* The ''Manga/DragonBall'' franchise gives us a whole host of sociopaths:
** For a small time villain, Commander Red is probably the first true sociopath in the series. He send scores of his men to their deaths searching for the Dragon Balls all for his own vanity[[note]]To elaborate, his wish wasn't to take over the world or become immortal, but to ''make himself taller''.[[/note]]. When Officer Black calls him out on this, he sees nothing wrong with throwing away people's lives to get what he wants. He also regularly executes his men for small offenses without batting an eye.
** King Piccolo, fittingly since he is Kami's evil given life. He cares for nothing outside of himself, and takes great delight in causing pain and suffering to humanity just cause he can. [[FatherToHisMen Although he treats his children well]], he still sees them as minions and them getting killed is more a matter of his pride being hurt then him really caring about them.
** Vegeta's pre-CharacterDevelopment self. Unlike the other Saiyans shown in the series who have some care towards their kinsmen, Vegeta didn't give a damn about anyone except himself. He dismisses reviving Raditz for being weak and personally murdered Nappa who was asking for his help. He also tries to slowly crush Goku to death as a Great Ape and then tries to kill Goku in front of his son. On Namek, he's confused about why Denda won't heal him, despite the fact that he personally killed an entire village of Namekian for their Dragon Ball (which he actually laughs about later), and doesn't understand why [[EvilCannotComprehendGood anyone would want to help him since he knows that he's an asshole]]. That's not even getting into how he treated Future Trunks, [[AbusiveParent who he physically and mentally abused]]. It takes a lot of {{Humiliation Conga}}s, BreakTheHaughty, and {{Laser Guided Karma}}s before he finally becomes a better person.
** Frieza carries all the traits of a classic, narcissistic sociopath. He is utterly incapable of empathy or remorse, manipulates others with a smile, impulsive and tends to do things without thinking, incredibly sadistic and violent, and is driven by staggering arrogance and never takes responsibility for his actions nor does he learn from his mistakes. He is also unable to be redeemed unlike most villains in the series because he's utterly unable and unwilling to overcome his pride and spite.
** Cell only cares for people that he can absorb, manipulate, or fight, and he loves to see faces contorted in despair. Although he shows a lot of admiration towards Dr. Gero, it's more of an ego stroke towards himself since he sees Gero as being brilliance for creating him, the perfect being. He also takes delight given detail about how he returned to life after his failed self-destruction and mocks Goku's death, in front of his family and friends.
** Babidi is a low-functioning example. [[LackOfEmpathy He doesn't care about anyone else]], [[{{Sadist}} loves the pains he inflicts]], [[BadBoss and throws his minions under the bus]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness when he doesn't need them]]. He's also very impatient and doesn't think things through, which leads to his demise.
** Super Buu is on par with Frieza in how sadistic he is. His sociopathy seems to grow as it absorbs warriors, especially when he absorbs Piccolo. He has different strategies to cause physical and psychological pain to other beings.
** Selfish, possessing no form of remorse or compassion, ''extremely'' sadistic and violent, and a ''giant'' MoodSwinger to boot, Kid Buu is '''''the''''' ultimate example of a low-functioning Sociopath not only in this series, but possibly in anime and manga in general.
** [[spoiler: Frieza's U6 counterpart, Frost, is just as terrible. He shows no remorse or empathy about starting wars that kill millions and then plays hero before selling the planets he destroys for profit, making him a classic BitchInSheepsClothing. He uses his NiceGuy facade to gain powerful supporters for his cause like the Saiyans and uses his resources to help the children of the people he indirectly murdered. He even tries to manipulate the God of Destruction to his cause, who was completely fooled by Frost's entire act. To top it all off, when he is caught, he brags about what he has done, all with a smug smile on his face. In many ways, he's worse and more dangerous than Frieza since he rule through charm instead of fear]].
** Beerus in many ways can be classified as a high-functional sociopath with impulse issues. [[LackOfEmpathy He cares for little outside of his own wants and thinks nothing of the lives of mortals]] since he was willing to destroy the Earth just to force Goku to unleashed more of his power as a Super Saiyan God. [[ConsummateLiar He lies]] and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates]] others like his entire deal with [[spoiler: Monaka]], to try to bring out other people's abilities. He also needs constant stimulation when he's awake, otherwise he will grow bored and destroy more planets than he needs to for petty reasons. Part of the reason why he searches for a Super Saiyan God to fight is because he's bored since he hasn't had a real challenged in a long time. [[SmugSuper He also thinks a lot of himself]] since he is a [[PhysicalGod god]] and can basically do whatever he wants, something he constantly reminds Whis of. Finally, it's questionable if Beerus really cares for anyone given that he treats the closest thing he has to a friend as a servant who he regularly bosses around, and his friendship towards Goku and Vegeta is anything but equal. He treats Vegeta as an errand boy and he mocks Goku for wanting to save the fighters from U6 from [[spoiler: Champa]], pointing out how [[KickTheDog powerless Goku actually is compared to the gods and he should remember his place]]. This is on top of him being extremely impulsive. [[DisproportionateRetribution He will destroy planets and solar systems over the smallest things, and he will kill those he considered his friends and allies if things don't go his way]]. With all that said, unlike most characters in ''Dragon Ball'', him being a sociopath doesn't necessary means that he's an evil person. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Just someone with a complicated moral code]].
** From what we've seen of Champa, he seems to be the same high-functional sociopath as Beerus, although his impulse issues are not nearly as bad. [[LackOfEmpathy He care for little outside his own wants]], thinks his team are nothing but pawns to the gods, and treats Vados even worse than Beerus treats Whis. He was also ready to [[spoiler: kill his entire team for the [[SoreLoser shame of losing to U7]] and he did this all while gloating with an EvilLaugh]]. However, much like Beerus, being a sociopath doesn't make him necessarily evil, but gives him a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality complicated moral code]] since he does show [[EveryoneHasStandards some level of care]] when he hears that Frost is fighting to help children, and he's [[spoiler: disturbed and angry when he learns that Frost is really an underground planet broker]]. But he then turns around and promises to support Frost if he defeats Vegeta, since he ''really'' wants to beat Beerus during the tournament, although he doesn't care when Frost loses.
** Zamasu fits many of the qualities of one. He shows no empathy toward others, even his own fellow gods, given that [[spoiler: he is willing to commit mass murder of mortals and even kill his own master to further his plan]]. After becoming a complete zealot in his belief, he continues to act as the dutiful student to Gawasu so he can gain knowledge about the Super Dragon Balls and [[spoiler: kill Gawasu without him suspecting anything]]. He also has a grandiose sense of self-worth, especially his [[spoiler: future counterpart who sees himself as a 'true god' after gaining immortality]], since he believes that he's doing the god's justice and all his evil acts are justified.
* Seishirou Sakurazuka [[spoiler:mori]] from ''Manga/TokyoBabylon''.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': The Contractors are this through popular belief in-universe, but since they have ''all'' emotions missing or heavily subdued they don't just only have a LackOfEmpathy but also lack the stimulation and self-worth aspects of true sociopathy. Although all their relationships are shallow like a sociopath's, Contractors don't seem to derive any pleasure from shallow affect and thus don't even bother acting 'normal' when not required to by the mission. [[spoiler:It's also questionable whether or not Contractors ''truly'' have shallow affect, as a number of them do a number of irrational actions for the benefit of others.]] A number of Contractors (such as Wei, Genma and Ilya) show actual sociopath traits, but that seems to be limited to them personally.
* Manga/{{Akagi}} has some sociopathic qualities. He has no regard for his own life, can't be threatened, doesn't care about rules, will cheat if he can and generally doesn't really care about other human beings. He isn't really malevolent, however, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4yvpoh78_M#t=3m15s unless you manage to piss him off.]]
* Light Yagami, the VillainProtagonist of ''Manga/DeathNote'', becomes one as the series progresses and his ego expands. By the time [[spoiler: his father dies, Light is more upset that his father failed to do what Light wanted of him than the fact that he's dead!]]
** Light was probably a successful psychopath all along, the kind who make up a large percentage of world leadership rather than the kind that make up a large percentage of the prison population; he degraded into the more antisocial kind with the possession of the [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer nasty book of death]]. He's slightly more empathetic in his relatively nice and highly-socialized period where he'd lost his memories.
** Mello's also a strong candidate, given his aggression, tendency to put himself and others in danger, and superficial charm. On the other hand, the author has pointed out that he doesn't think Mello was an inherently bad person, because he shows genuine empathy for his accomplice Matt, and there are moments where it seems like he doesn't actually hate Near as much as he thinks he does. While he has strong aggressive personality disorders, he probably isn't a full sociopath.
** Misa Amane, too. The histrionic kind. In one of her earliest appearances she's quite calmly contemplating how to kill Rem just because it would probably be more convenient. The fact that she fiercely and insanely pair-bonds to Light doesn't actually make her less of a psychopath, it just makes her one with poor self-esteem.
** [[BlueAndOrangeMorality To the extent that he can be judged by human standards]], the shinigami Ryuk fits a great deal of the criteria. He sets the plot of the series in motion when he deliberately drops his Death Note into the human world [[ItAmusedMe just to see the results]], and when Light himself acquires the notebook, he makes it clear that if he doesn't provide entertainment through continuing to cause carnage and mischief, his own death won't be far behind. Light himself is eager to oblige for his own reasons, but while Ryuk sometimes expresses surprise at the depths Light will sink to, it's always with amusement or appreciation, never condemnation. Throughout the series, Ryuk never quite reaches Light's level of active evil, and in fact often serves as comic relief, but his role as an amoral eager observer is never obscured. [[spoiler: In the end, he makes good on his promise to kill Light when he outlives his entertainment value, and despite Light's pleas, shows not a trace of remorse in doing so.]]
* Sakyou from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is a textbook example. As a child, he lived a normal life and had loving parents and siblings, but later got a job in a pet store, abusing and killing animals for the hell of it. Then he became a gambler, and then a crime lord, and by the time of the series, has plans to open a portal linking Demon World to the human realm just because "life would be more interesting" that way.
** Even though Sakyo is still a sociopath, he remembers his happy childhood with a warm fondness, genuinely loved his family ("My parent were decent and kind people; it was what you could call an ideal family") and blamed nobody but himself for how he turned out, [[DubText the English dub added a lot of changes to his narration]], making him hate his parents and swearing he would kill himself if he became a white-collar worker.
* Azusa from ''Manga/HotGimmick''. Some have said that Ryoki qualifies as one, but he seems to be more of a Borderline, or perhaps Narcissistic Personality. Hatsumi, meanwhile, seems to have some traits of Dependent Personality Disorder. Actually, most of the characters are probably diagnosable with some sort of mental illness or personality disorder.
* Sir Isaac Ray Peram Westcott from ''LightNovel/DateALive''. As a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt managing director]] for Deus Ex Machina Industries, he spends most of time for being [[BadBoss uncaring towards his subordinates]], with the exception of [[TheDragon Ellen]]. He isn't above to use underhanded tactics to get whatever he wants, including disposing his subordinates, letting them die in process. His [[EmptyEyes empty and soulless eyes]] pretty much say something about [[AxCrazy his personality]].
* Due to a car accident and resulting brain damage, including some brain removal during multiple surgeries, Kazuo Kiriyama of ''Manga/BattleRoyale'' cannot form meaningful connections to ''anything'' (a condition known as pseudopsychopathy in real life). The manga shows him mastering painting and the violin... and immediately throwing out both his artwork and his instrument when he's finished with them. He only associates with his "friends" because they won a coin toss; when they lose a second coin toss on the island, he slaughters them.
** Interestingly, he is VERY self-aware that he is a sociopath. One of his lines, is that he sometimes gets 'confused' on right and wrong. When he slaughters his friends, he takes no pleasure in it. It is just something he has to do. Afterwards, however, he becomes a {{Determinator}}, dedicated to winning, with few lines.
** Kazuo seems more of a Schizoid than an actual Sociopath. Sure he doesn't have a set moral compass but it's not because he doesn't like following the rules, he just doesn't care. He's never had a close friend (aside from his gang which he barely hung out with) and is completely indifferent to the circumstances surrounding him (such as when Mitsuko tried to flirt with him, [[spoiler: but ended up getting herself killed instead.]])
* ''LetDai'': Dai doesn't understand empathy or why Jaehee cares about anyone other than Dai and himself.
* In the 2003 anime of ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'', [[GreenEyedMonster Envy]], [[MisanthropeSupreme Zolf J. Kimblee]], [[SmugSnake Frank Archer]], and [[ItsAllAboutMe Dante]] are all examples of this. Envy and Kimblee are excellent examples of low-functioning sociopathy, while Archer and [[TheChessmaster Dante]] lean towards the high-functioning end of things.
** In the [[Manga/FullMetalAlchemist FMA manga]] and ''Brotherhood anime'', Envy, Pride, Shou Tucker, and Kimblee are this as well. This version of Kimblee is a particularly chilling example of high-functioning sociopathy, being an extremely intelligent, extremely self-aware psychopath in the vein of Hannibal Lecter, masking his lunacy beneath a FauxAffablyEvil facade and a [[EvenEvilHasStandards bizarre code of honor]].
* [[JerkJock Agon Kongo]] of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is this, along with having ''every single'' trait that characterizes antisocial personality disorder. Fortunately, with the series' scope being limited to high school football and a shonen jump title, most of his truly horrendous acts are stopped before they could follow through.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** [[BigBad Grings Kodai]] from ''Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions''. He fits all of the above criteria plus is one of the most sadistic monsters in Franchise/{{Pokemon}} history.
** [[PsychoforHire Pokemon Hunter J]] also qualifies.
* Lloyd from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' cheerfully refers to himself as a sociopath. An odd version in that he's not really a villainous character; he's very indifferent to all the fighting, manipulating, and killing that goes on around him, but really all he wants to do is fiddle around with the latest high-tech gizmos ForScience. There are AlternateCharacterInterpretations, though, such as [[AmbiguousDisorder Ambiguously Disordered]].
** A ''true'' sociopathic character from the same anime is Brittanian knight [[PsychoForHire Lucciano Bradley.]]
** Prince Schneizel is an AffablyEvil version. Lelouch points out towards the end of the show that Schneizel's inability to care about other people turns out to be his Achilles heel.
* ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' features quite a few examples, such as Yandere NightmareFetishist Ryuuko Kounuma, the KnifeNut Kuroda brothers, and ''especially'' the {{Yandere}} Haguro Dou.
* From ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' we have [[PsychoForHire Hidan]], who unlike most characters in the series has no positive traits and ''never did''. He slaughtered his village simply because he was disgusted with their pacifistic way of life, and performed gruesome rituals to attain immortality for himself. He's also AxeCrazy and cruel [[ForTheEvulz for its own sake]]. On top of that, even the series itself seems to posit him as the most unsympathetic major villain, as he's exempt from the CycleOfRevenge {{Aesop}} pervading the storyline with his FateWorseThanDeath (though it helps Shikamaru's case that Hidan has nobody who would care about his cruel fate barring potential allies, and also that just killing him would be ''[[{{Immortality}} impossible]]'').
** Both [=ROOT=] and the Bloody Mist era of Kirigakure were dedicated into turning their shinobi into merciless killing machines without any emotions or who knew right from wrong. Sai, a member of [=ROOT=] who becomes a member of Team Kakashi claims the practice of killing the people closest to them is discontinued, but honestly struggles most of the story with dealing with emotions, figuring out what is right or wrong, and basic social interaction due to his training.
* BigBad Naraku from ''Manga/InuYasha''. As a conglomerate consciousness nothing about Naraku's psychology is normal, but he loves to manipulate people, play with their feelings and/or corrupt them, using them and later discarding them, without any remorse whatsoever.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': A lot of the characters are sociopaths to some degree (the title character narrowly escaped becoming one herself), but [[spoiler: Ajimu]] takes the cake: not only does [[spoiler: she]] regard people as things [[spoiler: she]]'s a ''PhysicalGod''. There's also Shiranui, who pitted her friends against an Irish wolfhound (a giant dog that was used to hunt wolves in Ireland) [[ForTheEvulz because it was funny]].
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': Gauron is a CombatSadomasochist and DeathSeeker with a HairTriggerTemper, NoSenseOfPersonalSpace, NoSocialSkills, an utter LackOfEmpathy, and [[StalkerWithACrush an obsession]] with [[FoeYay the hero]] that borders on the ephebophiliac. His successor as BigBad, Mr. Gates, is worse, being an example of psychopathy at its purest. Like Gauron he's a BadBoss with a ridiculously exaggerated HairTriggerTemper, and a total LackOfEmpathy. He's also a LargeHam and a sexual predator who is implied to have slept with two teenage girls, jacks off to images of squirrels and kittens, talks about the many, many uses for [[ILoveTheDead a dead body]], and takes a completely [[AxCrazy insane]] delight in causing as much damage as humanly possible; he's also oddly unconcerned about his own death in the TSR finale. Averted by his replacement, [[SmugSnake Leonard Tesstarossa]] who's more of a {{Narcissist}} than this.
* In the first couple of episodes of ''Manga/BlackCat'' many of Train's assigned targets seem to posses sociopathic traits.
** BigBad Creed Diskenth has many of the characteristics of Antisocial Personality Disorder; it hurts him rather than helping him as he is oblivious to his underlings' opinions of him.
* [[{{Troll}} Izaya]] [[{{Jerkass}} Orihara]] of ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', who has absolutely no FreudianExcuse for the crap he pulls. Upon first introduction in the novels, he organizes a fake suicide group and talks to two suicidal girls about why they want to kill themselves with a big ol' smile on his face, mocks them for wanting to end their lives, and he's even taken aback when one of them tells him that he's wrong. He then ''drugs them, stuffs them into suitcases'' and asks his courier to "plop them on a park bench somewhere". It's outright stated that this is nowhere near an isolated incident and implied that he's even sold his past victims to loan companies. This scene isn't much better in the anime, where he orchestrates a girl's kidnap and rescue, mocks her thoroughly, holds her over the edge of a building, then watches from the sidelines with a gleeful smirk when she decides to jump (thankfully, someone cared about her safety a little more). It's also likely that he's the one who sent her photos of her father with another woman, which caused the start of her angst in the first place. Throughout the course of the series, he [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates humans and supernatural beings]] ForTheEvulz, [[BreakTheCutie breaks many a cutie]], orders hits on his [[FoeYay enemy]], manipulates a ''ten year old {{Yakuza}} [[MafiaPrincess princess]] into [[spoiler: attempting to kill said enemy]]'', [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking stomps on a girl's cellphone while laughing like a maniac]] and generally [[EvilGloating hurting]] [[BigBrotherBully and]] [[AGodAmI using]] [[PoisonousFriend anyone]] [[TheChessmaster and]] [[DisproportionateRetribution every]][[BatmanGambit one]] [[DiabolicalMastermind who]] [[GreenEyedMonster comes]] [[KickTheDog in]] [[GuineaPigFamily contact]] [[PsychopathicManchild with]] [[PoisonousFriend him]] [[LackOfEmpathy and not even giving a shit about who gets hurt]] [[ItAmusedMe and sadistically enjoys every minute of it]].
** However, it becomes [[spoiler: clear that he isn't a '''complete''' sociopath when we learn about his past and realize that there is at least [[MoralityPet one person]] he cares for - Shinra. It's so extreme that he's more or less {{Yandere}} for him (though not in the romantic sense) to the point that he's stalking the man who hurt Shinra and setting him up for two huge crimes even though he realizes that he could get into trouble too. He even gets close to breaking down at the thought that he might have to betray his only friend to advance in his own goal]].
** Also, Izaya's never said that he is [[spoiler: ''unable'' to love]], just that he [[spoiler: simply has no ''[[LoveIsAWeakness desire]]'' to]].
* Sosuke Aizen from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. He [[BitchInSheepsClothing puts on an affable façade]], is ''the'' [[ManipulativeBastard most manipulative character in the manga]] (with the possible exception of Kisuke Urahara), sees people as little more than pawns and tosses them aside once they've [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their uselessness]], harms people just because he can [[spoiler:([[MoralEventHorizon just look]] at what he made Hitsugaya [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice do to Momo]])]], and tortured and killed who knows how many shinigami in order to create the Hogyoku, just so he could 'stand in Heaven'. He's responsible for the creation and near-execution of the Vizards, and came pretty close to destroying Soul Society itself. [[MadScientist Mayuri]] has sociopathic tendencies as well, given the lengths he goes to in the name of 'research'.
** Mayuri is ''definitely'' a sociopath. As his "evil-counterpart" on the villain's team, Szayel Apporo Granz, and quite a few other Arrancar, and by definition all normal Hollows. That some Arrancar ''aren't'' this is actually the remarkable part, but plenty of them aren't, even among the total bastards.
** Nnoitra Jiruga and Kenpachi Zaraki also count.
*** Kenpachi is spared from being a total sociopath since he has at least three [[MoralityPet Morality Pets]], including his adopted daughter [[CuteBruiser Yachiru.]] If he were a true sociopath it's unlikely he would have bothered to spare her life, much less raise her and make her his squad lieutenant.
** And now it looks like Aizen has a contender in the equally AffablyEvil and manipulative [[spoiler:Shukuro Tsukishima. Surprisingly, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes even Tsukishima have at least one person he genuinely cares for]], which is Ginjou. When Ginjou is dead [[NotSoStoic he loses ALL his cool]] and [[VillainousBreakdown breaks into nothing but anger and sadness]].]]
** Incredibly, another contender has come along, with none of the AffablyEvil of either, yet the AGodAmI mentality of Aizen: [[spoiler:Giriko Kutsuzawa. He kills his wife to '''test his ability'''.]]
** [[spoiler: Current BigBad Yhwach is this. He treats everyone as pawns and as things to be replaced, seems to be warring against Soul Society since its ''there'' (not due to the old Quincy Genocide which probably a lot of his followers joined up to enact revenge for), reacts with zero emotion when he kills most of the 'impure' Quincy when his powers return, and doesn't care if the Vandenreich tears itself apart when he names Uryu Ishida as his successor.]]
* TheCaligula Delphine Eraclea from ''Anime/LastExile'' is a [[TheHedonist decadent aristocrat]] with [[LackofEmpathy zero empathy]] and manipulates everyone around her for her own amusement.
* Millions Knives, BigBad of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' seems to have developed this as part of his FaceHeelTurn when he [[GoMadFromtheRevelation went mad from the revelation]] that HumansAreBastards. He UsedToBeASweetKid, though children are generally a bit patchy at empathy given they're not fully cognizant of other people as individuals. Given Knives went into his RoaringRampageOfRevenge when technically about a year old, he never seems to have gotten past this developmental stage, emotionally. Though in many respects he's a MagnificentBastard.
** As well as completely disregarding human feelings, which doesn't really count since he [[KillAllHumans hates them]], he mindslaves his psychic 'sisters' into a giant [[OneWingedAngel million winged angel]] without really noticing they didn't want to, and torments his twin brother.
* Nakago in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' will go to any means to achieve his goal of godhood, and manipulates anyone who can advance his goals, and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kills]] them when they are of no use to him. He manipulates Yui into making him a god, and knows that she would be eaten by Seiryuu after wards, and kills one of the Seiryu warriors when he has no other need of him.
* Hody Jones from ''Manga/OnePiece''; Fukaboshi's description of him fits the definition, as he's done many horrible things including revoking the prejudice of humans by assassinating the queen and blaming it on a human he had hired to work for him only to betray him and later taking over the kingdom and killing anyone who got in his way.
** Since it's a manga about pirates, ''One Piece'' is full of sociopaths. Kuro, Morgan, Krieg, Spandam, etc... It's actually harder to find a villainous character who's NOT a sociopath than one who is.
* [[DracoInLeatherPants Despite some]] [[BrokenBase fan objection]], this sums up Griffith from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. His high intelligence and charismatic and charming nature allows him to be quite ruthless behind closed doors, and he's fully aware of any line that he crosses so long as it brings him closer to his goal. Funny thing is that [[RedOniBlueOni his counterpart]], [[TheProtagonist Guts]], is himself a bit of a [[SociopathicHero psychopath]], but he has a working moral compass that prevents him from going that [[MoralEventHorizon extra mile of no return.]]
* Though there's plenty of AxeCrazy to go around in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', there is so far only one ''canonically'' confirmed sociopath is revealed in ''Children of the Bottle''. Against all odds, this is not the unrepentantly callous [[MadScientist Huey Laforet]] (who is capable of truly caring for a [[TheLostLenore small]] [[MoralityChain few]]) or even the gleefully sadistic Fermet (who can understand and experience strong, genuine emotion), but rather [[spoiler:the unrelentingly optimistic Elmer C. Albatross]].
* The culprit to Tokyo Dismembering Murders in ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia'' fits the trope quite well, from putting the [[ItsAllAboutMe selfishness in achieving the answer]] to their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent prized philosophical question]], to their perfect LackOfEmpathy.
* Johan Liebert, the titular character from ''{{Anime/Monster}}''. Any description of his sociopathy would become a plot summary.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has had a few:
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'':
*** [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Gihren]] [[SocialDarwinist Zabi]], the ''de facto'' BigBad is an EvilPrince with a LackOfEmpathy so severe it's almost awe-inspiring. [[ItsAllAboutMe Caring nothing for others]], Gihren turns his brother's funeral into a political rally, condescends to his other siblings, isolates his father while plotting to [[{{Patricide}} steal his position]], and uses WeaponsOfMassDestruction to lethal effect. [[AmbitionIsEvil Ambitious]], [[SmugSnake overconfident]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]], and a [[RousingSpeech brilliant orator]] Gihren lacks the sadism and ForTheEvulz motivation of many psychopaths and sociopaths, but nevertheless profiles as a charismatic, Machiavellian personality taken to such an extreme that there really is no other word for it. He also has the shallow affect, limited emotional range, shamelessness and total fearlessness associated with the most extreme psychopaths--even at the end, when [[spoiler:[[CainAndAbel his sister]] has a gun against his head]] it never seems to cross Gihren's mind that he could possibly lose.
*** [[BetrayalTropes Char Aznable]], like Gihren, shows limited emotion, shamelessness and recklessness, in addition to being extremely charismatic and chameleon-like. It's not a coincidence that by ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' he's looking a [[HeWhoFightsMonsters lot like Gihren]].
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' has SociopathicSoldier Yazan Gable, a thuggish BloodKnight who admits that he only joined the army so that he could legally kill and injure people. Willing to kill superiors whom he disagrees with, and loyal only to those he considers stronger than him, Yazan's a low-functioning sociopath who has managed to find his niche in the world.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' has Glemmy Toto, a superficially charming and affable young man, who views everybody around him as a means to an end. He treats Leina and his army of Puru clones as tools to be discarded at will, becomes stalkerishly obsessed with Roux after meeting her once, and demonstrates no loyalty whatsoever to any of his superior officers. The series also includes Rakan Dahkaran, a higher-functioning Yazan expy who fights for whoever seems strongest, and is willing to do any job, no matter how vile, if ordered to.
** Katejina Loos, of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'', is an interesting CharacterDevelopment example. She starts out as one of the heroic main cast with Uso. However, even then, you could see signs of her true nature rising to the surface. After she is captured by the Empire, she charms her way into joining the BESPA and manipulates everyone else around her. She then turns against the Federation Forces and tries to kill Uso on multiple occasions. [[spoiler: She kills off five of the established cast members.]] She does all this to fuel her own ego and to take advantage of any situation given to her.
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' has a high-functioning example with Prime Minister Wong, ruler of Neo Hong Kong and ruler of the world at the beginning of the series because his country won the last Gundam Fight. Not content with ruling through Gundam Fight victories, Wong plots to make his control over Earth and space permanent by using the Devil Gundam. He forms a BigBadDuumvirate with Master Asia, but he has no respect for Master Asia's philosophies nor interest in his own motivation. Wong will happily manipulate him along with everyone else and gloats with laughter when a coughing fit prevents Master Asia from attacking him. Wong makes no effort to understand the motivations of the fighters either and is often confused or bored by their passionate behavior while he [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem shamelessly tries to rig their matches]]. He kidnaps Allenby [[spoiler:to make her the Devil Gundam's pilot]] and discards Master Asia as soon as his plans are advanced enough.
** Muruta Azrael of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed''. He's smug, arrogant, condescending, [[HeManWomanHater misogynistic]], [[HairTriggerTemper loses his temper at the drop of a hat]], finds the very idea that he could lose to be inconceivable, and views his subordinates as [[WeHaveReserves expendable pawns]] in his [[FantasticRacism personal vendetta]] against the [[DesignerBabies Coordinators]]. His [[FauxAffablyEvil superficial charm]] cannot cover his inner monstrousness for long, with continued exposure to him alienating even his staunchest supporters, and while he's bright, he has a definite inability to learn from experience. Even his bravery -- he does after all, lead the assault on ZAFT from the front -- stems from his [[SmugSnake arrogance]], and he's far more afraid of ''[[SoreLoser losing]]'' than he is of dying.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'', Azrael's successor, Lord Djibril, is a classic example of a low-functioning sociopath. He's short-sighted, has an [[HairTriggerTemper explosive temper]] and NoIndoorVoice, and his first reaction to any sort of rebellion or insubordination is to deploy WeaponsOfMassDestruction against the target. He's also a GeneralFailure and DirtyCoward who leaves his subordinates to clean up his messes, and generally has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has Yazan expy and PsychoForHire Ali Al-Saachez, who will do anything if the price is right, enjoys violence for its own sake, and can't keep up the facade of being an actual human being for more than a few moments at a time. He once used religious rhetoric to create an army of child soldiers and got them to [[SelfMadeOrphan murder their own parents]], despite the fact that he himself has no belief in God. Why? Somebody paid him to do it. He cheerfully describes himself as the worst kind of human being.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' has sociopathic child soldier Decil Galette, who views his own troops and his enemies as toys in a game he's playing. As an adult he persists in this attitude, and is absolutely hated by his own side for the way that his egoism and LackOfEmpathy impact their efforts. As a child commander, he retreats from a winning battle out of boredom. He holds a mutual grudge against protagonist Flit; on Flit's end, it's for killing a LoveInterest. Decil is just as angry... over the fact that Flit beat him up for doing so. As an adult, Decil's psychic powers aren't as unique an asset, as his brother is promoted over him and Decil is treated as an EliteMook with the more-numerous X-Rounders of Generation 2. He routinely breaks formation to fulfill his grudge against Flit but his ego ''far'' outweighs his abilities. Finally, when he starts using his allies as CannonFodder again, [[spoiler:Zeheart withdraws all support and allows Asemu Asuno to kill him]].
* Kayaba Akihiko, the BigBad of the first arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', is a surprisingly realistic sociopath. He clearly has trouble seeing people as people, and he built his death game not because he wanted thousands of people to suffer, but simply because he wanted to build a world, and it wouldn't have been real if it wasn't populated. Nothing he does has any malice in it, and [[spoiler:he played by the same rules as everyone else, always intending for the game to end with his death]]. Kirito especially slowly gains a grudging respect for him, if only because it's hard to hate someone like that.
** A straighter example is Nobuyuki Sugou, who high-jacks the minds of 300 of the SAO victims (including his then-fiance Asuna) and traps them in his own game [=ALFheim=] Online to experiment on them. Notably, he is a vicious {{Sadist}} as well, unlike Kayaba.
* Several characters from ''{{Manga/Gantz}}''. The most predominant examples are [[DirtyCoward Joichiro Nishi]], [[BloodKnight Shion Izumi]], [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Hachirou Oka]], [[TheBerserker Kyou Hanaki]], [[NightmareFetishist Kazuo Kuwabara]], [[PsychoForHire Nobou "Knob" Muroya]], [[LeeroyJenkins Shimaki/George]] and [[TerribleTrio the Three Sadists]].
* ''Manga/AnaSatsujin'' has Rio Miyaichi, who is a mostly unrepentant serial killer and also our main character's new girlfriend. While she claims to only kill criminals, she also makes it clear that she's perfectly capable of killing anybody she feels like, and at one point randomly kills a police officer for no apparent reason aside from simply not liking his tone of voice while he was questioning her about another killer (while she herself wasn't under direct suspicion at the moment), and justifies her actions by saying that cops aren't people.
* Rize Kamishiro from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' appears to have been one. A beautiful young woman, she used charm and manipulation to lull victims into a sense of ease and then brutally killed them. Her appetite earned her the title "Binge Eater", for she frequently killed simply for the amusement while completely unconcerned about the consequences of her actions. Among Ghouls, she was infamous for moving into a Ward and throwing it into chaos with her sprees, then skipping town once her actions had brought in the authorities. If she had an ounce of empathy or compassion, she never showed it and stated she only cared about enjoying herself. Even other Ghouls found her selfish and cruel.
* Silas Edwards and Allen from ''Manga/MotherKeeper'' are both this, Silas buys slaves, drugs them and forces them to fight to the death for people's amusement. Allen was a part of this and [[spoiler: kidnapped the person closest to one of Silas' slaves and forced them to fight to the death.]]
* Quite a few of the "targets" from ''Anime/HellGirl'' portray sociopathic traits, most commonly by being almost unimaginably self-centered. A prime example would be a teenage baseball player who beats one of his teammates to death with a baseball bat and frames another for it...so he could get out of playing a game and putting strain on his shoulder.
* Homura Akemi from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' shows a few traits of a textbook psychopath, among traits of emotional abuse towards her target, Madoka Kaname. Read about it [[http://villaininglasses.tumblr.com/post/99325168365/matsurisunrise-lustfuldemoness here]].
** Still, it's clear that she started out as a perfectly sweet and ''{{adorkable}}'' middle school girl. It took a [[BreakTheCutie massive amount of trauma]] make her what she is, so her [[HeroicBSOD crazy]] is more justified than most.
* [[VillainProtagonist Ciel Phantomhive]] and his titular ''Manga/BlackButler'' both exemplify this trope, with all the shameless mass-murder they commit, among other deeds. Justified with Sebastian, who is a literal demon [[AboveGoodAndEvil who holds himself above human morality,]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters seeing us as the real evil ones.]] Likewise Ciel is justified with BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil and some implied SanitySlippage from all the horrible things he's witnessed.
** Thanks to the BlackAndBlackMorality, all the villains they face also fall under this. Hell, even [[spoiler: Ciel's staff]], normally the PluckyComicRelief, turn out to be this trope [[spoiler: when we find out the real reason Ciel hired them was their combat skills making them practically one-man armies.]]
* From ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Dio Brando. For starters, he is ''[[{{Narcissist}} extremely]]'' [[{{Narcissist}} arrogant]], to the point where he'll [[spoiler:''reset the universe'' just to [[AGodAmI become its ruler]]]]. He also has a supreme LackOfEmpathy, though he [[BitchInSheepsClothing hides]] [[FauxAffablyEvil it very]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk well]] for the sake of {{manipulati|ve bastard}}ng his minions, who revere him as a [[TheAntichrist deity]], even though they'll inevitably [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness meet their ends at his hands]]. He treats [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] as a [[ForTheEvulz hobby]], and burned a dog alive just to [[BreakTheCutie mess up his adopted brother]]. Finally, his idea of love boils down to [[spoiler:stealing the body of the ones he "cares about"]] and [[spoiler:warping someone to become obsessively fanatic towards him]].
** Yoshikage Kira, who has an AmbiguousDisorder that gives him the drive to murder. He knows that killing people is wrong, but he sees it as a bad habit rather than an amoral crime. While he prefers not to fight, he does so out of a need to protect his own identity, and will not give his victims a peaceful death. As [[spoiler:Kosaku Kawajiri]], he scares, emotionally abuses, and [[spoiler:outright ''kills'' his "son"]] Hayato, and [[spoiler:he's brought back to life]], he turns him into a literal TykeBomb so anyone who asks him for [[spoiler:Kira's real identity]] will painfully die [[spoiler:[[GroundhogDayLoop over and over]]]].
** And then there's Diavolo, whose [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduction to Part 5]] is dismembering a traitor to his gang, an act so gory the other traitor he had caught committed suicide. His defining trait is his extreme paranoia, preferring to run everything [[HiddenVillain from the shadows]] and killing everyone that finds out his true identity. This trait is firmly established when it's revealed that [[spoiler:he burned his hometown down]], with the intent of [[FakingTheDead being among the listed casualties]]. His other defining trait is his LackOfEmpathy; he shows no remorse towards anyone, not even [[spoiler:his split personality]], and upon finding out he has a daughter, he has her sent to him with the intent of killing her, never mind the fact that, up until that point, she had no idea who he was.
* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' took great pleasure in torturing Vivio, called Dieci stupid for being bothered by it, manipulated Vivio into a fight to the death with her mother Nanoha, felt the need to taunt Nanoha, and spent most of the final battle calling her enemies and allies worthless. The only point she doesn't hit is a lack of attachment, since she's loyal to Jail.
* From ''{{Anime/Texhnolyze}}'': the two main antagonists. [[AffablyEvil Yoshii]] not only kickstarts a civil war in Lux, but murders a prostitute he had seemingly bonded and sympathized with the night before for no conceivable reason. [[PsychopathicManchild Kano]] takes this trope and ramps it Up To Eleven, revealing in the final episode that not only does he have no problem forcefully turning a little girl into a cyborg, but that he doesn't even believe that anyone in Lux actually exists, let alone count as actual people.
* Tokugawa Harusada of ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'', in her childhood, regularly lied, framed her sister for theft, later pushed her to her death, and poisoned her own mother, all because ''she was bored''. [[spoiler: Since becoming mother of the shogun, she's poisoned a maid, gotten a senior councilor fired for not giving her a title, pitted her son's wife and concubines against each other, and killed ''her own grandchildren'', all for her own amusement, and because the glory of sitting at the pinnacle of power wore off.]]
* Vicious from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. Vicious is a cold, ruthless, bloodthirsty, and ambitious man who prefers solitude. He's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder incarnate, ungrateful to everyone, even if that person gave their life to save his ass. He's also willing to sacrifice anyone to further his own goals, weather it be his men, mentor, or even his loyal bird. The only thing he seems to really care about is power and revenge.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'':
** Ragyo Kiryuin shows multiple signs of sociopathy, possessing an extreme sense of self worth and ego and a total lack of concern about her offspring to the point of [[spoiler:sexually abusing her elder daughter Satsuki and literally throwing her younger daughter Ryuko away in the trash when the latter was an infant]]. She also ordered the death of her husband, casually sacrifices her employees and innocent bystanders to further her goals and outright rejects the concept of having empathy for anyone else. Her {{Leitmotif}} "Blumenkranz" outlines her thought process by comparing people to dead flowers that have to be trimmed without any remorse.
** Nui Harime, as expected from [[spoiler:someone who was raised solely by Ragyo]]. She loves nothing more than to murder everyone in sight, and considers all the hate she gets unconditional love.
** [[spoiler:Ryuko]] is briefly turned into a sociopath as a result of [[spoiler:Ragyo {{brainwash|ed and crazy}}ing her]]. Her already fierce battling style is now driven by an AxCrazy personality, and she has no problems killing the ones she once considers friends, believing that [[ItsAllAboutMe they're trying to destroy what makes her happy]].
* Medusa from ''Anime/SoulEater'' shows several signs of it, including a charming facade that allows her to infiltrate the DWMA as a school nurse without anyone suspecting her before revealing her true colors, and proves to be a consummate liar who doesn't give a single shit about anyone else. Her child, Crona, gets the worst of it (with the dub even having her call Crona "[[ItIsDehumanizing it]]" because of [[AmbiguousGender another trope]]) and she once locked Crona up when s/he was little in a dark closet with no food for 5 days when s/he refused to kill 3 rabbits in 3 different ways, and subjected him/her to horrific experiments to make him/her a HumanoidAbomination.
* [[BigBad The Major]] from ''{{Anime/Hellsing}}'' is a classic sociopath. The Major is charismatic, manipulative, and wickedly intelligent, even through his batshit insanity, but is simultaneously utterly bloodthirsty and utterly devoid of anything remotely resembling empathy.
** First Lieutenant [[DarkActionGirl Zorin]] [[TheBrute Blitz]], as well. She's [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]], [[SmugSnake arrogant]], completely [[LackofEmpathy devoid of empathy]] and takes extreme pleasure in [[MindRape breaking her victims' psyches]].
* Shogo Makishima of ''Anime/PsychoPass'' is a charming, intelligent man who always has a bright white hue, even as he's slitting a girl's throat. Makishima also encourages other people to become serial killers and only views them as tools to be abandoned once they stop entertaining him.
* Candy's bitchy step-sister Eliza Reagan in ''CandyCandy'' has several sociopathic traits. She's wholly [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] and incredibly [[ManipulativeBitch manipulative]], feels [[NeverMyFault no shame]] in hurting others for her own gain or [[ForTheEvulz amusement]], and believes she's entitled to get whatever she wants, by any means necessary. Never in the whole series does she ever show any sign of caring for anyone other than herself - even her VillainousCrush on Terence was less about caring for him, and more about wanting a hot guy all to herself.
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