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  • 10 to Midnight: Warren Stacy, a guy who rapes and murders women who reject him. He's creepy when doing normal interactions, but manipulative in court, perfectly willing to claim a Split Personality to get off.
  • Abducted in Plain Sight: The documentary presents Robert Berchtold, a sexual predator, as a sociopath who was able to charm and manipulate his victim as well as her emotionally vulnerable family.
  • American Psycho: Patrick Bateman. A perfect example. On the article about the most believable sociopaths in film, Bateman scored higher on the APD/sociopathy checklist than Hannibal Lecter and the Joker.
  • Android Cop: Mayor Jacobs pretends to be a dedicated public servant, but is so apathetic to the well-being of his citizenry that he poisons an entire section of his city because he doesn't feel like spending the money to test food rations, and is perfectly willing to kill his own daughter to cover it up.
  • In Andhadhun, Simi has no problems framing an innocent man for murder, murdering her neighbor, and blinding Akash to save her own skin. She gets upset with Manohar for bringing his gun to their tryst—not because it resulted in her husband's death, but because his death caused them a lot of trouble. When Akash calls her out on murdering Mrs. D'Sa in cold blood, she rhetorically asks whether he and the people helping him are a bunch of saints and starts trying to justify herself. She deceives Sophie into thinking Akash cheated on her, breaking her heart and driving a wedge between them for no apparent reason besides pettiness. When she and Akash find themselves in a pickle, she comes up with a plan to cooperate and tries to kill him when he has helped her and is no longer useful to her. In short, she lies, manipulates, and double-crosses people unhesitatingly when it suits her purposes, only looks out for herself, is wantonly cruel, and shows no remorse for any of her crimes including murder.
  • Angst: The unnamed killer is practically a textbook example of a low-functioning psychopath. He has zero remorse or guilt for any of his crimes, and indeed gains pleasure from the murders he commits. He shows no control of his impulses, selecting victims on random whims and making up poorly thought out plans on the fly. His functioning is so poor that unlike other example of criminal psychopaths, he can't present himself as even remotely normal, constantly making others uneasy around him.
  • Back to the Future: Biff Tannen. At face value he's a Barbaric Bully, but subsequent scenes show a lot of inclinations towards darker crimes with the only thing holding him back being self-preservation. In the first film he tries to run over "Calvin Klein" (really Marty McFly) in public for tripping him and attempts to rape Lorraine Baines. Things hit their zenith in the second film; when a younger Biff gets hold of an almanac handed to him by an older version of himself, he uses the knowledge to enrich himself, singlehandedly turn Hill Valley and other parts of the world into a Crapsack World, murders George (even crowing that no one will ever find out who did it because he has the cops in his pocket), and forces Lorraine to marry him, abusing him and her kids as much as he can. When the 1955 version sees "Calvin Klein" again near the end of the film, he attempts to run him over again, with an abject look of glee on his face.
  • Kit from Badlands, who goes on a cross-country murder spree, and his vacuous girlfriend Holly. Kit is obvious, given the casual and untroubled way he goes about murdering people. But one of the more interesting things about the film is the suggestion that Holly is just as bad a sociopath as Kit is, and maybe worse. There's her narration, which throughout the film casts their story as a fairy-tale romance while Kit is going around murdering people. She shows nothing but Dull Surprise as Kit's body count mounts, except for one time when she slaps him after he kills her father. She has an idle and pointless conversation with Cato while a gutshot Cato bleeds to death. And while Kit at least has an emotional connection to her, she doesn't seem to love him that much at all, and she eventually casts him off when she gets bored. As they are living a quiet existence in the woods for a few days following her father's murder, Holly says of Kit:
    "At times I wished he'd fall in the river and drown, so I could watch."
  • The Bad Seed adaptations:
    • The Bad Seed (1956): Rhoda Penmark, a seemingly-perfect child who is secretly a petty murderer. When she wants something, and somebody is in the way of her getting it, she simply kills them and takes it. She doesn't even blink after murdering someone, wanting to play and have a snack not an hour after drowning a boy for his penmanship medal. She can play the innocent child, successfully manipulating her mother who knows she's a skillful liar. However, even her manipulations are punctuated by bouts of violent rage.
    • The 2018 remake directed and starring Rob Lowe out of its way to show how much of a sociopath Emma Grossman is. From practicing how to charm people in the mirror, to manipulating the adults around her, to showing clear signs of this to her father until he comes to the conclusion that she is this, even sending her to a psychiatrist, who she is able to fool. And Emma setting up her father for the murders she committed after she confessed to him and gets away with it, which is different from the other endings.
  • Catherine Tramell of the Basic Instinct series is a rare example of a female sociopath in popular culture. A charismatic, seductive, narcissistic author, Femme Fatale, pathological liar and Serial Killer, she manipulates and causes the deaths of nearly everyone in the story, including many of her lovers and her own parents, largely for her own personal gain, amusement and to inspire her novels with no real remorse whatsoever. She is even described as such by multiple characters in the films.
  • Batman:
    • Most portrayals of The Joker depict him as one of these, but Batman (1989) shows Jack Napier, the man who becomes The Joker in this film, as a cold-blooded Psycho for Hire who murders people for money and fun and treats everyone he encounters as victims, tools, or obstacles even before his transformation into The Joker. Said transformation merely loosens his ability (or desire) to hide this aspect of his personality in public.
    • The Joker from The Dark Knight is easily one of the most accurate depictions of a sociopath/psychopath in modern cinema. The Joker is talkative, convincing, a great conversationalist and even funny, so he's fully capable of earning the trust of others with his wit and cunning; Possesses high self-perception and a sense of self-efficacy, which is quite typical of malignant narcissists; He commits crimes to satisfy his sadism and his tendency to boredom; He's a pathological liar who routinely deceives, lies, swindles and manipulates to advance his plans, or even to play with the minds of his victims; Shows zero remorse or guilt for his actions, lacks realistic goals by leading a nihilistic and misanthropic lifestyle, his behavior is unpredictably murderous and unpremeditated; And doesn't keep his promises, betrays anyone, and generally has no rules. He also rationalizes his crimes under a cynical, nihilistic and self-centered viewpoint, which is quite common in sociopaths the inability to accept responsibility for their actions.
    • Bane from The Dark Knight Rises... possibly. As an individual, Bane displays frank traits of sociopathy/psychopathy: the man is a great talker, a pathological liar, an exceptional manipulator, never expresses any remorse or guilt for everything he does, possesses a prominent superficial charm, is arrogant, possesses high self-perception and a sense of self-efficacy, and seeks strong emotions (need for stimulation). He's also incredibly sadistic and violent, has nihilistic life aspirations, rationalizes his actions, minimizes the consequences of his actions under the guise of bringing justice, and has no problem committing acts of terrorism, genocide and mass murder. Possibly subverted; however, as Bane is able to empathize with Talia. That said, if he's a real sociopath, he would certainly be a sociopath with shades of Moral Myopia, much like Talia herself.
  • The Beauty and the Beast (2017) remake version of Gaston. He is very charismatic, especially when attempting to woo Belle and offering to help Maurice rescue her, but it's clear that he only acts this way for his own benefit. As a former army captain, he misses the war he fought in (his happy thoughts involve blood, explosions, countless widows), so much that he hunts for no reason other than to have things he can kill and gain a "hero" reputation from it. What's worse, he admits that he has no qualms of hunting in the most inhumane ways possible, but even worse, when Maurice rightly refuses to let him marry Belle, he leaves him to die at the jaws of the wolves. And finally when accused of the crime, he uses his charm to dismiss Maurice as a madman, therefore saving his own skin. Not to mention, he speaks of his courtship with Belle in hunting metaphors, referring to her as prey. When Belle proves the Beast's existence, Gaston, rather than responding solely to clues of Belle's feelings for the Beast, immediately starts riling the villagers up and painting the Beast as a danger that needs to be killed, showing that he really wants something to kill and is using the Beast as a target for his homicidal urges. What makes him truly terrifying, is that whether it's leaving an old man to the wolves, abusing and betraying a loyal friend, forcing marriage on a girl who has no interest in him, and killing a innocent creature, Gaston is willing to commit all these crimes without a shred of guilt whatsoever in order to get what he wants.
  • Black Butler: Lady Hanae Wakatsuki acts like Shiori's kindly aunt, but is secretly a terrorist mastermind willing to kill anybody who gets in the way of immortality. She also has no problem selling out her co-conspirators to save her own skin, and is pretty convincing at faking remorse.
  • Blood and Black Lace: Massimo Morliacchi murders his supposed best friend to marry the guy's wife and take his money. When he's blackmailed by one of his employees, he murders her before cutting his way through various other women to get a diary with incriminating information. His ills are deliberately brutal in order to make the police think it's a sex maniac, and he pretends to be a cop to trick his wife into falling to her near-death, before trying to gaslight her when she does live.
  • Brightburn: The titular supervillain Brandon Breyer has all of the major criteria. He has a massive superiority complex as evidenced by his comparison of a wasp during class; he is extremely intelligent; he lacks any genuine emotions and goes as far to fake them in order to knock the suspicion off of him; and he ultimately feels no remorse for any of his atrocities. It could also be a byproduct of his alien race under the interpretation that they sent him to Earth to conquer it.
  • Bubba the Redneck Werewolf: The Devil acts like a smooth-talking salesman, while gleefully twisting every deal and causing random chaos for his own amusement.
  • Child's Play: Charles "Chucky" Lee Ray was a sadistic Serial Killer in life before transferring his soul into a Good Guy doll through voodoo. Chucky exhibits artificial charm when dealing with whoever he tried to transfer his soul into; he lacks empathy for any of his victims which even extends to his girlfriend Tiffany and children; and ultimately has no regrets for any of his many murders.
  • Vincent from Collateral. He's even described as such, in-story.
  • In Conspiracy (2001), Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich shows all of the classic traits: Superficial charm, glibness, personal manipulation, compulsive recklessness ("the secret to enjoying life is to live dangerously," he says), and an utter lack of empathy. Kenneth Branagh came away from the role convinced that inside the man, there was no principle, no passion, and no emotion except for a desire to dominate others. He went so far as to say that Heydrich didn't even seem especially anti-Semitic: The man simply lusted after power, and the fact that said power meant the murders of six million Jews was incidental.
  • Criminal: Jericho, due to brain damage suffered as a child. He doesn't feel hate, love and empathy, leading him to commit a long string of senseless crimes. By the time he gets used as a guinea pig in the film's experiment, he's spent most of his life in prison.
  • Dark Angel: The Ascent: Mayor Wharton, who is perfectly willing to ruin the lives of the poor and people of colour for political gain, and only repents when threatened with Hell.
  • Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Ruthless, totally lacking in empathy, charismatic, intelligent but prone to Disproportionate Retribution. He's got it all. Alan Rickman took note of this for his performance. His idea was that Gruber wasn't especially malicious towards others or even outright evil; he just wanted money and if heads rolled because of it than no skin off his back.
  • In Doctor Sleep, the True Knots are a group of quasi-immortal beings who administer torture to children with the Shining as a means of feeding off their life essences dubbed steam.
  • Dracula (1931): Count Dracula presents himself as a genteel aristocrat, but the slightest provocation reveals him to be a predator in human skin, barely capable of passing in human society and thinking nothing of draining a child's blood or mind controlling people for minor tasks.
  • Dread: Quaid acts like a normal guy, even somewhat charismatic. However, he's completely obsessed with conquering fear, and has no lines he won't cross to do it. The Mask of Sanity starts to slip when he attacks a woman for lying to him; soon after he starts torturing his friends to get better results. Even his Freudian Excuse of watching his parents die has nothing to do with any kind of care so much as fearing for his own life.

  • Agent Kruger from Elysium is explicitly described as a human rights violator, with multiple accounts of murder and rape, a reputation he gleefully lives up to in the film itself. He really gets his jollies out of messing with people in the most horrible of ways and when he finds out that Max has the codes to overturn the system on the station itself, Kruger intends to steal them and turn Elysium into his own private little hell.
  • Escape Plan: Hobbes, while nominally on the side of "The Law," fits into this like a comfortable pair of slippers. He displays an utter lack of concern for basic human dignity, or indeed the lives of prisoners and guards alike who he views as possessions rather than people, indulges in no real emotions except for taking a cold and analytic pleasure in absolute control and causing suffering (symbolized by his meticulously maintained and lifelessly-beautiful taxidermy butterfly collection), and is so disconnected from basic human feeling that he showed the same calm, almost amused, indifference to not only his hired men, but towards his own imminent fiery death at the film's end.
  • Nathan from Ex Machina lacks empathy and seems to crave stimulation and control over other people.
  • Geaer Grimsrud from the film Fargo. A laconic, nearly emotionless man with a love of pancakes, he reveals his true colors when he murders a police officer and several innocent people nonchalantly, and later kills an innocent woman for simply making too much noise and shoves his partner into a wood chipper for mouthing off to him. He does all of this without changing his emotionless demeanor whatsoever.
  • The Flesh Eaters: Professor Peter Bartell, a scientist sent to study Nazi war experiments. When he discovered that some of them made flesh-eating microbes, he took the data and went to a deserted island for further research, putting the microbes into the water so he could study their attacks firsthand. When outsiders land on his island, Bartell pretends to be kind for long enough to stab them in the back.
  • Frankenstein's Army: Dr. Viktor Frankenstein, who took his father's offhanded comments about human efficiency far too literally and decided to make all of humanity into crude automatons that serve only him. When his dad tried to have him committed as a child, he murdered him without question, and eventually started working for Nazi Germany despite being Jewish himself. That said, he has no true loyalty to the Nazi cause, and ends up using them in his experiments as well.
  • Dave "Diamond" Matthews from the 2009 made-for-television movie Freefall is most likely one. He sells mortgages to families, whether they can repay it or not and cheerfully laughs after concluding a sell. In the movie, he runs into an old schoolmate named Gus and sells a mortgage to his family as well, leading to the destruction of Gus' life. When confronted by the latter, he shows no shame or remorse for what he did, and after his company goes bankrupt, he just finds another similar job and continues to destroy lives. His success is also due to his apparent charm and concern for his clients immediately establishing himself as a guy who just wants to help and "feels distress for the destruction of society because of men who only care about money" (although he is the exact same kind of person whom he pretends to protects his clients from). While he also has a girlfriend, he doesn't hesitate to cheat on her with two women in a bar earlier in the film.
  • Freeway: Bob Wolverton pretends to be a kindly psychiatrist, but moonlights as a necrophiliac Serial Killer of teenage girls. His motive is pure hatred, viewing his victims as "garbage people." When one of his victims fights back and cripples him, Bob plays the victim and uses the courts to destroy her life. Even his wife is nothing but an accessory, with him showing no affection to her whatsoever.
  • Frontier(s): Karl von Geisler, Sr., a Nazi who fled to France and founded a hotel where he started a Cannibal Clan. He views his family as henchmen, only liking Karl Jr. because he's competent, and kidnapped a little girl to use as his personal Sex Slave.
  • The Galaxy Invader: Joe Montague is a low-functioning example, a redneck who spends most of his life abusing his family and lazing about. When he learns there's an alien nearby, he sends all his friends to their deaths without blinking to get ahold of it. When his family finally try to escape his madness, he simply takes out his shotgun and prepares to kill them all.
  • In Get Out (2017), while we have some profoundly evil bad guys, Rose underneath her nice girl persona is disturbingly empty and serene, responsible for the fates of a lot of innocent people. Even after she's the last of her family standing, she seems to not care about their deaths on any level, even after seeing her brother's corpse.
  • The Girl Next Door: Aunt Ruth is charismatic, manipulating her own children and some of the neighborhood children into torturing Meg Loughlin in return for alcohol and cigarettes. She lacks empathy towards Meg and her sister Susan, and she has the impulsive need to abuse Meg, even for things that Meg had not done.
    • Her sons are a Zig-Zagged case. While they lack empathy and their only real emotions they display are rage and sadistic joy, they clearly care for their mother especially when one of the boys try to kill David when he killed Ruth.
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019): Ghidorah cares nothing for other lifeforms, except for going out his way to kill and toy with humans for his own sadistic amusement and using Earth's Titans as extensions of his will (and fighting them to the death if they're able to oppose him); he forces all of Earth's Titans to aid his Hostile Terraforming of the very planet which they normally maintain natural balance on, and he's completely okay with devastating an entire planet and all its native life to serve his own goals (not only that but he actively seems quite happy to do so, and it's suggested he's doing what he is not out of necessity but merely because he loves killing).
  • Amy from Gone Girl is a film study of this. She pretty much ticks off all the boxes; superficial charm, lack of empathy, penchant for manipulation, and she'll go to whatever lengths she thinks are necessary to get what she wants/needs. Her narration during the mid-film Plot Twist has her all but admit this. Her husband Nick also shares a lot of these traits, and admits it as well. The attorney Nick hires to represent him when the whole country thinks that he killed her tells him that he and Amy are the most fucked up people he's ever met.
  • Halloween: Michael Myers, a Serial Killer who wants to slaughter his family and anybody who stands in his way for no apparent reason. While some continuities provide a supernatural explanation, most simply interpret him as pure, unrelenting evil.
  • Hellraiser: Frank Cotton, a depraved occultist who willingly summons demons to experience the height of pleasure and pain, and kills people to get his body back when he gets sick of it. He shows nothing but contempt for his brother, and lust for his niece, but can pretend to love his brother's wife to make her help him. That said, he has nothing but a sadistic joke when he mistakenly kills her.
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer gives us the titular serial killer, Henry. As if his "hobby" alone wasn't enough of a clue, he displays an extremely limited emotional capacity, and unlike many of the examples above, is completely uncharismatic and fairly unintelligent; he's clever enough to kill people without getting caught, but even in that regard he's more of an idiot savant.
  • The House That Jack Built: Jack is a Serial Killer with a body count roughly in the sixties, and has a grandiose sense of self-importance, trying to excuse his multiple murders as being statements on art.
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer has John Wayne Cleaver as the main character, a teenager diagnosed with sociopathy who tries to figure himself out by following a serial killer who is a literal monster.
  • The Invisible Man (2020): Adrian Griffin physically, mentally, and emotionally abuses his ex-girlfriend Cecilia and fakes his death in order to drive her to insanity to force her to come back. He even sabotages her birth control to make her pregnant against her will.
  • The Iceman: Kuklinski, but even more so with Pronge, who goes out of his way to murder a 17-year old girl and casually offers to kill his partner's wife and children on the condition that he kills his family in return.
  • James Bond: Most of the villains Bond faces are cunning but incredibly insane and homicidal maniacs to begin with, as they claim that they're Well Intentioned Extremists, but are purely motivated by Greed while maintaining a superficial charm, and some are even willing to kill countless innocents for their own selfish gain, all without a shred of guilt or remorse. Goldfinger, Hugo Drax, Max Zorin, Franz Sanchez, Xenia Onatopp, Max Denbigh/C, Elliot Carver and Dominic Greene are some good examples.
  • July 22: Breivik never shows remorse for the victims of his actions. He even calls the teenagers at the camp traitors.
  • The Jungle Book (2016) remake version of Shere Khan. Even for a tiger, he is bloodthirsty to the point that he will simply kill for no other reason but sport and fear. He can be charming, reasonable and polite, and then kill someone a second later, as he shows with Akela. He is all too happy to break the Law of the Jungle, but if it benefits him, he will refer to it. His grudge with Mowgli is far greater than would be reasonable as he refuses to leave the man-cub be after Mowgli leaves the wolf pack. He blames humanity for half-blinding him even though it would not have happened if he had just left Mowgli and his father be. And he also refuses to accept any blame for his actions, along with showing disgust to the wolf pack for adopting Mowgli.
  • Jurassic Park: A case could be made to identify the Velociraptors as sociopaths, raised in an alien environment with no natural socialization (possibly even deliberately in order to make them act the way the park management wants them to act for the amusement of tourists), which leads to them breaking out of their cage and hunting down anything that moves.
  • John Wick:
  • The Last Seduction: Bridget shows pretty much all of the classic traits. She lies, manipulates, and discards others for her own gain, expresses no remorse for any of her actions — including at least one murder and ruining another man's life — and requires stimulation by mentally toying with people out of boredom or rather shamelessly using them to get off, and the only time she ever discusses morality she seems to regard it as an alien concept.
  • Leave Her to Heaven: Ellen Berent Harland who becomes obsessed with author Richard Harland to the point that she indirectly murders his paraplegic younger brother by allowing him to drown in the lake; deliberately tosses herself down the stairs to kill her unborn child out of fear that the child would take her husband's attention; and poisons herself after forging a letter incriminating her half-sister Ruth of murder.
  • In the Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns films, any Big Bad of any of his films: Ramon Rojo, El Indio, Angel Eyes, Frank and the col. Reza. Oh, well, all these villains have lack of empathy, guilt or remorse, even some of them make atrocities For the Evulz.
  • Little Sweetheart: Thelma, a nine-year-old girl who is willing to blackmail, steal, spy and murder her best friend to get her way.
  • Butch Cavendish from The Lone Ranger, whose primary motivation is to fulfill his own selfish desires and murder anyone who so much as annoys him.
  • Ma: Sue Ann appears to be friendly and charismatic at first despite her reclusive demeanor, but she is quickly revealed to be a psychotic woman who constantly pushes for Maggie and her friends to party at her house to feed her need for stimulation. She lies frequently one example being when she lied about having pancreatic cancer to keep the teens wrapped around her finger. She did not have an iota of remorse for any of her misdeeds, and despite claiming to love her daughter Genie, she nevertheless had no qualms with drugging her to keep her from leaving the house, and subsequently attempting to throw her into the fire.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road: Immortan Joe exhibits the traits of one. He's highly charismatic, having built up a cult around himself and convinced hundreds of people to martyr themselves for him. He also treats everyone around him as resources and objects; he forces people with O-negative blood to serve as donors and beautiful, healthy women to be his Wives. While he's distraught when Angharad, his favorite Wife, is mortally wounded, he clearly cared about her as a valued possession rather than a human being, seeing as he imprisoned and raped her, and doesn't bat an eye when she and her unborn child finally succumb to their wounds, and in a deleted scene leaves her body for the crows like it's a piece of trash. His aforementioned outburst is also quite brief, and he's otherwise driven solely by wounded pride.
  • Stefan is portrayed as this in Maleficent. Years after befriending the titular fairy, he learns whoever will kill her will be made king, Stefan lures her away, and cuts off her wings. He spent years in fear of Maleficent's retaliation, and when it does arrive, and his daughter Aurora has to go into hiding, Stefan only gets worse from there, becoming more obsessed with his need to kill Maleficent to be concerned with his dying wife and the safety of his own men. When Aurora is finally reunited with Stefan, he has her locked up, while preparing an elaborate trap to torture and kill Maleficent.
    • He's even more evil in the novelisation of the film, which shows him manipulating Maleficent from the start, letting her think he was giving her a jewel he had when he had another in his pocket. There is also a scene in the novel, where after taking Maleficent's wings, the king laughs that Stefan for thinking he had a shot at becoming king — so Stefan suffocates him and coerces the other nobles into going along with it, daring them to deny him the crown when they all heard the king promise the throne to the man who killed Maleficent. He also claims to feel remorse over what he's done to Maleficent, but during the final fight, he subverts this by stating he regrets not killing her when he had the chance.
  • In Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Stefan's successor as Big Bad, Queen Ingrith, is even worse and a much straighter example. She has no love for her own family, has no issue of any sort with committing murder or genocide, proves capable of faking affection, is Ax-Crazy, and has been shown to be exellent at lying and manipulating. While Stefan suffered massive Adaptational Villainy compared to his animated counterpart, he at least genuinely cared about his daughter, regretted physically harming Maleficent at first, and didn't appear to harbor Fantastic Racism for fairies. Ingrith doesn't even have those virtues — showing no love for her family, no remorse for her ractions, and a virulent hatred of fairies.
  • Mars Attacks!: All of the Martians are sociopathic by nature. They engage in pointless violence and killing For the Evulz, have no conscience or morals, constantly lie about coming in peace and wanting to be allies to trick the Earthlings, are highly hedonistic, and show narcissism by rearranging Mount Rushmore to resemble them, and they can fake emotions. The one bit of criteria they do not check is that they actually seem to care about each other.
  • Martyrs: The Mademoiselle acts like an affable philosopher, but thinks nothing of torturing people to death in an obsessive quest to find the secrets of the afterlife.
  • Men Behind the Sun: Dr. Shiro Ishii, who has wormed his way back into commanding Unit 731 despite being demoted for corruption prior. After taking command, he turns the unit into a nightmarish group of torturers, conducting medical experiments for his own advancement. And it is solely for his own advancement, as his sending subordinates to die because they know of his prior corruption shows.
  • Darren Aronofsky's mother!:
    • Him, mother's husband, is a charismatic figure allowing waves of people into the house so he could bask in their worship. Even when he claims to love mother, Him is otherwise emotionally strained by her, and expresses impulsive tendencies where he craves more praise despite knowing of the cyclical nature of the setting.
    • Humanity as a whole is an Always Chaotic Evil race who suffer from impulsiveness which they satiate by committing atrocities such as murder, slavery, warring. Humanity also unwittingly cause the death of mother and Him's baby only to solidify their perversions by eating the slain baby.

  • Nazi Overlord: Dr. India Eris, a British scientist who joined up with the Nazis to do horrifying experiments. She can torture dozens of people without blinking, admits she has no real attachment to anything and is always looking for new stuff, and only expresses any kind of morals to try and make the heroes look like hypocrites.
  • Nekrotronic: Finnegan, post-demonic corruption, cares for nothing but her apocalyptic schemes and sadistically devours souls on the regular, but can pretend to be a loving mother to manipulate people.
  • Nightbreed: Dr. Philip Decker, a Psycho Psychologist who kills families because he despises humanity, gaslights Boone into thinking he did them, and declares war on the Nightbreed for no apparent reason. Throughout all this, he remains deathly calm, seemingly feeling nothing but hatred.
  • Louis Bloom from Nightcrawler. Although never outright confirmed, it is fairly apparent that Lou is a sociopath. All of his human interactions appear to be faked, with the intention of getting what he wants out of the people around him. He quickly shows that he's perfectly comfortable stealing, cheating and killing to get what he wants, never showing an ounce of remorse. He tells Nina that "A friend is a gift you give to yourself," which is intended as a feel-good aphorism, but is also literally relevant to the way Lou uses people to suit himself. Toward the end of the film, Lou outright states that he hates people and is willing to hurt them for his own gain.
    Lou: What if my problem wasn't that I don't understand people, but that I don't like them? What if I was the kind of person who was obliged to hurt you for this? I mean physically. I think you'd have to believe afterward, if you could, that agreeing to participate and then backing out at the critical moment was a mistake. Because that's what I'm telling you, as clearly as I can.
  • Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. He seems to view people much like cattle, and shows absolutely no remorse or consideration for any of the horrible deeds he performs throughout the movie. Real life psychological professionals actually listed Anton as the most accurate depiction of a psychopath ever put on film.
    "What's this guy supposed to be, the ultimate badass?"
    "I don't think that's how I'd describe him."
    "Well, how would you describe him?"
    "I guess I'd say he...doesn't have a sense of humor."
  • Daniel Lugo has exactly zero redeeming characteristics in Pain and Gain, and feels no remorse for any of his actions.
  • Pan's Labyrinth: Captain Vidal, a soldier willing to torture and kill as many partisans as he has to to make sure fascists take power in Spain. He cares for nothing but his own power and legacy, not even blinking when he shoots his adopted daughter to keep his biological son under his thumb.
  • Lord Ambrose D'Arcy in The Phantom of the Opera (1962) is cold and cruel, seeing everyone around him as merely tools to be manipulated and used for his own benefit. He cares for no one but himself, and it doesn't matter to him who he hurts in order to get what he wants. During the production of "his" opera, he dismisses anyone who has a bad thing to say about his conduct (in one scene he dismisses literally all the members of the orchestra). He acts charming to Christine, who he plans to make the lead soprano... until she refuses to sleep with him and thus is promptly dismissed. The opera itself is later revealed to have not been D'Arcy's own work, but stolen from a struggling composer who came to him for help in getting it published (and would later become the titular Phantom). D'Arcy has no qualms whatsoever about taking credit for the opera, and no remorse for any of his villainous actions.
  • Norman Stansfield of The Professional is a low-functioning kind of sociopath despite somehow being a DEA agent. He has a Hair-Trigger Temper, can appear superfluously charming but can't maintain it, and shows no empathy for human life whatsoever.
  • R.I.P.D.: Bobby Hayes, who thinks nothing of killing his partner and supposed best friend, afterwards shamelessly comforting his grieving wife. He also turns out to be an undead abomination that seeks to unleash the dead upon the Earth, and is absolutely chipper when telling said grieving wife that she'll be his sacrifice to do it.
  • Archibald Cunningham from Rob Roy. Archibald Cunningham is a thief, a philanderer, a rapist and a murderer who makes his way in life off of other peoples' money. Superficially charming enough to get most women into bed, but doesn't give a damn about them beyond sex- including if they kill themselves out of shame afterwards. He betrays and robs his own patron, then gets him to frame another man for his own crime. A smug, spoilt, unloved Psychopathic Manchild who is used to others covering for his misdeeds, he ultimately gets cut in half for his laundry list of crimes and nobody- including his own ally- mourns for him afterwards.
  • The Sadist: Charlie Tibbs is a Serial Killer For the Evulz who gets his jollies from his victims' helpless terror, and spends most of the movie toying with three (then two, then just one) stranded motorists. He gets his own helpless terror when he stumbles into a den of rattlesnakes, as the film's only surviving character gets away.
  • Schindler's List: Goeth and Höss are standout examples. The former murders people on a whim to alleviate boredom, the latter is annoyed by all the paperwork that comes with being a mass-murderer.
  • Scream:
    • Scream 3: Roman Bridger. He has a complete Lack of Empathy toward Maureen on account of her rape, taking to masterminding her murder, simply because she didn't welcome him with open arms when they meet again. This carries on towards his half sister Sidney, who he grows jealous over because she survived two killing sprees, became famous over them, and wanted the fame for himself, so he uses them against her. He has a pretty high sense of self worth, pretending to be the victim, refusing to take responsibility for his choices. Everyone else is gore fodder for him. When he and Sidney seemingly connect before his death, it's a distraction.
    • Scream 4: Jill Roberts is perhaps even worse than Roman. She is willing to murder all of her friends and even her own mother simply to recieve 15 Minutes of Fame. She even kills her cohort Charlie after he was done with fulfilling her plan. She then stabs her cousin Sidney and mutilates herself to play victim. She also has no problem with trying to finish off Sidney who is in intensive care and is willing to kill anyone who knows her secret.
  • Mob enforcer Don Logan from Sexy Beast is a particularly potent sociopath, completely lacking in social skills and having nothing in his life other than his job. He also has a nasty Hair-Trigger Temper and is so disliked that when his boss figures out he's been killed he doesn't even care and seeks no vengeance against the person that did it.
  • Professor Moriarty is portrayed as such in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. People are just pawns to him, employment termination involves life termination ("No loose ends"), he has a ginormous ego, has superficial charm, and is completely ruthless. Holmes lampshades this by diagnosing him with "moral insanity", a dated term for ASPD.
  • Smiley gives us a group of them. It turns out "Smiley" was a group of students trying to spread the urban legend of the titular killer by pranking the protagonist, Ashley. When they think the drove her to suicide, the celebrate and congratulate themselves for a job well done. One of them does briefly question the morality of their actions, before getting killed by the real Smiley.
  • Stitches (2001): Mrs. Albright, a demon who manipulates people into fulfilling their desires so she can trap their souls in eternal torment and intends to do this to the entire world on a bet with the Devil.
  • Stoker: Uncle Charlie is one of these in the screenplay, superficially glib, manipulative and charming, but he seems to have a seriously low threshold for physical aggression and beats several people to death with his bare hands or whatever's handy. He also seems to be incapable of leading a functional adult life independently of others. His affection for his niece is more as an extension of himself than anything else. India seems to be likewise, but she's more of the Hollywood, unnaturally-cool-and-collected variety.
  • The Strange Thing About the Johnsons: In public, Isaiah is a charming, successful man with a promising marriage. In private, he is a cold-hearted rapist who has been treating his father as his personal plaything for years and is unwilling to admit that it's his fault for doing so.
  • Thursday: Out of Nick's old friends from his former life of crime, Dallas is the most likely to qualify. She murders a cashier for annoying her in the opening scene. Later, she brings up aspects of Casey's former life, ruining his chances at adoption, just to hold him captive. She decides she wants to have sex while waiting for Nick to show up, making it clear to Casey she doesn't care that he's married and has no choice in the matter. She also brags about the possibility that he'll father her child after she makes him orgasm and kill him. This woman has no sense of morality and it should be fortunate she did not have a child thanks to a bullet in the head.
  • Tigers Are Not Afraid: El Chino, a politician who leads a brutal cartel that deals drugs and Human Trafficking. He shows no real regard for anybody, executes his own men when it suits him, and can't even feign kindness when he's letting people live, instead simply acting completely indifferent to them once they meet his ends.
  • In The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Hyde feels neither remorse for his crimes nor hatred for Jekyll, viewing him and everyone else as either toys to be played with or obstacles in the way of his plans.
  • This Is the End:
  • Us: Two (or three) fold:
    • Red who is leading a campaign of wiping out the counterparts of the Tethered and taking over the surface world. She also has no affection for any of her Tethered family, outright calling Umbrae a monster and exhibits no emotional pain at seeing Pluto self-immolate himself.
    • The Adelaide we had been following throughout the film is actually a Tethered who strangled and imprisoned the real Adelaide/Red in the Tethered society while she took her place. However, she seemed to have outgrown that.
    • The Tethered in general are a psychotic race of clones that the government had created to control the populace above ground but were abandoned because they shared the same soul with their host. They take psychotic glee at murdering their counterparts and actively kill anyone else who got in their way. The one that stands out aside from the aforementioned fake Adelaide is Umbrae who laughs maniacally in nearly every scene she appears in, murders a random man while chasing after Zora, and even when she is horribly mangled and bleeding out, she laughs giddily throughout.
  • Valentine: Paige Prescott is a high-functioning, non-criminal type that nonetheless has some unnatural aspects to her behavior. She generally has a glib, deadpan reaction to everything, has a need for stimulation that manifests through promisciousness, lures a guy by promising sex only to tie him up and pour wax on his crotch when he proves not to her liking, participated in framing Jeremy Melton for assault as a pre-teen and shows no remorse for ruining his life when the truth comes out, instead blowing off the threat even though it's heavily implied Jeremy killed one of her friends.
  • Raymond in The Vanishing is a textbook, chillingly realistic example of this. He even admits it to Rex.
  • The Warriors Luthor from the Rogues kills the gang leader Cyrus, and blames it on the Warriors, all because he felt like doing it.
  • Werewolves of the Third Reich:
    • Dr. Josef Mengele, who giddily experiments on humans and wolves to make werewolves for the Nazis to take over and only disapproves of other tortures because they're a waste of test subjects. He emotionally neglects his wife, only to order her adulterous lover become his first werewolf in a possessive rage. Despite all this, he abandons her to be blown to Hell with the base when it's made clear he'll lose.
    • Officer Hess, a brutish thug who abuses the prisoners for his own amusement, and is introduced making a guy shoot himself under threat of killing his family, only to eliminate them the second his victim dies. He's a more low-functioning example, showing utter ignorance of all social mores down to the expectation of privacy when changing clothes.
  • What Keeps You Alive: Jackie, a Black Widow who murders her wives partly for the insurance money and partly in a desperate attempt to feel something. She's such a textbook sociopath that we see her practicing a grief reaction in front of a mirror.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom, the sadistic and heartless high judge of Toontown whom he rules over with iron fist occasionaly horribly killing any toon he feels like by melting in the Dip regardless of his innocence. While he claims to do it to bring order among toons this is actually an excuse to vent his xenophobic prejudice against them. The worst part however is that 1) Doom is a toon himself under human disguise, 2) He's the true responsible behind all the bad things that happen in the movie, 3) He was planning the genocide of his own race for pure profit, 4) He's the same psychopatic toon criminal who killed Eddie Valiant's brother by smashing him with a piano.
  • Christine Vole from Witness for the Prosecution. She has no reaction to her husband Leonard's arrest for murder (then a capital crime in England), does not visit him, and has no sympathy for his plight while he is clearly relying on her for support. She brushes off any suggestion that she should offer any; the most sentiment she has is that she's grateful he married her so she could get out of postwar Germany. She also carried on an affair and plotted to testify against him so she could run away with her lover (whom she manipulated into attacking his ex; said ex sells this information to barrister Sir Wilfred). So she'd have you believe. In reality it's all a plot to get Leonard acquitted for the murder he really did commit. He turns out to be quite the sociopath: an admitted drifter with an unsuccessful invention who let a lonely, wealthy widow fawn over him before convincing her to put him in his will and then murdering her. Then, he discards Christine even though she loves him enough to cover up his murder and perjure herself without question—for a woman that he ran into outside a travel agency. He casually brushes off Sir Wilfred and Christine's horrified reactions when he reveals all this. No wonder Christine stabs him.
  • The World of Kanako:
    • Akikazu's daughter Kanako is extremely successful in manipulating anybody (setting up the narrator, convincing classmates into a prostitution ring, using people to commit murders), without taking any responsibility or regretting anything.
    • Aikawa is a dirty cop who is ordered to kill Kanako's classmate Nagano and is very willing to do this and shows strong signs of sadism and pleasure while committing evil acts. Akikazu asks him why he doesn't kill his infant son (who is nearby in a car) and while this never happens, Aikawa seems to be ready to do it whenever he feels like it.
  • Willy's Wonderland: Jerry Robert Willis is a serial cannibal who fed on unsuspecting customers in his restaurant alongside his crew. After he and his crew transmitted their souls to the animatronics via Satanic ritual, he would continue devouring the townspeople of Hayesville, Nevada. The worst part is that the majority of his victims were children.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X-Men: First Class: Sebastian Shaw displays politeness whenever he has to, but has no empathy whatsoever, manipulates humans and mutants alike for his own agenda, and commits his atrocities with either zero remorse or barely-concealed glee.
    • Deadpool (2016): Francis "Ajax" Freeman can't feel anything both in the sense of not feeling any pain and in the sense of feeling no emotional response. Deadpool calls him a psychopath, which is something different.
    • Logan:
      • Dr. Zander Rice is a heartless Mad Scientist who is responsible for killing off the entirety of the mutantkind for greed, treating the mutant children like objects, ordering the X-24 mutant to massacre an entire innocent family while he gleefully witnesses it, and having absolutely no sense of compassion whatsoever.
      • Donald Pierce does the majority of Rice's dirty work, and any funny scenes he has are in such a darkly twisted manner that they bring nothing but discomfort to the audience.
    • X-Men: Dark Phoenix: Vuk shows no qualms about killing multiple people, manipulates Jean for her own agenda, and does not show any empathy to anyone. She also has a disdain for emotional attachments, believing them to make people weak.


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