Playing With / Lack of Empathy

Basic Trope: For whatever reason, the feelings of others don't affect a character.
  • Straight:
    • Bob sees Alice crying after the death of her father and wonders why she's crying.
    • Bob injures Alice without any guilt about it.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Bob is an Empty Shell that can't even feel emotions, making it impossible for him to feel others.
    • Bob did something wrong to Alice, but he despises her so much he feels nothing but hate towards her.
    • Bob is just a natural-born loner who doesn't have any social skills and only cares about achieving his own goals.
    • Bob is ignorant of what and how some things hurt others' feelings badly.
    • Bob has a disorder of some kind.
    • Bob was raised in a world where empathizing is useless.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • People think Bob is just holding it in, but he's not.
    • And only so he can manipulate people into doing his biding.
  • Parodied: Bob goes to a movie that makes everyone crying, and he then says it sucks.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob constantly changes from being a Manly Tears kind of guy, to an uncaring shell.
  • Averted: Bob can feel and understand the emotions of others.
  • Enforced: "We need a villain that can do the worse things possible, with no regret or mercy."
  • Lampshaded: "You don't seem to care about anyone."
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz performs a lobotomy on Bob to take away his ability to feel emotions.
  • Exploited: Bob can't feel anything at all, so Evulz recruits him as an assassin who will kill with no regrets.
  • Defied: Even if Bob doesn't feel any empathy, he still does his best to sooth Alice's feelings.
  • Discussed:
    Alice: "Bob, do you even care about anything?"
    Bob: "What's caring?"
  • Conversed: "Is Bob an alien with no understanding of emotions?"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Drama: Bob is a Visionary Villain who saw people suffering and was inspired to create a utopia because he believes everyone deserves to be happy. At least, he started out that way: nowadays he cannot see the forest for the trees, willing to sacrifice hundreds, even thousands without a second thought for the 'greater good'. His lack of empathy ironically stemmed from a sense of empathy that could be called overdeveloped.

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