History TheSociopath / LiveActionTV

23rd May '16 9:47:49 AM Doug86
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* ''DarkOracle'': Omen appears to be one of these initially, but his genuine liking of Cally and slow development of human emotion keeps him from falling fully into the trope. VillainOfTheWeek Claudia, who believes "if it feels good, do it," might well be a low-functioning sociopath. And then there's the comic book characters, Blaze (a [[HairTriggerTemper hot-tempered]] JerkAss who has no qualms about breaking a fellow student's arm), Violet (a ManipulativeBitch who enjoys scaring the crap out of her victims), and [[EvilTwin comic!Sage]] (who plays mindgames with Lance, screws around, and tries to off several girls with a poisonous snake).

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* ''DarkOracle'': ''Series/DarkOracle'': Omen appears to be one of these initially, but his genuine liking of Cally and slow development of human emotion keeps him from falling fully into the trope. VillainOfTheWeek Claudia, who believes "if it feels good, do it," might well be a low-functioning sociopath. And then there's the comic book characters, Blaze (a [[HairTriggerTemper hot-tempered]] JerkAss who has no qualms about breaking a fellow student's arm), Violet (a ManipulativeBitch who enjoys scaring the crap out of her victims), and [[EvilTwin comic!Sage]] (who plays mindgames with Lance, screws around, and tries to off several girls with a poisonous snake).
18th May '16 11:31:45 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''{{CSI NY}}'': Had one, possibly two of these. In one episode, a young woman manipulated an older guy into killing a woman at a French Revolution themed party. Stella is annoyed that they can't prosecute the girl, because she didn't commit any actual crime, she just pulled the strings to get the other guy to act.

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* ''{{CSI NY}}'': ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': Had one, possibly two of these. In one episode, a young woman manipulated an older guy into killing a woman at a French Revolution themed party. Stella is annoyed that they can't prosecute the girl, because she didn't commit any actual crime, she just pulled the strings to get the other guy to act.
1st May '16 6:14:53 PM TheWanderer
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* ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' has Madelena, the innocent peasant girl forced to marry the evil king, who granted a position of power immediately abused everyone she could and schemed for more. When she and Galavant have a long song together she says that she loves him "as much as someone like me can love anyone", only mentioning sex and how well they look together as why.

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* ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' has Madelena, the innocent peasant girl forced to marry the evil king, who upon being granted a position of power immediately abused everyone she could and schemed for more. When she and Galavant have a long song together she says that she loves him "as much as someone like me can love anyone", only mentioning sex and how well they look together as why.
23rd Apr '16 2:06:45 AM Alexia
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** [[spoiler:Sam Winchester]] exhibits classic sociopathic behavior when he [[spoiler:loses his soul]] in season six. Though he becomes an example of a pro-social version, as his interest in hunting remains constant, but his LackOfEmpathy becomes his defining character trait. He sees nothing wrong with [[spoiler:purposefully letting his own brother get turned into a vampire]], letting 150 people get turned into monsters because there's a chance it could lead him and Dean to an Alpha, using a baby as bait, [[working with Crowley]] or with [[spoiler:killing Bobby Singer in order to avoid getting his soul back]] among other things. It is implied and later shown that he killed innocents and did some things that arguably would make him cross the MoralEventHorizon and even hardened hunters like [[Samuel Campbell]] and Dean are horrified by his behavior.

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** [[spoiler:Sam Winchester]] exhibits classic sociopathic behavior when he [[spoiler:loses his soul]] in season six. Though he becomes an example of a pro-social version, as his interest in hunting remains constant, but his LackOfEmpathy becomes his defining character trait. He sees nothing wrong with [[spoiler:purposefully letting his own brother get turned into a vampire]], letting 150 people get turned into monsters because there's a chance it could lead him and Dean to an Alpha, using a baby as bait, [[working [[spoiler:working with Crowley]] or with [[spoiler:killing Bobby Singer in order to avoid getting his soul back]] among other things. It is implied and later shown that he killed innocents and did some things that arguably would make him cross the MoralEventHorizon and even hardened hunters like [[Samuel [[spoiler:Samuel Campbell]] and Dean are horrified by his behavior.
23rd Apr '16 2:05:51 AM Alexia
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** [[spoiler:Sam Winchester]] exhibits classic sociopathic behavior when he [[spoiler:loses his soul]] in season six. Though he becomes an example of a pro-social version, as his interest in hunting remains constant, but his LackOfEmpathy becomes his defining character trait. He sees nothing wrong with [[spoiler:purposefully letting his own brother get turned into a vampire]], letting 150 people get turned into monsters because there's a chance it could lead him and Dean to an Alpha, using a baby as bait, [[working with Crowley]] or with [[spoiler:killing Bobby Singer in order to avoid getting his soul back]] among other things. It is implied and later shown that he killed innocents and did some things that arguably would make him cross the MoralEventHorizon.

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** [[spoiler:Sam Winchester]] exhibits classic sociopathic behavior when he [[spoiler:loses his soul]] in season six. Though he becomes an example of a pro-social version, as his interest in hunting remains constant, but his LackOfEmpathy becomes his defining character trait. He sees nothing wrong with [[spoiler:purposefully letting his own brother get turned into a vampire]], letting 150 people get turned into monsters because there's a chance it could lead him and Dean to an Alpha, using a baby as bait, [[working with Crowley]] or with [[spoiler:killing Bobby Singer in order to avoid getting his soul back]] among other things. It is implied and later shown that he killed innocents and did some things that arguably would make him cross the MoralEventHorizon.MoralEventHorizon and even hardened hunters like [[Samuel Campbell]] and Dean are horrified by his behavior.
23rd Apr '16 2:01:03 AM Alexia
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** [[spoiler:Sam Winchester]] exhibits classic sociopathic behavior when he [[spoiler:loses his soul]] in season six. Though he becomes an example of a pro-social version, as his interest in hunting remains constant, but his LackOfEmpathy becomes his defining character trait. He sees nothing wrong with [[spoiler:purposefully letting his own brother get turned into a vampire]] or with [[spoiler:killing Bobby Singer in order to avoid getting his soul back.]]

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** [[spoiler:Sam Winchester]] exhibits classic sociopathic behavior when he [[spoiler:loses his soul]] in season six. Though he becomes an example of a pro-social version, as his interest in hunting remains constant, but his LackOfEmpathy becomes his defining character trait. He sees nothing wrong with [[spoiler:purposefully letting his own brother get turned into a vampire]] vampire]], letting 150 people get turned into monsters because there's a chance it could lead him and Dean to an Alpha, using a baby as bait, [[working with Crowley]] or with [[spoiler:killing Bobby Singer in order to avoid getting his soul back.]]back]] among other things. It is implied and later shown that he killed innocents and did some things that arguably would make him cross the MoralEventHorizon.
22nd Mar '16 8:23:57 AM ZarbiNerada
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** The franchise (apart from [[MissingEpisode missing early radio episodes) is bookended by robbers with itchy trigger fingers.

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** The franchise (apart from [[MissingEpisode missing early radio episodes) episodes]]) is bookended by robbers with itchy trigger fingers.
22nd Mar '16 8:23:42 AM ZarbiNerada
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* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'': As a cop show, it showcases a bunch of them. What follow are some examples that stand out.
** The franchise (apart from [[MissingEpisode missing early radio episodes) is bookended by robbers with itchy trigger fingers.
*** The earliest available radio episode involves a gang of holdup men who shared a brace of guns between them on jobs. One of them, Alonso Jackson, is best known for bursting into a liquor store, saying "This is a stickup!" and then letting the clerk have it immediately (shooting him again in the spine later to make sure he's dead).
*** The final case of the Sixties Dragnet finale, ''DHQ: The Victims'', is the holdup of a mom-and-pop grocery store. When Julio, the husband, implores robber Carl Brooks to leave some dough behind to pay the bills with, punctuates a taunt with three bullets to Julio's stomach. He is completely unmoved later, in the hospital, when Julio's corpse is being wheeled out while his widow is being consoled by the priest who gave Julio his last rites. Both Jackson and Brooks' lives were forfeit, presumably because of the extra meanness of spirit behind the murders.
** ''The Big Rod'' and ''The Big Accident'' both feature remorseless hit-and run drivers. In the former episode, when the grieving widower tells the culprit to be glad the Police got him [the hit-and-run driver] first, because "I would have killed you," and all the culprit can say is "Pretty upset, isn't he?" In the latter episode, the hit-and-run driver tries to take solace in the fact that they elderly couple probably wouldn't have lived much longer anyway. In both cases, a disgusted Friday reads them the riot act.
** [[InsistentTerminology Mister]] Daniel Lumis is not a killer, but easily the biggest asshole in the entire franchise. He leaves a trail of kicked dogs everywhere he goes, and then expects the cops to respect his my-wants-trump-all attitude, and to excuse without punishment his wronging of everyone around him.
14th Mar '16 12:56:36 PM TheWanderer
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* ''Series/TheWire'': Marlo Stanfield. Unusual in a show well-known for it's GrayAndGreyMorality, where even the most hardened criminals are capable of [[PetTheDog kindness]] and are often shown doing [[VillainsOutShopping ordinary things]]. A ruthless drug dealer, Marlo has no qualms and seemingly no moral compass. One of his defining moments is when he was a security guard with a [[IHaveAFamily family]] killed... [[ForTheEvulz just because]]. He is also the most prolific criminal on the show, with [[spoiler: over a dozen victims to his name]]. His personality is remarkably reminiscent of a SerialKiller.

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* ''Series/TheWire'': Marlo Stanfield. Unusual in a show well-known for it's GrayAndGreyMorality, where even the most hardened criminals are capable of [[PetTheDog kindness]] and are often shown doing [[VillainsOutShopping ordinary things]]. A ruthless drug dealer, Marlo has [[TheUnfettered no qualms and qualms]], seemingly no moral compass.compass, and the closest thing he has to a personal attachment to anyone is a slight bit of loyalty to his [[UndyingLoyalty hyper loyal]] CoDragons Chris and Snoop. Anyone else, regardless of how helpful, loyal, or useful they've been to him, is a second away from [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outliving their usefulness]]. One of his defining moments is when he was a security guard with a [[IHaveAFamily family]] killed... [[ForTheEvulz just because]]. because the man dared speak up about the fact that Marlo stole merchandise right in front of said security guard]]. In another case, based on the simple rumor that another drug dealer had bad mouthed Marlo, Marlo has his enforcers kill the man, his wife, and the couple's children. He is also the most prolific criminal on the show, with [[spoiler: over a [[spoiler:at least several dozen victims murders to his name]]. His personality is remarkably reminiscent of a SerialKiller.SerialKiller, and several of the police trying to bring him down comment on that fact.
12th Mar '16 10:56:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{House}}'': A memorable patient in one episode is identified as a Sociopath, by both the short hand and proper medical categorization. Notably [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname 13]] only recognizes her as such because she's ''terrified'' of her, with House saying it's a survival tactics, implying a common association with sociopaths to predator animals. [[spoiler: Ultimately it turns out her apparent sociopathic behavior was actually a side effect of some other unrelated medical problem, and she "reforms" by the end of the episode.]]

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* ''{{House}}'': ''Series/{{House}}'': A memorable patient in one episode is identified as a Sociopath, by both the short hand and proper medical categorization. Notably [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname 13]] only recognizes her as such because she's ''terrified'' of her, with House saying it's a survival tactics, implying a common association with sociopaths to predator animals. [[spoiler: Ultimately it turns out her apparent sociopathic behavior was actually a side effect of some other unrelated medical problem, and she "reforms" by the end of the episode.]]



* ''The Kill Point'': Mr. Rabbit, who manages to be the TokenEvilTeammate of a ''bank robbing crew''. He beats the hostages unprovoked, psychologically tortures one of them for no particular reason, carries around the severed ear of an Iraqi soldier he previously tortured to death, and tells Captain Cali that he considers the hostages "cattle" and "sheep being led to the slaughter." He ends up [[spoiler:getting beaten to death by the leader of the team]], because EvenEvilHasStandards.

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* ''The Kill Point'': ''Series/TheKillPoint'': Mr. Rabbit, who manages to be the TokenEvilTeammate of a ''bank robbing crew''. He beats the hostages unprovoked, psychologically tortures one of them for no particular reason, carries around the severed ear of an Iraqi soldier he previously tortured to death, and tells Captain Cali that he considers the hostages "cattle" and "sheep being led to the slaughter." He ends up [[spoiler:getting beaten to death by the leader of the team]], because EvenEvilHasStandards.



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': 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.
** In the 1998 ''[[Series/{{Merlin 1998}} Merlin]]'' mini-series, Mordred is ''blatantly'' a sociopath. Outwardly a handsome, charming, charismatic young man; Mordred is actually a callous, manipulative, sadistic hothead who wants to conquer Britain and kill his father. He [[WilliamTelling practices archery on his castle's servants]], kills several soldiers while laughing and jesting with them, and [[spoiler: ''laughs'' when his own mother is murdered in front of him]]. And he's a SuperSoldier with the backing of an evil goddess. Yikes.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''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.
** * In the 1998 ''[[Series/{{Merlin 1998}} Merlin]]'' ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' mini-series, Mordred is ''blatantly'' a sociopath. Outwardly a handsome, charming, charismatic young man; Mordred is actually a callous, manipulative, sadistic hothead who wants to conquer Britain and kill his father. He [[WilliamTelling practices archery on his castle's servants]], kills several soldiers while laughing and jesting with them, and [[spoiler: ''laughs'' when his own mother is murdered in front of him]]. And he's a SuperSoldier with the backing of an evil goddess. Yikes.
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