|“||I've killed so many people I've lost count. I can't come back from this. I'm a monster. I can feel the anger inside me. But I am still, somewhere inside me, more than that. Better than that.||„|
|~ Jason Brody|
A very specific and rare brand of anti-hero is the Heroic Sociopath. Some heroes have no conscience or any form of moral center but still function as the protagonists of their story, usually by merit of having enemies who are hardened evil. Sociopathy is a persistent condition from birth but sociopaths may still help others, although for completely practical reasons, not moral ones. This category pertains to any hero who lacks a moral sense of right or wrong.
*Important Notes: A sociopath is incapable of deep empathy, guilt or strong compassion. Do NOT add Remorseful Heroes with VERY few exceptions.
Sliding Scale of Heroes
This wiki currently recognizes four different overarching standards for a hero's morality.
- Pure Good: Those who are above petty selfish behaviors and act entirely for the sake of others and are incorruptible in their pursuits.
- Outright Heroes: The standard hero model, not incorruptible and possibly even less than heroic on occasion but over all virtuous and true.
- Good Hearted Bastards: Those who may appear brash, selfish or uncaring but are beneath the surface caring and well intentioned heroes.
- Heroic Sociopaths: Those with no conscience or moral center incapable of functioning on a moral level but whom still assist the forces of good either for practical reasons or as a circumstance of story.
- We of course recognize several more types there in that may overlap but each of the above sum up overarching character and should not be entered lightly. Please note by its nature no one can recover from being a sociopath if they can, they were never sociopaths in the first place. And while Pure of heart can be former villains they can not fall back into said habits willingly as by nature once Pure of heart a hero is incorruptible.