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Psychopathic Manchildren in movies.


Animated

  • Gaston's role in Beauty and the Beast consists of him throwing a very violent temper tantrum when he doesn't get what he wants.
  • Coraline has the Other Mother. She's cunning and crafty, and convincingly presents herself as a loving mother (at first), but when Coraline starts resisting her attempts to "keep" her, she starts throwing tantrums.
  • In Despicable Me 3, Gru's new nemesis Balthazar Bratt is a Former Child Star who believes that he is the character he used to play.
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  • Kadaj and his group from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, a group of superpowered teens created from Sephiroth's refusing-to-be-dead essence. Kadaj, can go from vicious and sadistic to heartbreakingly childlike and back again in the span of around fifteen minutes. His older 'brother' Loz is less psychotic, but more childlike. Yazoo doesn't get much screentime, clearly laughs in childish excitement in the extended version as he steers his motorcycle off an exploding bridge to attack an airborne helicopter.
  • Smek in Home is the leader of an entire planet, who throws himself on the ground and cries out loud like a toddler when he doesn't get his way.
  • Syndrome in The Incredibles balances a genius-level talent for inventing technology with an incredibly childish personality; he's immature, excitable, petulant, irresponsible, prone to mood swings, obsessed with gadgets and 'toys', and spiteful. His motivation also stems from an admittedly wounding and hurtful, but still relatively minor slight, he suffered when he was a child, which he refuses to move on from.
  • Scar from The Lion King. Best exemplified when he says "I'm king, I can do whatever I want!", since that's the exact same attitude Simba himself had when he was a cub.
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    • Ed the hyena comes off as this to a mild extent, though he is mentally challenged and doesn't speak like the others.
  • Hal Stewart from Megamind starts off as a typical Manchild at first, but after he becomes "Tighten", he throws a long, prolonged temper tantrum by destroying the entire city and trying to murder Roxanne after she didn't return his feelings.
  • Some fans of the Japanese version of Mewtwo from Pokémon: The First Movie have likened it to a scared, confused and angry child, placing it in types B and C of the trope. Its motives amount to a psychic powered temper-tantrum as a result of its mistreatment and some of its dialog is childish in some aspects, saying "Don't tell me what to do!" when Ash and co. confront it on taking their Pokémon. The English dub averts this, glossing over most, if not all, of Mewtwo's childish mannerisms from the Japanese version.
  • Both times that The Rescuers are called in to save children, they actually have to save them from child-minded adults. Madame Medusa, in particular, embodies all the negative aspects of thinking like a child and none of the positive ones, as she has a habit of throwing hysterical fits whenever someone tells anything else other than what she wants to hear. Ironically she hides the Devil's Eye (an adult's desire) inside Penny's teddy bear (a child's keepsake) and therefore doesn't plan to return it and then acts about keeping and losing it in a much more immature way than Penny whose teddy bear has actual emotional value to her.
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    • McLeach, by contrast is much more articulate and capable of taking care of whatever obstacles may arise and it is only in his cruelty that the child inside him comes out: when he childishly mocks Cody and pretended that he was afraid of the authorities (which only Joanna found funny). His comments about passing third grade definitely have someone think that there were things other than academic skill that were left behind...
  • Prince John from Robin Hood. A petulant, temperamental, selfish, impulsive crybaby who sucks his thumb and cries for his mommy. The real Prince John (later King John) is often depicted this way in other works, but whether he truly was is impossible to say.
  • Prince Charming in Shrek the Third. A huge Momma's Boy who relied on said Momma for everything before her death in the previous movie, his entire Evil Plan is motivated by a mixture of revenge and pleasing her. Once he's taken over the throne, his first act is to put on a stage show about himself and how cool he is. Case in point, his Famous Last Words: "Mommy?"

Live-Action

  • Johnny Truelove of Alpha Dog is an impulsive, shortsighted, criminally dumb wannabe gangster trying to project a "tough guy" image. He kidnaps Zach on a whim, threatens people wherever he goes, and doesn't realize how many witnesses he creates because of his own poor planning. He doesn't even keep tabs on the murder he orders while going out with his girlfriend and having fun, and rejects the option his father offers to release Zach and spend minimal jail time even though he has no other plan himself. He remains elusive for so long only because of blind luck.
  • Middle-Eye in Apocalypto. For all his sadism and warrior skills, he can revert to childlike behavior. He screams at getting bitten by a woman defending herself, greedily takes a keepsake from a fallen comrade ("He would have wanted ME to have it!"), throws what's essentially a temper tantrum when forbidden from killing the hero, and becomes meek and tongue-tied after trying leader Zero Wolf's patience. Somehow it doesn't make him any less scary.
  • Agent Lynch from The A-Team acts like a 16-year-old with daddy's credit card and car keys. He leers at his assistant, constantly brags about how much cooler his job is than his opposite number's, and displays childlike glee at all the cool toys he gets and stuff he gets to do.
  • Most of the villains in the Burton / Schumacher Batman series.
    • It's almost obligatory to depict The Joker this way, but the 1989 film takes it a step further by showing him as the apparently sane (but still very, very evil) Jack Napier prior to his transformation. In between the vicious murders he committed as Napier and then continues to commit as the clown he becomes, the Joker "punches out" two television sets with a gag boxing glove, blows into a birthday-party noisemaker (possibly the film's single funniest scene), obsessively cuts up photographs to make collages of them, hosts a parade with giant cartoon-character balloons, makes funny sound effects with his mouth, and sends the woman he's stalking a note written in crayon.
    • In Batman Returns, the Penguin spends a good deal of screentime wearing only a onesie-like garment stained with his own spittle and slobber. Furthermore, he rides around in a giant toy rubber-duck vehicle and amuses himself with an umbrella (among his collection of genuinely deadly ones) hung with little plastic animals reminiscent of a mobile found in a baby's crib. ("Shit! Picked the cute one!") Actually, the Penguin is more of a Type C — a quite sane and intelligent (though, again, extremely evil) man who simply has not been able to grow up because of his Daddy Issues.
    • While vandalizing - and ultimately blowing up — a department store owned by the man who attempted to murder her, Catwoman takes some time out from her mischief to girlishly "skip rope" with her trademark bullwhip.
    • Near the climax of Batman Forever, the Riddler and Two-Face play a game of Battleship that uses real torpedoes - and the Batboat (piloted by Robin) is their target.
  • Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is presented as an extremely childish, yet powerful evil genius.
  • The 1963 film Cleopatra portrayed Octavian (the future Augustus Caesar) as one of these. The historical community was Not Amused.
  • Lucille Sharpe from Crimson Peak is a dangerous and intelligent antagonist but in some situations, especially in the climax, she behaves more like a child in a full grown woman's body. She's prone to fits of jealousy, impatient, likes to sing her childhood lullaby frequently and by the end, she kills her brother and lover Thomas when she finds out he's genuinely in love with Edith. When she kills him, her crying isn't that dissimilar to that of an upset child.
  • Skank in the film version of The Crow. He's a rapist, a murderer, and a car thief. He also frequently acts like a brain-dead hillbilly and is treated as a Butt-Monkey mascot for the rest of the gang, and he cries like a little boy whenever he's in danger. He eventually becomes so cowardly and pathetic that he essentially turns into an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, and the film has to flash back briefly to Skank's rape of Eric Draven's girlfriend in order to justify Eric's killing of him.
  • Wade Wilson in Deadpool (2016) is a rare protagonist example, due to his combination of immature goofiness, Comedic Sociopathy, and high body count. Colossus even describes him as a "heavily armed child".
  • Jack Dante in Death Machine. Everyone at the corporation he works for is scared to death of him, and for good reason. He whines and throws violent tantrums when things don't go his way. He wears a long coat that conceals at least five handguns, five knives....and a rubber chicken. Oh, and he's also a sex-obsessed stalker with a creepy crush on his company's (female) executive, and he is tasked with creating war robots in his "vault", the walls of which are plastered with pornography, action toys and monitors playing violent cartoons.
  • Loki in Dogma. Since Angels apparently don't have a conscience and he used to be the Angel of Death, before resigning when he got pissed, there may be a reason to this.
  • Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber is a very childlike individual (even moreso than his best friend, Harry), yet he has quite a rather sadistic sense of humor (particularly in the scene in which he poisons Harry with laxatives after the latter supposedly stole Mary from him and is childishly enjoying every second of this revenge scheme).
  • In A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, the Big Bad, Hugh J. Magnate, ultimately turns out to be one once he gains access to Cosmo, Wanda, and Poof's magic. This is foreshadowed by the fact his evil lair is designed more like a playland. He says that this came from the fact his father never let him have a real childhood.
  • The movie Game Over has one, in the form of a supercomputer named Drexel, which threatens to destroy the world unless someone plays video games with it. To add to the effect, Drexel is voiced by a child actor.
  • Gary from The Gamers films is not a villain, but he falls into this territory during his Sanity Slippage at GenCon in Hands of Fate. Most geeks can sympathize with the pain of becoming emotionally invested in something Too Good to Last. But is repeatedly physically assaulting the costumed mascot of the series that you blame for your favorite show's cancellation really the behavior of a sane adult? (It's also worth noting that Ninja Dragon Riders, the late, lamented series in question, appears to have been intended for the Shōnen demographic. So for additional Psychopathic Manchild points, Gary's being driven to violence by his emotional overinvestment in a program intended for twelve-year-olds.)
  • Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator's depiction of Hitler is of this trope, as evidenced by how he interacted with his "globe".
  • William "Wild Bill" Wharton, from The Green Mile, displays shades of type C of this trope, at least in the film. Despite being on death row, his antics seem more childish and goofy than anything else, sometimes being played for laughs, until it's revealed he raped and murdered two little girls while working as a farmhand, a crime for which John Coffey takes the blame.
    • Coffey himself is viewed this way in-universe, at least by the attorney who prosecuted him. When the main character stops by the attorney's house to protest Coffey's innocence, the attorney tells him about a dog he once owned who would bite people and then act sorry afterward, implying that John Coffey is much the same way.
    • Percy Wetmore himself is this. He is basically an out-of-sorts brat in the body of a death row guard, and any time he is told off for his idiotic behavior, he whines to his uncle, the governor. His horrible treatment of Delacroix- smashing his fingers, letting him fry horribly in a chair by not wetting his sponge- comes across as bullying rather than discipline.
  • Grindhouse:
    • In Don't!, one of the joke movie trailers, Nick Frost has a cameo as a cannibalistic man-baby locked in the basement of the house. Part of the central joke of the trailer is that everything happens too quickly to get a sense of what kind of horror movie it is, so it's hard to say much more about his character.
    • Stuntman Mike in Death Proof, one of the actual films featured in Grindhouse. He puts on a suave act, but at his core he's a vindictive juvenile who gets off on doing cruel things to people. His demeanor in the last act, when he comes across some women who fight back, is that of a kid whose prank has backfired on him.
  • Jason Voorhees, of the Friday the 13th films, is a dimwitted undead creature who kills because he thinks his mother's ghost is commanding him to do it.
  • Michael Myers is actually an aversion. In the original Halloween (1978) he just kills his sister without any real reason. Dr. Loomis describes him as being "pure evil". It wasn't until the remake that he became this. This was a major criticism since it took away from the looming mystique of the original character.
  • The various Harry Potter film adaptations portrayal of Bellatrix Lestrange depicts her as having shades of this. For one thing, shortly after murdering Sirius Black, as well as her re-encounter with Harry at the burrow, she taunts Harry about her direct involvement in Sirius Black's death by singing "I killed Sirius Black!" repeatedly in a similar manner to a playground taunt by preschoolers.
  • Lila, Eddie's insane new wife in The Heartbreak Kid (2007). This is best captured in her reaction when she gets a horrific sunburn and Eddie points out that she should've worn sunscreen: "Whose side are you on, mine or the ozone's? Choose one!"
  • The towering 'trolley boy' Michael "Lurch" Armstrong in Hot Fuzz. According to Danny, he's a product of incest and has the mind of a child. When the members of the NWA are booked at the end of the movie, he's bawling like an infant
  • The main villain of The House by the Cemetery is hinted to be one, as he is constantly crying like a little child. The film even closes by a quote by Henry James Lucio Fulci that says "No one will ever know whether the children are monsters or the monsters are children".
  • Baby Firefly from the House of 1000 Corpses films. She cuts the heads off of dolls and nails them to the wall, has a childish high pitched voice and giggle, and recited the Rabbit Hutch rhyme while murdering a woman that she put in a rabbit suit.
  • Butterfinger, the Dumb Muscle of the group of rogue CIA agents in Hudson Hawk. At one point, when the other agents are complaining about how long Hawk is taking with his Love Interest, Butterfinger asks, "You want me to rape 'em?" There's a long, uncomfortable silence, and then one of the other agents hands Butterfinger a book to distract him. It's Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham, which Butterfinger seems to struggle with.
  • Zigesfeld in If Looks Could Kill displays multiple signs of mental retardation, including a childlike dependence on the film's female villain. When she strokes his mechanical hand in one scene to calm him down, he grins like a little boy. Of course, all of this gives his one and only line in the movie ("Shut up, you whiny bitch!", delivered to the understandably panicked and babbling French teacher after having hijacked the bus that she and her students were on) a totally different dimension than it might otherwise have had.
  • Kim Jong-un as portrayed in The Interview. He is so volatile and insecure that he flies off the handle and tries to nuke the whole world just to demonstrate his worth as a leader. After Dave manipulates him into crying on camera, he shoots him in anger. Thankfully Dave was wearing a bulletproof vest.
  • James Bond:
    • Max Zorin from A View to a Kill is an extremely impulsive and mentally unstable brute. Part of this is because he is the end result of a Nazi eugenics program — while the surviving babies were intelligent, they grew up to become psychopathic. General Gogol criticizing Zorin over (seemingly) killing Bond almost plays like a parent scolding a young child.
    • The Living Daylights: Brad Whitaker laughs like a child while fighting with Bond. The actor portraying Whitaker called his character a delusional nut who fancied himself a military leader.
    • GoldenEye: Psycho Lesbian Xenia Onatopp is a female example of this. Her sadomasochistic sexual proclivities, coupled with her overall lack of conscience and murderous glee in killing innocents, would seem to qualify her as an insane psychopath.
    • Silva from Skyfall has an almost gleeful childlike attitude when it comes to what he does. But it's best exemplified at the end when he realizes M is slowly bleeding to death, he devolves into a whimpering, scared little boy and proceeds to lovingly embrace her while begging her forgiveness.
    • Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld's villainy in Spectre came from Bond supposedly receiving more endearment as his foster brother.
  • Near the end of The Last King of Scotland Nicholas is captured by Idi Amin's men trying to flee the country, tortured and confronted by the dictator, leading to this little exchange:
    Idi Amin: I am the father of this nation, Nicholas. And you have most... grossly... offended your father.
    Nicholas: (battered and bloody) You are a child. That's what makes you so fucking scary.
  • The movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, has the title character facing off against "Blaster" in the eponymous Thunderdome. ("Blaster" is the masked, hulking, none-too-bright bodyguard of Master, one of Bartertown's leaders.) Max outthinks Blaster, knocks off his mask, and is all set to kill him when he discovers that Blaster has Down Syndrome and is essentially a child in a giant's body. Max relents, but the people who hired him to kill Blaster aren't feeling quite so charitable...
    • Also in Mad Max: Fury Road, Nux is curiously innocent and non-malicious, even while he's killing loads of people. And Rictus, who is the big Dumb Muscle variety. Showing little independent thought, he seems only to want to please his father.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Loki (again) in the Marvel films. In Thor, his motive is killing all the frost giants in order to gain his father's approval. In The Avengers, he wants to rule Earth in part because he feels he is owed a throne (lampshaded by Odin in the next film). His whole evil shtick reads like a cosmic temper tantrum because he's Daddy's unfavorite and because he's tired of living in Thor's shadow. Plus being the God of Mischief and all, he has a thing for pranks and tricks.
    • Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy plays this for laughs: in addition to not understanding sarcasm, euphemisms, and nuances in speech (much like a child), he becomes absolutely giddy when he is surrounded by violence and mayhem, cackling like a kid in a candy store. This is at least partially because of alien cultural differences, although with him being the only representation of his species and the cast being a Dysfunction Junction, it's unknown to what extent.
  • The eponymous character of The Mask. By the Doctor's analysis, the mask actually makes to surface all the "inner child" from that person, so it fits for all characters ever wearing it.
  • Murder Party: At least three of the murderous artists (Bill, Lexi and Macon) are quite immature. Especially Macon who always wants to feel that he has a powerful presence and acts over-the-top (even when it's impractical to do so) to get attention. The above mentioned belief about John Coffey? Well Macon embodies it perfectly, screaming like a maniac while attempting to murder Chris and then acting sorry afterwards. Though not as prominent as their three friends, Paul and Sky also show shades of this trope. Sky in her need for attention behaviour, childish mockery of Chris after he is kidnapped, and the fact that similarly to Bill, she was playing with a gameboy while waiting to murder someone. Despite being the most mature acting member of his group, Paul too has his moments, particularly during the extreme truth or dare scene, and his particularly silly last words:
    Paul: I'll bleed on your shoes. Your stupid, stupid shoes.
  • In Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult we have Tanya Peters, the moll in a band of mercenary terrorists. She actively participates in the gang's crimes, and seems to know exactly what she's doing (and also that the gang's ultimate goal is to blow up a building full of hundreds of innocent people)...and then there are other times when she seems completely oblivious to the fact that she's surrounded by ruthless criminals - or that she is one herself - and comes across as more of a Spoiled Sweet Brainless Beauty. Eventually, she has a Heel Realization and rats out her accomplices. This was all Played for Laughs.
  • Pee-wee Herman edges close to this trope in some parts of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, especially when he is shown becoming increasingly obsessed over the theft of his bicycle.
    • His Nemesis, Francis Buxton, is even worse. Even Pee-wee thinks he's ridiculous. Also, Pee-wee owns his own home while Francis still lives with his wealthy father.
  • Norman Bates from Psycho has a gangly childishness, due to his mother's isolating and dominating him. It becomes more obvious when Lila Crane snoops through the Bates home and comes across Norman's room.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera's Luigi Largo is a rather brutal murderer, and most of the time seems like a functional adult, but a stern look from his father or a sharp word from Mag can turn him into a contrite toddler. He also throws temper tantrums that would be hilarious if he didn't have a knife in his hand while he had them. At the end of the film, after Rotti's death, he breaks down sobbing in the middle of menacing a crowd of people.
  • During the duration of Rosemary's Baby, Rosemary gets surrounded by a lot of NosyNeighbors whose behaviour gets progressively uncomfortable and unnatural. Minnie's friend, Lara Louise in particular, demonstrates highly inappropriate behaviour considering both her age and the reveal they are all members of a Satanistic coven with her even poking her tongue to Rosemary at one point.
  • Amon Goeth in Schindler's List. He has tantrums like a child, does things on a whim, and likes to break his toys. Unfortunately, in this case, his toys are human beings being starved and worked to death, who he kills on the merest whim (e.g., he wants to kill someone). Accent on the "merest" part.
    Goeth's Mistress: Amon, you're such a damn fucking child!
  • Scream: Many Ghostfaces fit the bill quite well when their motives and identities are revealed:
    • Scream (1996): Billy Loomis is a whiny, immature mama's boy, and Stu Macher comes off as a crazy, sadistic kid. Notably, when the latter learns they've been exposed, their first thought is how angry their parents will be.
    • Scream 3: Roman Bridger orchestrated the death of their own mother because she didn't love them, refuses to take any responsibility for their actions and enjoys themselves like a child in a toy store. Sidney even gives them an epic Shut Up, Hannibal!/"The Reason You Suck" Speech in the midst of their Motive Rant, declaring that any motive they may have is just an excuse to kill people For the Evulz and they should learn to just take responsibility for their lives; in response, Roman suffers a Villainous Breakdown and essentially throws a violent high octane temper tantrum.
    • Scream 4: Jill Roberts is arguably the worst of the bunch, orchestrating yet another massacre in Woodsboro purely to get, in their own words, 15 Minutes of Fame, a hopelessly banal and childish motivation for so much carnage.
  • Jacob Goodnight (as played by pro wrestler Glen "Kane" Jacobs) in See No Evil. Like Jason and Leatherface, his madness resulted from childhood trauma.
  • SHAZAM! (2019): For decades, Thaddeus Sivana has been chasing a dream he had when he was a child, and when he finally finds it he uses the power to brutally murder his brother and father who always looked down on him. After that, his goal turns out to be nothing but taking over the world in a childish attempt to prove that he is better than everyone always thought. This makes him a Foil to Billy, an actual child, who despite a number of missteps learns not to hold onto old grudges or lord his powers over people.
  • Olaf in The Sinful Dwarf is a particularly frightening and extreme example. He plays around with eerie wind-up toys and uses them to lure girls in to be used as sex slaves. Just watching Olaf can be nauseating.
  • In The Snowman (2017), this appears to be Harry Hole's opinion of the killer. This is best seen when he points out to Katrine that the killer's MO (building snowmen, cutting things into little pieces) are what a child does to establish order, and this is further supported by the killer's own notes, which are very childlike:
    Mister Police, come and look at the snowman I made you
  • The Merrye siblings in Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told, who have a condition that causes them to revert intellectually until they have childlike minds in full-grown bodies. This enables them to do things like kill deliverymen as part of their games, and demonstrates how excellent it is that humans can be taught morality before they're big enough to do real damage.
  • Shinzon of Remus from Star Trek: Nemesis. He initially justifies his actions by a desire to free his people, and then by a desire to unify Romulus and Remus, and then by a desire to remove the threat posed by the Federation...but by the end of the movie, it becomes pretty clear that all that he really cares about is proving his superiority to his "father" Captain Picard.
  • Star Wars:
    • The Emperor in Return of the Jedi acts very giddy when he taunts Luke, trying to get Luke angry. And his torture of Luke is more childish sadism than actual anger.
    • The Force Awakens: The film's Heavy, Kylo Ren, appears quite intimidating at first, but it doesn't take long for him to show his true colors. Despite being a dangerous Dark Side Force-user, Ren is still very immature. He has an obsession with Darth Vader justified, since Anakin is his grandfather, suffers from serious Daddy Issues and throws literal temper tantrums whenever things don't go his way, trashing whatever machinery he can reach with his lightsaber. He might be in his late twenties, but it's fair to conclude that he never really grew up. That said, Ren's emotional inhibitions are somewhat justified, as he was targeted by Snoke, manipulated and lured away from his family in childhood. But again, he is extremely dangerous, even to the point of murdering Han Solo, his own father, just as he is on the verge of tears and Han is trying to comfort him, no less! Overall, he comes across as a genuinely dangerous yet somewhat pathetic wannabe dark lord when compared to the likes of Vader and Palpatine.
    • General Hux has shades of this as well, going into shouting tantrums when he doesn't get his way and being trivially easy to bait. It's played much more comedically than Kylo, since he's nowhere near as personally threatening. This is exaggerated in the next movie to being so well known in-universe that nobody really takes him seriously.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire: Stanley Kowalski, who acts like an ill-tempered, violent bully. The "clear the plate" scene is basically this. Stanley smashing his plate in response to Stella reprimanding him for his bad table manners is reminiscent of a child throwing his vegetables on the floor.
  • Blue Jones from Sucker Punch outright tells the protagonist that he feels like a little boy sitting on the edge of a sandbox, watching everyone else play with his toys, just before he tries to rape her...
  • In Suicide Kings, one of the No Name Given kidnappers holds a gun to his partner's head, cocks the hammer, and begins to pull the trigger...because his partner changed the channel while he was watching a cartoon and wouldn't change it back. After he leaves, the partner checks the cylinder of his gun and finds that it was fully loaded.
  • Tango's cellmate from Tango & Cash, his cell is filled with toys and he enjoys annoying Tango with them.
  • Tokka and Rahzar from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. As David Warner's character puts it:
    They're not stupid. They're infants. (Beat) Okay, they're stupid infants.
  • Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a mentally-retarded tool of his family, who uses him to gather meat for their restaurant.
  • The DVD commentary for Thir13en Ghosts provides backstory for the Black Zodiac. This trope is represented by The Dire Mother and The Great Child, the Mother being a little person in a travelling circus and the Child being the result of rape by the circus' Tall Man. He was extremely spoiled by his mother and appeared as a fat, hulking mentally handicapped brute of a man wearing diapers and a bib and carrying the axe with which he had killed his mother's murderers, though rather understandably so.
  • Suzanne Stone of To Die For is an evil woman who seduces a (very dim) teenager to get him to kill her husband, and her intellect level is just barely above his, or above a child.
  • The unnamed Doctor in The White Ribbon though a perfectly capable and articulate adult is also shown as a sociopath who hates his paramour because he blames her for not being attractive enough for him anymore and sexually abuses his daughter who reminds him of his late wife. The midwife tells him outright that she is sick of taking care of two children, her son and him.
  • In X2: X-Men United, thanks to the brain surgery, Jason Stryker's both very easily manipulated and childishly devoted to his abusive father - to the point that when Magneto catches up with him, all he needs to do in order to change Jason's mind is have Mystique transform into Stryker and give him a new set of orders. For good measure, within his illusions, he usually depicts himself as a child.


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