Created By: MokonaZero on March 23, 2013 Last Edited By: MokonaZero on March 30, 2013
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Sadist

A character who enjoys the suffering of others.

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A sadist is someone that enjoys the suffering of others. This is the kind of character that takes pleasure in inflicting Cold-Blooded Torture on others. Whether it's physical or emotional, a sadist will take pleasure in making others suffer. Oftentimes a sadist has a Lack of Empathy that stops that from feeling any guilt from the suffering they cause.

A sadist is quite capable of delving into Stupid Evil if they take their joy for harming others over actually choosing the more intelligent decision.

The difference between this trope and a Blood Knight is that a sadist may not even enjoy fighting. They simply love the misfortune of others. Whereas a Blood Knight will enjoy fighting his opponent, a sadist is perfectly fine with torturing a helpless victim. Expect them to take extreme actions to make their victim suffer as much as possible.

The word sadism itself originates from Marquis de Sade, who happened to be the author of rather sadistic works.

The Trope Namer comes from a Real Life disorder called sadistic personality disorder. This is not nearly as common in Real Life as one might think. Even within the BDSM community, a person who can only get off through hurting others is pretty uncommon.

The Bully is usually a more moderate example (though extreme cases can play this trope to an equally horrific level). The Comedic Sociopath is this trope Played for Laughs. See also It Amused Me (which may or may not include torture),Hollywood Personality Disorders, Soft-Spoken Sadist, and Unsexy Sadist. May overlap with Mad Doctor,Sadist Teacher, Depraved Dentist, Blood Knight and Loves the Sound of Screaming. Compare and contrast with Combat Sadomasochist, who's just as happy receiving pain as dishing it out.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist Envy delights in giving pain to others...but he doesn't like the same being done to him.
  • In Durarara!! Izaya genuinely screws with people simply because he enjoys it.
  • Freiza of Dragon Ball slowly kills his enemies rather than outright killing them as show when he impales Krillen with his horns.
  • Russia from Axis Powers Hetalia wears a smile almost always despite being flat out cruel.
  • Naruto:
    • Suigetsu enjoys cutting off the limbs of his opponents before cutting of their heads.
    • Sakon in the Creepy Twins duo of the Sound Five also counts, since he always likes to prolong fights.
    • Hidan is the most obvious example. He intentionally strikes non vital areas of his opponent so that he can make them die a "good death".
  • Fist of the North Star features many villains who enjoy inflicting torment and cruelty on the innocent. As Kenshiro despises such villains, they are often subjected to just as cruel ends.
  • Okita Sougo from Gintama. Loves to see everyone, allies or enemies, in distress, but especially Hijikata. He's pretty dependable though when the times need for it.

Literature Film
  • In Battle Royale Kiriyama actually joined The Program to kill students he doesn't even know, and shoots at them with a smile.
Theatre

Video Games
  • Hazama of BlazBlue loves mind raping others, and teases them as they get defeated.
  • StarCraft: Kerrigan the "Queen of Blades", and leader of the Zerg loves playing mind games with the other factions, and pitting them against each other, usually by feigning innocence to gain their trust. In StarCraft II this attitude of hers returns, when she tries to weaken Zeratul's mind by making him beleive the Protoss will be doomed to extinction no matter what he does.
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World: Alice, a Cute and Psycho antagonist, is mentioned to be a Sadist. She's also seen kicking around her subordinates, and laughing at their pain.
  • Yuuka Kazami from Touhou. So much that she received the nickname "Ultimate Sadistic Creature" from the fans, and spawned the "Everyone is M for Yuuka" meme.
    • In her first appearance in Lotus Land Story, she playfully threatened to reduce you to a mist of atoms.
    • In her second appearance in Mystic Square, her motive for wrecking through Makai and beating people up is basically because she's bored and wants to play. She also uttered her infamous "Genocide is just a game" line. Her tendency to add "<3" at the end of every sentence doesn't help.
    • In the Windows era, she reappears in Phantasmagoria of Flower View, where she's supposedly has calmed down a lot. She still threatened everyone who met her, or accepted other character's accusations of being the culprit of the incident, even when she's really not, just so she has a reason to beat them up. When Shikieiki confronted her about this, she said it was just 'daily teasing'.
    • In fanworks, she's often portrayed as downright Ax-Crazy.

Webcomics
  • Mryorg the ogre in Goblins, who, as the result of one too many journeys into hell, is only able to get satisfaction from inflicting suffering on others.

Western Animation
  • The Mr. Bogus episode "Bad Luck Bogus" featured a huge and hideous Evil Knockoff of the eponymous character who came from the broken bathroom mirror and delighted in torturing Bogus.
  • Eric Cartman of South Park is a sociopathic bully who is frequently shown to have a horrific sense of humor at the expense of others. He laughs at several of Kenny's deaths, delights in torturing Kyle relentlessly (and revels in the idea of actually killing him) and is revealed at one point to have bullied a classmate to the point of being Driven to Suicide.
    Mr Mackey: Well, what did you used to think was funny?
    Cartman: You know, all the usual stuff. Dirty jokes, funny movies, seeing someone die...
  • Peter Griffin of Family Guy wavers between this and just a Jerkass Bumbling Dad, but nevertheless has a particularly callous sense of humor in later episodes.


Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • March 23, 2013
    Astaroth
    Compare Combat Sadomasochist, who's just as happy receiving pain as dishing it out.

    • Mryorg the ogre in Goblins, who, as the result of one too many journeys into hell, is only able to get satisfaction from inflicting suffering on others.

    Edit: Also overlaps with Loves The Sound Of Screaming
  • March 23, 2013
    reub2000
  • March 23, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
  • March 23, 2013
    DunDun
    Not nearly as common in Real Life as one might think. Even within the BDSM community, a person who can only get off through hurting others is pretty uncommon. It might help them to hurt their partner, but if they can get off without hurting someone else at all, then they aren't actually a sadist.
  • March 23, 2013
    DunDun
    Also, sadists being someone that enjoys the suffering of others isn't exactly a Captain Obvious description.

    A Captain Obvious description would be, like, "someone who is sad a lot" (which is not correct, but that's not my point).
  • March 23, 2013
    CaveCat
    Western Animation
  • March 23, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    Literature example:

  • March 23, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Videogames
    • Star Craft: Kerrigan the "Queen of Blades", and leader of the Zerg loves playing mind games with the other factions, and pitting them against each other, usually by feigning innocence to gain their trust. In Star Craft II this attitude of hers returns, when she tries to weaken Zeratul's mind by making him beleive the Protoss will be doomed to extinction no matter what he does.
    • Tales Of Symphonia Dawn Of The New World: Alice, a Cute And Psycho antagonist, is mentioned to be a Sadist. She's also seen kicking around her subordinates, and laughing at their pain.
  • March 24, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    • Yuuka Kazami from Touhou. So much that she received the nickname "Ultimate Sadistic Creature" from the fans, and spawned the "Everyone is M for Yuuka" meme.
      • In her first appearance in Lotus Land Story, she playfully threatened to reduce you to a mist of atoms.
      • In her second appearance in Mystic Square, her motive for wrecking through Makai and beating people up is basically because she's bored and wants to play. She also uttered her infamous "Genocide is just a game" line. Her tendency to add "<3" at the end of every sentence doesn't help.
      • In the Windows era, she reappears in Phantasmagoria of Flower View, where she's supposedly has calmed down a lot. She still threatened everyone who met her, or accepted other character's accusations of being the culprit of the incident, even when she's really not, just so she has a reason to beat them up. When Shikieiki confronted her about this, she said it was just 'daily teasing'.
      • In fanworks, she's often portrayed as downright Ax Crazy.
  • March 25, 2013
    Arivne
    A Laconic should never be Exactly What It Says On The Tin. It needs to be changed to something understandable, such as "A character who enjoys another person's pain" or something like that.
  • March 25, 2013
    MsCC93
    Add this one to the Dragonball Example

    • There's also Cell and Super Buu.
    • Vegeta started out as one.
  • March 25, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Okay, I edited the problems. Any more examples?
  • March 26, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
  • March 26, 2013
    DunDun
    Now that you mention it, Marquis De Sade probably should go in the description explaining the origins of the word...
  • March 26, 2013
    McKathlin
    Theatre

    By extension, a lot of Mad Doctor and Depraved Dentist types in media enjoy their jobs because of the pain they get to inflict, so that might be worth mentioning in the description.
  • March 26, 2013
    McKathlin
    Literature
    • As a child, Peter Wiggin from Enders Game flayed squirrels alive and subjected his brother to cruel games. His genius qualified him for Battle School, but he was rejected as too dangerous. As he grew up, his moral compass largely overcame his sadistic tendencies, and he used his intelligence for good.

    And there's another example that involves childhood cruelty to animals. That seems to be a common early sign of sadism in media: a kid who tortures animals usually grows up to torture people. Or if the animal torturer is a kid throughout the story's main continuity, he's a bully, and his animal-torturing hobby will show that he bullies not because he's been hurt, but because he's evil.
  • March 26, 2013
    MsCC93
    BUMP
  • March 26, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Hm, should I include more real life stuff or is it fine with the link to Hollywood Personality Disorders?
  • March 26, 2013
    DunDun
    Real Life examples as in famous people who might or might not have been sadists? That sounds like a bad idea...
  • March 26, 2013
    DunDun
    So I can't believe it hasn't been mentioned yet, but if we launch this, we'll need The Masochist, which is an inversion of The Sadist... wouldn't we?
  • March 27, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Ah, I thought of that, too. I might make the draft today, or leave it up to someone else.
  • March 27, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    ^^^ Yeah, I think the current Real Life thing can be appended to the description, and this should let [[noreallife]].
  • March 27, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    ^^^I think The Masochist is covered enough by Too Kinky To Torture

  • March 27, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Is just providing a link to the disorder okay, or should I link anything else?
  • March 27, 2013
    Psi001
    • Eric Cartman of South Park is a sociopathic bully who is frequently shown to have a horrific sense of humor at the expense of others. He laughs at several of Kenny's deaths, delights in torturing Kyle relentlessly (and revels in the idea of actually killing him) and is revealed at one point to have bullied a classmate to the point of being Driven To Suicide.
      Mr Mackey: Well, what did you used to think was funny?
      Cartman: You know, all the usual stuff. Dirty jokes, funny movies, seeing someone die...
    • Peter Griffin of Family Guy wavers between this and just a Jerkass Bumbling Dad, but neverless has a particularly callous sense of humor in later episodes.

    The Bully is usually a more moderate example (though extreme cases can play this trope to an equally horrific level). The Comedic Sociopath is this trope Played For Laughs.
  • March 28, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    Can this be launched under Sadist instead? Having "The" stuck to it will make it awkward to discuss in sentences. An editor can always add "The" in a sentence if they want, but removing a "The" to make it fit grammar requires additional markup and it's a pain.

    Also I think new tropes starting with "The" may be discouraged now.
  • March 29, 2013
    XFllo
    There is also Sadist Teacher.
  • March 30, 2013
    MokonaZero
    ^^Ah, that's true. Saying sadist does sound more natural.
  • March 30, 2013
    McKathlin
    The examples list looks good, except for the "In General" item at the top of the list. A generality is not an example. It's either a frequent trait of the trope, in which case it should be mentioned in the description, or it's an infrequent trait coincident with the trope that should be mentioned only in the specific examples to which it applies.
  • March 30, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Okay. So should I delete that since there shouldn't be real life examples?
  • March 30, 2013
    McKathlin
    ^ Yes, delete it. When I originally brought up the tortured-animals-as-a-child generality, I was talking about my perception of sadism's portrayal in media (not necessarily Real Life), in case it turned out worth bringing up in the description. But relatively few existing examples include it, so it doesn't really belong in the description.

    As for Real Life, this is definitely a No Real Life Examples Please trope for specific people. General information about sadism in real life is less controversial, but we'll let The Other Wiki cover that.
  • March 30, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Very well. That does sound better. The link to wikipedia should suffice I guess. Any more advice?
  • March 30, 2013
    CaveCat
    I think it looks like it's ready to launch now.
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