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21st Mar '17 2:08:11 AM Dgon
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* [[EnsembleDarkhorse Garak]] becomes this on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. He wholeheartedly supports TheFederation in the war against [[TheEmpire the Dominion]], especially since doing so will help free Cardassia from Dominion rule, but that doesn't mean that he'll follow the Federation's rules of morality. [[WhamEpisode "In The Pale Moonlight"]] provides a ''very'' effective demonstration of this.
20th Mar '17 4:21:17 PM StarTropes
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* [[EnsembleDarkhorse Garak]] becomes this on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. He wholeheartedly supports TheFederation in the war against [[TheEmpire the Dominion]], especially since doing so will help free Cardassia from Dominion rule, but that doesn't mean that he'll follow the Federation's rules of morality. [[WhamEpisode "In The Pale Moonlight"]] provides a ''very'' effective demonstration of this.
20th Mar '17 6:13:49 AM Cifer
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** And as of season 3, [[spoiler:Root]], combined with TokenEvilTeammate.

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** And as of [[spoiler:Root]] on the other hand most likely does not qualify, even after [[spoiler:her HeelFaceTurn in season 3, [[spoiler:Root]], combined with TokenEvilTeammate.3. In her evil days, she notes she'd like to be a sociopath as it would make a lot of the things she did easier.]]
10th Mar '17 5:11:03 PM UtterSedge
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* In Film/WildWind, Okati shoots German prisoners at every opportunity.
4th Mar '17 6:33:24 PM kkhohoho
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* ''Manga/GetterRobo'' pilots Ryoma Nagare and Hayato Jin in several continuities. Jin's first appearance in the original manga is as a violent revolutionary punishing would-be deserters by ''ripping a man's face off.'' He mellows a bit as he ages, but is still willing to send in his own fiancee as part of a force defusing booby-trapped atomic bombs by trial and error. Ryoma practically lives to fight.

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* ''Manga/GetterRobo'' pilots Ryoma Nagare and Hayato Jin in several continuities. Jin's first appearance in the original manga is as a violent revolutionary punishing would-be deserters by ''ripping a man's face off.'' He mellows a bit as he ages, but is still willing to send in his own fiancee as part of a force defusing booby-trapped atomic bombs by trial and error. Ryoma practically lives to fight.fight, though at the same time, he does care about innocents and does his best to make sure none of them gets hurt. At the ''very'' least, he has MoralSociopathy if nothing else.
19th Feb '17 3:52:34 PM Prometheus117
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* Myth/GreekMythology heroes. ALL of them. The Myth/GreekMythology doesn't ponder with such pesky concepts as "right" and "wrong" or "good" and "evil". The only concept of "sin" which the Myth/GreekMythology knows is ''hubris'', delusion of being as good as [[JerkassGod the deities]] - which means, of course, that [[OmniscientMoralityLicense if you are a deity yourself, you are categorically incapable of sinning]].

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* Myth/GreekMythology heroes. ALL of them. The While some do have stronger moral compasses than others, Myth/GreekMythology doesn't ponder with such pesky concepts as "right" and "wrong" or "good" and "evil". The only concept of "sin" which the Myth/GreekMythology knows is ''hubris'', delusion of being as good as [[JerkassGod the deities]] - which means, of course, that [[OmniscientMoralityLicense if you are a deity yourself, you are categorically incapable of sinning]].
28th Jan '17 7:43:06 PM Prfnoff
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They may solve their problems in much the [[NotSoDifferent same way as a villain would]]--ruthlessly manipulating and killing their way to their goal. They may routinely torture, murder, and/or commit evil acts nearly as bad as the BigBad. [[TheUnfettered They'll do whatever it takes to win]]. The people they fight beside are shocked with their behavior, but try to tell themselves, "[[GladHesOnOurSide At least they're on our side]]." Even that may not be true in the end.

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They may solve their problems in much the [[NotSoDifferent same way as a villain would]]--ruthlessly manipulating and killing their way to their goal. They may routinely torture, murder, and/or commit evil acts nearly as bad as the BigBad. [[TheUnfettered They'll do whatever it takes to win]]. The people they fight beside are shocked with their behavior, but try to tell themselves, "[[GladHesOnOurSide At least they're on our side]]." Even that may not be true in the end.
end, where it may be suggested that [[HeWhoFightsMonsters this "hero" has become as evil as any of the monsters he vanquished]].
23rd Jan '17 2:17:22 PM rafi
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* Finesse from Avengers Academy is specifically a sociopath [[note]]She considers that she might be autistic but rejects it because she has no other signs[[/note]], unable to comprehend other people's emotions or feel any of her own. Over the course of the series she learns to decipher how people feel enough to take responsibility for her actions and has developed camaraderie, if not exactly an emotional bond, with her friends. The final issue shows [[spoiler:that she is genuinely upset by her inability to connect with others emotionally]].

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* Finesse from Avengers Academy ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' is specifically a sociopath [[note]]She considers that she might be autistic but rejects it because she has no other signs[[/note]], unable to comprehend other people's emotions or feel any of her own. Over the course of the series she learns to decipher how people feel enough to take responsibility for her actions and has developed camaraderie, if not exactly an emotional bond, with her friends. The final issue shows [[spoiler:that she is genuinely upset by her inability to connect with others emotionally]].
19th Jan '17 7:43:11 AM Prfnoff
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* ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'': You may think that the Batter is doing the [=NPCs=] a favor by ridding the zones of the spectres they fear, but as the game progresses it becomes ever more clear just how little he cares for their existence.
16th Jan '17 12:35:12 PM Luppercus
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has two examples:
** Mello is a ruthless mafia boss whose methods include kidnapping, extortion, and killing his own men and anyone who gets in his way, but he is technically speaking on the same side as [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist the detectives.]]
** Near is even more manipulative than L, and treats the case as if it were a game or puzzle and the other people in it merely expendable pawns.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[MadScientist Mayuri Kurotsuchi]] and [[BloodKnight Kenpachi Zaraki]] are sometimes depicted this way but can also veer into the HeroicComedicSociopath trope as well.
* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' has Vegeta when he was the TokenEvilTeammate.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'':
** [[spoiler:Elmer C. Albatross]] is a genuine "essence of pure evil" {{sociopath}} who, thankfully for the world around him, decided that working ForHappiness was more interesting than working ForTheEvulz.
** [[spoiler:Claire Stanfield]] is a bloodthirsty assassin who honestly believes that [[ItsAllAboutme the world revolves around him]], but nonetheless decides to help defend the passengers of the Flying Pussyfoot.



* Griffin (the Invisible Man), Captain Nemo, and Mr. Hyde in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. [[spoiler:Griffin commits a FaceHeelTurn. Hyde does not, and takes Griffin's betrayal... Poorly.]]

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* Griffin (the Invisible Man), Captain Nemo, Man) and Mr. Hyde in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. [[spoiler:Griffin commits a FaceHeelTurn. Hyde does not, and takes Griffin's betrayal... Poorly.]]



* Midnighter of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' definitely counts. The whole team can cross into this territory DependingOnTheWriter, but Midnighter is the go-to guy for killing foes en mass and grinning maniacally about it. He has had moments of strange compassion, though, such as the time he changed tactics halfway through getting his ass kicked by Tank Man and instead [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talked him into recognising his own self-worth and retiring]]. They became pen pals afterwards!



* ComicBook/{{Huntress}} has killed a lot of people, and has never seemed to feel any guilt about it. Yes, the people she kills are dangerous criminals, and generally deserve to die, but she is never shown feeling any guilt or moral qualms about it.



* [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Damian Wayne]], biological son of Batman, is this often. Someone once asked him "I like this Mr. Super Spy. How did he survive knowing you?" (Mr.Super Spy is ''Comicbook/{{Grayson}}''.)



* Michael Keaton's Film/{{Batman}} is probably the closest this character has come to appearing as a sociopath on film. He's not ''really'' a sociopath in that he will genuinely care about you [[GoodIsNotNice (though not be sentimental about it)]] ''as long as you're a good guy''. [[AssholeVictim If not]], then he'll have no problem with killing you, sometimes even gleefully.
** It can be argued that he is only as dark towards his enemies as they are towards everyone else and given what his enemies are like...it comes across as necessary.
* Zack Snyder's Batman from ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' is also an excellent example of this trope, as he has been indiscriminately killing criminals for decades by the time [=BvS=] occurs.

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* Michael Keaton's Film/{{Batman}} is probably the closest this character has come to appearing as a sociopath on film. He's not ''really'' a sociopath in that he will genuinely care about you [[GoodIsNotNice (though not be sentimental about it)]] ''as long as you're a good guy''. [[AssholeVictim If not]], then he'll have no problem with killing you, sometimes even gleefully.
** It can be argued that he is only as dark towards his enemies as they are towards everyone else and given what his enemies are like...it comes across as necessary.
* Zack Snyder's Batman from ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' is also an excellent example of this trope, as he has been indiscriminately killing criminals for decades by the time [=BvS=] occurs.



* Depending on the actor, Film/JamesBond is a borderline case. Being a 00 agent requires it, in some ways, as one has to kill in cold blood; that is, without the deceased having been any direct, active threat to the agent.
** Daniel Craig's is explicitly intended to play this trope straight, showing no remorse for killing two men, and feeling perfectly justified in breaking into his supervisor's home in the middle of the night. However, he mellows considerably later on, and continues to do so in the sequels, [[spoiler: grieving when M is killed in Skyfall]].



* Ripley in ''Film/AlienResurrection''. This Ripley is extremely cynical and callous, due to partially merging with the Aliens. A doctor theorizes that she has some form of emotional autism. Some examples of her sociopathy are trying to strangle Dr. Wren on a whim, breaking another doctor's arm immediately after she wakes up (in a deleted scene), and looking at another character getting dragged off by the Aliens with curious fascination. The only time she shows any real emotion is when she finds her other clones and incinerates them, and when her "son" (the Newborn) dies.
** She does, however, clearly form an emotional bond with [[RobotGirl Call]], which is shown increasingly clearer at the end of the movie. In fact, said bond between a hybrid human-alien creature and a synthetic, the latter of which is probably the character with the most intact moral compass in the entire film, who cares most about humanity and the threat the Xenomorphs present to it, seems to be part of an Aesop.



* Private Joker from ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' proudly states he joined the Marines for ''the sole purpose'' of killing people and bragging about it. Though his actions throughout the film somewhat contradict this.
* In the Churchill biopic ''Film/IntoTheStorm2009'', we have General "Bomber" Harris, who is the one to suggest and execute the bombing of Dresden and in one scene ''brags about it''.



* Literature/JamesBond shows considerable devotion to MI6, to Britain and to long-time friends like Felix Leiter - but he does fit this trope. To his credit, he is not as relentless as many other examples; a {{Mook}} that can be gotten out of the way non-fatally will generally not be killed 'because it's easier'.
** Partly due to [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Characterization Marching On]], Bond eventually steps out of this role, becoming much less sociopathic and more likable. Some of the short stories in particular, such as "For Your Eyes Only" and "The Hildebrand Rarity" in ''[[Literature/ForYourEyesOnly For Your Eyes Only]]'' and "The Living Daylights" in ''[[Literature/OctopussyAndTheLivingDaylights Octopussy and the Living Daylights]]'', reveal a Bond uncomfortable with targeted assassinations (as opposed to killing in defense of himself and others) and capable of considerable empathy. ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove'' also has him feeling discomfort when Kerim shoots a fleeing hitman in the back. And in ''Literature/DrNo'', when Bond is forced to shoot the three guards, he feels very uncomfortable doing it, even though said men could have been the Three Blind Mice and were heading off to gang-rape Honey.



* In the 4th, 5th and 6th seasons of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', [[spoiler:the soulless vampire Spike]] plays this role, at first against his will, under the influence of an implanted chip that causes him pain when he attacks something with a soul. Now, his only outlet for his violent predilection is beating up monsters and demons. He sides with the heroes more out of boredom, looking for something to do. Later, he begins to do good for the love of a female character, but only because that's what she would want him to do. His transition to true selflessness occurs without him ever becoming capable of the soulful qualities that distinguish humans from Buffyverse vampires; for that reason, his final act of Season 6 is to seek a real soul.
* In the 5th season of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', [[spoiler:the vampire Harmony]] works for the good guys, but her motivation is her own personal development. She does good because it seems like an interesting thing to do. [[spoiler:In the finale, she turns on Angel, because as a soulless demon, it's just not in her nature to do good. Angel [[GenreSavvy saw this coming]] and made it part of his plan--he even left a Letter of Recommendation for her, since he was going to blow up the firm and wasn't planning on killing her.]]



* Shane in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' slowly slides into this role. By the second season [[spoiler:when he shoots Otis in the leg and leaves him to be killed by zombies]] he's this fully.



* In the BBC's ''{{Series/Jekyll}}'', "Hyde is love - and love is a psychopath."



* [[GoodIsNotNice Sherlock Holmes]] of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' certainly plays with the trope a lot, with Sherlock even referring to himself as a "high-functioning sociopath" on two occasions. He doesn't seem to care at all about the people who bring him his cases, [[ItsAllAboutMe only solves them to keep himself from getting bored]], and is definitely not above [[TheCharmer charming]], [[ConsummateLiar lying to]], and {{manipulati|veBastard}}ng anyone - including his best friend, John - as long as it helps solve the mystery.
** From Season 2 on, it becomes increasingly clear that, although he identifies himself as a "high-functioning sociopath", he really isn't, and Creator/StevenMoffat [[WordOfGod has more or less confirmed it.]] While he is seldom sympathetic, he is occasionally ''empathetic'' (a trait most true sociopaths lack), and genuinely caring about the few people he has allowed into his life; John, Mrs. Hudson, [=LeStrade=], Molly and Mary.
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