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->''"I see no difference between things and people."''
-->-- '''Seishiro Sakurazuka''', ''Manga/TokyoBabylon''

The Sociopath is far from your ordinary criminal or villain. Combine a willingness to cross the MoralEventHorizon without a shred of guilt, a keen sense of other people's mental and emotional fault lines and a LackOfEmpathy and you have the consummate evildoer.

The Sociopath displays these following qualities:

# '''LackOfEmpathy and [[NeverMyFault Imperviousness to Shame]]''': Utterly ruthless doesn't begin to describe them: except for when trying to appear normal, they [[TheUnfettered will disregard any social norms and semblance of morality in pursuit of their own selfish desires]]. The Sociopath will do whatever it takes: lie, cheat, steal, extort, manipulate, or use [[BloodKnight outright violence]] without the slightest hesitation, disgust or remorse, and for as little as [[EvilFeelsGood Pleasure]] or [[ForTheEvulz The Evulz]]. Murder and violence have no more emotional weight than eating Chinese takeout or some other mundane activity, and they have no concern for the direct or collateral damage they do to other people, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood being unable to understand why anyone should]]. Techniques for learning moral behaviour, such as reason, therapy, rehabilitation and behavioral reward/punishment, will not work on them or tend to only make their behavior even worse by making it easier for them to fake it.
# '''ConsummateLiar''' and '''[[ManipulativeBastard Manipulator]]''': In the event they are ever targets of suspicion in crime dramas and thrillers, sociopaths are able to fool any [[LivingLieDetector Living Lie Detectors]] in the cast, pass polygraphs effortlessly, and [[BitchInSheepsClothing fool even you, the audience, into believing they are genuinely kind and caring people]] who are victims of a "big misunderstanding" (assuming they are not [[SmugSnake so smugly confident of their own invincibility]] that they feel no need to hide their unsavory personality). Moreover, despite their lack of empathy, sociopaths are capable of using their knowledge of others' desires, emotions and insecurities to manipulate them for their own personal gain. Because of this, many of them are FauxAffablyEvil. This is related to their lack of empathy and shame - they don't feel the slightest discomfort about lying or exploiting others so they do so with the same ease in which normal people perform mundane activities.
#''' [[TheHedonist Need for Stimulation]]''': TheSociopath's ''raison d'etre'' (i.e.: an overriding goal which serves as one's "reason for existence"). Due to their [[LackOfEmpathy inability to empathize]] or even care for those around them, sociopaths largely view their existence as [[StrawNihilist boring and/or meaningless]] and therefore feel compelled to engage in "thrill-seeking" activities to [[ItAmusedMe alleviate their restlessness.]] How this manifests depends largely on the sociopath's personality. It can be as ''relatively'' benign as binging on video games, compulsively gambling, or leading [[TheCasanova highly promiscuous lifestyles]]. Far more dangerous examples are prone to satiate their lust for thrills by partaking in criminal enterprises, becoming {{serial rapist}}s and/or [[SerialKiller killers]], or (with regards to [[BunnyEarsLawyer unusually high-functioning cases]]) accumulating vast wealth and/or influence for the sole purpose of [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans dominating as many people as they can for their own amusement.]] By the same token, sociopaths have a '''very''' low tolerance for inconvenience or irritation which they often display through a pronounced lack of impulse control. Because of that many of them are AxCrazy and/or have a HairTriggerTemper and/or are {{Mood Swinger}}s.
# '''[[{{Pride}} A Grandiose Sense of Self-Worth]]''': If there's a skill that exists, you can bet they believe they can master it in no time at all. From their perspective, they are the most handsome, intelligent and powerful individual that is and ever will be. Unlike the {{Narcissist}} whose self-esteem is [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond vulnerable to others' perceptions]], a sociopath's grandiosity about their self-worth remains constant regardless of how people view him/her. Even when their actions result in crushing failure, a sociopath feels no need to conform their conduct with others' views or standards. Conversely, in pursuit of their insatiable desire for stimulation, they will continue to push the envelope as much as they can do so without suffering the consequences (a self-destructive lifestyle which endangers not only themselves but everyone around them). Likewise, sociopaths are incapable of acknowledging personal responsibility for ''ANY'' of the failures or disappointments they encounter (i.e: events which they automatically attribute to [[TheManIsKeepingUsDown those out to "keep them down"]] or [[YouCantFightFate unfortunate twists of fate entirely beyond their control]]).
# '''[[ItsAllAboutMe Shallow Affect]]''': Their defining trait. A Sociopath is literally incapable of experiencing a deep emotional attachment towards others but - being a ConsummateLiar - learns early in life how to fake them. They never truly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understand the feelings of others on anything more than an intellectual level]], and may even believe that [[NotSoDifferent everybody else is faking it too]]. As many RealLife criminal psychologists put it: "They know the words but not the music." This shallow emotional life means that the Sociopath is unable to form sincere long-term relationships with anything or anyone, but will feign feelings of love and affection if they feel it serves their purposes. Most of the true feelings a sociopath harbors towards others, positive or negative, are rooted in an insatiable desire [[ControlFreak to dominate or control them]]. While [[{{Narcissist}} narcissists]] would prefer to be [[GlorySeeker loved or at least respected]] by those around them, sociopaths don't care whether others view them positively as long as they don't stand in the way of their own [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered gratification]]. In the rare event that a Sociopath actually ''does'' form an "attachment" to another person, it normally rises no further than that between an owner and a possession and/or a valuable resource for advancing their goals. Thus, once such "friends" cease to be a source of entertainment or otherwise outlive their usefulness, they abandon or kill them without ANY hesitation or regret unless (in the case of more high-functioning examples) [[PragmaticVillainy they feel doing so would potentially jeopardize their own self-interest]].

Many of these traits are shared with other disorders, but it's the ''combination'' of them all that creates the Sociopath. And, like many other disorders, sociopathy falls on a spectrum. Some sociopaths are just unusually self-absorbed. On the other end of the scale are the ruthless, remorseless monsters. Sociopaths also have varying personalities, levels of intelligence, and interests, which influences how their disorder manifests in everyday life.

The high-functioning Sociopath will usually have better-than-average impulse control for someone with their condition, and may actually appear perfectly normal. They know murder is bad because they're ''told'' it's bad -- and know murderers who are caught will get in trouble -- but the action has no more emotional weight to them than brushing their teeth. They emulate the moral behaviour of society because a failure to do so has negative consequences, and ''not'' because GoodFeelsGood. WhatYouAreInTheDark exposes them for who they are, and they do not consider something wrong if they do not get caught. If killing advances their goals and they can get away with it, they will often do so. And they will often seek positions of respectability within their communities in order to maintain the façade of being just like everybody else.

Alternatively, they may simply possess goals that do not require murder or other criminal activities to achieve; this does not mean they won't strive to achieve those goals at the expense of the happiness of other people. And even if their goals would be more easily achieved with murder, they might still refrain - but that's because they fear getting caught, not the feelings of others. They might go their whole lives appearing almost normal... but there will always be something a little 'off' about them; something cold and distant and fake. And they won't even care. This type can make a terrifying KnightTemplar, liable to belive that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans- some sociopathic serial killers claim they are simply a NecessaryEvil removing undesirable elements from society or making a political statement. They may understand intellectually that their actions are undesirable in society at large, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality but feel that they should be rewarded, not punished, for acting to solve a perceived problem.]]

The low-functioning version is defined mostly by their impulse control being particularly shoddy, or having a personality type that predisposes them to violent behavior. For them, maintaining the façade of "fitting in" is simply impossible, as their violent outbursts make them highly visible. But even a low-functioning Sociopath can be glib and charming, allowing them to accrue loyal followers who perceive their behavior as revolutionary and secretly having a higher purpose. The sociopath will see these followers as useful pawns at best, however, and will not return any of their loyalty in kind. Though they may ''pretend'' to when it suits them.

If the Sociopath happens to be a ruler, and is automatically above the law, then expect them to be TheCaligula.

If the Sociopath has [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], there's a good chance those standards are either carefully calculated to manipulate others, or incidental to the sociopath's personality type. Often, their lack of ''emotional investment'' in any kind of moral code or ideology can strike a person with more typical psychological makeup as BlueAndOrangeMorality.

The canonical alignment for many Sociopaths is ChaoticEvil of the Type 4 variety, though some NeutralEvil examples exist under the Type 3 variety. LawfulEvil Sociopaths are possible.

The trope is named following an old edition of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diagnostic_and_Statistical_Manual_of_Mental_Disorders DSM]] which used the term to refer to what is now classed as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-social_personality_disorder Antisocial personality disorder]]. Though the terms sociopathy and psychopathy are still recognized in some circles, they have no official standing. See [[Analysis/TheSociopath Analysis]] and UsefulNotes/LackOfEmpathy for more detailed information.

Compare SociopathicHero, ComedicSociopathy, MoralSociopathy. Contrast the {{Narcissist}}, who has the grandiose ego and LackOfEmpathy, but experiences the full range and intensity of human emotion, and is capable of love -- even if it's a very one-sided, selfish kind of love. If a character qualifies as a CompleteMonster, there's a very good chance that this trope applies to them.

Note: Very few fictional sociopaths -- even the ones identified as such by the work itself -- would be considered as such by a real-life psychiatrist. This is because, as Robert Hare points out in his book ''Without Conscience'', sociopaths by definition are [[FlatCharacter two-dimensional characters]], lacking an ability to have anything resembling CharacterDevelopment. (And also because people who have the full range of human emotions may find it near impossible to conceive of a human being that truly lives without them.) The biggest indication that a fictional character may score high on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hare_Psychopathy_Checklist psychopath checklist]] is antisocial behavior (whether violent or nonviolent) coupled with their loyalty or affection to other characters being dubious at best. So if a character has a MoralityPet, MoralityChain, or [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas a deep attachment to a family member]] or [[UndyingLoyalty leader]] that goes beyond simple practicality, it's a good bet this trope doesn't apply to the character.
* TheSociopath/AnimeAndManga
* TheSociopath/ComicBooks
* TheSociopath/{{Literature}}
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* TheSociopath/VideoGames
* TheSociopath/WesternAnimation


[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[BigBad Checker]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Monarch]] from ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves''. She's been confirmed by WordOfGod to have been based off of real life sociopaths.
* It's debatable if Theodore Nott is an example or not in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/690850 To the Continuation]]'', though, one character does explicitly label him as such, and he seems to agree. However, aside from one murder, which he had a somewhat sympathetic motive for, he doesn't really do anything concretely bad during the story.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5725656/1/Fate-s-Favourite Fate's Favourite]]'' and it's prequel Tom Riddle [[ItsWhatIDo regularly refers to himself]] as "a clinical psychopath" as a [[JerkJustifications Jerk Justification]] whenever one of his "friends" (mostly Harry) [[AffablyEvil seems to forget he's not a nice guy.]]
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', Hitomi Kirihara, a {{Deconstruction}} of a JerkSue, has this as her personality. She sees nothing wrong with using her MindControl powers to rob and later murder people, and cares for no one other than herself [[spoiler:to the point at which when her Child is destroyed, which would normally result in the death of the person she valued most, ''Hitomi herself'' dies.]]
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Fanfic/NoHoper'' when one of the vampyre students dies in front of [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] and he shows no emotion over her death. The other students whine and scream at him and call him a sociopath. Light only agrees and tells them that they're probably right.
* [[EvilGenius Uxie]] from Fanfic/PokeWars shows all the signs. ''Utterly'' incapable of feeling remorse. Treats everyone around him as little more than ''disposable'' lab equipment. He casually orders genocide with the ease that someone would order a pizza.
* Tsali the Ultimate Weapon from ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this. [[spoiler: Several systems in his artificial brain were secretly modified to completely suppress his empathy and sense of mercy so he would never feel remorse for his crimes. However, when those systems are [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone accidentally]] [[HeroicBSOD damaged]]]]...
* The ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' version of Twilight Sparkle, hands down. Devoid of empathy, especially for [[ButtMonkey poor Spike]]? Check. Completely unshakable belief that [[ItsAllAboutMe she is the center of the universe]]? Check. [[ManipulativeBastard Master manipulator]]? Check. Impulsive? [[AxCrazy Oh, that's a big check.]]
* Fanfic/{{Misunderstandings}}: Big Top. Torturing animals (both wild and ''sentient'') in his sideshow for [[{{Sadist}} fun]] and [[OnlyInItForTheMoney profit]] is a dead give away. He also extremely manipulative, blackmailing a griffin into entering his exhibit, and torturing her into acting vicious. And he lied to her about her father being dead for several ''months'' and threaten to break her completely, like he had done to a minotaur, all with a huge grin on his face.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':
** Hokuto Kaneshiro is depicted as such here. During his screen time, he effortlessly manipulates Tsukune and his group, fooling them into believing he's on their side until he reveals that he personally orchestrated Kuyou's attack on Yokai Academy as a distraction so he could steal an ArtifactOfDoom from the school; in the final chapter of Act III, he shows little to no reaction when Kiria, whom he had a VillainousFriendship with, is killed, stating that this simply proves that he was right and Kiria's plan was [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption doomed from the start]]. On top of it all, the entire extent of his plan is to bring back Alucard and then just sit back and watch as Alucard destroys the planet because [[StrawNihilist he's convinced that all life, human and monster alike, is an evil and meaningless plague]] [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum that needs to be wiped out]].
** The original Falla Cii has shades of this. Intelligent and manipulative? Check; she managed to easily manipulate Kyouko and ultimately trick Tsukune's group, who know from what Falla's [[CainAndAbel good sister]] Luna told them that Falla is a heartless bitch, into thinking she wants to be come a good person? Complete LackOfEmpathy and moral conscience? Check; Falla went so far as to send her own little sister Complica to her death ForTheEvulz, and later outright admitted to Luna and their mother that she viewed Complica as a disgrace to their species and she's ''happy'' that her younger sister is dead. On top of it all, she comes right out and says that ''nothing'' matters to her more than herself and power, not even her own family, and goes so far as to ''mock'' Tsukune and co. for ever believing that she would "choose family over power."
* In ''Fanfic/{{Nightblade}}'' [[spoiler:Nick]] claims to be one. Whether or not he is, he has many traits of being a sociopath, including the lack of moral compass and empathy.
* Cedric from [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11271174/1/Voodoo-s-Disciple Voodoo's Disciple]] is considered to be one in the the story. Despite this he thinks that psychopathy fits him better.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The [[WesternAnimation/DCUniverseOriginalAnimatedMovies DC Animated Movies]] have some notable sociopaths.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox'' has Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash. Batman describes Thawne as a textbook sociopath, and he's driven to make the Flash's life miserable. The movie even opens with him conspiring to blow up a good chunk of Central city, kill hundreds of civilians, the Rogues and Flash himself all to discredit him, when Flash traps him so he can't escape the explosion, Thawne's completely fine as long as the Flash dies. While he doesn't have anything to do with creating the bad alternate timeline (which was the result of [[spoiler:Barry going back in time, saving his mother and causing temporal ripples]]), he makes it a point to kill people to draw the Flash's attention, and is willing to let the world be destroyed (with him on it) as long as the Flash dies.
** Both incarnations of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker are depicted as textbook sociopaths.
*** The Joker in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' is the direct cause for all the misery that happens in the movie. The film opens with him [[WouldHurtAChild brutally beating Jason Todd with a crowbar, then killing him by blowing up the warehouse]]. When Black Mask reluctantly frees him from Arkham, Joker repays him by [[spoiler: attempting to burn him and his employees alive to lure the Red Hood out.]] Even when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Red Hood is actually Jason Todd revived by a Lazarus Pit]], Joker displays no remorse for causing [[spoiler:Jason's descent into villainy.]]
*** The Joker in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' shows that [[EvilOldFolks age is neither a requirement nor a detriment to pure evil]]. Having been in a decades-long catatonic state due to Batman going into retirement, Batman's resurgence causes Joker to snap out of his catatonia and back into his murderous ways. After being asked to appear on a talk show, the Joker kills the doctor treating him by slitting his throat with a broken coffee mug and kills the audience with Joker Toxin. He then [[spoiler: sells poisoned cotton candy to boy scouts at an amusement park]] and later goes on a shooting rampage, killing everyone he comes across to escape Batman, all to make the Dark Knight lose control and break his [[ThouShallNotKill one rule]] And when that doesn't work he [[spoiler:snaps his own neck to spite Batman.]]
* From the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, where VileVillainSaccharineShow tends to be in effect:
** Lady Tremaine from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. You could argue she cares about her daughters, but look closer and you will see she only cares about her daughters' social standing, thus inarguably her own. She is an [[AbusiveParents abusive parent]] to Cinderella, Drizella and Anastasia alike. Even worse in the direct-to-video sequel ''Cinderella III: A Twist in Time'', where she makes Anastasia into her new ButtMonkey.
** Percival C. [=McLeach=] from ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' fits this trope, although he is [[BookDumb a lot less intelligent]] than most examples. He is still ruthless, cunning, guiltless, self-centered and anti-social, on top of being a very BadBoss to poor [[TheDragon Joanna]] the [[SeldomSeenSpecies Goanna]].
** [[BigBad Jafar]] from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' was described as "Senor Psychopath" by the Genie, and with good reason too.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Scar has zero qualms over planning the deaths of his family and pretending to be racked with grief.
** [[Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective Professor Ratigan]] is a pretty dark example. He's a [[WickedCultured sophisticated rodent]] with a charming demeanor and a heart as black as coal. He has drowned orphans and widows, been responsible for most of London's troubles, and has a pet cat, which he uses to kill anyone he wants. During his VillainSong, he had one of his own henchmen killed because he called him a rat. The scary thing about this is he wasn't concerned at all. Well, you couldn't have expected anything less from a kid friendly version of [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty]].
** [[HangingJudge Judge]] [[KnightTemplar Claude Frollo]] from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' cares for nothing or no one but himself, and the only times he expresses any regret for his actions stem completely from a self-serving fear that he'll be sent to Hell, rather than any genuine remorse.
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' gives us Mother Gothel, perhaps one of the more disturbing animated examples of this trope. So vain and self-centered it drives her to commit the most heinous acts without ever feeling guilty for it, she plays the role of an emotionally abusive parent to Rapunzel shockingly well. Always painting herself as the victim, always guilt-tripping Rapunzel into obedience.. but still resorting to violence to get what she wants. And she has superficial charm all over.
** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'''s King Candy, who manipulates and [[VillainHasAPoint constructs reasonable arguments]] for people to listen to him. Also, doesn't care about who he hurts if it means getting what he wants. [[spoiler:As Turbo, he got two games unplugged because of his insane jealousy and tried to delete Vanellope out of her game. When this wouldn't work, he redesigns her into a glitch and has her shamed and outcast by the other characters in Sugar Rush after erasing everyone's memories.]]
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' has an example of this trope in [[spoiler: [[GenderFlip Prince]] [[FemmeFatale Hans]]. He, for most of the movie, is shown being a nice person who is always willing to help. It's not until Anna needs his love and they are alone that the reveal is made, and it's just as shocking to the audience as it is to Anna. Hans has from the beginning been trying to gain the throne of Arendelle and is willing to kill anyone who gets in his way (namely Elsa and Anna) while looking like a gentle and noble person to characters and audience. ]]
** ''Disney/BigHero6'' has a more tragic example in the form of Yokai, [[spoiler:AKA Callaghan]]. [[spoiler: He was once a kind and caring scientist who genuinely loved his daughter Abigail. However, when an accident with an experimental transporter created by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Krei]] seemingly killed her, the event drove him mad with grief and made him don the villainous alias Yokai in an attempt to take revenge on Krei. His thirst for revenge so twisted his mind that it drove him to repeatedly attempt to murder the titular heroes (who are not only [[WouldHurtAChild children, but his own students]]) and nearly destroy the city all with no remorse. However, this is ultimately subverted at the end when his daughter is revealed to still be alive. Upon hearing this revelation, he expresses genuine remorse for his crimes.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FreeBirds'' has Reggie. He constantly gets abused by many of the film's antagonist and blames his faults on the only characters who was nice to him.
* The titled character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'' is a huge JerkAss to the only people who were nice to him, because the antagonist kept abusing him.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', we have Syndrome. His vengeful hatred towards Mr. Incredible notwithstanding, he has zero qualms about destroying entire cities and killing innocent people (even children) for the sake of power and personal gain. In one scene, we even witness him ''excitedly'' watching various clips of people all over the world getting slaughtered and killed. Sounds like a pretty typical sociopath.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AmericanPsycho'': Patrick Bateman. A perfect example. On the starpulse.com article about the most believable sociopaths in film, Bateman scored higher on the APD/sociopathy checklist than [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] and [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]].
* Kit from ''Film/{{Badlands}}'', who goes on a cross-country murder spree, and his vacuous girlfriend Holly. Kit is obvious, given the casual and untroubled way he goes about murdering people. But one of the more interesting things about the film is the suggestion that Holly is just as bad a sociopath as Kit is, and maybe worse. There's her narration, which throughout the film casts their story as a fairy-tale romance while Kit is going around murdering people. She shows nothing but DullSurprise as Kit's body count mounts, except for one time when she slaps him after he kills her father. She has an idle and pointless conversation with Cato while a gutshot Cato bleeds to death. And while Kit at least has an emotional connection to her, she doesn't seem to love him that much at all, and she eventually casts him off when she gets bored. As they are living a quiet existence in the woods for a few days following her father's murder, Holly says of Kit:
--> "At times I wished he'd fall in the river and drown, so I could watch."
* Catherine Tramell of the ''Film/BasicInstinct'' series is a rare example of a female sociopath in popular culture. A charismatic, seductive, [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]] author, FemmeFatale, pathological liar and SerialKiller, she manipulates and causes the deaths of nearly everyone in the story, including many of her lovers and her own parents, largely for her own personal gain, amusement and to inspire her novels with no real remorse whatsoever. She is even described as such by multiple characters in the films.
* Vincent from ''Film/{{Collateral}}''. He's even described as such, in story.
* In ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Nazis official Reinhard Heydrich shows all of the classic traits: Superficial charm, glibness, personal manipulation, compulsive recklessness ("the secret to enjoying life is to live dangerously," he says), and an utter lack of empathy. KennethBranagh came away from the role convinced that inside the man, there was no principle, no passion, and no emotion except for a desire to dominate others. He went so far as to say that Heydrich didn't even seem especially anti-Semitic: The man simply lusted after power, and the fact that said power meant the murders of six million Jews was incidental.
* [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The]] [[Creator/HeathLedger Joker]] from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has shades of this: when he's introduced, after tricking his henchmen into murdering each other, he kills the last one, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Mob Bank Owner''': WHADDAYA BELIEVE IN?!
-->'''The Joker''': I believe that whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you *''removes mask''* stranger.
** He then spends the whole movie running circles around Gordon and Batman, terrorizing Gotham, killing his own minions, killing basically anyone he wants, and [[GlasgowGrin smiling all the way]]. It's telling that, when recruiting for his gang, he first puts a smile on [[ScaryBlackMan Gambol's]] face, then throws his men a broken pool cue. The scene cuts away before we can see what happens, though.
* [[BigBad Ajax]] from Film/{{Deadpool}}. Even SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} calls him a psychopath and for good reason.
* [[PsychoForHire Agent Kruger]] from ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' is explicitly described as a human rights violator, with multiple accounts of murder and rape, whom he gleefully lives up to in the film itself. He really gets his jollies out of messing with people in the most horrible of ways and when he finds out that [[spoiler:Max has the codes to overturn the system on the station itself]], Kruger intends on stealing them and [[spoiler:turning Elysium into his own private little hell.]]
* ''Film/EscapePlan'': Hobbes, while nominally on the side of "The Law", fits into this like a comfortable pair of slippers. He displays an utter lack of concern for basic human dignity, or indeed the ''lives'' of prisoners and guards alike who he views as possessions rather than people, indulges in no real emotions except for taking a cold and analytic pleasure in absolute control and causing suffering (symbolized by his meticulously maintained and lifelessly-beautiful taxidermy butterfly collection), and is '''so''' disconnected from basic human feeling that he showed the same calm, almost amused, indifference [[spoiler: to not only his hired men, but towards his own imminent fiery death at the film's end.]]
* Nathan from ''Film/ExMachina'' lacks empathy and seems to crave stimulation and control over other people.
* Geaer Grimsrud from the film ''Film/{{Fargo}}''. A mute, nearly emotionless man with a love of pancakes, he reveals his true colors when he murders a police officer and several innocent people nonchalantly, and later [[spoiler: kills an innocent woman for simply making too much noise and shoves his partner into a wood chipper for mouthing off to him]]. He does all of this [[DissonantSerenity without changing his emotionless demeanor whatsoever]].
* Amy from ''Film/GoneGirl'' is a film study of this. She has all the traits: Superficial Charm, Lack of Empathy, Manipulating, Impulsive Disorder, [[spoiler: and she won't hesitate to commit murder to further her goals. Her narration during the mid film PlotTwist has her all but admit this. Her husband Nick realized this about her and tries to divorce her, but Amy makes sure it never happens.]]
* In ''Film/JurassicPark'', the ''Velociraptors'' almost always come off as evil megalomaniacs, especially in the first film. Unlike the other dinosaurs, who are all [[NonMaliciousMonster Non-Malicious Monsters]] that only hunt when hungry or threatened, [[AxCrazy The Big One]] and her brethren are all [[SuperPersistentPredator Super-Persistent Predators]] who enjoy slaughtering other animals. This is {{Justified}} in the novels, which state that the raptors grew up in isolated captivity and never developed social skills that they would've usually learned from their parents, leaving them all effectively sociopaths who just kill everything around them. ''Film/JurassicWorld'' later contrasts this with Owen Grady's imprinted raptors, who are far more well-adjusted and behave more like their prehistoric counterparts, simply due to them being raised by a ParentalSubstitute who provided a large enclosure, enrichment, social interaction, and constant attention to them.
* ''Film/TheLastSeduction'': Bridget shows pretty much all of the classic traits. She lies, manipulates, and discards others for her own gain, expresses no remorse for any of her actions-including at least one murder and ruining another man's life-requires stimulation by mentally toying with people out of boredom or rather shamelessly using them to get off, and the only time she ever discusses morality she seems to regard it as some alien concept.
* In the Creator/SergioLeone's {{Spaghetti Western}}s films, ANY BigBad of any of his films: [[Film/AFistfulOfDollars Ramon Rojo]], [[Film/ForAFewDollarsMore El Indio]], [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly Angel Eyes]], [[Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest Frank]] and the [[Film/AFistfulOfDynamite col. Reza]]. Oh, well, all these villains have lack of empathy, guilt or remorse, even some of them make atrocities ForTheEvulz.
* ''Film/LittleSweetheart'': Thelma, a nine year old girl who is willing to blackmail, steal, spy and [[spoiler:murder her best friend]] to get her way.
* Butch Cavendish from ''Film/TheLoneRanger'', who's primary motivation is to fulfill his own selfish desires and murders anyone who so much as annoys him.
* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'': [[BigBad Immortan Joe]] exhibits the traits of one. He's highly charismatic, having built up a cult around himself and convinced hundreds of people to [[DeathSeeker martyr themselves for him]]. He also treats everyone around him as resources and objects; he forces people with O-negative blood to serve as donors and beautiful, healthy women to be his [[SexSlave Wives]]. While he's distraught when [[spoiler: Angharad, his favorite Wife, is mortally wounded]], he clearly cared about her as a valued possession rather than a human being, seeing as he imprisoned and raped her, and doesn't bat an eye when [[spoiler: she and her unborn child finally succumb to their wounds.]] His aforementioned outburst is also quite brief, and he's otherwise driven solely by wounded pride.
* [[AdaptationalVillainy Stefan]] is portrayed as this in ''Film/{{Maleficent}}''. Years after befriending the titular fairy, he learns whoever will kill her will be made king, Stefan lures her away, and cuts off her wings. He spent years in fear of Maleficent's retaliation, and when it does arrive, and his daughter Aurora has to go into hiding, Stefan [[SanitySlippage only gets]] [[FromBadToWorse worse from there]], becoming more obsessed with his need to kill Maleficent to be concerned with his dying wife and the safety of his own men. When Aurora is finally reunited with Stefan, [[spoiler: he has her locked up, while preparing an elaborate trap to torture and kill Maleficent.]]
** He's even more evil in the novelisation of the film, which shows [[spoiler: him manipulating Maleficent from the start, letting her think he was giving her a jewel he had when he had another in his pocket. There is also a scene in the novel, where after taking Maleficent's wings, the king laughs that Stefan for thinking he had a shot to be king - so Stefan suffocates him and coerces the other nobles into going along with it, daring them to deny him the crown when they all heard the king promise the throne to the man who killed Maleficent. He also claims to feel remorse over what he done to Maleficent, but during the final fight, he subverts this by stating he regrets ''not'' killing her when he had the chance]].
* Anton Chigurh from ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen''. He seems to view people much like cattle, and shows absolutely no remorse or consideration for any of the horrible deeds he performs throughout the movie.
--> "What's this guy supposed to be, the ultimate badass?"
--> "I don't think that's how I'd describe him."
--> "Well, how ''would'' you describe him?"
--> "I guess I'd say he...doesn't have a sense of humor."
* Daniel Lugo has exactly ''zero'' redeeming characteristics in ''Film/PainAndGain'', and feels no remorse for any of his actions.
* Professor Moriarty is portrayed as such in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''. People are just pawns to him, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness employment termination involves life termination ("No loose ends")]], he has a ginormous ego, [[FauxAffablyEvil has superficial charm]], and is completely ruthless. Holmes lampshades this by diagnosing him with "moral insanity", a dated term for ASPD.
* ''Film/{{Smiley}}'' gives us [[spoiler: a ''group'' of them. It turns out "Smiley" was a group of students trying to spread the urban legend of the titular killer by pranking the protagonist, Ashley. When they think the drove her to suicide, the ''celebrate'' and congratulate themselves for a job well done. One of them ''does'' briefly question the morality of their actions, before getting killed by the ''real'' Smiley.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Emperor Palpatine certainly qualifies. LackOfEmpathy? Check. Manipulates people like chesspieces and only emitting shallow emotions? Check. Experiences extreme rage and is uplifted when hurting enemies? Check. That's just in the movies. The expanded universe has him being a sociopath even when he was a kid (including [[SelfMadeOrphan murdering his parents and siblings]]), and is incapable of feeling regret when committing heinous actions and various misdemeanors (including manslaughter when driving like a maniac). His cloning attempts only make his sociopathy even worse.
** Grand Moff Tarkin is a ruthless Imperial officer, and one of the Emperor's top agents. While in command of the Death Star, Tarkin had Princess Leia tortured and threatened to destroy Alderaan, Leia's homeworld, if she didn't give him the location of a Rebel base. When Leia gave him the information he wanted, Tarkin [[ILied destroyed Alderaan anyway]], killing billions of innocent people, solely to demonstrate the Death Star's power, then ordered Leia's execution. After discovering the location of the Rebel base, Tarkin attempted to destroy that planet as well. Unfortunately for Tarkin, he put too much faith in the Death Star's defenses, and furthermore [[Literature/DeathStar failed to realize that the head gunner for the superlaser was]] ''[[Literature/DeathStar not]]'' [[Literature/DeathStar a sociopath]], and was so full of remorse over Alderaan that he stalled for time at Yavin.
* ''Film/{{Stoker}}'': [[spoiler: Uncle Charlie is one of these in the screenplay, superficially glib, manipulative and charming, but he seems to have a seriously low threshold for physical aggression and beats several people to death with his bare hands or whatever's handy. He also seems to be incapable of leading a functional adult life independently of others. His affection for his niece is more as an extension of himself than anything else. India seems to be likewise, but she's more of the Hollywood, unnaturally-cool-and-collected variety.]]
* Loki in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/{{The Avengers 2012}}''. Despite what [[DracoInLeatherPants Leather Pantsing]] fans might lead you to believe, Loki is almost a textbook example of a sociopath, fitting every one of the above examples to a T. Being the God of Lies certainly helps him to be deceptive in this regard towards interpersonal connections, but the fact that he [[spoiler: let the Frost Giants into Asgard to ruin Thor's coronation even before his [[SanitySlippage Sanity Slippage]] certainly seems to cement that his connections to Thor and Odin are built on lies.]]
* ''Film/TheWarriors'' Luthor from the Rouges kills the gang leader Cyrus, and blames it on the Warriors, all because he felt like doing it.
* Christine Vole from ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution''. She has no reaction to her husband Leonard's arrest for murder (then a capital crime in England), does not visit him, and has no sympathy for his plight while he is clearly relying on her for support. She brushes off any suggestion that she should offer any; the most sentiment she has is that she's grateful he married her so [[CitizenshipMarriage she could get out of postwar Germany]]. She also carried on an affair and plotted to testify against him so she could run way with her lover (whom she manipulated into attacking his ex; said ex sells this information to barrister Sir Wilfred). [[spoiler:So she'd have you believe. In reality it's all a plot to get Leonard acquitted for the murder he really did commit. ''He'' turns out to be quite the sociopath: an admitted drifter with an unsuccessful invention who let a lonely, wealthy widow fawn over him before convincing her to put him in his will and then murdering her. Then, he discards Christine even though she loves him enough to cover up his murder and perjure herself without question--for a woman that he ran into outside a travel agency. He casually brushes off Sir Wilfred and Christine's horrified reactions when he reveals all this. No wonder Christine stabs him.]]
* ''Film/XMen'': [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Victor Creed]]/[[Film/XMen1 Sabretooth.]] It's clear that he enjoys making people suffer. He does however have a genuine connection to his little brother Logan until it fell apart later on.
* ''Film/HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller'' gives us the titular serial killer, Henry. As if his "hobby" alone wasn't enough of a clue, he displays an extremely limited emotional capacity, and unlike many of the examples above, is completely uncharismatic and fairly unintelligent; he's clever enough to kill people without getting caught, but even in that regard he's more of an idiot savant.

* Several songs from the HipHop group ''Music/{{Gravediggaz}}'' are known for their lyrics describing people mentally unstable, or complete sociopathic murderers.
* Cracked has [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_1544_17-famous-love-songs-clearly-written-by-sociopaths/ 17 Famous Love Songs Clearly Written by Sociopaths]]. As usual however, few of the examples are displaying actual clinical symptoms of sociopathy.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Trinity}}'', this is the dirty secret of the main branch of the vitakinetic order. Their powers make them intimately aware of the physical and mental health of people in close proximity to them. Quite a few of these healers find being surrounded by so much pain and decay so overwhelming that they voluntarily undergo a process that turns them into sociopaths, just so they can get on with their jobs without being constantly crippled by empathy with their patients.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Snadhy'rune, the closest thing ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' has to a BigBad, fits a lot of the criteria for sociopathy/psychopathy. Her defining character traits consist of the list mentioned at the top of the page, and one person on the forum [[http://forums.drowtales.com/viewtopic.php?f=88&t=18192 ran her through the Hare Psychopathy Checklist]] and found she hit nearly every point on the list, with the main ones she missed either covering periods of her life we haven't seen or that don't apply in context (i.e. drow do not get married so the "many short-term marital relationships" doesn't apply). She's effectively manipulated her lover [[spoiler:Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress]] to be totally emotionally dependent on her to the point that when [[spoiler:Mel's daughter]] is in a life threatening situation she freezes completely and can only say out loud that Snadhya will fix it, and it's strongly implied Snadhya views her as pet more than an equal. She keeps up a pretty effective MaskOfSanity for the public, but over the course of chapter 46 she gradually drops it until the absolutely cold-blooded way she [[spoiler:murders her own daughter Kalki]] clinches it. [[spoiler:Zhor]] also says that Snadhya's mother knew "the sickness in her daughter" which also heavily suggests that it's pathological.
** Also Yuh'le, one of the Nidraa'chal, is explicitly referred to as a sociopath, but unlike Snadhya'rune it's much more obvious in her case, with her possessing a flat affect, severe LackOfEmpathy and a habit of using her BloodMagic to make small animals explode for fun when she can't use it on other people, and was thrown out of her clan for a murder that it's implied she committed for fun. Contrasted with Snadhya she is a good example of a low-functioning sociopath compared to Snadhya's high-functioning. Also of note is how the Kyorl'solenurn Seers (who are basically TheEmpath and can sense the intent of others) are completely unable to sense ''anything'' from her and are enormously unsettled by this.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', Olive Branch fits this trope to a tee. She comes as close as the largely GreyAndGrayMorality of Erfworld gets to being truly evil. Olive Branch is a charming ManipulativeBitch who inevitably betrays and destroys everyone around her. She is also a narcissist, having brought ruin to many sides and even the casters of her ''own'' side just to prove the superiority of her magic. According to Wanda, she is literally incapable of empathy or remorse and cares only about herself.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', the first attempt at {{Uplifted Animal}}s, chimpanzees, turned out like this; their frontal lobes were not developed enough to let them think through what they were doing before they did it. [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman gets around this by being intelligent and self aware enough to realize this, and take precautions in advance to ensure he doesn't hurt people.]]
* Angel, the VillainProtagonist of ''Webcomic/TheGoodWitch'', remorselessly torments and ruins the lives of her friends, family, and anybody unfortunate enough to cross her path with her newfound magic powers. There are hints she is a "made sociopath," not originally being so cruel and self-centered but gradually cracking under an intense amount of bullying, but any sympathy that might have been gifted to her has long since passed; for God's sake, she turns people into articles of clothing, which her unwitting mother then sells in her store, and ''keeps them sentient'' so that they can desperately try to find anyone to help them and eternally despair over their predicament!
* Some fans of ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' have referred to international lingerie model Senna as a borderline sociopath. She's certainly a {{narcissist}}, being vain, self-centered, and delusional; she also shows few signs of empathy, lies on a whim, possesses casual charm, and pursues all sorts of thrills. Given the nature of the comic, she's a fairless harmless [[ComedicSociopathy comedy version]] at worst, though, and she does show flashes of some kind of fondness for Gary, along with deep and long-lasting feelings towards Sandra (though admittedly the feeling there is poorly-concealed hatred).
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' features some sociopathic villains:
** Tarquin is quite the sociopath -- while his fans like to paint him as [[DracoInLeatherPants a leather pants-wearing]] NobleDemon, that doesn't change the fact that the lives of others mean very little to him. He "[[ColdBloodedTorture convinces]]" his wives to marry him, or how he forced Gannji and Enor to fight to the death because he thought Elan would enjoy it simply because they had captured him and brought him to the former after mistaking him for Nale (and seemed confused when Elan wasn't thrilled with the idea). He's also got LackOfEmpathy down, as he told Malack (his supposed friend) to stop whining about his dead "children" [[spoiler:actually, it turns out, vampire minions]] and ordered him to work with Nale (who killed said children). And then [[spoiler:he stabbed Nale, who was also his son, to death afterwards]]. It's quite evident that he sees everyone around him as plot devices, nothing more, nothing less. Which said, he apparently felt some kind of real friendship with Malack, he feels some kind of compulsion to bring order to the world, and he pales beside...
** Xykon, the comic's BigBad. At no point does Xykon show any feeling for another being that isn't merely practical (and sometimes not even then). He has little if any desire to control his impulses, possibly because unlike Tarquin he has the raw magical power to cow anyone into obedience or kill those who would oppose him, and is well-aware of it, so he never really needed to rely so much on manipulation. His motivation for committing evil can largely be summed up with [[ForTheEvulz "Why not?"]]. He's easily bored and destroying the lives of others is his only method of alleviating the boredom. He's [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior been like this since he was a child]], when his pet dog died and he first awakened his magical power by raising it as an undead, then used it to torture and kill animals. As a teenager, he murdered his family in cold blood, simply because he knew he could. [[BrilliantButLazy He is also far more cunning and manipulative than one might think]]; when sufficiently motivated, he can play others like a fiddle, such as when he [[spoiler: tricked Redcloak into killing his brother]]. To top it all off, he is [[FauxAffablyEvil very charming and funny]], as even Redcloak admits.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Imaginee from ''WebAnimation/TheAutisticWorldOfTheAutist'' has been described as such. His routine consists of doing atrocious things such as stomping around in his HumongousMecha, torturing people on Tuesdays and on Halloween [[MindRape bringing up trauma from Leon's past and convincing Brian that Leon will replace him with Mona]], all with a [[SlasherSmile smile on his face]].
** Mona as well, considering that she loves making Brian's life hell and is more than willing to give both Leon and herself diarrhoea just to get Brian's goat (still, at least her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard).
** Surprisingly, Leon is one, which adds some serious FridgeHorror [[AuthorAvatar considering who he's based off]]. He's also shown to be extremely narcissistic in his youth, wanting to be a [[HeroicWannabe superhero]] and gets angry at his Mum and Dad when they were arguing (and about to be divorced) because [[LackOfEmpathy they were interrupting his sleep]]. Did I mention he's extremely charming. Downplayed because it's a mild case and he isn't that villainous.
* ''[[Creator/ThisIsIt Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared]]'':
** Tony the Talking Clock in the second. The sadistic smile on his face as he [[spoiler:rots the puppets alive to prove a point]] says it all. He uses the same trick on a sentient apple earlier in the video ForTheEvulz.
** Collin in the fourth is narcissistic, violent, and completely indifferent to the suffering of others. He punishes Red Guy for touching his keyboard by [[spoiler:trapping him and his friends in a digital world where they can't do anything except open one of three doors over and over again. It's hinted that he also literally made Red Guy's head explode.]]
** The Healthy Band in the fifth put on a friendly, playful demeanour, but it's heavily implied that they [[spoiler:tricked Yellow Guy into eating his only remaining friend alive.]]
* ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'':
** The Lesser Mao. He does anything to maintain power, including massive purges that kill millions, and [[spoiler: even ''dropping an atomic bomb on a rebelling city'']]. He cares about [[ItsAllAboutMe nobody except himself]], believes himself to be smarter than everyone around him, regularly uses drugs near the end of his rule, turns his country into a Khmer Rogue style hellhole, and turns China into a massive producer of heroin largely to spite the West and [[{{Greed}} for his own monetary gain]].
** [[spoiler: Donald Rumsfeld. He obviously doesn't care about ruining the environment, and forcing working people to work for starvation wages if he can create a "free" economy. Or locking up his own allies if they don't agree with his whim. And he doesn't care about giving soldiers substandard equipment and killing them if he can save money]].
* ''WebVideo/GameTheoryWebShow'' has a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WMSQNVhMqA couple]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcxW_ciP5R4 videos]] about Main/{{Mario}} being one.
* ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'': Carl is a [[CardCarryingVillain self-proclaimed "dangerous psychopath with a long history of violence"]] and, in Paul's words, "all [he does] is kill people." Subverted in the final episode, which shows that he genuinely loved Paul and valued their friendship, and [[spoiler:when he found out he had killed Paul by accident, he [[AlasPoorVillain felt so guilty that he jumped off a bridge and killed himself.]]]]
* IN the MSFHigh Forums, Seram Rosenbyme is meant to be one. Whether or not she can stay written as one of these, when she is engaged, is an interesting conflict for the player, and is likely to cause severe character drama in the future.
** She does not possess the lack of long-term planning, but DEFINITELY lacks empathy.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, especially with the "not understanding boundaries" thing. What's wrong with installing cameras in your friend's bedroom?
** A much darker example on the site would be the {{yandere}} family in WebVideo/DemoReel. They hold Donnie captive with muscle relaxants under the pretense that they're helping him get better, have NoSenseOfPersonalSpace with him (not even the daughter), force him to watch the movies he made when he was little, and worst of all, refuse to believe him when he tells them that [[spoiler: his mother killed herself]] while he was shooting a film.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' gives us an almost textbook with KnightOfCerebus [[spoiler:Felix]] in [[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy Season 12]], although very subtle hints had been dropped in the previous season. He eventually makes it clear that he doesn't care about his allies, and acknowledges that others usually do. After the reveal, [[spoiler:turns out Felix is completely okay with slaughtering an entire colony's population for a paycheck]]. He's also a checklist of sociopathic traits. He takes the time to toy with his prey before finishing them in explaining what was really going on. He's very good at feigning emotions and motives. Everything he does is in line with what will benefit him, even allying with someone he hates ([[spoiler:Locus]]). He appears to lack regard for human suffering, flippantly saying he'd [[spoiler:nuke the planet from orbit as if it was deciding to buy pizza, and says how if the inhabitants killed each other, "well, that's just a tragedy" as if it's a joke]]. In addition, he blatantly admits and displays that he does not care for the lives of others.
* ''Literature/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' villains can quite frequently be sociopaths, with characters like J.R. Rizzolo and Jacob Starr being prominent examples of these traits. In spin-off ''The Program'', Brigadier General David Adams has all the hallmarks of being one, given he doesn't seem to care at all about the imminent deaths of the students.
* Jobe Wilkins of the WhateleyUniverse. At age fourteen, he's already a threat to everyone who gets in his way. He views his family as opponents. He discovered a new cure for dysentery ''by experimenting on unwilling prisoners''. He provided a way for his father to have mine workers by developing a serum that turned people into big green Ork-like creatures. He has all the empathy of a tarantula. Fortunately, he's not a KarmaHoudini.
* [[BodySnatcher HABIT]] from ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID'' is one, having killed and tortured several people sadistically, all out of a twisted sense of entertainment.
* Regent of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' falls under this, as apparently do most of his siblings. It's implied that this is partially the result of his father's method of punishing unruly children: Flooding their mind with an overdose of terror or similar emotions. Regent does eventually develop an odd relationship with [[spoiler:Aisha, enough that he sacrificed himself to save her]].
** Bitch is assumed by most people to be a low-functioning sociopath, having no regard for social customs and acting out violently. Lisa and Taylor suss out that her power overwrote her social knowledge with that of dogs. As a result she can't read human body language or differentiate between tones; this makes interacting with people confusing and she tends to fall back on violence in response.

[[folder:Real Life]] (''NOTE: Must be actually professionally diagnosed with sociopathy''.)
* Ted Bundy raped, tortured, and murdered women for several years, including two 12-year-old girls, while appearing to lead an exemplary life. Yes, this sadistic SerialKiller was a member of the Crime Prevention Council, a political staffer, and a volunteer at a suicide hotline -- all likely chosen to make himself appear honest, law-abiding, and caring to the public at large. The main reason he was so successful as a serial killer and the reason he was able to elude the authorities (other than his ability to disguise himself) for so long was that he, like most sociopaths, was very charming. It also didn't hurt that he was handsome and had a 100-watt smile. [[VillainWithGoodPublicity He used to get fan mail from women while he was in prison]]. Bundy actually was a low-functioning sociopath, in the sense that he couldn't hold down jobs and had difficulty sticking to his law-school studies, due to his overwhelming need to murder. But he was still able to fake being a handsome, charming young man.
* Hermann Göring, the Reich Marshal of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and the initial second-in-command to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Also the founder of the [[SecretPolice Gestapo]]. He was diagnosed as a narcissistic sociopath, and found to have the highest IQ among the Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials. [[TheCaligula Cruel, corrupt, and self-indulgent]], he amassed enormous wealth at the expense of his country, during wartime. [[StrawHypocrite Neither did he give two shits about any National Socialist ideals]] -- when they asked him why he joined the Nazi movement in the first place, his explanation boiled down to "ItAmusedMe" -- i.e. he did it only to indulge in a decadent lifestyle. When his sentence was proclaimed said he had no regrets... he lived like king for over 10 years and that's all that mattered to him. His only real complaint was that he was sentenced to hang, he lobbied the Judges to go before a firing squad instead, since he saw hanging as a fate only fit for "common criminals". When they refused, he committed suicide to spite them.\\
And yet Goring also [[PetTheDog rescued several Jews and Jewish families from the Nazis]], making sure they were able to get out of Germany, mostly because they'd [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe showed him some kindness]] when he was poor or otherwise in a bad way. And by all accounts he [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes really did love his daughter]]. His brother was an opponent of the Nazis who used Hermann's name to smuggle Jews out of Germany -- Hermann knew about this, and turned a blind eye. [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes He also deeply loved his first wife Karin]] -- enough that he maintained a shrine in her honor after she died.
* More than 2,000 years before Göring, history gives us Alcibiades of Athens. The nephew of Pericles, intellectually brilliant, personally charming, and stunningly handsome, Alcibiades excelled at virtually everything he applied himself to, from soldiery to statecraft to seducing women (and men, this being Ancient Greece). He was also inconstant, fickle, capricious, and felt lasting affection for few people, if any at all -- except, perhaps, for his surprising purported friendship with/lust for Creator/{{Socrates}}. He was as good at making bitter enemies as he was at making superficial friends, and for this reason he changed sides a dizzying number of times during UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar; a war that he had helped to reignite, for no other reason (according to Creator/{{Plato}}) than to further his political career. In ''The Mask of Sanity'', psychiatrist Hervey M. Cleckley decides that Alcibiades "had the gift of every talent except that of using them consistently to achieve any sensible aim or in behalf of any discernible cause."
* Reinhard Heydrich, Himmler's deputy and SS governor of Bohemia and Moravia, is almost universally seen as this by historians. The man planned the Holocaust with ruthless efficiency (what's more, before the age of 40), was a skilled manipulator, and practically ran a private spy agency to better blackmail political opponents. Creator/KennethBranagh, who played him in ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', said he felt that Heydrich wasn't even particularly anti-Semitic: if he had been ordered instead to exterminate tennis players or Eskimos, he would have done so with just as much enthusiasm. One episode from his personal life alone pushes him over the edge here. As a young naval officer, he impregnated his fiancee and then left her. His reason? Any woman who gave herself away so freely was beneath him. It backfired when Admiral Erich Raeder dismissed him for refusing to marry her, only for him to (quickly) withdraw under the protective wing of Heinrich Himmler. He despised everything, his bosses included, and cared only for power.
* M. E. Thomas is a clinically diagnosed sociopath who wrote a memoir called ''Confessions of a Sociopath'' and also has a [[http://www.sociopathworld.com/ blog]]. Predictably, [[AmoralAttorney she's a lawyer]].
* H. H. Holmes, often regarded as America's first (or at least first well-known) SerialKiller fit almost all of Hare's criteria before Hare was even born. Most notably the "glib and superficial charm" aspect that allowed him to dupe many many people. One trick he pulled off multiple times was with creditors he had taken money from and then not repaid, so whenever the creditors came to him looking for blood he talked them into sympathizing with him and giving him more time. On one occasion he pulled this off on an entire ''room'' full of creditors who had gotten together in order to trap him and managed to get away before any of them realized they had been given the slip. He also fits the "many short term marital relationships" criteria due to his habit of enchanting a young woman, making her grandiose promises and acting the part of a lover until he became bored with her and killed her in the elaborate hotel/dungeon he built while keeping the builders in the dark as to its real purpose. He also pulled all this off while technically still being married to his first wife who he had callously abandoned back in Vermont and had the balls to file for divorce claiming ''she'' had been unfaithful to him (and yet he never bothered to get the divorce finalized), and later pulled this off a second time by abandoning another wife and child who were unaware that they were actually his SecretOtherFamily in favor of a ''third'' woman who was similarly unaware of his two previous marriages.
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Columbine}} Eric Harris]], one of he two Columbine shooters, was diagnosed as a psychopath after his death at the Columbine High School Massacre. While many psychologists are hesitant to diagnose someone after death, Harris is notable as one of the best documented mass shooters in history due to the infamous "basement tapes" that laid out his thought process in his own words. His fellow shooter Dylan Klebold, on the other hand, is widely agreed by professionals to have ''not'' been this and would likely have never come up with such a plan on his own without Harris' influence, and better fit the criteria for some manner of depressive disorder instead, which unfortunately made him vulnerable to the manipulation from Harris. The two are often used as a case study of how people with sociopathic characteristics can lead non-sociopaths into displaying similar behavior under their influence.