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18th Apr '17 1:39:08 PM babyhenchy1
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[BigBad Ozai]] is a complete sociopath. While [[TheDragon Azula]] has tendencies, [[spoiler: she is revealed to have a deeply buried conscience, and is nearly completely dependent on her father's approval, making her more of a narcissist]]. Ozai, by contrast, doesn't seem to feel anything for anybody but himself. Not his son Zuko, his daughter Azula, his brother Iroh... he doesn't even bat an eyelid when admitting he [[spoiler:framed and banished his own wife]]! The saddest part is that neither of them ''used'' to be this way, but the conditions in which they group up and the parental influence on them shaped them into being such uncaring, self-centered monsters. WordOfGod has it that, since she's still just a teenager, Azula might get better with time. Ozai... not so much.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[BigBad Fire Lord Ozai]] is a complete sociopath. While [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] has tendencies, [[spoiler: she is revealed to have a deeply buried conscience, and is nearly completely dependent on her father's approval, making her more of a narcissist]]. Ozai, by contrast, doesn't seem to feel anything for anybody but himself. Not his son Zuko, his daughter Azula, his brother Iroh... he doesn't even bat an eyelid when admitting he [[spoiler:framed and banished his own wife]]! The saddest part is that neither of them ''used'' to be this way, but the conditions in which they group grew up and the parental influence on them shaped them into being such uncaring, self-centered monsters. WordOfGod has it that, since she's still just a teenager, Azula might get better with time. Ozai... not so much.
18th Apr '17 1:37:50 PM babyhenchy1
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Ozai is a complete sociopath. While Azula has tendencies, [[spoiler: she is revealed to have a deeply buried conscience, and is nearly completely dependent on her father's approval, making her more of a narcissist]]. Ozai, by contrast, doesn't seem to feel anything for anybody but himself. Not his son Zuko, his daughter Azula, his brother Iroh... he doesn't even bat an eyelid when admitting he [[spoiler:framed and banished his own wife]]! The saddest part is that neither of them ''used'' to be this way, but the conditions in which they group up and the parental influence on them shaped them into being such uncaring, self-centered monsters. WordOfGod has it that, since she's still just a teenager, Azula might get better with time. Ozai... not so much.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Ozai [[BigBad Ozai]] is a complete sociopath. While Azula [[TheDragon Azula]] has tendencies, [[spoiler: she is revealed to have a deeply buried conscience, and is nearly completely dependent on her father's approval, making her more of a narcissist]]. Ozai, by contrast, doesn't seem to feel anything for anybody but himself. Not his son Zuko, his daughter Azula, his brother Iroh... he doesn't even bat an eyelid when admitting he [[spoiler:framed and banished his own wife]]! The saddest part is that neither of them ''used'' to be this way, but the conditions in which they group up and the parental influence on them shaped them into being such uncaring, self-centered monsters. WordOfGod has it that, since she's still just a teenager, Azula might get better with time. Ozai... not so much.
18th Mar '17 5:45:53 PM LavenderCat
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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': Lord Dominator. Despite being a [[{{Adorkable}} dorky teenager]], its clear she is completely heartless, and utterly ruthless about conquest. If her minions fail in their duties, she has no problem throwing them into space and letting them burn up in the atmosphere like someone disposing of an old appliance.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': Lord Dominator. Despite being a [[{{Adorkable}} dorky teenager]], its clear she is completely heartless, and utterly ruthless about conquest. If her minions fail in their duties, she has no problem throwing them into space and letting them burn up in the atmosphere like someone disposing of an old appliance. And then there are her motivations, revealed near the end of the second season: [[spoiler: she doesn't want to rule the galaxy, but rather ''destroy'' it, for her own personal entertainment, as she finds suffering and destruction fun. As soon as she's finished with one galaxy and can no longer derive the stimulation she craves, she moves on to the next. She doesn't understand concepts like friendship, sacrifice, and morality, totally rejecting Wander's offer of redemption in the series finale, and is left to live out the rest of her days depowered and alone.]]
21st Jan '17 12:55:53 PM Luppercus
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** A real life Bender would be classed as this, being incredibly selfish, callous and greedy, more so than any other character in the cast. While he cares for Fry, he does so in the manner of a pet (and has even stated so at times). Notably he has never shown guilt or a genuine sense of conscience, nor does he ever demonstrate a sense of responsibility for his actions.
21st Jan '17 1:15:55 AM annette12
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* In {{Futurama}}, Zapp Brannigan shows all the classic signs of sociopathy - he's manipulative, without guilt for any past actions, arrogant, egotistical, and an ''exceptional'' liar - he manages to convince our heroes on a regular basis into believing he may have changed. And of course the fact that he places a value of exactly zero on any life other than his own. Perhaps this is best seen in a combination of how he treats his own troops as pure cannon fodder, and the way he manages to keep his own job despite his regular displays of incompetence.

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* In {{Futurama}}, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** A real life Bender would be classed as this, being incredibly selfish, callous and greedy, more so than any other character in the cast. While he cares for Fry, he does so in the manner of a pet (and has even stated so at times). Notably he has never shown guilt or a genuine sense of conscience, nor does he ever demonstrate a sense of responsibility for his actions.
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Zapp Brannigan shows all the classic signs of sociopathy - he's manipulative, without guilt for any past actions, arrogant, egotistical, and an ''exceptional'' liar - he manages to convince our heroes on a regular basis into believing he may have changed. And of course the fact that he places a value of exactly zero on any life other than his own. Perhaps this is best seen in a combination of how he treats his own troops as pure cannon fodder, and the way he manages to keep his own job despite his regular displays of incompetence.
4th Jan '17 7:20:22 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', [[spoiler: Darth Maul]] definitely qualifies. LackOfEmpathy? He's either killed, tried to kill, or would be willing to kill almost everyone he's come across in the series. Consummate deception skills? [[spoiler: He managed to con Pre Vizsla into an alliance, and it was Maul's plan that convinced Mandalore that the Death Watch were heroes and liberators]]. Superficial charm and persuasion? [[spoiler: He manipulated Vizsla, Almec, and legions of criminals into serving him]]. Troubling childhood? [[spoiler: He was "[[TrainingFromHell raised]]" by Darth Sidious]]. [[spoiler: Maul]] is a high-functioning example, but he fits all the criteria of a sociopath.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', [[spoiler: Darth Maul]] definitely qualifies. LackOfEmpathy? He's either killed, tried to kill, or would be willing to kill almost everyone he's come across in the series.series, and even his one MoralityChain in [[spoiler:his brother Savage Oppress]] at multiple points looked like [[spoiler:he]] was just as expendable. Consummate deception skills? [[spoiler: He managed to con Pre Vizsla into an alliance, and it was Maul's plan that convinced Mandalore that the Death Watch were heroes and liberators]]. Superficial charm and persuasion? [[spoiler: He manipulated Vizsla, Almec, and legions of criminals into serving him]]. Troubling childhood? [[spoiler: He was "[[TrainingFromHell raised]]" by Darth Sidious]]. [[spoiler: Maul]] is a high-functioning example, but he fits all the criteria of a sociopath.
4th Jan '17 7:18:25 PM Prometheus117
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** Starlight Glimmer from "The Cutie Map" is a nasty combination of paranoia, and this. She's focused on removing the cutie marks of other ponies (their very life's essence) purely to advance her version of a [[KnightTemplar perfect society]], demanding everyone else live by her rules while not following them herself, manipulative, and maintains an outward image of benevolence but won't hesitate to physically hurt or mentally torture dissenters. Most telling, when revealed as a hypocrite, she accuses ''others'' of ruining ''her'' life and ends her appearance by ''twice'' refusing to admit ''any'' wrongdoing, still convinced it was her victims who rebuffed her generosity.

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** Starlight Glimmer from "The Cutie Map" is a nasty combination of paranoia, and this. She's focused on removing the cutie marks of other ponies (their very life's essence) purely to advance her version of a [[KnightTemplar perfect society]], demanding everyone else live by her rules while not following them herself, manipulative, and maintains an outward image of benevolence but won't hesitate to physically hurt or mentally torture dissenters. Most telling, when revealed as a hypocrite, she accuses ''others'' of ruining ''her'' life and ends her appearance by ''twice'' refusing to admit ''any'' wrongdoing, still convinced it was her victims who rebuffed her generosity. [[spoiler:It takes literally seeing how her [[TimeTravel actions]] in taking revenge cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in one BadFuture that she finally surrenders and makes a HeelFaceTurn, and it's shown in multiple episodes afterwards she has problems connecting with others on a personal level, preferring to use magic as a "quick and easy" method to solve her friendship problems and has problems properly reading social cues.]]
15th Dec '16 11:59:26 PM Luppercus
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* Somewhere in Seasons 9-12 of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer Simpson became increasingly ruthless and selfish to the point that his behaviour verged on Sociopathy (except sociopaths are usually smarter). This was rectified with the movie.

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* Somewhere in Seasons 9-12 of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer Simpson became increasingly ruthless and selfish to the point that his behaviour verged on Sociopathy (except sociopaths are usually smarter). This was rectified with the movie.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
15th Dec '16 11:52:24 PM Luppercus
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** [[CreepyTwins Desna and Eska]], by contrast, show that they are capable of empathy, but their elitism makes the instances of them caring about other people few and far between.



* [[spoiler:Lotso]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' [[UsedToBeASweetKid used to be a good toy]] until a tragic incident caused him to "snap," and now he no longer believes in the concept of love or the bond between a child and a toy; WordOfGod even describes him as now permanently believing the love his own owner had for him was nothing but an illusion, which he even yells out at one point ("She never loved me!")



** Xanatos tries to be one of these, but he's eventually forced to confront the fact that he [[spoiler: genuinely loves his wife and son]], and after his BreakTheHaughty moment in ''The Gathering'' [[spoiler: he gave the gargoyles their home back]].



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' has King Julien XIII. He lies with a smile, he manipulates people, he treats people as objects, he often loses his temper, he lays claim to a job he's clearly not qualified for, and he never admits that he has a problem with any of those things. All this is covered by wit and charm and hilarious antics.
** However, he also saves Skipper's life on a few occasions, has proved more then once that his "subjects" are the most important things to him, and has mustered up some empathy on several occasions. He is a case in point that not all sociopaths are monsters, and some may suffer themselves for their disorder.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Mr. Krabs will do anything for money no matter how small the amount. He has no qualms in feeding his customers tainted and unhealthy food to make a fast buck, and has little concern to the well being, and the lives of his employees. One of his few redeeming factors is he really care about his daughter Pearl. However, this is also after {{Flanderization}}, and Mister Krabs used to be [[MrViceGuy a generally decent guy who just happened to be greedy]].
** Patrick Star surprisingly is one, post-{{Flanderization}}. He has a deep LackOFEmpathy for others, views objects more important than his friends, seems to take delight ''tormenting'' his supposed best friend, and he does things that anyone knows will not help so he could watch them fail for his own amusment. There's also the fact he's been ''feigning'' his stupidity (or how dumb he really has become) solely to torment Spongebob, Squidward, and Gary.
*** The feigning part needs some explanation and is drawn from a single line of dialoge in the episode ''The Card''. On the one hand it can be seen as a [[LampshadeHanging throwaway joke]]. On the other hand some serious FridgeHorror comes to mind, while thinking about more than that and doing all those stupid things on purpose. This suggestion is initially made by TheMysteriousMrEnter.
--> '''Patrick''': SpongeBob, you can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up; to keep you on your toes.
* Harm from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' ''tries'' to be this so that he can be [[PureIsNotGood pure]] enough to wield the Sword of Beowulf. [[spoiler:He murdered his own little sister Greta because he loved her, and that love was the only thing holding him back.]] It ultimately doesn't work out for Harm because deep down it's only an act: [[spoiler:the moment he sees his sister's ghost his repressed guilt gets the better of him and the Sword rejects him.]]
** Klarion the Witch boy plays this role as a member of The Light.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Mr. Krabs will do anything for money no matter how small the amount. He has no qualms in feeding his customers tainted and unhealthy food to make a fast buck, and has little concern to the well being, and the lives of his employees. One of his few redeeming factors is he really care about his daughter Pearl. However, this is also after {{Flanderization}}, and Mister Krabs used to be [[MrViceGuy a generally decent guy who just happened to be greedy]].
** Patrick Star surprisingly is one, post-{{Flanderization}}. He has a deep LackOFEmpathy for others, views objects more important than his friends, seems to take delight ''tormenting'' his supposed best friend, and he does things that anyone knows will not help so he could watch them fail for his own amusment. There's also the fact he's been ''feigning'' his stupidity (or how dumb he really has become) solely to torment Spongebob, Squidward, and Gary.
*** The feigning part needs some explanation and is drawn from a single line of dialoge in the episode ''The Card''. On the one hand it can be seen as a [[LampshadeHanging throwaway joke]]. On the other hand some serious FridgeHorror comes to mind, while thinking about more than that and doing all those stupid things on purpose. This suggestion is initially made by TheMysteriousMrEnter.
--> '''Patrick''': SpongeBob, you can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up; to keep you on your toes.
* Harm from
''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' ''tries'' to be this so that he can be [[PureIsNotGood pure]] enough to wield the Sword of Beowulf. [[spoiler:He murdered his own little sister Greta because he loved her, and that love was the only thing holding him back.]] It ultimately doesn't work out for Harm because deep down it's only an act: [[spoiler:the moment he sees his sister's ghost his repressed guilt gets the better of him and the Sword rejects him.]]
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Klarion the Witch boy plays this role as a member of The Light.



** Preston Northwest. [[spoiler: He trained his daughter to submit to the sound of a bell, uses Dipper to get rid of the Ghost without telling him about the curse he could have prevented]], and would have let multiple nobles and celebrities get petrified (including four children) just so he wouldn't have to invite common folk into his fancy party. That and his survival plan involved cannabilizing a butler. [[spoiler: He winds up on the receiving end of sociopathic behavior when he tries manipulating Bill, who casually performs BodyHorror on him for his own amusement.]]
** The Shapeshifter is a manipulative monster that was perfectly willing to kill a group of innocent people, two of them children, just to escape the bunker he's trapped in.
** The Lilliputians are a bunch of little [[AxCrazy psychopaths]] that try to murder three children over a [[PsychopathicManchild sticker]].
** Bill Cipher is a psychotic Dream Demon who is single handeadly the [[KnightOfCerebus scariest monster in the entire series]], he is manipulative, [[AxCrazy violent]], and has absolutely no concept of human empathy and seems to be CONFUSED by it. And worst of all he is a GreaterScopeVillain and is planning something BIG.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', this trope is heavily involved in Jake's father: [[DomesticAbuser "Mad Dog" Morgendorffer]]. From his nickname, it is implied that it was quite an extremely violent and impulsive person.



** Temple Fugate, the Clock King, is implied to be a high-functioning one.
** Poison Ivy claims to be another sociopath, though her later actions with Harley throw this into some doubt.
--> '' I have this natural immunity against poisons, toxins, the pain and suffering of others.''
6th Dec '16 3:58:08 PM rosewood47
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* [[JerkAss Eric Cartman]] in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is a perfect example of a sociopath with particularly poor impulse control. First of all, he displays zero empathy for any living person, nor has he ever shown any feelings of guilt for anything. His list of crimes is vast, but he has committed them frequently just to alleviate boredom, or for an immature personal gain. When he thought he was dead and a ghost, he endeavored to atone for his sins, but only did so to stop being a ghost - he didn't consider he might otherwise go to Hell. He showed no sympathy for the suffering Butters went through for helping him, and once he realized he hadn't been a ghost, he considered all these acts of atonement a waste of time.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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[[JerkAss Eric Cartman]] in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is a perfect example of a sociopath with particularly poor impulse control. First of all, he displays zero empathy for any living person, nor has he ever shown any feelings of guilt for anything. His list of crimes is vast, but he has committed them frequently just to alleviate boredom, or for an immature personal gain. When he thought he was dead and a ghost, he endeavored to atone for his sins, but only did so to stop being a ghost - he didn't consider he might otherwise go to Hell. He showed no sympathy for the suffering Butters went through for helping him, and once he realized he hadn't been a ghost, he considered all these acts of atonement a waste of time.


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** Lennart Bedrager, one of the {{Big Bad}}s of season 20, could qualify as a sociopath. He [[spoiler:attempts to intentionally cause World War III for no other reason than his own amusement]].
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