TheHandle on Dec 3rd 2012 at 5:56:24 AM
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They're not a Sociopathic Hero; their motivations are pure, their heart is in the right place. They're not a Heroic Comedic Sociopath, because they're not played for laughs. They aren't addicted to being In Harm's Way, nor do they Blood Knights who seek the thrill of combat for its own sake. But they will take pleasure in defeating villains; it's not just deterrence or protection that motivates them, but punishment, and they take satisfaction in paying evil unto evil.
I thought this was a missing link in the Sliding Scale Of Anti Heroes. Enjoying hurting villains and having a sadistic streak when dealing with them does not a sociopath make, not when the cruelty is only expressed in such a narrow context, and the person is otherwise nice and normal, especially if the villains are very villainous.
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