Created By: Xzenu on September 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Xzenu on December 1, 2011

Adorably Dysfunctional

Sociopathic tendencies portrayed as adorable

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This trope is on hold for now - the distinction against Cute and Psycho is too distinct to discard it, but currently too YMMV to progress development.

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  • former title: adorably psycho

Aww, just look at that psychopath. He can't understand human emotion! Isn't that just adorable? And that crazy woman, brutally maiming people for the flimsiest of reasons. Surely we all just want to hug her!

This trope is when sociopatic tendencies are portrayed as adorable rather than horrible, funny or sexy.

This trope is about sociopaths, not people with Asperger Syndrome. Don't confuse them.


Comic Books
  • Nemi frequently go into this territory, having violent outbursts where the audience seem expected to relate to her and her unreasonable state of mind.
  • Lenore has this as her way of being Obliviously Evil.

Film
  • The protagonist of Hard Candy mixes this trope with the underage version of Abusively Sexy Woman. In her own naive and youthfully enthusiastic way, she's just hellbent cutsey little mischief such as drugging a guy and castrating him.
  • The baby crocodile, bighorn, porcupine and eel from the Pixar short Partly Cloudy.

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • Max of Sam & Max. They are both heroic sociopaths, and both of their anti-social antics are played very much for laughs. Max' sociopathy is played to exaggerate his physical cuteness and adorable mannerisms.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • September 24, 2011
    Xzenu
    :-)
  • September 24, 2011
    Oreochan
    The name is a little too similar to Cute And Psycho and its redirects.
  • September 25, 2011
    Koveras
    Max from Sam And Max?
  • September 25, 2011
    pinkdalek
    The baby crocodile, bighorn, porcupine and eel from the Pixar short Partly Cloudy.
  • September 25, 2011
    Octagon8
    Compare Grotesque Cute.
  • September 25, 2011
    Damr1990
    Yandere Characters may end up being this whenever the Misaimed Fandom//Fan Dumb Is Related
  • September 25, 2011
    nitrokitty
    Fixed the spoiler tag and added the Sam and Max and Partly Cloudy examples.
  • September 26, 2011
    Xzenu
    Not sure Sam and Max is an example. If it is, the example text doesn't communicate it: there's nothing adorable with that quote.

    This trope is about being psycho in a way that is adorable. Also, I think it's about making the character emotionally available to the audience
  • September 26, 2011
    Xzenu
    @Oreochan: In the interest of avoiding confusion, I'm considering renaming this to Adorably Unreasonable.
  • September 27, 2011
    Xzenu
    Ended up with "dysfunctional", since "unreasonable" is both narrow and misleading.

    I think the original problem is that "psycho" is seen as a character type rather than a character trait. Thus, adorablY psycho gets misinterpreted as adorablE psycho.
  • September 27, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
  • September 27, 2011
    pinkdalek
    @Xzenu - Knowing the character, I can say Max is an example - his sociopathy is played to exaggerate his physical cuteness and adorable mannerisms. But that quote doesn't demonstrate it at all. Honestly, not a lot he says does demonstrate it - it's more in the combination with his various cute little gestures and the way the footage is directed.
  • September 27, 2011
    LaplacesKyton
    Possible alternate title: "D'aww-ful Evil"
  • September 27, 2011
    LaplacesKyton
    Cats have this reputation in real life.
  • September 28, 2011
    Xzenu
    ^^ Characters portrayed in this manner are not necessarily evil. I support "Awwwful" as a redirect. :-)
  • September 28, 2011
    Shota
    The relationship of the Gosselins in Jon And Kate Plus Eight appeared to be this, or was presented as such in the first two or three seasons. ...then Kate started to abuse him a bit too much and...
  • October 23, 2011
    Oreochan
    Bump
  • October 25, 2011
    Waterlily
    I haven't seen the whole film but could the old ladies from Arsenic and Old Lace count?
  • October 25, 2011
    EvaUnit01
    In addition to Yanderes, Cute And Psycho and/or Enfant Terrible characters may get this treatment if their Fandom gets out of control, or if their psychotic tendencies are played as being adorable.
  • October 25, 2011
    Psi001
    The Woodland Christmas Critters from South Park. "YAYY, BLOOD ORGY, BLOOD ORGY!!!"
  • October 25, 2011
    jatay3
    Jayne on Firefly
  • December 1, 2011
    Oreochan
    Bump.
  • December 1, 2011
    fulltimeD
    There is an H in Sociopat Hic.
  • December 1, 2011
    jate88
    Compare Heroic Sociopath and Comedic Sociopathy which are other tv land versions of sociopathy which it could be fatal to assume they reflect real life.
  • December 1, 2011
    Oreochan
    Edited laconic to fix sociopathic.
  • December 1, 2011
    Xzenu
    This trope is on hold for now - the distinction against Cute And Psycho is too distinct to discard it, but currently too YMMV to progress development.

    Input appreciated. :-)
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