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20th Feb '17 5:52:16 AM MagBas
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A key point which casual observers often don't understand is that even hardcore psychopaths are not diagnosed as "insane" - real life psychopaths like Ted Bundy, for example, failed to successfully plead insanity in their trials. This is because the strict legal definition of "insanity" refers only to people who cannot separate fantasy from reality, i.e. "the voices in my head made me do it", "an invisible pink unicorn was trying to kill me", etc. Psychopaths have no hallucinations or delusions about the physical nature of reality around them - they knew what they were doing was wrong, but chose to do it anyway.

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A key point which casual observers often don't understand is that even hardcore psychopaths are not diagnosed as "insane" - real life psychopaths like Ted Bundy, for example, failed to successfully plead insanity in their trials. This is because the strict legal definition of "insanity" refers only to people who cannot separate fantasy from reality, i.e. "the voices in my head made me do it", "an invisible pink unicorn was trying to kill me", etc. Psychopaths have no hallucinations or delusions about the physical nature of reality around them - they knew what they were doing was wrong, but chose to do it anyway.
20th Feb '17 5:43:37 AM SilverDollar
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A key point which casual observers often don't understand is that even hardcore psychopaths are not diagnosed as "insane" - real life psychopaths Ted Bundy and Joffrey Dalmer, for example, failed to successfully plead insanity in their trials. This is because the strict legal definition of "insanity" refers only to people who cannot separate fantasy from reality, i.e. "the voices in my head made me do it", "an invisible pink unicorn was trying to kill me", etc. Psychopaths have no hallucinations or delusions about the physical nature of reality around them - they knew what they were doing was wrong, but chose to do it anyway.

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A key point which casual observers often don't understand is that even hardcore psychopaths are not diagnosed as "insane" - real life psychopaths like Ted Bundy and Joffrey Dalmer, Bundy, for example, failed to successfully plead insanity in their trials. This is because the strict legal definition of "insanity" refers only to people who cannot separate fantasy from reality, i.e. "the voices in my head made me do it", "an invisible pink unicorn was trying to kill me", etc. Psychopaths have no hallucinations or delusions about the physical nature of reality around them - they knew what they were doing was wrong, but chose to do it anyway.
17th Feb '17 9:00:19 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is arguably the most sociopathic villain of the trilogy, in comparison to the [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains that were Tai Lung and Lord Shen]] all Kai cares about is accumulating more and more power for himself. [[spoiler: He started first by betraying the pandas that saved Oogway's life. Even after five hundred years since Oogway banished him he '''still''' [[LackOfEmpathy sees nothing wrong with his behavior]] [[NeverMyFault and considers himself the truly wronged party.]]]]
* Steele from [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/Balto Balto]] is another notable example. He's a malevolent JerkAss that masquerades as the town hero and keeps his fellow race dogs in line through fear, bullies and torments Balto [[ForTheEvulz because he can]]. And most reprehensibly, was willing to allow Balto along with his former teammates to perish in a blizzard and [[WouldHurtAChild was willing to allow the town's children to die slow, painful deaths of diphtheria]] all so he could twist the events around to make himself look like the hero.

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* Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is arguably the most sociopathic villain of the trilogy, in comparison to the [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains that were Tai Lung and Lord Shen]] all Kai cares about is accumulating more and more power for himself. [[spoiler: He started first by betraying the pandas that saved Oogway's life. Even after five hundred years since Oogway banished him he '''still''' [[LackOfEmpathy sees nothing wrong with his behavior]] and [[NeverMyFault and considers himself the truly wronged party.]]]]
party]].]]
* Steele from [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/Balto Balto]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}} is another notable example. He's a malevolent JerkAss {{Jerkass}} that masquerades as the town hero and keeps his fellow race dogs in line through fear, bullies and torments Balto [[ForTheEvulz because he can]]. And most reprehensibly, was willing to allow Balto along with his former teammates to perish in a blizzard and [[WouldHurtAChild was willing to allow the town's children to die slow, painful deaths of diphtheria]] all so he could twist the events around to make himself look like the hero.
17th Feb '17 8:58:30 PM Kaltes
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*Steele from [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/Balto Balto]] is another notable example. He's a malevolent JerkAss that masquerades as the town hero and keeps his fellow race dogs in line through fear, bullies and torments Balto [[ForTheEvulz because he can]]. And most reprehensibly, was willing to allow Balto along with his former teammates to perish in a blizzard and [[WouldHurtAChild was willing to allow the town's children to die slow, painful deaths of diphtheria]] all so he could twist the events around to make himself look like the hero.
17th Feb '17 8:40:59 PM Kaltes
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* Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is arguably the most sociopathic villain of the trilogy, in comparison to the [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains that were Tai Lung and Lord Shen]] all Kai cares about is accumulating more and more power for himself. [[spoiler: He started first by betraying the pandas that saved Oogway's life. Even after five hundred years since Oogway banished him he '''still''' [[LackOfEmpathy sees nothing wrong with his behavior and considers himself the truly wronged party.]]]]

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* Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is arguably the most sociopathic villain of the trilogy, in comparison to the [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains that were Tai Lung and Lord Shen]] all Kai cares about is accumulating more and more power for himself. [[spoiler: He started first by betraying the pandas that saved Oogway's life. Even after five hundred years since Oogway banished him he '''still''' [[LackOfEmpathy sees nothing wrong with his behavior behavior]] [[NeverMyFault and considers himself the truly wronged party.]]]]]]]]
17th Feb '17 10:50:12 AM rva98014
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** The BigBad of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether]]]], is ''definitely'' a good example. When first introduced, the character is portrayed as [[spoiler: an {{Adorkable}} BeleagueredAssistant that was under appreciated and ignored by her boss, Mayor Lionheart]]. In reality [[spoiler: Bellwether]] is a twisted sadist who saw mammals as nothing more than tools and is the mastermind behind the conspiracy to [[spoiler: poison innocent predators with a PsychoSerum made from Night Howler flower. This not only made the victims lose their minds and go crazy in the process, but they were poisoned in public places without regards of who gets hurt or killed. The public reveal about the unexplained phenomenon after she manipulated the protagonists Judy and Nick into the FrameUp and arrest of Mayor Lionheart made the already-tense racial tensions in Zootopia to boil over. Bellwether wanted this because then she would grab the vacant mayor seat and then use the panic with the hopes of gaining power over the 90% prey majority by driving predators out of Zootopia.]] Not only that, but during the climax [[spoiler: Bellwether traps the duo in a museum exhibit, and due to Nick being a fox and Judy being a bunny, [[MoralEventHorizon Bellwether shoots Nick with the Nighthowler serum to murder Judy and to create more panic agaist predators]]. Bellwether then stuck around to watch, and was sadistically overjoyed when Nick seemingly began to eat Judy. Fortunately, [[OutGambitted Judy and Nick planned out a couple things in advance and replaced the serum in the gun while they had it]], but it didn't change that moment of happiness Bellwether had]].
--> Bye bye, bunny.

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** The BigBad of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether]]]], is ''definitely'' a very good example. When first introduced, the character is portrayed as [[spoiler: an {{Adorkable}} BeleagueredAssistant that was under appreciated under-appreciated and ignored taken advantage of by her boss, Mayor Lionheart]]. In reality [[spoiler: Bellwether]] is a twisted sadist who saw mammals as nothing more than tools and Bellwether is the mastermind behind the conspiracy to [[spoiler: poison innocent infect predators with a PsychoSerum [[PsychoSerum serum made from the Night Howler flower. This not only made the victims lose their minds and flower]] causing them to go crazy savage thus inflaming historic predator/prey tension that she exploits to rise in the process, but they were poisoned political power. She is shown to have deliberately targeted predators in public places without regards of concern for who gets may get hurt or killed. The public reveal about the unexplained phenomenon after she manipulated the protagonists Judy and Nick into the FrameUp and arrest of Mayor Lionheart made the already-tense racial tensions in Zootopia to boil over. Bellwether wanted this because then she would grab the vacant mayor seat and then use the panic with the hopes of gaining power over the 90% prey majority by driving predators out of Zootopia.]] Not only that, but In addition, during the climax [[spoiler: Bellwether traps the duo in a museum exhibit, and due to Nick being a fox and Judy being a bunny, [[MoralEventHorizon Bellwether climax, she shoots Nick with the Nighthowler Night Howler serum to murder with the intention of having a savage Nick kill Judy and to create more panic agaist predators]]. Bellwether then stuck around to watch, and was ''she sadistically overjoyed stays to watch this happen'' even down to a PsychoticSmirk when Nick seemingly began to eat Judy. Fortunately, [[OutGambitted Judy and chomps down on Judy's neck. Fortunately this was a BatmanGambit created by Nick planned out a couple things in advance and replaced Judy, but Bellwether's enjoyment of the serum in the gun while they had it]], but it didn't change that moment of happiness Bellwether had]].
--> Bye bye, bunny.
situation is very disturbing.]]
15th Feb '17 7:29:19 PM Kaltes
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* Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is arguably the most sociopathic villain of the trilogy, in comparison to the [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains that were Tai Lung and Lord Shen]] all Kai cares about is accumulating more and more power for himself. [[spoiler: He started first by betraying the pandas that saved Oogway's life. Even after five hundred years since Oogway banished he '''still''' [[LackOfEmpathy sees nothing wrong with his behavior and considers himself the truly wronged party.]]]]

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* Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is arguably the most sociopathic villain of the trilogy, in comparison to the [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains that were Tai Lung and Lord Shen]] all Kai cares about is accumulating more and more power for himself. [[spoiler: He started first by betraying the pandas that saved Oogway's life. Even after five hundred years since Oogway banished him he '''still''' [[LackOfEmpathy sees nothing wrong with his behavior and considers himself the truly wronged party.]]]]
15th Feb '17 7:28:22 PM Kaltes
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* Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is arguably the most sociopathic villain of the trilogy, in comparison to the [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains that were Tai Lung and Lord Shen]] all Kai cares about is accumulating more and more power for himself. [[spoiler: He started first by betraying the pandas that saved Oogway's life. Even after five hundred years since Oogway banished he '''still''' [[LackOfEmpathy]] sees nothing wrong with his behavior and considers himself the truly wronged party.]]

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* Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is arguably the most sociopathic villain of the trilogy, in comparison to the [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains that were Tai Lung and Lord Shen]] all Kai cares about is accumulating more and more power for himself. [[spoiler: He started first by betraying the pandas that saved Oogway's life. Even after five hundred years since Oogway banished he '''still''' [[LackOfEmpathy]] [[LackOfEmpathy sees nothing wrong with his behavior and considers himself the truly wronged party.]]]]]]
15th Feb '17 7:23:32 PM Kaltes
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*Kai from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' is arguably the most sociopathic villain of the trilogy, in comparison to the [[TragicVillain sympathetic villains that were Tai Lung and Lord Shen]] all Kai cares about is accumulating more and more power for himself. [[spoiler: He started first by betraying the pandas that saved Oogway's life. Even after five hundred years since Oogway banished he '''still''' [[LackOfEmpathy]] sees nothing wrong with his behavior and considers himself the truly wronged party.]]
15th Feb '17 6:30:24 AM TheJoker747
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#''' [[TheHedonist Pathological Need for Stimulation]]''': TheSociopath's ''raison d'etre'' (i.e.: [[MotivationIndex an overriding goal which serves as one's "reason for existence"]]). Due to their [[LackOfEmpathy inability to empathize]] or even care for those around them, sociopaths largely view their existence as [[StrawNihilist boring and/or meaningless]] and therefore feel compelled to engage in "thrill-seeking" activities to [[ItAmusedMe alleviate their restlessness]]. How this manifests depends largely on the sociopath's personality. It can be as ''relatively'' benign as binging on video games, compulsively gambling, or leading [[TheCasanova highly promiscuous lifestyles]]. Far more dangerous examples are prone to satiate their lust for thrills by partaking in criminal enterprises, becoming {{serial rapist}}s and/or [[SerialKiller killers]], or (with regards to [[BunnyEarsLawyer unusually high-functioning cases]]) accumulating vast wealth and/or influence for the sole purpose of [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans dominating as many people as they can for their own amusement]]. By the same token, sociopaths have a '''very''' low tolerance for inconvenience or irritation, which they often display through a pronounced lack of impulse control. Because of that, many of them are AxCrazy, have a HairTriggerTemper, and/or are {{Mood Swinger}}s.

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#''' [[TheHedonist Pathological Need for Stimulation]]''': TheSociopath's The Sociopath's ''raison d'etre'' (i.e.: [[MotivationIndex an overriding goal which serves as one's "reason for existence"]]). Due to their [[LackOfEmpathy inability to empathize]] or even care for those around them, sociopaths largely view their existence as [[StrawNihilist boring and/or meaningless]] and therefore feel compelled to engage in "thrill-seeking" activities to [[ItAmusedMe alleviate their restlessness]]. How this manifests depends largely on the sociopath's personality. It can be as ''relatively'' benign as binging on video games, compulsively gambling, or leading [[TheCasanova highly promiscuous lifestyles]]. Far more dangerous examples are prone to satiate their lust for thrills by partaking in criminal enterprises, becoming {{serial rapist}}s and/or [[SerialKiller killers]], or (with regards to [[BunnyEarsLawyer unusually high-functioning cases]]) accumulating vast wealth and/or influence for the sole purpose of [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans dominating as many people as they can for their own amusement]]. By the same token, sociopaths have a '''very''' low tolerance for inconvenience or irritation, which they often display through a pronounced lack of impulse control. Because of that, many of them are AxCrazy, have a HairTriggerTemper, and/or are {{Mood Swinger}}s.
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