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Indeed, The Sociopath even permeates Western Animation...

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  • Adventure Time:
  • Allen Gregory: Richard DeLongpre thinks very highly of himself and lives solely to satisfy his immediate whims, something best shown in his relationship with Jeremy. He had a wife and children until Richard stalked him and tore his family apart, giving Jeremy no choice but to give in to his advances and become his Trophy Husband, treated like a Sex Slave at best, and utter trash at worst. If that weren't enough, Richard also feels entitled to a big position in his father's company despite doing nothing to deserve it, and threw temper tantrums until he was eventually Kicked Upstairs. In one episode, he happily admits to his son that he aims to be as much of a deceitful, underhanded slimeball as he can get away with, and only considers being honest as an absolute last resort.
  • Roger Smith from American Dad! freely admits this of himself, and provides near-constant displays of Comedic Sociopathy. One episode involving a Journey to the Center of the Mind showed that he does, in fact, have a conscience in the form of Jiminy Cricket... which was caged and dying of neglect.
    • Barry, one of Steve's best friends, has certainly shown shades of being this when particularly off his medication and a rather intelligent as well as high functional example at that.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Fire Lord Ozai doesn't have love for anybody. Not his son, Zuko, his daughter, Azula, his brother, Iroh... he doesn't even bat an eyelid when admitting he banished his own wife as punishment for the assassination of the previous Fire Lord, which she did to protect her son! It's even implied he couldn't love himself, only a pathological desire for dominance and personal glory to compensate for his ego insecurities.
    Ursa: After all these years, I finally see you, Ozai. You're just a small, small man trying with all your might to be big. Your heart is so small, you've no room for your son, or your daughter, or your brother... or even yourself.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Unalaq has a superficial charm which he uses to put a rift between Korra and her father, as well as Korra and Tenzin so he can become Korra's spirituality teacher. He fakes caring about his brother Tonraq (Korra's father), Korra herself, and Eska and Desna while things are going his way and honestly seems surprised when people object to his fleet taking over the Southern Water Tribe. And when all of his pretenses are stripped away, he becomes a cruel, absolutely heartless man who cares for absolutely no one. Not even his wife in the North, nor his son and daughter. All he cares about is his power and increasing it, to the point of releasing the equivalent of Satan himself, Vaatu and then merging with it to become the equivalent of the Antichrist. To this end, if he has to kill a 11-year-old girl or even his own niece, he doesn't care.
    • Earth Queen Hou-Ting. Reviewing her key personality traits is like reading through a sociopath diagnostic checklist: superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self, pathological lying, a penchant for manipulating others to achieve her own ends, an absolutely astonishing lack of empathy or remorse for any of her actions, and an insatiable lust for dominance and importance that drives her every move. She has no qualms whatsoever about sacrificing those closest to her if it suits her purposes.
  • Kevin 11 from Ben 10, and when the Time Skip Sequel Series shows had him become good, first Kevin's Evil Counterpart Darkstar and then the evil alien Aggregor came around to fill the void.
    • Ultimately, it's revealed that for Osmosians like Kevin and Aggregor, using their powers to absorb energy (which Kevin did as a kid, and Aggregor still does) induces a sociopathy-like state. Kevin stopped absorbing energy before Alien Force began, which was what allowed him to regain his sanity.
    • Alien Force introduces Argit, a Con Man who Kevin used to work with. He only cares about himself and money, and will use and betray anyone to get it; Gwen once described him as the kind of guy who would "sell his mother for lunch money", and Kevin confirms he actually did just that. Best shown in "Andreas' Fault"; he takes advantage of Andreas' innocence to get him to work for him, and after Andreas sacrifices himself to save Argit and Ben's team, Argit is more concerned with the money he lost in the process and honestly doesn't seem to understand why Kevin would be disgusted with him.
      Argit: Sometimes, I just don't get you, Kevin!
    • Omniverse gives us Malware. A mutated Galvanic Mechamorph appropriately described by Ben as a total psychopath. Before his upgrade, Malware started out feeding on other Mechamorphs to sustain himself. Arrogant and devoid of any moral compass, he even had the gall to claim that they deserve to be destroyed. When he finally got his upgrade, he became even worse. One episode had him attempting to murder a busload of innocent children to make a quick escape from Ben. Then the Showdown 2-parter revealed that in the past he Destroyed Feedback, one of Ben's alien forms, solely to hurt the boy out of spite. Then he proceeds to top that by destroying his own homeworld.
  • Bojack Horseman: While the show's themes (depression, happiness, life, fame, futility, cruelty) and its characters thrive on White-and-Grey Morality at best (rarely) and Grey-and-Grey Morality at worst (mostly), quite a lot fits the criteria to the point of occasionally shifting its stance to Black-and-Gray Morality.
    • Hank Hippopopalous, a stand-in for Bill Cosby, David Letterman and every Hollywood scumbag with godhood delusion and narcissism, has an affable vibe and calm demeanor toward everyone which doesn't stop him from revealing in private how stuck in his own orbit he is. Even then, that's just the tip of his depravity with his mask covering a complete lack of regard toward anyone not in his circle of connections or whoever dares stand in his way. It can go further with his well-webbed self denial of his cruel actions even if he's quite conscious about the pain he causes: long as he has a career, he can do as he pleases and no one else has to get hurt...if they stay in line and don't threaten his livehood. Mostly a high-functioning case, Hank's nastier side can show up when there are people who aren't buying into his personal truth in which he'll resort to give them a warning through thin-veiled threats and personally parading his victim as a coated good gesture.
    • Esteemed Character Actress Margo Martindale zig-zags through this profile, as she would do, really: She meets most of the criteria to qualify, except she's far too calculating and cautious to count. Her hysterical fits and desire for cheap thrills, even with how she intentionally screws up every mission she has just for the sake of seeing violence erupt, does see her tip-toe through the edges. There's also her twisted sense of empathy and "warrior" honor. Plus, she's hilarious.
    • The father and son of the chicken slaughterhouse Gentle Farms (chicken themselves) have their own takes: the patriarch is superficially charming, has a good sense of acceptable behavior and has no qualms over his farm's business, grooming his kid to follow his every command and carry on the family business, even in shooting trespassers. The son, a budding example, has normalized this and sees nothing wrong with this behavior, even if he sometimes questions if it's good or moral to do so.
    • Joseph Sugarman, patriarch of the Sugarman family, Beatrice's father, Butterscotch's boss and BoJack's grandfather, is a complete evisceration of the Standard '50s Father: his deep belief in old-fashioned values has made him devoid of any sort of empathy for his family, describing emotions as "woman's feelings" and happy that he can suppress his. Consequently, he's shown to have been willing to harm his family and abuse them emotionally and physically if he deemed it necessary to keep them safe (e.g. his wife Honey's lobotomy, conditioning Beatrice to occupy a woman's place in society and destroying her psyche in any way he could, giving Bea reasons to harm her son BoJack turning him into the screwed-up horse seen in the present.)
    • Jeremiah Whitewhale spends his days buying up every company he can, to the point that he's managed to buy out Disney of all companies. He then treats his workers horrendously, executing one and leaving his body on a warehouse floor for taking too many breaks. He openly laughs at the thought of anybody stopping him, managing to buy enough politicians to legalize murder committed by rich people. In fact, he encourages people to spotlight his atrocities, because his shareholders are also sociopaths and it convinces them that he'll do anything for profit.
  • The Boondocks has a decent number of villainous characters who could probably qualify for this trope. Given what kind of show this is, their antisocial behavior can be depicted as anything ranging from hilarious to horrifying (or both).
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • Katz is a sophisticated, Soft-Spoken Sadist Serial Killer who lures his victims into fake businesses to kill them.
    • Mad Dog is a realistic take on a Domestic Abuser. A more low-functioning sociopath, Mad Dog keeps Bunny in line by threatening her and Kitty and pretends to feel remorse for yelling at her only to then bury her up to her neck in dirt.
  • Cyberchase:
    • The Hacker is a self-centered cyborg whose main characteristic is his massive ego. The Hacker has such an inflated sense of self-importance, this often impedes his plans. He has also had shown instances of manipulation such as when he tricked some denizens of Cyberspace into helping him escape the Northern Frontier or convincing another denizen that the number zero was worthless. Funnily enough, the Hacker actually has a heart disc that enables him to feel empathy for others, but it ends up falling out when the Cybersquad tried to insert it into him.
    • Ledge is a highly intelligent cyborg practically spewing artificial charm. In his first appearance, he creates a device which transforms the citizens of Sensible Flats and nearly succeeds in hackerizing the entirety of the Cybersquad. Much like the Hacker, Ledge is also arrogant about his capabilities, but the only difference between him and Hacker is that he puts in more thought in his schemes.
  • DC Animated Universe:
  • Dark Danny from Danny Phantom definitely counts as this. He feels no emotion, single-handedly caused an apocalypse, and ruthlessly manipulated all the people who loved his past self, to their horrible deaths to ensure he would exist as he did.
    • Vlad Plasmius also counts. He has all the traits listed on the main page, and his "love" for Maddy is shown to be shallow and mostly for her beauty; he tries his best to repress her strong personality and forcibly forge her into a "model wife" in the bad timeline where he gets her.
  • Eddy's Brother from Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show. Let's see: lack of empathy, even to their own family (to Eddy) and is incapable of remorse. And where does all this transpire? Where does this guy live? A trailer at an amusement park. Yes, the implication is obvious: he gets to torment kids every single day. His whole life is just getting off on bullying those smaller and younger than him.
  • Family Guy:
    • Peter Griffin is a low-functioning example. He has a constant need for stimulation even if it involves committing petty crimes. He also has the habit of thinking only of himself and his desires.
    • Glenn Quagmire is willing to kidnap and take advantage of multiple women, plenty of which are only high schoolers. He also firmly believes himself to be on the moral high ground when comparing himself to Brian.
    • Carter Pewterschmidt is a firm believer of money being the center of happiness and typically antagonizes Peter by having him do demeaning oftentimes dangerous tasks. He lacks empathy best exemplified whenever he pretends to adopt an orphan only to speed away in his car. In one episode, he even owns the cure to cancer but is unwilling to distribute it to the general populace.
    • Jeff Fecalman, Quagmire's sister's abusive boyfriend from "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.", is another low-functioning example. He has no control over his temper and treats his girlfriend Brenda as a possession instead of a person. The gang resolve to stop his abuse of Brenda and decide to take him to the woods to kill him, but he turns the tables on them, knocks out Peter and Joe, and beats Quagmire within an inch of his life, seemingly choking him to death. Then it turns out Quagmire survived (since he chokes himself for sexual pleasure), and rams Jeff into a tree, killing him.
  • Final Space:
    • The Lord Commander is a psychotic overlord who wishes to use Mooncake as a means of opening a portal to Final Space. The Lord Commander commits several murders throughout the series — and in one instance has his top lieutenants execute their own children as a display of loyalty — and his first impulse when dealing with a problem is to torture or kill the obstacle, maybe even both. The Lord Commander expresses zero empathy towards any other living being in the universe-best exemplifying it when he tried to release the Titans, knowing full well that they'd destroy reality, just to get a chance at becoming a god.
    • Invictus is a satanic figure who, for reasons unknown, poisoned the Titans and attempted to destroy everything. After being locked in Final Space for millennia, Invictus attempts to escape and is indirectly responsible for the Lord Commander's evil.
    • Werthrent, a Snake God worshiped by Ash Graven's people, devours his worshipers and keeps them in a pocket dimension where they suffer in emaciated, zombie-like forms.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends has a lot of characters who are jerkasses who often border on Ax-Crazy territory. But the character who fits this trope the most is Mac's older brother Terrence. He takes great pleasure into bullying Mac in the most horrifying ways possible and would even go as far to put him into great danger, such as shoving him (as well as his other friends) inside the box of the Extremeasaur to get zapped by said monster! Needless to say, it's a wonder how such a kind-hearted kid like Mac could put up with the horrible bullying in the hands of such a horrible teenager for so long.
  • Futurama: Zapp Brannigan. Not all sociopaths are moustache-twirling maniacs; it is a mental disorder, not a sign of evil, and Zapp displays the classic signs. He lusts for power and women, with no care for the distress he might cause others in his pursuit of these goals. He's shamelessly manipulative, as he will deliberately inspire pity in others to gain their assistance, which he will then take advantage of. Of course he's also charming when he wants to be, at least in the pursuit of sexual conquests. He's vain — his incompetence doesn't stop him from pursuing power even though he can't actually do his job. He's an exceptional liar, shamelessly blaming others when he fails — and indeed believing it himself, even convincing our heroes that he can and will change if they help him, and then not making the slightest attempt. And of course, he places a value of exactly zero on any life other than his own, even that of Kiff, his 'friend'. Perhaps this is best seen in a combination of how he treats his own troops as pure cannon fodder, and the way he manages to keep his own job despite his regular displays of gross incompetence and stupidity.
    • It's a good idea to compare Zapp to Bender, who, while clearly showing signs of Addictive Personality Disorder, Kleptomania, and Narcissism, shows that he has over the course of the show, learned the lives of others do have value and finds his own life less enjoyable when they are absent. Unlike a Sociopath, he cannot simply replace one friend with another, and most importantly, when those friends are unhappy, feels bad that they are unhappy.
      Morgan Proctor: He was a bad robot.
      Fry: No, he was a bad friend!
  • Gargoyles:
  • In Gravity Falls there's Lil'Gideon: he acts like an adorable kid one minute, and swings to a total jerk the next, he is willing to use any diabolical scheme to get revenge on the Pines family and killing people is no problem to him.
    • The main antagonist Bill Cipher is a Dream Demon who sought to merge the Nightmare Realm with the human realm, viewing the destruction of mankind as a grand game. Bill possesses superficial charm when making deals such as when he assists Stanford in his research. He lies often such as when he uses Dipper's body by using his Exact Words against him. Bill had also destroyed his own home dimension as revealed through the Weirdmageddon arc and an AMA thread on reddit.
  • The Title Character of Kevin Spencer. He regularly breaks the law just because, looks out only for himself most of the time, and is able to manipulate people into thinking he's on their side when he wants something from them. A good example would be how he pretended to be nice to his dad in order to lure him into a false sense of scrutiny, before ratting him out to the cops and collecting a reward.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series has Experiment 627, an Earth-born experiment with all of Stitch's powers and then some, and with none of his weaknesses. He loves causing destruction, cares nothing for the direct or collateral damage he causes, and uses Stitch as his punching bag throughout his debut For the Evulz. Jumba even says that he was specifically designed to be incapable of pulling a Heel–Face Turn, unlike his cousins.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Hawk Moth remorselessly manipulates innocent civilians into becoming his evil minions and is willing to cause massive destruction in Paris all so he can obtain Ladybug and Cat Noir's Miraculouses, and has a grandiose sense of self-worth. However, he is ultimately a subversion, since he genuinely loves his son and wife. In fact, the reason he wants the Miraculouses in the first place is so he can use their magic to revive the latter, who appears to be either dead or comatose. Despite this, however, his Lack of Empathy for all the innocent people whose lives he plays with still stands as one of his foremost qualities. Even toward his son: he wants to keep Adrien safe, but cares little about his desires, completely neglects his emotional needs, and shows no respect for his autonomy.
    • Lila Rossi, the New Transfer Student in Marinette's class, is potentially one, as she is a Consummate Liar and skilled manipulator who never shows any remorse for her actions and believes herself to be better than everyone else, and in seasons 2 and 3 of the show, she even goes as far as to willingly allow herself to be akumatized by Hawk Moth for the sake of getting Revenge on Ladybug for exposing one of her lies back in the first season. While it's highly implied that she's this way because her absentee parents never showed her enough love or taught her about empathy growing up, this does not excuse the extremity of her actions.
    • The Monster of the Week Reverser is also implied to be this as well, as he doesn't care how many innocent people he has to curse to achieve his goals. Not only is he perfectly happy to let an innocent bystander fall into the river during his first battle with Ladybug and Cat Noir, but he also cursed Mayor Bourgeois into summoning an entire city's worth of garbage to rain down on Paris, which would have resulted in who knows how many people being crushed (and killed) by the resulting debris.
  • Moral Orel:
    • Clay Puppington is revealed to be a self-loathing alcoholic who shoots his son Orel in the leg during a hunting trip and later proclaims that he was glad that he shot him. He tries to invoke reactions from other people regardless if it ends with him being despised out of a desperate need for stimulation; he lacks empathy and remorse for any of his actions; and before his true nature was revealed, he acted like the stereotypical 1950s father as seen in television.
    • Cecil Creepler, Moralton's ice cream man who tries to get Orel's friend Doughy into the back of his van. He later becomes a prolific Serial Rapist who assaulted eight women, one in particular being Ms. Sculptham.
    • Miss Censordoll is a Knight Templar who has a knack for burning books and later takes advantage of Clay's Oedipus Complex to get what she wants.
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends:
    • Squirk from "The Ghost of Paradise Estate" was the original ruler of Dream Valley back when it was a lake, and in the third episode sings a musical number reveling in his cruelty. He has just about recovered the Artifact of Doom that gave him his power, and during the song is seen Kicking the Dog all over the place, apparently simply to make up for lost time. And whatever he's done to his sidekick Crank's mind, Crank can't seem to realize he will only ever get abuse from Squirk.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Discord is a sadistic Reality Warper who utilizes magic-assisted psychological warfare to Mind Rape the mane cast, and wastes little time in turning Equestria into a chaotic hellhole For the Evulz. His later Heel–Face Turn is effected by making him realize that having friends means you have to consider how they will feel about your actions, something he apparently had honestly never considered, and the rest of his Character Development in the series amounts to learning empathy and how to manage healthy relationships with others.
    • Lord Tirek from "Twilight's Kingdom" feels no sympathy for anyone he hurts as long as he gets his way and will manipulate anyone he pleases to serve his ends. He is very manipulative, a chronic liar, has Lack of Empathy, shows no remorse for his actions, and is a Narcissist as well.
    • Starlight Glimmer from "The Cutie Map" has a nasty combination of paranoia and is focusing on removing the cutie marks of other ponies (their very life's essence) purely to advance her version of a perfect society, demanding everyone else live by her rules while not following them herself, manipulative, and maintains an outward image of benevolence but won't hesitate to physically hurt or mentally torture dissenters. Most telling, when revealed as a hypocrite, she accuses others of ruining her life and ends her appearance by twice refusing to admit any wrongdoing, still convinced it was her victims who rebuffed her generosity. It takes literally seeing how her actions in taking revenge cause The End of the World as We Know It in one Bad Future that she finally surrenders and makes a Heel–Face Turn, and it's shown in multiple episodes afterwards she has problems connecting with others on a personal level, preferring to use magic as a "quick and easy" method to solve her friendship problems and has problems properly reading social cues.
    • Ex-Wonderbolt, current Washout and Rainbow Dash's rival Lightning Dust is possibly the most blatant example in the series. Her entire MO is to be the best at everything she does and to win, which has her putting not just her own well-being at risk but the well-being of other, most notably Rainbow's friends in "Wonderbolt Academy" and Scootaloo in "The Washouts." The last example almost seems like she intended to put Scootaloo in peril just to spite Rainbow.
    • As seen in "Rarity Investigates," Wind Rider, a retired Wonderbolt (and Frame-Up artist, according to Word of God), goes to great lengths to preserve his flight record. He seems positively unconcerned that Rainbow Dash considered him her primary idol and thus the main reason she wanted to be in the Bolts.
    • As evidenced by her background appearances through the eighth season, the two-part "School Raze" cements Cozy Glow's status as a master manipulator, using her innocent appearance and voice to deceive others into befriending her exclusively for her ends. In this case, she believes not in Power of Friendship but friendship as power.
  • The Owl House:
    • Boscha is essentially Amity Blight without her redeeming qualities and Character Development. A more low-functioning example of one, Boscha loves bullying other students out of the belief that they were weaker and is the one largely responsible for Amity becoming a bully in the first place. In "Wing It Like Witches," Boscha harasses Willow due to her becoming popular at Hexside and wants to use her as target practice if she won a Grudgby game against her. When Luz forfeits the game on her behalf, Boscha happily tries to use her as target practice uncaring that she could seriously hurt or kill Luz.
    • Amity's parents are extremely controlling of their children and make it apparent they care more about their social status. They were the reason Amity ended her friendship with Willow; they blackmailed their own daughter with the threat of making Willow's chances to attend Hexside miserable. They also forced Amity to become friends with the aforementioned Boscha feeling she would be more impressionable.
    • Emperor Belos, the absolute ruler of the Boiling Isles, arrived fifty years ago claiming to be able to speak to the Titan serving as the main setting. He claimed that the witches were performing magic incorrectly and established the coven system as a means of controlling the populace. Those wild witches that refused to conform were sentenced to petrification an irreversible fate. He later has Lilith Clawthorne work for him under the promise that he would heal the curse that she put on Eda, but reveals later on that not only was he not going to cure Eda, but he was going to have her publicly petrified to serve as an example of those who go against him.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
  • Ren from Ren & Stimpy often lacks empathy and has no problem with physically abusing Stimpy. This gets taken Up to Eleven in the infamous remake, where he shows no mercy towards sadistically mutilating various animals, one of which includes a helpless frog. In fact, he actually decides to spare the now-suicidal frog in order for the frog to continue suffering.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • Despite being a demon that is literally made of pure evil, Aku has the classic traits of a psychopath. He is exceptionally adept at putting on a good facade of trust; He is entertaining, bombastic and funny (superficial charm), he possesses an inordinate attitude of superiority and grandeur, destroys cities and commits crimes to satisfy his sadism and tendency to boredom, is a pathological liar who frequently deceives and manipulates for personal gain, or even For the Evulz; He's incredibly aggressive with things related to his ego, and perhaps most importantly: he possesses an incredibly high criminal versatility, with atrocities that could take up more than one sheet, which is quite common in sociopaths/psychopaths.
    • The High Priestess from Season 5 subjects her seven daughters to intense Training from Hell and sees them only as pawns in her plan of killing Jack. Even Aku himself is shocked to learn that she drank his essence of her own volition.
    • The Dominator decimates a village and robs it of its children so he could painfully brainwash them into subservience. When Jack and Ashi come to intervene, he tries to slowly electrocute Ashi to death.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Mayor Jones. Initially, it just seems like a case of Comedic Sociopathy not too uncommon in modern day cartoons, but it becomes more evident as the season goes on that he's not the Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Tsundere that Fred believes him to be deep inside, as well as the fact that he may know more than he lets on about the show's Myth Arc and is more ambitious than we think. By the end of the first season, it turns out that he's a Manipulative Bastard. It later turns out that he wasn't always this way, largely due to the Curse of Crystal Cove, as suggested in flashbacks, seen by his mental good side, and version of him in the fixed timeline show.
  • The Simpsons: Sideshow Bob. He meets all the criteria of a sociopath. He is ruthless, manipulative, intelligent, sadistic, and deeply obsessed with killing a 10-year-old boy.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Dr. Julian Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) staged a coup against the king of Mobotropolis and took over. He roboticizes several of the Mobians against their will; spends every waking hour trying to kill Sonic the Hedgehog and the Freedom Fighters; abuses his henchmen and his nephew Snively; and in the finale, tries to wipe Mobius of all life.
    • Dr. Robotnik in Sonic Underground is particularly merciless and is willing to imprison, roboticise and kill any and all who oppose him in the slightest, not to mention he has banned music as an additional measure to suppress freedom. He has successfully enslaved the planet.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman is a perfect example of a sociopath with particularly poor impulse control. First of all, he displays a Lack of Empathy for any living person, nor has he ever shown any feelings of guilt for anything. His list of crimes is vast, but he has committed them frequently just to alleviate boredom, or for an immature personal gain. When he thought he was dead and a ghost, he endeavored to atone for his sins, but only did so to stop being a ghost — he didn't consider he might otherwise go to Hell. He showed no sympathy for the suffering Butters went through for helping him, and once he realized he hadn't been a ghost, he considered all these acts of atonement a waste of time. Cartman has one exception to his otherwise total lack of empathy; he doesn't like it when somebody hurts his mother. Regardless, Cartman manipulates and bullies her mercilessly himself, so he effectively thinks of her as a possession of his, rather than somebody with feelings.
    • Mr. Garrison could rival Cartman in terms of this. He has no sense of respect for others' well-being, has murdered and raped people, and nuked Canada while being President all without feeling any shred of remorse for his atrocities.
    • Saddam Hussein, from the earlier seasons, was also this. He's a charismatic manipulator who manipulates Satan, God, and an entire country into doing whatever he wants, is an emotionally abusive boyfriend to Satan, murders innocent people, and taking kids away for their adopted families, all while expressing no remorse for these crimes.
    • Mickey Mouse. While he is capable of pulling off the act of being a charming family-friendly guy, he actually cares little for anyone, including his own employees, and only views people as a way to make money off of.
    • The Big Bad of Season 19 Leslie Meyers could be seen as a high functioning example. She is capable of faking numerous emotions to manipulate people and is superficially charming, but she's actually very unfeeling and devoid of any real emotions. She also isn't afraid to get violent, as shown when she remorselessly beats up handicapped kid Jimmy Valmer, and shows no concerns that her scheming could possibly lead everyone in South Park to become homeless as her race of sentient ads takes over their town.
    • Lennart Bedrager, one of the Big Bads of season 20, could qualify as a sociopath. He attempts to intentionally cause World War III for no other reason than his own amusement.
    • Heather Swanson. He falsely labels himself as transgender to participate in the women's sport solely to beat them, and is smart enough to use Political Correctness to label people as transphobic to continue getting away with it.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series:
    • Despite heavy censorship, the show still managed to make their version of Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, into a bonafide psychopath, portraying him as a Laughing Mad Bomber, who cackles with glee at the possibility of vaporising a city block—himself included—in his first appearance. He shows no remorse for his actions, and after becoming Carnage is downright eager to get back in action and start stealing souls for Dormammu (an Omnicidal Maniac who will consume the souls of everyone in the world if he is unleashed). He displays no regard for human life (least of all his own) and goes out of his way to injure anyone who tries to help him, including his psychiatrist, Ashley Kafka.
    • Herbert Landon is the second biggest example of the series behind Carnage. He's a remorseless and genocidal Mad Scientist who's first appearance on the show had him attempt to wipe out all mutants. When that failed, he became the Kingpin's henchman and willingly engaged in such atrocious actions as turning Alistair Smythe into a cyborg and performing experiments on Felicia Hardy. He even seems worse than his boss in a certain regard, as he questioned why the Kingpin would help Spider-Man even in an apocalyptic scenario.
    • Jason Macendale, aka the Hobgoblin, is a money-obsessed psycho who sees everyone else as disposable pawns. Hammered in when Felicia asks if he ever really loved her; Jason is genuinely unsure and replies that he loves superficial things about her, such as her wealth and beauty.
  • Sponge Bob Squarepants: Despite the Negative Continuity of the show and the fact that the series is, in effect, a kids' show, Plankton displays the typical traits of your average sociopath/psychopath: he has shown to have enough superficial charm to influence others to achieve his goals (such as SpongeBob himself and his own family in "Plankton's Army"), is megalomaniac, self-centered, possesses an attitude of superiority and grandiosity, constantly lies and manipulates to achieve his goals, lacks remorse or guilt, tends to victimize himself or show false emotions to get away with it, is prone to violence when he loses his temper, has unpremeditated, thoughtless behavior; he never learns from his mistakes, and he has a large criminal record: conspiracy, theft, sabotage, identity theft, fraud, espionage, embezzlement, bribery and even attempted murder. His sociopathic traits are even more enhanced in the first film, where he carries out an elaborate scheme to steal the krabby patty formula, turns Bikini Bottom into a fascist dystopia, and even attempts to murder Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob and Patrick. In the show; however, Plankton is a highly functional example, as there have been instances where he has been pragmatic. He's also one of the few sympathetic examples invoked where you would probably feel sorry for him.
  • Squidbillies features both sides of this trope
    • Early Cuyler is a low-functioning example. He shows no regard for the feelings of others, has poor impulse control, loses his temper at the slightest provocation, is unable to learn from his mistakes, and shows no remorse for the damage caused by his criminal schemes.
    • Dan Halen is a high-functioning example. He is well-mannered and charming, but he has no regard for anyone but himself and will happily steal, cheat, and kill to get what he wants.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil has Toffee who exhibits artificial charm with a knack for casual manipulation as evidenced by him tricking Ludo into hiring him. He is highly intelligent in his planning. When he gets Star to destroy her wand, Toffee expresses no concern for his fellow monsters who would get caught in the explosion, and he had no remorse for any of his actions. According to the creator, Toffee was more akin to Magneto in his goals for monster supremacy, which we see in some flashbacks, but that vanished over the years as revenge and hatred consumed him.

  • Slade from Teen Titans. He's a ruthlessly cold-blooded Manipulative Bastard to extremes, taking an obsessive interest in tormenting all the heroes (especially Robin). The first season has Slade forcing Robin to become his "apprentice" and partner-in-crime, in hopes of making the boy just as sick and twisted as he is, and threatening to murder all of his friends if he refuses. He later tries to do something similar with Terra in the next season, exploiting her emotional insecurities to trick her into becoming his new apprentice, and is (somewhat) more successful at turning her evil.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): The Shredder, hands down. He's completely arrogant, remorseless, vengeful, cold and ruthless, and there's virtually nothing he won't do and no low he won't stoop to to destroy his enemies, especially Splinter, up to and including supporting the Kraang's invasion of Earth and allowing the Triceratons to destroy the planet outright. He openly admits he doesn't give a damn about the human race, and is utterly incapable of taking responsibility for anything he does, bending over backwards to use Splinter as The Scapegoat for just about everything that goes wrong with his life or the chaos he himself causes.
  • In Total Drama:
    • Mike's Split Personality Mal who shows no remorse whatsoever over leaving Cameron to die or trying to hit Zoey over a cliff, and is evil just for the fun of it.
    • Scarlett is also one who would have killed the entire cast without a seconds hesitations if she hadn't been stopped.
    • The biggest sociopath of the entire show would have to be its host, Chris McLean. He regularly and blatantly puts the cast in danger, often with a huge smile on his face; seems to be more concerned about ratings, popularity, and his life of luxury than the safety of the contestants; and even betrays his best friend Chef whenever it amuses him to do so, or whenever he's bored.
    Chris: "After my involuntary year-long "vacation", I really need to be in a familiar environment, surrounded by the people I love... to hurt."
  • The Transformers: In almost all series, Megatron/Galvatron is sociopathic. He is utterly callous to everyone and everything, throwing it aside the second it stops being beneficial and caring only about improving his position. He crosses the Moral Event Horizon casually, his only consideration being how it will affect him and his long-term plans. However other examples include:
  • Jonas Venture, Sr. from The Venture Bros. fits this trope like a glove. Beneath the charming adventurer-scientist persona he is very callous and self-centered, having no problem with dragging his son along on dangerous escapades, blackmailing one of his teammates with a sextape, rebuilding said teammate as a cyborg then throwing them away when they can't handle it, and getting a bunch of children hooked on hallucinogenic drugs.
  • Wander over Yonder: Lord Dominator. Despite being a dorky teenager, its clear she is completely heartless, and utterly ruthless about conquest. If her minions fail in their duties, she has no problem throwing them into space and letting them burn up in the atmosphere like someone disposing of an old appliance. And then there are her motivations, revealed near the end of the second season: she doesn't want to rule the galaxy, but rather destroy it, for her own personal entertainment, as she finds suffering and destruction fun. As soon as she's finished with one galaxy and can no longer derive the stimulation she craves, she moves on to the next. She doesn't understand concepts like friendship, sacrifice, and morality, totally rejecting Wander's offer of redemption in the series finale, and is left to live out the rest of her days depowered and alone.
  • Miss Power from WordGirl counts. She manipulates the entire town into bullying each other, she teaches WordGirl to mock the other villains, she throws Mrs. Botsford into jail for a disagreement they had, she severely beats up WordGirl, and she tries to kill Dr. Two-Brains. This was all her plan to Take Over the World. Also, she's one of the few villains in the show that do not have any redeeming qualities.
  • Most of the bad guys in X-Men: Evolution have shades of this. The Brotherhood is primarily filled with narcissistic and amoral mutants who, despite often been said to be more 'sympathetic' than normal, they're anything but when you take a good look at it. Pietro was self caring and allowed a train of bystanders be derailed and let it crash into one filled with fuel. Blob kidnapped Jean and showed incredibly creepy, rapist vibes, as well as other violent behavior. Avalanche was aggressive and violent, and while he looked rather sympathetic in the second season, a number of things made it look like he was faking the nice guy persona he had during that season. Of the Acolytes, Pyro and Sabretooth are the closest we get to text book Sociopaths in a show for kids; the two attempted murder, enjoyed their work, and are the definition of why mutants may be a risk. Averted with Colossus and Gambit; the former a good guy forced to work for bad people, the latter a Card Carrying Villain with some redeeming qualities.


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