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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:
    • Alice is crying because all of her close family members have died and she's dying of cancer. Bob doesn't understand why she's sad.
    • Bob tortures and kills Alice and her entire family. His only regret is not forcing Alice's daughter, the 6-year-old Charlotte, to watch her dog being slaughtered.
  • Downplayed: Bob sees Alice crying because her old car is broken. He doesn't understand what the car meant to her.
  • 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.
  • Inverted: The Empath
  • Subverted:
    • Bob appears to not care, but it turns out he's just holding all his emotions in.
    • Bob is usually an emotionless bastard, but then he finally breaks down and cries when he loses his pet.
    • Bob can't empathize with people on the emotional level but he can empathize with people on the logical level.
  • 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 cries, 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: "Bob, do you even care about anything?" "What's caring?"
  • Conversed: "Is Bob an alien with no understanding of emotions?"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:

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