their victim ("You're stupid"; "you're weak"; "WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou", etc). That being said, the two disorders are highly comorbid, meaning that there are plenty of sadistic sociopaths and sociopathic sadists both in fiction and in Real Life. When sadism meets narcissism the results are equally ugly. {{Serial Killer}}s and, indeed, many violent criminals and personalities, often have shades of all of the above. Many sadists won't see, or even consider the idea that there is a problem with their behaviour.

The difference between this trope and a BloodKnight is that a sadist may not even enjoy fighting. They simply love the misfortune of others. Whereas a BloodKnight will enjoy fighting his opponent, a sadist is perfectly fine with torturing a helpless victim. Expect them to take extreme actions to make their victim suffer as much as possible. That said, there are plenty of characters who fit both bills. The ComedicSociopath is usually this trope PlayedForLaughs. See also ItAmusedMe (which may or may not include torture), HollywoodPersonalityDisorders, SoftSpokenSadist, and UnsexySadist. May overlap with AxCrazy, TheSociopath, MadDoctor, SadistTeacher, DepravedDentist, BloodKnight and LovesTheSoundOfScreaming. Compare and contrast with CombatSadomasochist, who's just as happy receiving pain as dishing it out. DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans often involves sadistic delight in the misery of a whole setting.

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Modern psychology has a much broader understanding of the term than listed above. In general, a sadist is anyone who seeks not only to harm another person, but to control or dominate them; others seek revenge (even pre-emptive revenge) for perceived slights, real or imagined, sometimes targeting innocent people as substitutes for the true subject of their wrath (e.g. AbusiveParents); some are emotional vampires who like to experience terror by instilling it in others (kind of an inverse or twisted empathy); some take out their personal inadequacies, stresses stresses, or self-loathing on other people; and still others wish merely to feed their own ego- ego -- having power over another "[[InsaneTrollLogic proves]]" they are better than them; and some [[ForTheEvulz merely wish to see others suffer.]] While not all sadists do things ForTheEvulz and some are rather opportunistic and pragmatic, ForTheEvulz is reserved for the most obsessed of sadists.

In practice, most sadists are not physically violent, and the ones who are usually come from a violent culture or background. Psychological and emotional sadism is much more common and, in some cases, much more sophisticated and harmful, being easier to disguise from either the victim or their loved ones. Its It's also, often, very mundane -- the MeanBoss, TheBully, and the DomesticAbuser are all often types of sadist. Many target family members in particular, as they are "safe" targets they can control easily, or otherwise go after someone who is in their power (eg. a MeanBoss with their employees, or a SadistTeacher with their students) so that it becomes harder for them to resist. Others, including the nastier types of internet {{Troll}}, prefer to target strangers and may hide their behaviour from those closest to them (at least, if they feel they will be judged for it), essentially leading a double-life.

The difference between TheSociopath and the sadist is that the latter ''wants'' to hurt others; the former is defined by their utter indifference and lack of remorse, and typically cause harm only as a means to an end. A sadist is not '''necessarily''' devoid of guilt; rather, like the {{Narcissist}}, they just ignore or find excuses for it, frequently blaming their victim ("You're stupid"; "you're weak"; "WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou", etc). That being said, the two disorders are highly comorbid, meaning that there are plenty of sadistic sociopaths and sociopathic sadists both in fiction and in Real Life. When sadism meets narcissism narcissism, the results are equally ugly. {{Serial Killer}}s and, indeed, many violent criminals and personalities, often have shades of all of the above. Many sadists won't see, or even consider the idea that there is a problem with their behaviour.

The difference between this trope and a BloodKnight is that a sadist may not even enjoy fighting. They simply love the misfortune of others. Whereas a BloodKnight will enjoy fighting his opponent, a sadist is perfectly fine with torturing a helpless victim. Expect them to take extreme actions to make their victim suffer as much as possible. That said, there are plenty of characters who fit both bills. The ComedicSociopath is usually this trope PlayedForLaughs. See also ItAmusedMe (which may or may not include torture), HollywoodPersonalityDisorders, SoftSpokenSadist, and UnsexySadist. May overlap with AxCrazy, TheSociopath, MadDoctor, SadistTeacher, DepravedDentist, BloodKnight BloodKnight, and LovesTheSoundOfScreaming. Compare and contrast with CombatSadomasochist, who's just as happy receiving pain as dishing it out. DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans often involves sadistic delight in the misery of a whole setting.



** Frieza enjoys slowly tearing apart his enemies and having them die in despair rather than outright killing them as shown when he [[ColdBloodedTorture impales Krillin with his horns, shoots up Piccolo, brutally beat Vegeta to near death, and tears Goku apart with only half of his full power]]. When he is almost killed by the Spirit Bomb, he slowly picks off Goku's friends in front of him to rub in how helpless he is. This, however, [[{{Understatement}} backfires]].
** Cell is also this to even greater degrees. While Frieza is satisfied the physical suffering of his victims, Cell prefers to add the psychological element to his cruelty, terrorizing and destroying any chance for hope his opponent has, before killing them. Of course, Frieza is capable of the same— he often feigns diplomacy merely for the fun of watching his victims' horror when he betrays them.
** Kid Buu is a very sadistic OmnicidalManiac. His only purpose in life is to kill until there is nothing left and he enjoys the suffering of others given how he brutally beats Vegeta and his good counterpart until they can't even more anymore.

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** Frieza enjoys slowly tearing apart his enemies and having them die in despair rather than outright killing them them, as shown when he [[ColdBloodedTorture impales Krillin with his horns, shoots up Piccolo, brutally beat Vegeta to near death, and tears Goku apart with only half of his full power]]. When he is almost killed by the Spirit Bomb, he slowly picks off Goku's friends in front of him to rub in how helpless he is. This, however, [[{{Understatement}} backfires]].
** Cell is also this to even greater degrees. While Frieza is satisfied with the physical suffering of his victims, Cell prefers to add the psychological element to his cruelty, terrorizing and destroying any chance for hope his opponent has, before killing them. Of course, Frieza is capable of the same— same — he often feigns diplomacy merely for the fun of watching his victims' horror when he betrays them.
** Kid Buu is a very sadistic OmnicidalManiac. His only purpose in life is to kill until there is nothing left and he enjoys the suffering of others given how he brutally beats Vegeta and his good counterpart until they can't even more move anymore.



** Nappa. He absolutely enjoys dominating his foes as seen when he fought the Z-Fighters. In fact, he seems to have a sadistic joy with each act of destruction he performs, such as his grin when he blew up East City.

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** Nappa. He absolutely enjoys dominating his foes foes, as seen when he fought the Z-Fighters. In fact, he seems to have a sadistic joy with each act of destruction he performs, such as his grin when he blew up East City.



** Piccolo started out as this, taking more than a little joy in breaking Goku's legs and trying to saw off his arm. He grins in delight when he's about to make the killing blow against Goku and Raditz. His training with Gohan was also brutal and he did seemed to enjoy the boy's pain at first. He largely gets over it after he becomes more good. Although he still likes inflicting pain on those that gets him mad or [[PapaWolf hurt Gohan]].
** Broly. This may stem from his general insanity. As with others such as Frieza, Cell, Buu, etc., this leads to his downfall— though he is shown as clearly capable of killing the Z-warriors in one foul swoop, he chooses to torture them instead, granting them the time to pull off a [[MiracleRally miraculous comeback.]]

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** Piccolo started out as this, taking more than a little joy in breaking Goku's legs and trying to saw off his arm. He grins in delight when he's about to make the killing blow against Goku and Raditz. His training with Gohan was also brutal and he did seemed seem to enjoy the boy's pain at first. He largely gets over it after he becomes more good. Although he still likes inflicting pain on those that gets get him mad or [[PapaWolf hurt Gohan]].
** Broly. This may stem from his general insanity. As with others such as Frieza, Cell, Buu, etc., this leads to his downfall— downfall — though he is shown as clearly capable of killing the Z-warriors in one foul fell swoop, he chooses to torture them instead, granting them the time to pull off a [[MiracleRally miraculous comeback.]]
10th Aug '16 5:23:14 PM intastiel
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* The MadScientist Relmyna Verenim in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion has a nigh-religious devotion to pain, though for all her musings on its purifying power, she only ever inflicts it on other people.
--> ''"I became sheltered within a tapestry of tranquility, woven from the screams of the Breton's anguish..."''
31st Jul '16 2:32:25 AM Philweasel
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* A bad habit of Queen Chrysalis of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', who's highly intelligent but easily distracted by an opportunity to cause pain and suffering.
22nd Jul '16 12:31:10 PM Alia_of
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* Mollyl from ''{{Literature/Kane}}'' story "The Cold Light" is one. He likes causing pain to people and the fact that he comes from famously degenerate island of Pellin does not help, either. He joins Lord Gaethaa (aka [[{{KnightTemplar}} the Crusader]]) simply because it gives him a lot of possibilities to inflict pain. When Gaethaa's men rape Kane's lover Rehhaile and his second-in-command Alidore later checks on her, seeing bruises and welts on her body, he reflects that she isn't really badly messed up, compared to other women with whom Mollyl played.
* Achilles Desjardins from ''[[{{Literature/RiftersTrilogy}} Rifters]]''. He controls his urges very well, with help of sofisticated technology, but when it fails, all hell breaks loose.

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* Mollyl from ''{{Literature/Kane}}'' story "The Cold Light" is one. He likes causing pain to people and the fact that he comes from famously degenerate island of Pellin does not help, either. He joins Lord Gaethaa (aka [[{{KnightTemplar}} [[KnightTemplar the Crusader]]) simply because it gives him a lot of possibilities to inflict pain. When Gaethaa's men rape Kane's lover Rehhaile and his second-in-command Alidore later checks on her, seeing bruises and welts on her body, he reflects that she isn't really badly messed up, compared to other women with whom Mollyl played.
* Achilles Desjardins from ''[[{{Literature/RiftersTrilogy}} ''[[Literature/RiftersTrilogy Rifters]]''. He controls his urges very well, with help of sofisticated technology, but when it fails, all hell breaks loose.loose.
* Duke d'Angouleme from ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' is a very powerful troll and the main enemy of [[TheProtagonist troll prince Tristan]] and his human wife Cecile. He uses pain and terror as a tool to intimidate his enemies but he also thoroughly enjoys it. And then he gets to look after Tristan's younger brother Roland, very powerful but also [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity raving mad]] and it goes from bad to worse.
23rd Jun '16 9:31:53 AM Winner1
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* Mrs. Robinson from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is a monstrous old lady who feasts off of the suffering of others. Her most prominent episode ''The Wicked'' outright shows the audience and characters that she amuses herself by poisoning animals, framing others for her crimes, kicking people then they're down, fooling others into letting their guard down before harming them, robbing people, vandalizing property, assaulting children, attempting murder on a daily basis, and drinking the tears of young children. The moment she truly crosses the MoralEventHorizon is when she purposely allows Darwin to ''choke to death'' while smiling and waving goodbye as she shuts her door on him. Even her own {{jerkass}} husband [[EvenEvilHasStandards is terrified of her cruelty]] and goes into a monologue about how she loves committing horrible things ForThEvulz. She has no reason to act so cruel, but she just loves to make everyone suffer out pure joy.

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* Mrs. Robinson from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is a monstrous old lady who feasts off of the suffering of others. Her most prominent episode ''The Wicked'' outright shows the audience and characters that she amuses herself by poisoning animals, framing others for her crimes, kicking people then they're down, fooling others into letting their guard down before harming them, robbing people, vandalizing property, assaulting children, carjacking, disrupting the peace, attempting murder on a daily basis, making life a living Hell for all those around her, and drinking the tears of young children.children she bullies. The moment she truly crosses the MoralEventHorizon is when she purposely allows Darwin to ''choke to death'' while smiling and waving goodbye as she shuts her door on him. Even her own {{jerkass}} husband [[EvenEvilHasStandards is terrified of her cruelty]] and goes into a monologue about how she loves committing horrible things ForThEvulz.ForTheEvulz. She has no reason to act so cruel, but she just loves to make everyone suffer out pure joy.
23rd Jun '16 9:26:34 AM Winner1
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* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'':
** [[MusicalAssassin Lord Raptor]] is an AxCrazy, mass-murdering zombie who thrives off the deaths of countless people.
** [[PsychoForHire BB Hood]] outright states that she will never give up killing until every last living creature on Earth is dead.


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* Ramsay Snow lives up to his gruesome characterization in ''VideoGame/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' by purposely escalating a war between two feuding families so he could amuse himself by watching the two duke it out in a battle to the death. Either way, [[XanatosGambit he's the only one to benefit]] both for his sadistic appetite and [[PragmaticVillainy business wise]].


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* Mrs. Robinson from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is a monstrous old lady who feasts off of the suffering of others. Her most prominent episode ''The Wicked'' outright shows the audience and characters that she amuses herself by poisoning animals, framing others for her crimes, kicking people then they're down, fooling others into letting their guard down before harming them, robbing people, vandalizing property, assaulting children, attempting murder on a daily basis, and drinking the tears of young children. The moment she truly crosses the MoralEventHorizon is when she purposely allows Darwin to ''choke to death'' while smiling and waving goodbye as she shuts her door on him. Even her own {{jerkass}} husband [[EvenEvilHasStandards is terrified of her cruelty]] and goes into a monologue about how she loves committing horrible things ForThEvulz. She has no reason to act so cruel, but she just loves to make everyone suffer out pure joy.
17th Jun '16 8:26:31 PM jormis29
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* [[TabletopGames/LegendOfTheFiveRings Hida Tsuneo]] was the Crab Clan Champion and Right Hand of the Emperor during the reign of [[TheEmperor Hantei XVI]]. He was also unquestionably brutal, was personally involved in killing or torturing the Emperor's political enemies, and seemed to draw particular joy from hurting those who were physically weaker than himself. His defining moment probably came right before his death, when he was ordered by the Emperor to kill the Emperor's mother- and did so by ''crushing her head with his bare hands.''

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* [[TabletopGames/LegendOfTheFiveRings Hida Tsuneo]] Tsuneo from ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' was the Crab Clan Champion and Right Hand of the Emperor during the reign of [[TheEmperor Hantei XVI]]. He was also unquestionably brutal, was personally involved in killing or torturing the Emperor's political enemies, and seemed to draw particular joy from hurting those who were physically weaker than himself. His defining moment probably came right before his death, when he was ordered by the Emperor to kill the Emperor's mother- and did so by ''crushing her head with his bare hands.''
12th May '16 12:54:44 PM Dravencour
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* Quattro from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', a borderline sociopath who takes great pleasure in torturing Nanoha's six-year-old daughter Vivio.

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* Quattro from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', a borderline sociopath who takes great pleasure in torturing Nanoha's six-year-old adoptive daughter Vivio.Vivio, an act for which [[MamaBear Nanoha]] [[DungeonBypass more than makes her pay]].
20th Apr '16 6:49:48 AM SLOOGOVS
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* Sideshow Bob from ''WesternAnimation/The Simpsons''.

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* Sideshow Bob from ''WesternAnimation/The Simpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
19th Apr '16 5:53:15 AM Shadowgazer
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Modern psychology has a much broader understanding of the term than listed above. In general, a sadist is anyone who seeks not only to harm another person, but to control or dominate them; others seek revenge (even pre-emptive revenge) for perceived slights, real or imagined, sometimes targeting innocent people as substitutes for the true subject of their wrath (e.g. AbusiveParents); some are emotional vampires who like to experience terror by instilling it in others (kind of an inverse or twisted empathy); some take out their personal inadequacies, stresses or self-loathing on other people; and still others wish merely to feed their own ego- having power over another "[[InsaneTrollLogic proves]]" they are better than them; and some [[ForTheEvulz merely wish to see others suffer.]]

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Modern psychology has a much broader understanding of the term than listed above. In general, a sadist is anyone who seeks not only to harm another person, but to control or dominate them; others seek revenge (even pre-emptive revenge) for perceived slights, real or imagined, sometimes targeting innocent people as substitutes for the true subject of their wrath (e.g. AbusiveParents); some are emotional vampires who like to experience terror by instilling it in others (kind of an inverse or twisted empathy); some take out their personal inadequacies, stresses or self-loathing on other people; and still others wish merely to feed their own ego- having power over another "[[InsaneTrollLogic proves]]" they are better than them; and some [[ForTheEvulz merely wish to see others suffer.]]
]] While not all sadists do things ForTheEvulz and some are rather opportunistic and pragmatic, ForTheEvulz is reserved for the most obsessed of sadists.
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