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Here is an index dealing with characters expressing sympathy towards others and the lack thereof as well as characters who inspire the audience's sympathy. Don't you just feel sorry for this index?

Contrast Apathy Index. May overlap with This Index Has Had a Hard Life.

Characters who express sympathy (or the lack thereof):

  • Asshole Victim: An unlikable character suffers a horrible fate unrelated to their actual misdeed, but the other characters don't feel sorry for them because of how unlikable they are.
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  • Condescending Compassion: A character shows sympathy for another in a manner that's intended to insult them.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: A character rejects the sympathy from other characters.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: The character doesn't sympathize with the villain who had a Freudian Excuse, especially because it doesn't excuse the villain's horrible behavior or bad actions.
  • Lack of Empathy: A character is incapable of expressing sympathy for others.
  • No Sympathy: A character shows no sympathy for another character's plight.
  • No Sympathy for Grudgeholders: A character shows no sympathy for another character holding a grudge against someone who wronged them badly.
  • Pity Sex: Sleeping with someone out of pity.
  • Playing the Victim Card: A villain or an unsympathetic character plays victimhood to gain sympathy from others in order to avoid taking responsibility for their actions.
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  • Punished for Sympathy: A character is rebuked for expressing sympathy for another character who is considered undeserving of it.
  • Revenge Is Not Justice: A character isn't given sympathy for taking revenge against someone who wronged him.
  • Quit Your Whining: A character expresses a lack of sympathy for another character by telling them to stop wallowing in their sorrows.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: A hero shows sympathy for a villain.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: A villain shows sympathy for a hero.


Character who inspire sympathy from the audience: