Created By: pcw2727 on July 23, 2012 Last Edited By: pcw2727 on October 26, 2014

Asexual Psychopaths

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Most media which feature a character with psychopathic personality disorder try to play up their inhuman nature as much as possible. Many decide a good way to hammer the point home is to have the character reject all forms of sexuality.

This trait is contrary to psychopathic pathology, which typically features a strong tendency for promiscuous behavior. Most likely writers Did Not Do Research and assumed a lack of emotions also means they cannot enjoy sex and therefore would not want it...

Examples

Anime
  • In Death Note Light turns down women left and right including a major supermodel. He only seems to ever date women when they're useful to his schemes.

LiveActionTV
  • In the first season of Dexter, Dexter Morgan claims to find sex "undignified" and intentionally dates a rape victim in order to avoid it.
  • Sherlock's Moriarty fits this trope, only showing interest in any sex to manipulate those around him

VideoGames
  • This is possibly true of Dr. Hugo Strange in Arkham City. In patient interviews he seems particularly detached when talking about the relationships of the inmates and at one point states openly that he's never been in love

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • July 24, 2012
    pcw2727
    Sherlock's Moriarty fits this trope, only showing interest in any sex to manipulate those around him.
  • July 29, 2012
    abk0100
    Oh fine, I'll be the one to mention The Joker. Specifically, whenever he's paired up with Harley Quinn.
  • Literature
    • Voldemort, the Big Bad of the Harry Potter series, is never shown to have had any romantic interest in anyone else, man or woman. Word Of God says that he's incapable of any kind of love, period.
  • July 30, 2012
    oddity
    Johan Liebert from Monster
  • July 30, 2012
    jatay3
    I believe Morgoth in The Silmarillion was said to have raped a Maia in some mythical sense, out of desire to humiliate rather then desire for sex which he didn't have.
  • July 30, 2012
    jatay3
    In An Oblique Approach, the Malwa priest torturers are described as having a perverted love of causing pain but a horror of anything that has to do with creating life.
  • July 31, 2012
    Antigone3
    ^^ When Luthien was singing before Morgoth, Tolkien implies that Morgoth thought about raping Luthien. He was too busy fantasizing about it to get the job done before she zapped him with the sleep spell, though.
  • July 31, 2012
    surgoshan
    The inversion of the Celibate Hero.
  • July 31, 2012
    animeg3282
    The inversion of celibate hero would be a hero that does Anything That Moves
  • July 31, 2012
    HonestGent
    It's not an inversion. It's the Celibate Hero for villians. Is this about villians who are openly asexual, or villians who pretend to have a particular preference to manipulate, while secretly being asexual? Because the examples could go either way.
  • September 23, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    Lloyd from Code Geass is a Mad Scientist but I don't know if he counts
  • September 23, 2014
    SvartiKotturinn
    I think it's actually been established that he's gay, but I'm not sure.
  • September 23, 2014
    Generality
    Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory. Definitely asexual, and not evil, but manipulative and unsympathizing. It's a plausible depiction of high-functioning autism.
  • September 24, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    I don't know if listing him under here would be a good idea
  • September 24, 2014
    SvartiKotturinn
    It would not. Sheldon is not malicious; somewhat insensitive and a Jerkass but genuinely benevolent. And no, Generality, you twit, it is NOT a 'plausible depiction'. As an autistic person I'm offended by your bullshit.
  • September 24, 2014
    Umbee
    Comic Books
  • September 24, 2014
    Umbee
    Also, keep in mind that sexual orientation is not the same as romantic orientation, and you can have one without the other. Lots of asexual characters in fiction are also aromantic, but let's not automatically equate one with the other when adding examples.
  • October 26, 2014
    shamblingdead2
    Dean Koontz does this a lot. Candy from The Bad Place, the Creepy Twins (CREEPIEST TWINS EVER!) from Whispers, and the human serial killer from Lighting stand out.
  • October 26, 2014
    TwoGunAngel
    Vargas from the James Bond movie Thunderball does not drink, does not smoke, and does not make love. Instead, he is a cold, hardened killer.
  • October 26, 2014
    zarpaulus
    What's this about lack of emotions? Psychopaths have emotions, it's a Lack Of Empathy that's the disorder's defining attribute.
  • October 26, 2014
    BlueIceTea
    Sorry, what's the criterion here? Is it just a villain who shows no sexual/romantic interest? If so, most villains would probably qualify. Or, at least, most of the ones that aren't would-be rapists...

    Umbee, how would you differentiate between asexuality and aromanticism in this context? I mean, I know they're different, but works of fiction rarely go to the trouble of distinguishing them.
  • October 26, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ when they are asexual, it tends to be made obvious. Even to the extent of Have I Mentioned I Am Asexual Today?

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