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* ''Series/TheMagicians2016'':
** This seems to be how people end up after losing their "shade", to go by Martin Chatwin and Julia.
** Niffins also behave in this manner, calmly killing even the people they once loved. [[spoiler: It turns out Niffins lose their shade when transforming.]]
3rd Mar '17 8:39:44 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Quite a number of these characters crop up, including (but not limited to) King Joffrey Baratheon, Gregor Clegane and Ramsay Bolton.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Quite a number of these characters crop up, including (but not limited to) King Joffrey Baratheon, Gregor Clegane and Ramsay Bolton.Bolton, who stand out in a show full of bad people doing bad things.
4th Feb '17 2:40:31 PM Luppercus
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* Red John in ''Series/TheMentalist'' is a ruthless manipulative narcissistic serial killer, capable of killing anyone --including an innocent woman a child just because he felt insulted-- and controlling a large criminal network.
30th Dec '16 2:55:51 PM ansang
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16th Dec '16 3:23:27 PM Luppercus
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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Leonard's mother [[AbusiveParents Beverly Holfstadter]] serves a high functioning example. She is a well known [[PsychoPsychologist Psychiatrist]], but instead of using profession to help people she uses it to MindRape them to the point they are in tears, and enjoys doing so. She views people around even her children as test rats to manipulate for her experiments or pleasure and doesn't care what their own children do even if some them are very successful as they are not [[ItsAllAboutMe ''her'' accomplishments]]. Even her interactions with Sheldon Cooper can be seen as this since she has such a [[{{Pride}} high opinion of herself]] and since Sheldon is quite similar to her in many ways, in her mind she is basically interacting with a male version of herself instead of a different person. Unlike Sheldon who might say things that can offends and even hurt people but [[InnocentlyInsensitive doesn't seems do be aware of this fact]] and when he does catch on to this he can be very remorseful about it, Beverly is not only fully aware that the thing she says can offends and even hurt people, but [[LackOfEmpathy lacks the empathy]] and [[NeverMyFault shame]] to even care.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Quite a number of these characters crop up, including (but not limited to) Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, King Joffrey Baratheon, Gregor Clegane and Ramsay Bolton.
** Baelish is a borderline case. He is manipulative and selfish, but his creepy obsessive love for Catelyn is very un-sociopathic (as sociopaths never fall in love). More likely just a megalomaniac and a stalker.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Has AlphaBitch Kitty Wilde. Sue Sylvester has done worse things, but is more ComedicSociopathy as it's being PlayedForLaughs or CrossesTheLineTwice; Kitty's actions don't fall under comedy, however.
** Later in the series, Kitty becomes a much more compassionate character, while still having her edge.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Quite a number of these characters crop up, including (but not limited to) Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, King Joffrey Baratheon, Gregor Clegane and Ramsay Bolton.
** Baelish is a borderline case. He is manipulative and selfish, but his creepy obsessive love for Catelyn is very un-sociopathic (as sociopaths never fall in love). More likely just a megalomaniac and a stalker.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Has AlphaBitch Kitty Wilde. Sue Sylvester has done worse things, but is more ComedicSociopathy as it's being PlayedForLaughs or CrossesTheLineTwice; Kitty's actions don't fall under comedy, however.
** Later in the series, Kitty becomes a much more compassionate character, while still having her edge.
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16th Dec '16 12:15:45 AM Luppercus
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** The Angelus, described by one of the most ancient, powerful and evil vampires (Buffy's season 1 Big Bad The Master) as "The most vicious creature [he'd] ever met," set the gold standard for evil in the Buffyverse. For centuries he was the scourge of Europe, with countless murders, rapes and torture to his name. When he returned home, fresh from the grave, his little sister who opened the door remarked that he "had returned to her an angel." After slaughtering his family, he adopted the Latinate of angel (Angelus) as his name to mock that comment. Refusing to kill a longstanding nemesis vampire hunter, Angelus contented himself by murdering the man's wife and baby son, turning his young daughter into a vampire to force her own father to destroy her. His self-admitted masterpiece was seducing Drusilla, a pious, tormented girl with psychic powers, murdering her family and driving her to a convent before slaughtering everyone in the walls and turning her into a vampire to preserve his insane, broken work of art forever. [[spoiler:When his soul is lost again, Angelus delights in psychologically tormenting his former beloved Buffy's friends and family out of disgust for the human feeling Buffy gave him. The ultimate culmination of this was his brutal murder of Jenny Calendar, leaving the corpse for her lover Giles to find in a parody of a romantic rendezvous. Angelus's evil extended to his hope of awakening a demon to suck all of humanity into a hell dimension for eternal torture, solely for the fun involved.]]
** Adam, to the extreme. His one and only purpose in living is to make sure that he causes as much death and destruction as possible, for both his allies and his enemies. He's got the narcissism part down-pat too, claiming to be "more aware than any human or demon that has ever existed".
** Glory is another example. So much so that even after she involuntarily starts to become nicer near the end of the season, she's still totally unbothered by the fact that her plan would result in every other being in every possible reality dying in the ''best''-case scenario.



* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': The eponymous Dexter Morgan, the most famous SociopathicHero and SerialKillerKiller on TV, is an example of a sociopath with a moral code his father instilled to direct his murderous urges at other killers. As such, he self-identifies as a sociopath but he usually only lies & manipulates his targets or [[HeroAntagonist people who are trying to hunt him down]] or to maintain a facade of normalcy (he initially gets into a relationship with Rita entirely as a disguise). With his CharacterDevelopment, he's a hybrid of schizoid and sociopath who displays enough guilt, love and empathy to qualify as a reformed sociopath, though it's dubious whether such development is realistic.

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': The Averted with the eponymous Dexter Morgan, the most famous SociopathicHero and SerialKillerKiller on TV, is an example of a sociopath with a moral code '''moral code'' his father instilled to direct his murderous urges at other killers. As such, he self-identifies as a sociopath but he usually only lies & manipulates his targets or [[HeroAntagonist people who are trying to hunt him down]] or to maintain a facade of normalcy (he initially gets into a relationship with Rita entirely as a disguise). With his CharacterDevelopment, he's a hybrid of schizoid and sociopath who displays enough guilt, love and empathy to qualify as a reformed sociopath, though it's dubious whether such development is realistic.



** Has a few among its villains, like Arthur and Sylar. Elle Bishop was actually diagnosed as a sociopath and displays extreme aggression coupled with no empathy:
-->'''Elle:''' The shrinks diagnosed me as a sociopath with paranoid delusions, but they were just out to get me because I threatened to kill them.
** It's also heavily implied that she wasn't naturally a sociopath so much as driven insane after her father had used her in various experiments relating to her power. She seemed to be growing out of it but never got the chance for redemption.
*** Bob Bishop most likely is one. Letting a sociopath raise a child to become a sociopath...

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** Has a few among its villains, like Arthur and Sylar. Elle Bishop was actually diagnosed as a sociopath and displays extreme aggression coupled with no empathy:
-->'''Elle:''' The shrinks diagnosed me as a sociopath with paranoid delusions, but they were just out to get me because I threatened to kill them.
** It's also heavily implied that she wasn't naturally a sociopath so much as driven insane after her father had used her in various experiments relating to her power. She seemed to be growing out of it but never got the chance for redemption.
*** Bob Bishop most likely is one. Letting a sociopath raise a child to become a sociopath...



* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': There's a good chance that Mordred is one of these. He is a rather unemotional child, seems quite apt at manipulating the adults around him, shows no remorse when he kills several armed men, and responds with anger rather than grief when his father is executed.
** Highly unlikely: Mordred only seems to murder people without conscience after they've done some horrible things to him, and his loved ones, he clearly does care for Morgana, Merlin and Arthur, both as a child, and as an adult, and his reaction to his mentor (there is no mention of Cerdan being his father) is a mixture of grief AND sadness



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Root demonstrates all the clinical symptoms of this (pronounced LackOfEmpathy, lack of proper understanding of morals, etc.). The scary thing is that she claims that she isn't one, but she wishes she was so that she would have an easier time doing what she's doing. Perhaps the clearest sign she isn't a sociopath was the affection she had for her friend as a child and her decision to take revenge on the man who killed her.
** Shaw zigzags this, showing no emotion at [[spoiler:her father's death]] as a child, preferring violence to other solutions, and confessing to one [=PoI=] that she feels no emotions aside from anger. However in the same episode she clearly begins to empathize with [[MoralityPet the girl]] and won't seek medical help until after she's saved her. The girl claims to have figured out Shaw: That she does feel other emotions, but they're muted in comparison to normal people.
** This is later averted with Root, who shows herself capable of regret and love later in the series, just being a very amoral person at the start of the show. Shaw, on the other hand, self-describes herself as this in "If-Then-Else", though whether this is true or not is not shown. If she is, then she's an extremely moral version of one.
*** Root later clarifies that Shaw is a clinical sociopath, having a (presumably diagnosed) Axis-II Personality Disorder. The trick of it is that despite this, Shaw does actually care, enough to give her life for her friends, and nobody really knows why.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Root demonstrates all the clinical symptoms of this (pronounced LackOfEmpathy, lack of proper understanding of morals, etc.). The scary thing is that she claims that she isn't one, but she wishes she was so that she would have an easier time doing what she's doing. Perhaps the clearest sign she isn't a sociopath was the affection she had for her friend as a child and her decision to take revenge on the man who killed her.
** Shaw zigzags this, showing no emotion at [[spoiler:her father's death]] as a child, preferring violence to other solutions, and confessing to one [=PoI=] that she feels no emotions aside from anger. However in the same episode she clearly begins to empathize with [[MoralityPet the girl]] and won't seek medical help until after she's saved her. The girl claims to have figured out Shaw: That she does feel other emotions, but they're muted in comparison to normal people.
** This is later averted with Root, who shows herself capable of regret and love later in the series, just being a very amoral person at the start of the show. Shaw, on the other hand, self-describes herself as this in "If-Then-Else", though whether this is true or not is not shown. If she is, then she's an extremely moral version of one.
*** Root later clarifies that Shaw is a clinical sociopath, having a (presumably diagnosed) Axis-II Personality Disorder. The trick of it is that despite this, Shaw does actually care, enough to give her life for her friends, and nobody really knows why.



** This trope doesn't apply to most of the show's monsters or villains... with the exception of the [[EldritchAbomination Leviathans]]. They're a species comprised of nothing but sociopaths. The Alpha Vampire and Crowley both try to ally with them on the assumption that EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily, but find that the Leviathans see monsters and demons as even further beneath them than they do humans. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even the Alpha Vampire is shocked by the revelation that]] [[spoiler:they plan to kill all other monsters as well as humans]]. They don't care about their own kind, either; their head, Dick Roman, at one point tries to turn a minion's failure into a "teachable moment" by [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness making him eat himself.]]
** Crowley was one for a few seasons. Unlike most demons, he had no devotion to [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] and he openly admitted that he wouldn't care if his own son went to Hell. [[spoiler:He ceases to be this after getting injected with human blood; while he's still evil, he does unwillingly grow to love his family.]]
** ArchangelRaphael is a cold, uncaring OmnicidalManiac. While the rest of the Archangels at least love each other and their father, {{God}}, Raphael is indifferent to the suffering of all around him. He appears to show a genuine devotion to God in "The Man Who Would Be King", but his next line seems to indicate that he actually [[AGodAmI thinks of himself as God.]]
** Abaddon was one of the Knights of Hell, demons handpicked by Lucifer to be his strongest and most evil enforcers. She was trained by Cain, the original Knight, but when he fell in love with the human Colette he grew tired of his evil ways and atoned for his crimes. Abaddon tricked Cain into murdering Colette with the First Blade to spite him for choosing a human over her, earning his undying hatred. After millennia of rampaging across the Earth under Hell's banner, she kills a priest in 1958 who was investigating a demon cure before possessing Josie Sands instead of her companion Henry Winchester to infiltrate the Men of Letters. Abaddon notes how Josie is secretly in love with Henry and takes her as a vessel solely to hurt them both. She wipes out the Men of Letters completely in a massacre before traveling into the future where she kills Henry anyway after going back on a deal she made with Sam and Dean. After learning that Hell has been brought under the command of the more pragmatic Crowley in her absence, she sets out to remove him from his position to become Queen of Hell and start a new blood-filled reign of terror on Earth, with torture, murder, and baby-eating in abundance for all her minions. After [[spoiler:Crowley regains his human emotions, she kidnaps his son Gavin from 1723]] and proceeds to torture him in front of his father. He caves in to her demands and helps her to defeat the Winchesters, but then she decides to kill both [[spoiler:Crowley and Gavin]] anyway.
28th Oct '16 9:32:17 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/MurderInTheFirst'': Erich Blunt shows every sign of being one, expressing no empathy or remorse for anything, and with an interest in other people only so far as they please him or he can manipulate them to do what he wants. His girlfriend Ivana shows much the same traits as well.

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* ''Series/MurderInTheFirst'': ''Series/MurderInTheFirst'':
** In the first season,
Erich Blunt shows every sign of being one, expressing no empathy or remorse for anything, and with an interest in other people only so far as they please him or he can manipulate them to do what he wants. His girlfriend PA/girlfriend Ivana shows much the same traits as well.well.
** The second season has Alfred "Alfie" Rentman, leader in a mass murder on a school bus, whose own father (a neurologist) had diagnosed him. There was nothing he could really do about it though, since it's an incurable and untreatable condition.
27th Oct '16 2:38:23 AM Niria
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*** In Warren's Season 5 appearance he does not exhibit such sociopathic traits. He was more of an AntiVillain who had created a robot girlfriend and was genuinely bothered when she posed a threat to others and tried to help Buffy contain the threat. However, WordOfGod is that the writers only made him the worst of the Geek Trio in Season 6 because Tucker Wells' actor (the character had tried to kill the Sunnydale High with hellhounds in Season 3) was unavailable. Warren would have had Andrew's AntiVillain conscience and likely a similar eventual redemption arc. It was out of necessity that the writers decided [[TookALevelInJerkass he would have to become a far worse person]], wanting the Geek Trio's evil leader to be familiar from a previous episode.

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*** In Warren's Season 5 appearance he does not exhibit such sociopathic traits. He was more of an AntiVillain who had created a robot girlfriend and was genuinely bothered when she posed a threat to others and tried to help Buffy contain the threat. However, WordOfGod is that the writers only made him the worst of the Geek Trio in Season 6 because Tucker Wells' actor (the character had tried to kill the Sunnydale High students with hellhounds in Season 3) was unavailable. Warren would have had Andrew's AntiVillain conscience and likely a similar eventual redemption arc. It was out of necessity that the writers decided [[TookALevelInJerkass he would have to become a far worse person]], wanting the Geek Trio's evil leader to be familiar from a previous episode.
27th Oct '16 2:36:15 AM Niria
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*** In Warren's Season 5 appearance he does not exhibit such sociopathic traits. He was more of an AntiVillain who had created a robot girlfriend and was genuinely bothered when she posed a threat to others and tried to help Buffy contain the threat. However, WordOfGod is that the writers only made him the worst of the Geek Trio in Season 6 because Tucker Wells' actor (the character had tried to kill the Sunnydale High with hellhounds in Season 3) was unavailable. Warren world have had Andrew's AntiVillain conscience and likely a similar eventual redemption arc. It was out of necessity that the writers decided [[TookALevelInJerkass he would have to become a far worse person]], wanting the Geek Trio's evil leader to be familiar from a previous episode.

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*** In Warren's Season 5 appearance he does not exhibit such sociopathic traits. He was more of an AntiVillain who had created a robot girlfriend and was genuinely bothered when she posed a threat to others and tried to help Buffy contain the threat. However, WordOfGod is that the writers only made him the worst of the Geek Trio in Season 6 because Tucker Wells' actor (the character had tried to kill the Sunnydale High with hellhounds in Season 3) was unavailable. Warren world would have had Andrew's AntiVillain conscience and likely a similar eventual redemption arc. It was out of necessity that the writers decided [[TookALevelInJerkass he would have to become a far worse person]], wanting the Geek Trio's evil leader to be familiar from a previous episode.
27th Oct '16 2:35:29 AM Niria
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*** In Warren's Season 5 appearance he does not exhibit such sociopathic traits. He was more of an AntiVillain who had created a robot girlfriend and was genuinely bothered when she posed a threat to others and tried to help Buffy contain the threat. However, WordOfGod is that the writers only made him the worst of the Geek Trio in Season 6 because Tucker Wells' actor (the character had tried to kill the Sunnydale High with hellhounds in Season 3) was unavailable. Warren world have had Andrew's AntiVillain conscience and likely a similar eventual redemption arc. It was out of necessity that the writers decided [[TookALevelInJerkass he would have to become a far worse person]], wanting the Geek Trio's evil leader to be familiar from a previous episode.
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