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The Sociopath / DC Universe Animated Original Movies

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The DC Animated Movies have some notable sociopaths.

  • Superman: Doomsday:
    • Lex Luthor, who deliberately has cures to deadly diseases changed into lifetime treatments for his own profit, responds to accidentally unleashing Doomsday by having anybody who knows about it killed, and makes a Superman clone to use his nemesis' good publicity to take over the world.
    • Toyman, who views all the world as toys for him to break as he pleases, and murders a 4-year-old for no reason.
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  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor gets elected President to spite Superman, orders Superman and Batman killed because he can, and decides to let a giant meteor crash into the Earth and rule over the ashes when his attempts to stop it don't work.
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths:
    • Ultraman, who uses his power to become the "Don o' Dons," and threatens the families of anybody who opposes him. He only agrees to save the multiverse to protect his own skin, and expects a reward for it.
    • Owlman, who is calm and collected even when the rest of the Crime Syndicate is enraged, but is secretly completely unhinged. When he discovers the multiverse, he elects to destroy it because he feels nothing matters if another universe is created every time he makes a decision.
    • Superwoman, a ridiculously violent sadist who wants to make Batman her Sex Slave, and gets off to breaking ribs. When Owlman lets her in on his plan to destroy the multiverse, she's turned on by it.
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  • The Joker in Batman: Under the Red Hood is the direct cause for all the misery that happens in the movie. The film opens with him brutally beating Jason Todd with a crowbar, then killing him by blowing up the warehouse. When Black Mask reluctantly frees him from Arkham, Joker repays him by attempting to burn him and his employees alive to lure the Red Hood out. Even when it's revealed that Red Hood is actually Jason Todd revived by a Lazarus Pit, Joker displays no remorse for causing Jason's descent into villainy.
  • All-Star Superman: Solaris the Tyrant Sun, a computer that goes around destroying stars for no apparent reason, and decides to make Earth worship it as a god.
  • The Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns shows that age is neither a requirement nor a detriment to pure evil. Having been in a decades-long catatonic state due to Batman going into retirement, Batman's resurgence causes Joker to snap out of his catatonia and back into his murderous ways. After being asked to appear on a talk show, the Joker kills the doctor treating him by slitting his throat with a broken coffee mug and kills the audience with Joker Toxin. He then sells poisoned cotton candy to boy scouts at an amusement park and later goes on a shooting rampage, killing everyone he comes across to escape Batman, all to make the Dark Knight lose control and break his one rule, and when that doesn't work he snaps his own neck to spite Batman.
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  • Justice League: Doom: Vandal Savage, an immortal who ruled the Earth in caveman times, and wants to reclaim that happiness by destroying half the planet.
  • Superman Unbound: Brainiac, an alien who takes cities from planets and then destroys them out of an intense need to control all knowledge in the Universe.
  • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox has Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash. Batman describes Thawne as a textbook sociopath, and he's driven to make the Flash's life miserable. The movie even opens with him conspiring to blow up a good chunk of Central city, kill hundreds of civilians, the Rogues and Flash himself all to discredit him, when Flash traps him so he can't escape the explosion, Thawne's completely fine as long as the Flash dies. While he doesn't have anything to do with creating the bad alternate timeline (which was the result of Barry going back in time, saving his mother and causing temporal ripples), he makes it a point to kill people to draw the Flash's attention, and is willing to let the world be destroyed (with him on it) as long as the Flash dies.

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