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.
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
, 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.
Anime & 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.
- 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.
- Roose Bolton from A Song of Ice and Fire has a legendary reputation for torture.
- A Wrinkle in Time: IT, the Brain in a Jar that rules over the world of Camazotz, refers to itself as "The Happiest Sadist".
- Morgoth, the Big Bad of The Silmarillion, The Children of Húrin, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth, has sadism among his many unpleasant qualities. While torturing captives can get him useful information, he often just does it for fun even when it has no practical purpose, and takes great joy in his victims' agony.
- As a child, Peter Wiggin from Ender’s 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.
- Pick a Villain Protagonist from a Marquis de Sade work. Any Villain Protagonist.
- In Battle Royale Kiriyama actually joined The Program to kill students he doesn't even know, and shoots at them with a smile.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.