"I have CDO. It's like OCD, but with the letters in alphabetical order - like they're supposed to be."Someone with Super OCD requires ORDER in their life. Everything has to match some kind of pattern that they approve of. Lines must be straight, angles must be just the right degree, and the numbers must absolutely match. This doesn't have to be a pattern that makes sense. Social skills will be extremely difficult. Sometimes this translates into Good with Numbers or Hyper Awareness. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is frequently misrepresented in fiction. Most people are surprised to find that rituals are not the defining trait of OCD — in reality, it is an anxiety disorder that causes repeated, unwanted thoughts. The rituals (which may or may not have anything to do with order) are simply attempts to stop those thoughts. Fiction so exaggerates the "order" part in OCD that people are downright dumbfounded to find out that it actually exists. Like other anxiety disorders, OCD exists on a spectrum and its presentation can vary greatly from person to person and from day to day (depending on how much stress the person is dealing with). Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, on the other hand, really is all about order. Whereas OCD is an anxiety disorder, with compulsions and behaviors that alleviate anxiety from unwanted or intrusive thoughts, OCPD is a personality disorder. The person is globally meticulous and nitpicky, desiring order in every aspect of their life. Where someone with OCD is aware their behavior is irrational (which causes more anxiety, which needs to be relieved, which leads to more irrational behavior...), someone with OCPD doesn't suffer distress from their behavior and views it as The Best Way Of Doing Things; distress with OCPD comes from someone screwing with their system, not from their behavior itself. There's nothing to prevent someone from having both OCD and OCPD at the same time. However, OCPD is quite rare. Fiction can land all over the place on this one. Sometimes the person has one or two odd behaviors, sometimes the person is incredibly demanding and particular. Sometimes it's a crippling disorder that limits the character's ability to function, sometimes it's just a mild quirk. However, it's usually a Disability Superpower that turns the character into a super-detective or some such. Can be justified if the character has a career in chemistry or engineering etc, where it really is crucial to have measurements just right, or a job such as bomb technician or infectious disease handler, where doing even one thing even a little bit wrong could mean death for you and others. It was once an Unacceptable Target, but later "upgraded" to an Acceptable Target Often a trait of the Defective Detective or the Mad Mathematician. See also Schedule Fanatic, a person who requires everything to be done precisely on time. For a less extreme version, see Neat Freak. When this becomes a super power see Clock King. A certain type of character will act like this for no other reason than to annoy people.
— Chris Addison in Lab Rats
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Anime and Manga
- Arata Kangatari has Yataka, who is obsessed with everything, especially himself, being absolutely spotless. He insists that his zokusho wear gloves at all times (and gets really pissed off when they touch him without gloves), he claims to take baths twice a day, refuses to allow anyone to get into the same hot spring as him, if his zokusho disobey him, he traps them in his domain's landfill until they "repent", he apparently has servants to sweep up even the smallest pile of dirt or trash the moment it appears, and whenever someone leaves or enters his palace, there's a machine that sanitizes them as they are going in or out.
- Captain Levi, the leader of the Recon Corps in Attack on Titan, is a major neat freak: he dislikes blood (even though fighting Titans is an incredibly messy job) and goes to great lengths to keep himself clean while cleaning up around base.
- Let's clarify this. In one of the first scenes he's featured in, he wipes titan blood off of his hands and the handles to his blades while expressing disgust for the mess. Titan blood evaporates. Quickly.
- Eiichiro, the protagonist from the sports manga Baby Steps, is a perfectionist, and obsessed with keeping things organized. He's known at his school for his ridiculously neat notes, which actually end up helping his tennis playing.
- In Darker Than Black, every contractor has a remuneration for using their powers, sometimes an involuntary reaction (such as de-aging) but more often an overwhelming compulsion. The second enemy contractor we see in the series had to find things to arrange at equidistant points in a quadrilateral, which allows Hei to kill him effortlessly while he's doing it.
- In Death Note , Mikami has shades of this trope - his daily schedule is exact to the minute. It's part of what gets him caught.
- Light shows signs of this as well; he seems to be a Neat Freak with routines he HAS to go through i.e. he has to place his shoes just so, doesn't leave the house much, always locks the door and sets it up so he'll know if someone was in his room and messed with his stuff (it's implied he did this even before he needed to) etc. (Insert joke about how just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.)
- Re-l Meyer from Ergo Proxy is a straight-forward OCD example. She's obsessed with both cleanliness and punctuality, and while investigating crime scenes has a habit of symmetrically rearranging some of the evidence. Then comes Episode 16.
- Monster of the Week Mediator Botis of Future Card Buddyfight appears on the set of a film and rants about how everything is just slightly off. He also has a perfectly symmetrical attack, which he brags about.
- Kira, the Big Bad of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4. A simple businessman and a Serial Killer who has been secretly operating in Morioh for nearly 20 years. The trope is the reason why he's so obsessed with having a normal, predictable life. He even delays finishing off Koichi after noticing that his sock was inside out, and couldn't concentrate until he put his sock and shoe back on right, despite knowing that Josuke would be arriving to help in less than a minute.
- In Pokémon Special, Black is apparently so incapable of not thinking about challenging the League and becoming the best that he needs his Munna to literally eat his dreams away so that he can concentrate on the matters at hand. In fact, it turns out that Black really can't concentrate without his Munna without frying his brain, making this a bit of a Fatal Flaw.
- However, he's slowly been getting over this, especially when White's well-being is concerned.
- Chiri Kitsu from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. It's in her freakin' name! Not even having to kill will stop her from balancing the world. But it's that kind of show.
- She's so precise, when she speaks, the punctuation shows up onscreen. Also, her Cross-Popping Veins are perfectly symmetrical and located in the middle of her forehead (though not always, oddly enough).
- Death the Kid from Soul Eater is obsessed with symmetry.
- He was defeated after a blade cut off a couple centimeters of his hair on one side and he freaked out.
- In the middle of a hunt, he abandoned his two sidekicks to go home and make sure a painting was hanging straight. It was; it always is. When he saw a blatantly asymmetrical enemy he fought back with Unstoppable Rage.
- More than half-way through an exam, Kid was still trying to write his name, and had a complete psychological breakdown when he erased too hard and tore the paper.
- When his arm was cut off his first thought was that he was even less symmetrical than before.
- As it turns out, the reason he has such bad OCD is that he's an Elder God representing the madness of Order.
- Damage Control with Edifice Rex, a cosmically-powered crewman. He declares his duty was to clean the entire planet. He later vows to clean the universe by putting everything back in the primordial cosmic egg.
"A world where garbage bags have built in handles. Where zip-lock stripes turn green, to assure proper sealage. Where spray cleaner comes in a bottle with setting both spray and stream. So many gifts they have, so untidy they are. Rejected though I am, I will leave them with this gift: a world of perpetual neatness. With a place for everything — and everything in its place!"
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye's incarnation of Ultra Magnus seems to have O.C.D, to the point of considering an Autobot with his badge on crooked to be automatically disreputable, even prompting Tailgate to mock "[...] Ultra Magnus is an O.C.D. control freak who uses learning to hurt people" when Ultra Magnus' un-abridged teaching of the Autobot code bores him into sleep. Ultra Magnus' reaction to thinking said "graffiti" was a spec of dust further proves this.
"Look! The fifth rivet in that sequence - it's 30 degrees wide of the weld line! I knew there was something odd about this shuttle."
- His attitude in issue 13 (especially in the shuttle) doesn't help his case either.
- As mentioned under Western Animation, Twilight Sparkle suffers from this. So, naturally, it appears in My Little Pony Micro Series.
- Issue #1; shelving a book by its introductory subtitle rather than the larger-font main title, to Jade's annoyance.
- Later, Twilight gets caught up in reading a book she was meant to be shelving, but Jade also admits that she gets that way, hence why the library is cluttered with unshelved books.
- Issue #3; Twilight asks Spike to take a letter, he immediately objects since they're in Canterlot and Princess Celestia is literally 40 feet away. Twilight justifies the letter because it can be saved and properly indexed. Celestia comments, when reading the letter, that she was just right there and they could have told her then.
- Issue #1; shelving a book by its introductory subtitle rather than the larger-font main title, to Jade's annoyance.
- In Violine, Violine's chauffeur constantly expresses things in minute details or splits numbers up in smaller units. Marushka is obsesses with hygiene and health, even analyzing Violine's stool to see if she eats healthily enough.
- In Dept Heaven Apocrypha, we have Ledah, who is eventually revealed to have OCD after implications of such throughout most of the early story. However, as the OCD is one of the many facets of his rape-induced PTSD (and as Ledah is The Woobie), this is played seriously and for sympathy.
- The Homestuck fanfic "four titles" interprets Jade's "space" powers as giving her a side-effect of Super OCD;
some kind of obsessive-compulsive need for things to line up straight in three-dimensional space - the corners of the tent not matching in elevation, say, or pictures needing to be hung exactly evenly on the walls.
- Red Dead Virgo gives Equius the same problem, and considering he's also the Space player in that session, it probably wasn't an accident.
- In Brainbent, Kanaya's OCD was so bad at one point that she wasn't able to function or leave her room, and wound up admitting herself to St. Lobaf's to get help for it.
- Twilight Sparkle shows signs of this in Twilight's List, living her life by checklists and freaking out when things don't go to plan. The plot is driven by an unchecked box on a checklist she made up when she was a filly, to go on a date and get a kiss. Rainbow Dash helps break her out of it, though Twilight does get both the date and the kiss.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfic The Turning of the Screwball, the character of Button Stitch is so obsessively organized than even Rarity thinks she's a bit high-strung. Her self-repressive levels of OCD are what lead to a build-up of magical energy that causes her to turn back into "Screwball" (the weird floating background pony from "Return of Harmony, Part 2") and pull bizarre pranks around Ponyville.
Films — Animated
- M-O from WALL•E stands for Microbe Obliterator, which is an apt name for a droid who is dead serious about cleaning anything remotely foreign-contaminated. Which could make perfect sense aboard a starship where people have lived for generations and might not have much resistance to infection. Of course, one wonders what happens once they return to Earth.
- Rabbit from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is obsessed with keeping things clean, tidy, and in place and if someone — usually Tigger — messes with it, he goes nuts.
- The Futurama movie "Bender's Game", Rosie makes a cameo in a mental institute saying "Must clean up! Everything must be clean! That's why the dog had to die! He was a dirty dog! Dirty! Dirty! And that boy Elroy! Dirty! Dirty!" Not only does she have Super OCD but she's a murderer!
- Wasabi in Big Hero 6: His work bench is meticulously organized, with a spot outlined in white for every tool he has. He even has an outline for his car keys and his coffee mug.
Wasabi: I have a system. A place for everything, and everything in its place.GoGo: Need this! *grabs a wrench and jostles the whole table*Wasabi: Hey! You can't do that! This is anarchy!
Films — Live-Action
- The Aviator is centered around Howard Hughes' (played by Leo DiCaprio, see Real Life below) struggle with his advanced OCD. While the film treads familiar territory (task repetition, cleanliness, isolation), it also shows how Hughes was able to use the condition to become a famous billionaire. His manic attention to detail allows him to win Oscars, buy airlines, and fight the US Senate.
- As Good as It Gets plays this for drama, with Jack Nicholson's character showing several common OCD fixations, like being unable to walk on the lines between paving stones and only using disposable forks, even in restaurants. And those are the pedestrian quirks. The really bad stuff is needing to have several dozen pre-packaged soap bars to wash his hands with, because he'll only use one for a few seconds before throwing it away. A new soap bar every trip to the bathroom? Sure, cuts down on germ exposure. Three or four every time you wash your hands? Holy crap.
- This Japanese short.
- Owen from Superstar. He has to say and do everything five times.
- Roy Waller in Matchstick Men has this with regards to cleanliness — he can't stand to be outdoors, insists his visitors remove their shoes, opens and closes the front and back door three times, and spends an entire day cleaning the house out of fear it may be dirty.
- Adam has a very strict routine and diet because of his Asperger Syndrome.
- Ashburn from The Heat, to a degree. She uses it well to aid her in finding hidden drugs/guns but it makes her rather annoying to others.
- Aubrey of Anamorph is compelled to arrange things in just the right way. Based on the timing, he may be using it to ward off memories of the Uncle Eddie killings. His obsession with details helps him to spot clues in the case.
- Vampires. According to legend, scattering grain is a good way to stop a vampire, as they will be compelled to count it, which gives the victim time to escape, and may keep them out past sunrise. The best-known modern vampire with this feature is Sesame Street's The Count, and they did it seemingly by accident.
- It was used in The X-Files. Mulder defeated a vampire by spilling his sunflower seeds.
- Also featured in My Swordhand Is Singing, which contains very traditional vampires.
- Subverted sometimes with the vampire counting the damn things before they hit the ground, as in Dracula II Ascension. When a group of idiot kids decide to mess around with Dracula, they try to slow him down by throwing a handful of seeds at him. It goes into a brief Bullet Time and Dracula nonchalantly states the number of seeds and keeps going.
- Russian Mythology and Tales has the "leshy", a forest spirit that gets people lost and, eventually, killed. One way to hold it off is to drop something for it to count, such as pine needles or seeds.
- Some portrayals of Hercule Poirot borders on this, as he wants everything orderly and frequently complains that eggs won't form neat little cubes. It sometimes helps him notice clues, because he notices everything that's out of order. Then again, in some books it's more of a quirk than a disability.
- The protagonist of Edgar Allan Poe's story Berenice has frequent fits in which he becomes acutely obsessed with random topics to the point of going into a trance-like state. When he focuses on his moribund fiance's teeth (and how white and curiously elongated they have been getting lately) it does not end well.
- Phileas Fogg, the protagonist in Around the World in 80 Days, demands super-human fastidiousness from his servants; he actually fired a servant for giving him shaving water that was two degrees too cold. He is also a Schedule Fanatic.
- The schedule part is pretty useful when you have to travel around the world by rail in 80 days.
- Melanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel character. The Animated Adaptation plays play up this tendency. Obsessive. Compulsive. Squirrel.
- Matt in Peter Pays Tribute brings a bottle of Febreeze with him to movie theaters, and he spends part of his weekend sanitizing his room.
- David Cusk in The Pale King. Thanks to his fear of being noticed for his sweating, he eventually develops the ability to keep track of a room's temperature, the locations and distances of the exits, sight lines and proximity of every person in the room, and quickly strategize ways to avoid detection.
- Vampires in the Discworld novels are described as being very focused. Usually, they use this focus to enable them to feed. But the vampires who give up on feeding on human blood soon find out that they have to redirect this focus unto anything that doesn't remind them of "the B-vord". Collecting seems to be very popular amongst tee-totaling vampires.
- Also in Going Postal, we are introduced to Stanley. He was raised by peas and is "quite intense" about pins. Later he graduated to stamps, which were made possible thanks to Stanley's obsessive neat pin-sheets. (The regular holes they left were the inspiration for the stamps' perforation)
- In the Artemis Fowl book The Atlantis Complex, the titular mental disease is this trope Played for Drama. In stage one the afflicted becomes obsessed with numbers—five is good, while another number (four, in Artemis' case) is bad. Stage two involves the creation of an alternate personality; for Artemis, a romantic sop who called himself Orion and spent most of his time trying to woo Holly with bad poetry. On the plus side, the alternate personality doesn't suffer from the number problem.
- The Godspoken on the planet of Path in Orson Scott Card's Xenocide were believed to commune with god with their strange rituals. Turns out that they were all inflicted with OCD by the Starways Congress to balance out their significantly above average intellect and keep them in line. Qing-jao's ritual is tracing woodlines until her anxiety and panic goes away. She and the other Godspoken of Path also exhibit other behaviors usually believed to be typical of OCD, such as excessive hand washing. This condition does have the bonus effect of making them very methodical workers; Qing-jao slowly and methodically looks at every possible piece of evidence and becomes the only person to realize the true identity of Demosthenes and the existence of a creature like Jane. A cure for the OCD is eventually created and spread through Path, letting them retain their brilliance without being subjected to the humilation caused by their rituals.
- It should be noted that the priests are fully aware of the existence of OCD. However, the normal drugs that help fight OCD don't work for the Godspoken.
- Colin Wall from The Casual Vacancy. His OCD manifests in constant thoughts and nightmares about heinous crimes he may have committed unintentionally, including murdering his best friend and pedophilia.
- The eponymous character in the Stephen King short story N..
- His doctor, Johnny Bonsaint eventually becomes like this as well, due to the influence of the field.
- Auri in The Slow Regard of Silent Things shows signs of distress when she can't find exactly the right place for an object to go, and has specific rituals she follows. This is most obvious in her description of her routines, and in the candle-making scene.
- Chaplain Boreas of Purging of Callidus. At one point, he stops in the middle of battle to glue part of a statue back together. While he is aware that he likely has better things to do at the moment, he believes that by not caring, he would fail his duties as a Chaplain.
- In Another Note, Beyond Birthday cleans everything in his victims' homes, even things he did not touch, most notably the light sockets. He is also obsessive about L, letters and numbers, manga, and strawberry jam.
- Monk: They sometimes do portray this as a seriously debilitating illness, but just as often it's portrayed as funny. The idea is that he's Cursed with Awesome, so that he notices every detail of a crime scene, picking up clues that no one else would.
- In one episode, his doctor finds an effective drug that helps Monk tone down his OCD considerably, at the expense of his attention to detail. By the end of the episode he's back to his usual self.
- Ironically, Howie Mandel (also being OCD in real life) guest-starred as a cultist who tries to help Monk get over his condition when he spends time at their commune to investigate.
- Monk appears to suffer from both OCD (unwanted thoughts and compulsions, extreme anxiety issues) and OCPD (an excessive desire for order and control, hoarding, stinginess).
- Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory shows many signs of OCPD. A good example is when the cushion that was "his spot" on the sofa was stained and he spent the time in which the cushion was being cleaned slowly going crazy, eventually going to the point where he was crouching over the spot where he used to sit. Howard tries to solve the problem by grabbing Rajesh's cushion and placing it in Sheldon's spot. Rajesh starts to complain, giving us:
Howard: Who cares where you sit? You are not crazy!
Sheldon: These shrimp are all the same size, there's no logical order to eat them in. [chucks them into the garbage can]
- In the thirty seconds it took Rajesh to find a new place to sit, Sheldon had found something unacceptable about the new cushion and the fun was restarted.
- Sheldon always has to knock on Penny's door 3 times and each knock is followed by him calling Penny's name. Penny at one point tries to mess up Sheldon's rhythm by opening the door and imitating what Sheldon does. He feels "that's just wrong."
- Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine gets this a lot, along with a very deep sense of justice. It makes him an excellent chief of security, as he will follow a case doggedly, running down options and suspects very swiftly. It also means he won't indulge in such little things as police brutality, meaning his cells tend to be the safest place for a criminal to stay. Dax got a lot of fun out of sneaking into his quarters and moving things around just a couple centimeters. When he later discovered his people, the Founders, it turned out "establishing order" is kind of their hat. On the other hand, their idea of order and his idea of justice were completely incompatible.
- At times, James May from Top Gear. On one occasion while the team was racing to build a prefabricated car, he insisted on putting away every tool they used after they were done with it, driving Clarkson insane.
- Mrs. Benson on iCarly, flits between this and Neat Freak Depending on the Writer.
- Emma Pillsbury on Glee, a severe mysophobe with an irrational fear of germs. This has naturally made her one of the biggest Neat Freak ever, to the point that she cleans every grape individually before eating it and spends an hour cleaning a pencil sharpener. The depiction of OCD on the show did get better as it went on, although still not perfect. Emma was also shown ritualistically rubbing hand lotion into her hands while counting, and was also shown to have anxiety and panic attacks. She eventually seeks help.
- Some of the killers in Criminal Minds, including a man who is at one point seen washing his hands with what looks like a fresh bar of soap, then throwing it away after one use.
- The very second episode featured a girl with a severe fixation with the number three. It got to the point that she believed God was speaking to her through patterns involving it... He told her to burn things.
- Monica from Friends. She can tell if the furniture has been moved even an inch, and will have a near panic attack at the thought of it.
- How bad she was was really Depending on the Writer. In one episode, Chandler cleans the apartment to make Monica happy. When Monica came home, she did notice that things were moved, but she thought that the gesture was sweet.
- In Scrubs, Dr. Kevin Casey has extreme OCD. It gives him the benefit of practicing things over and over until he does them perfectly, but the drawback of practicing things over and OVER until he does them perfectly. He starts out every day by literally touching EVERYTHING in his first patient's room. He can't even enter the room without timing his last step to his breath. The effects of this are shown very deliberately at the end of the episode.
- In the Very Special Episode Emmy Bait parody on The Drew Carey Show Mimi has a relapse into Super Duper OCD, which Drew uses to his advantage.
- Bree from Desperate Housewives used to be very bad about this, though she did lighten up about it later on, and it's now been reduced to her making the occasional quip about using a coaster or keeping something straight or neat.
- In the early days? Let's just say that she and Rex might have had that reconciliation if it weren't for her being too distracted by a dripping burrito to continue. Unlike most examples on this page, however, it has also been played for drama, and was just one of many factors leading to her nervous breakdown at the end of season two.
- However, no one in the series call his behavior "obsessive compulsive", but rather "anal retentive".
- Used as a one-off gag in Kamen Rider Fourze: In episode 7, the Power Trio are in detention, along with the Jerk Jock and Goth girl. When they ask the Goth what she's in for, she explains that she hacked the school computer and deleted every single picture from a school event...because her hair ribbon was slightly off-kilter in one of the pictures.
- Played seriously eight episodes later. The Monster of the Week is a painter who really wants his painting to be perfect and will petrify anyone who disturbs him to get his wish...which includes the sweet little girl trying to help the Glee Club with a cute song about a satellite.
- Whitechapel has Joseph Chandler, a homicide detective, who is incredibly obsessed with neatness, as well as things being clean. His OCD is bad enough that he often stays at the Homicide Department overnight, making everything neat for the next day...only for him to end up spending the entire night doing this. It should be noted, however, that while most of the examples of Super OCD are Played for Laughs, Chandler's OCD is shown as an illness and a serious issue, rather then something used for comedy.
- On Being Human vampires who stop drinking blood try to develop daily patterns and routines so they can stop themselves from constantly thinking about blood and killing. Mitchell tried to build a 'normal' routine life for himself but kept failing. Hal managed to created complex daily rituals for himself and managed to suppress his vampire urges by religiously following them for over 50 years. However, this caused him to cut all contact with the outside world and when his routines are disrupted he becomes violent and unstable.
- While Danny Tanner in Full House is generally just a Neat Freak, he reaches Super OCD levels when his personal Christmas of Spring Cleaning time comes around. Another episode has the girls moving every single item on Danny's wall a few inches to the side because he'd otherwise notice the one thing they had to move to cover a hole in the wall.
- Hey, you're talking about a guy who cleans his cleaning supplies.
- There's finally a Heel Realization mixed with Reality Ensues and a Freudian Excuse—when Danny goes overboard during the aforementioned Spring Cleaning, DJ drags the family into her room where they all spend several minutes complaining about him. After they leave, Danny emerges from the closet (he was installing shelf paper) and is clearly devastated at the realization of how out-of-control his behavior has gotten and that it's genuinely making everyone hate him. When he goes out for a drive to clear his head, he muses that he's always loved to clean, ever since his mother gave him cleaning supplies as a present—and instantly realizes that (a) that's probably the root of his problem and (b) that he's doing the same thing to Michelle and that one day she might drive her family crazy.
- Ryan Wolfe on CSI: Miami had it, though not to a really extreme degree.
- Very briefly comes up in Supernatural, when the brothers have to deal with The Fair Folk. One of the listed weaknesses that the faeries have is that if something is spilled in front of them (like grains of rice), they have to count it. Naturally, this comes in handy when it's time to give the bastards the bum rush.
Fairy: (As Sam is performing the un-summoning spell) One, two, three, four.... You *ass*.
- The Last Enemy has the protagonist, a brillian mathematician, who has an advanced form of OCD. When we first see him, he's on a plane wearing a hazmat suit because the guy next to him is coughing. He then runs to the bathroom and proceeds to thoroughly wash his hands... which he does through the series. Surprisingly, it's mostly related to cleanliness, so we never see him watch where he steps or repeat certain actions just because. When his ex meets him, she gives him a disinfectant wipe after they come out of a church.
- Of course, that same attention to detail is likely what enables him to be a great mathematician, but his social skills suffer as a result.
- Season 2 of The Hour introduces Randall Brown, who shows many symptoms of this trope, though his disorder is never actually named (justified for the 1950s setting, when psychology was less advanced,) thus averting the common media mistake of confusing OCD with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, whose symptoms he more accurately reflects. However, this trope is employed unconventionally; his disorder does not stop Randall from being an authoritative and effective manager, did not prevent him from having a relationship in the past (though it might have played a part in the relationship's failure) and it is generally not played for laughs. For most of the series it is not played for drama, either (it doesn't cause enough grief for that), until he discovers that his daughter from the aforementioned relationship, (who he has never seen and has spent years trying to find,) died in an air raid, and his way of trying to cope with it is absolutely heartbreaking. Watch it here.
- Adam Savage, in the Battle of the Sexes episode of MythBusters, admitted to feeling something akin to this while he was watching people pack cars during the course of the episode. He would wonder why a person was packing a car in a certain way, and then realize that they were doing things differently from how he would do it because they weren't him.
- Chad, Dewey's classmate from the special ed class on Malcolm in the Middle takes this trope to Ax-Crazy levels. With an actual ax.
- Hello Saferide's "If I Don't Write This Song, Someone I Love Will Die"
- Dream Theater's song "Constant Motion" was written by former drummer Mike Portnoy about his struggle with OCD.
- Kathy in Vanities is an obsessive organizer, who has a nervous breakdown when things stops going according to her plans.
- Sion from Melty Blood. One point early in their meeting, Shiki calls her a "bastard." She gets very upset and informs him, that no, the acceptable word for insulting a woman is "bitch." Note, she's not insulted by the actual name calling, just that it's wrong.
- In the ending where she befriends both Shiki and Akiha; she takes alternating turns on siding with Shiki or Akiha when Shiki tries to sneak out of the house. Super OCD or True Neutral? Can't it be both?
- She also gets ticked off at the concept of "randomness". Being able to subdivide her mind into several rooms and analyze each possible outcome in a very short amount of time, she can figure out the outcomes of every (or at least many) possible series of events.
- Quarians in Mass Effect have a completely justified case of Super OCD when it comes to germs. You see, they underwent Homeworld Evacuation after the Geth they created Turned Against Their Masters. So they've been wandering through space for generations in sterile spaceships. Basically, they have little to no immune systems to speak of, so contamination is rather a big thing for them. That's why Quarians seen outside their spaceships are always in environmental suits.
- The Neurotic trait in The Sims 3. Sims who have it will worry about random objects, obsess about their hygiene, and check and re-check things like the stove and the fireplace. It doesn't make them a Neat Freak, though, so for a proper case of Super OCD the player would have to combine it with the Neat trait.
- Minecraft tends to evoke this trope in the players. You WILL have a specific way in which to order your inventory for maximum efficiency, and you will cringe EVERY time you see a Let's Play that has a person who does not stack all of their items properly.
- Misplacing a block or leaving behind unmined ore can make a player's eyes twitch.
- Giratina in the Pokémon games. It's so obsessed with maintaining order between dimensions that it will violently attack anyone it perceives as a threat to either the Pokemon Universe and/or the Reverse/Distortion World. It got to the point where Arceus had to banish it to another dimension (IE: the aforementioned Reverse/Distortion World).
- Also Minccino and Cinccino.
- SWAT 4 afflicts your AI teammates with this in singleplayer. If you order your squadmates to do anything to a door, they will neatly stack up on the door before doing anything else. So if you ordered all 4 of them over and one is being blocked from reaching his position (most often by you) they will incessantly tell you to move over and refuse to carry out their order until everyone is on the PIXEL.
- Thoroughly averted in Neverending Nightmares. The game takes place in the nightmares of a character with obsessive compulsive disorder, which manifests not with obsession over order or compulsive rituals, but an increasing feeling of isolation and violent images that repeat themselves over and over again. The game's creator has OCD himself, and in addition to a desire to accurately portray the disorder in a work of fiction, much of the game's content is directly inspired by his experience living with the disorder, as well as the violent intrusive thoughts he's had.
- In Zeno Clash, the Corwid of the Free each have their own obsession which they pursue single-mindedly. One guy's obsession is walking in a straight line, forever. note Another's obsession is killing and eating people. Then there's the guy who wants to be invisible, and achieves this through rather unconventional methods.
- Symmetra from Overwatch is obsessed with order and perfection, which is shown both in her dialogue and in one of her highlight intros, where she is annoyed when the camera goes askew and corrects it. Her comic short "A Better World" elaborates on this.
- O.C. from OC And Dee is a quintessentially acute sufferer of OCD.
- Hannelore in Questionable Content, which is probably deliberate instead of not doing the research, because author Jeph Jacques himself has OCD. She appears to have both a fairly accurate case of OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, and possibly a few phobias as well, not entirely unlike the Monk example. She also has some more problems that probably aren't the direct result of a mental illness, like some unfamiliarity with normal social protocol due to having a weird upbringing, and occasional hallucinations brought on by her chronic insomnia.
- She definitely has phobias, as a lot of fun has been had with her growing mistrust of tapirs.
- It comes and goes depending on what the joke requires; for example, when she was first introduced, she had a conversation with Marten while watching him pee in a sink, which would be unthinkable with her current characterization. This is semi-justified because she's constantly switching meds in a desperate search for a combination that will properly control all her varied and sundry neuroses, phobias, and disorders without reacting badly or slamming her with nasty side effects.
- Melody from Coming Up Violet qualifies as an example, and was once the page picture. Though, to be fair, it probably doesn't help that she's a hyperactive chinchilla in High School.
- Abner VanSlyk of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name is a diagnosed mysophobic. He's obsessed to the point of wearing gloves and a surgical mask while working.
- Mordecai Heller from Lackadaisy is this, as well as being completely sociopathic. In one of the pre-canon comics, he gave a long rant to the person he was about to murder about how his position on the back seat was throwing off the aesthetic balance of the car.
- Some (but probably not all) vampires in A Loonatic's Tale. In Job Hunting: Rehired, one character scatters change on the ground to distract the Cruor brothers. Lynch gets caught up counting the coins, but wealth-obsessed businessman Lee takes the cake, as he gets caught up counting the value of the coins.
- In Broodhollow, Zane needs things to be closed.
- Accord of Worm has a literal example of this—his extreme OCD is a side effect of his superpower. He shows all the traits of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, including an obsession with neatness in his environment. If something is insufficiently neat, he is compelled to eradicate it-whether it be an ill-designed piece of clothing or a particularly annoying person.
- To give an example of how extreme his compulsion is, he had to force himself to refrain from violently murdering someone who started a statement with a conjunction when speaking to him.
- Fractious of the Whateley Universe, whose Reality Warper powers tend to make things worse for her Super OCD. Her manifesting as a mutant also means her old meds don't work on her anymore, and she has the associated General Anxiety Disorder. Done pretty accurately: the author claims to be OC and to have a child with clinical OCD.
- To put it another way, she's based on Diane Castle, who is practically the poster child for Shown Their Work.
- This video features someone with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
- The Nostalgia Critic is a rare example where the person isn't shown cleaning all the time. Instead he obsesses over tiny things and repeatedly brings them up during a review and later ones. According to vlogs, Doug says he has it too, being a schedule fanatic and getting antsy when shots are slanted.
- The Antibody of the Slenderseries OneHundredYardStare has such symptoms. No, he doesn't clean either, but for example has extreme anxieties (also paranoia, but that's standard issue in the genre), he keeps track of time to the minute and has some Insane Troll Logic plans on how restore the order of the world.
- In Ultra Fast Pony, Twilight Sparkle constantly corrects others (including the narrator) over minor mistakes. This gets lampshaded in "How to Control Freaks", where she flips out over not being able to write a journal entry for the day. Someone else says she's acting a bit OCD, and she shoots back:
Twilight: It's not OCD! It's ABCD! Aggressively Belligerent Compulsive Disorder! See, my way makes more sense! Why doesn't anyone ever listen to my opinions?!
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged applies this to Perfect Cell, who makes three different combat rings all because they weren't perfect like he was - the first one had a green tile, the second one was in the shape of a circle (and it had a green tile) and the last one, before he gave up, had half a tile.
- Mechanicles from Aladdin: The Series. All of his schemes in the show revolve around his need to keep things clean and tidy (melting desert sand to create flawless glass, wiping out a rainforest to destroy all the bugs, "steam-cleaning" the Earth by boiling the oceans, etc.). He also keeps an organized "things to do" list with him at all times. In his debut episode, Aladdin and co. press his Berserk Button by making a mess in his headquarters as a distraction.
- The Earl of Lemongrab of Adventure Time displays many attributes of this on several occasions. According to Patrick Seery, a production assistant on the show, "he likes order." Which means that anything that's even REMOTELY un-orderly freaks him out. As soon as he walked into the candy castle, he saw candy people pillow-fighting, and Cinnamon Bun lying on the floor, which was covered in candy-muck. He screamed that the castle was in "UNACCEPTABLLLEE CONDITIIIOONN!!!" and sent everybody in the room to thirty days in the dungeon. "IF ANYONE NEEDS ME I'LL BE TAKING A NAP! A..a-a...and clean this place up or Dungeon! THREE HOURS DUNGEON!!!"
- One of Daggett's goons in Batman: The Animated Series. He had a habit of using a napkin to open doors, and was hesitant to assassinate someone at a hospital "with all those sick people". He's the poster boy for Terrified of Germs.
- Linda Belcher suffers a variant of this in Bob's Burgers. Specifically, in "Bed & Breakfast," she attempts to turn the Belcher home into a B & B during a long weekend, but Bob warns her that every time she tries to entertain people she goes way overboard until she snaps when her efforts aren't appreciated enough. Sure enough, Linda manages to embarrass the three people staying at the Belcher home and she becomes hostile. She then resorts to locking everyone in their rooms while Louise tries to get her room back from Teddy. It all leads up to Sanity Slippage and a disheveled and twitchy Linda carrying around a tray of bowls of melted ice cream before Bob manages to get her to come to her sense.
- Jeff from Clarence.
- Edd from Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy.
- Mr Herriman from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
- Breach of Generator Rex teleported the city of Greenville, Ohio to a pocket dimension, where she turned it into a Silent Hill-like "dollhouse." The whole place is creepily well-organized, with mopeds perfectly aligned in the streets and ice cream trucks carefully stacked on top of each other. Messing the place up is a good way to get her angry, and she wasn't exactly the most stable individual to begin with. Her OCD is actually so bad that she literally implodes if the destruction gets to be too much for her.
- Corey Riffin from Grojband suffers from this, he's always booking gigs at every opportunity, and not letting even one slip by.
- Johnny Test's Dad in Johnny Test who's obsessed with the house being clean.
- Bloberta from Moral Orel. To the point where she scrubs the UNDERSIDE of the floor tiles as well as the surface.
- And she even noticed how dirty her cleaning products were.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Twilight Sparkle and Rarity. They have Super OCD in different areas and both of which are justified by their backgrounds and exacerbated by the fact that they can use magic to straighten things out as much as they want. As an artistic genius Rarity is obsessed with aesthetics while Twilight's history of being a model student (of Equestria's Physical God ruler no less) makes her an extreme by-the-book perfectionist.
- Rarity has difficulty tearing herself away from fixing a messy bookcase despite the presence of a much bigger problem, namely the tree that crashed into Twilight's house (which happen to cause said messy bookcase). See also the bird's nest bit in "Winter Wrap-Up". Also, when she is temporarily given Rainbow Dash's cutie mark in "Magical Mystery Cure", she keeps the clouds organized in a checkerboard-like formation.
- Twilight Sparkle:
- In "Look Before You Sleep", she's too busy looking up whether or not a tree crashing through the window fits into a slumber party to help shift the tree.
- Her obsession with order also causes a lot of trouble in "Lesson Zero", like when she makes a huge mess trying to even out the frosting on the cupcakes she ordered for a picnic... which is peanuts compared to going crazy because she thinks she's going to be late with her weekly friendship report. This is a more accurate portrayal of OCD than the others. She can't stop herself from having unwanted and extremely unrealistic thoughts and so she tries with increasing anxiety to stop them. It doesn't work.
- At the start of "It's About Time", she's up at three in the morning worrying that she hasn't made time in this month's schedule to prepare next month's schedule.
- In "Spike at Your Service", Twilight is so intent on a reading assignment that she gives stock responses to Spike's questions and only breaks out of her total focus when Applejack moves one of her ink jars slightly out of place. She then made sure to move the ink well back while speaking to Applejack.
- She's also extremely devoted to plans and timesheets, which is a personality trait often associated with this trope.
- All in all, she probably has OCPD. By that, she does have some uncontrollable urges and impulses, but she is "preoccupied with rules, orderliness, and control." To make a better distinction, someone with OCD is aware of their condition, while someone with OCPD either thinks their behavior is normal, or isn't aware of how abnormal their behavior may be.
- The previous gen had Minty, who is not only Super OCD but a Derpyësque klutz. Disaster ensues, especially in A Very Minty Christmas.
- Applejack's NEED to ensure that Applebloom remains safe and by her side throughout the whole appropriately named fourth season episode "Somepony to Watch Over Me".
- Starlight Glimmer, Twilight's Evil Counterpart and the Arc Villain of the fifth season premier, also has traits of this, such as stopping mid song to make sure somepony's mane is identical to the rest, ensuring the entire town she controls is completely identical in every way, and having a massive obsession with keeping things orderly and equal. However, unlike Twilight who's OCD tendencies are much more benign, Starlight Glimmer applies hers to other ponies and has the magic to enforce it.
- Menlo from Recess.
- Lisa sometimes suffers from this in various episodes of The Simpsons. In "The PTA Disbands" Lisa is desperate to continue learning even though the teachers go on strike. She at one point begs Marge to grade and evaluate her, and sometime later Marge mentions that Lisa tried dissecting her rain coat.
- She seems to get it from Marge. In Fear of Flying, her OCD tendencies actually prompted the Simpsons to seek therapy on her behalf.
(Discovering Marge in her bathrobe, re-shingling the roof)
Homer: Marge, it's 3 AM! Shouldn't you be baking?
- Focusin, a drug meant to combat attention defect disorder, induced super OCD in Bart. While taking the drug, he seemed to be suffering from paranoid delusions, turned out he was right.
- She seems to get it from Marge. In Fear of Flying, her OCD tendencies actually prompted the Simpsons to seek therapy on her behalf.
- Antoine from Sonic SatAM; this is taken to the extremes in the filler episode "The Odd Couple."
- Spongebob Squarepants often behaves this way in several later season episodes, some examples include the time he became afraid of the dark, he bought thousands of night lights to light up his house and freaked out at the slightest bit of darkness.
- The time he invited Squidward over to his house and copied the inside of Squidward's house down to the last detail including every crack in the walls and ceiling, every detail in his paintings, and the sewing in his mother's pillows.
- And when he thought everything in his house was sentimental and refused to throw anything out, he even collected jars of his sweat and grease from the grill, it got to the point where he became a hoarder and his house was covered in garbage.
- Pearl in Steven Universe can occasionally fall into this. "Mirror Gem" has her take a random pile of vaguely educational stuff Steven had pooled to get some experience of schooling, and get so worked up about keeping it symmetrical that she stabs teddy bears and cereal boxes with her spear when Amethyst throws them at the pile.
- TOM from Toonami has it when he plays Pikmin 3, so obsessed with getting a perfect day that he won't give it a proper review until it is perfect.
- Trent from Total Drama Action, develops a Super OCD obsession with the number 9, even though there were never any such behaviors before or after. It is, however realistic. And it is all treated as a joke.
- Marc Summers, the host of Double Dare and What Would You Do? has OCD. These were two of the messiest and most disorganized games ever to hit TV. He mentions that going to work every day was a battle and he was actually happy when both shows went off the air. This has the effect of making him a major Bad Ass amongst fans. You can now see him as the host of Unwrapped on the Food Network. Pay attention to the table where the various foods he's talking about are laid out. Everything is ordered and laid out very specifically.
- Howie Mandel is also a sufferer. Watch him on Deal or No Deal - he doesn't shake hands, he bumps fists. Presumably, this is also part of why he shaves his head. He wrote a book about it.
- Quantum bogosort. Makes you wonder if the universe is made of this.
It uses true quantum randomness to randomly permute the list. The list is then inspected, and if it is not in order, the universe is destroyed.
- Sometimes the superstitions that sports stars have can seriously border on this but a special mention has to go to Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics who cannot seem to pass a piece of paper on the floor without picking it up and gets mad at teammates if they mess up his rituals as well.
- Howard Hughes was so Obsessive Compulsive about contamination, he peed in jars for years. And kept them in order, too. This was heavily detailed in The Aviator, giving the Freudian Excuse that a community-wide disease scare when he was little caused His Beloved Smother to vigorously hand wash him and intone "you are not safe."
- Leonardo DiCaprio has it as well. He steadfastly fights it at every turn, claiming that he refuses to step through doorways multiple times or step on every patch of chewing gum on the pavement that he sees to stop it taking over his life. Must be an absolute killer when he's learning his lines...
He also played the above-mentioned Howard Hughes in The Aviator, and the Stunt-coordinator for Inception mentioned in the making-of how he loved to work with Leonardo since he could create the most death-defying stunts with only a square-foot of safe area on the set, trusting Leonardo with a 100% certainty that he would hit that foot on cue every time.
- British footballer David Beckham has OCD. He says he has to put all the leaflets you get in hotels in order in a drawer, which is probably hell as (being a footballer) he must travel a lot.
- Jesse Eisenberg has OCD, although he has never elaborated on the specifics on his compulsions.
- Joey Ramone of the Ramones struggled with OCD for most of his life and committed himself to a mental hospital when he was eighteen years old. His younger brother details Ramone's OCD in his family memoir I Slept With Joey Ramone and also in a number of interviews. Joey Ramone's compulsions included leaving the tap on and flipping lights on and off, which his brother said he had to learn to deal with. Former Ramones manager Danny Fields gets frustrated in a documentary discussing Joey's compulsive behavior while touring, which included touching every other picket on a staircase and would frustrate the rest of the band and road personnel because he would often cause delays with his compulsive actions. ("C'mon, Joey, we have to get to Buffalo tonight...")
- Ray Allen has this, he always takes the exact same seat on a plane and follows several pre-game routines.
- Saint Alphonsus Liguori suffered from a religious version of OCD, known as scrupulosity. It's also theorized that Martin Luther may have been afflicted with it as well, but as these theories also move into trying to explain the Catholic-Protestant split, so let's leave it at that.
- Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford theorizes that OCD may have inspired religious ceremony and ritual in the first place.