The Likable Sociopath Trope, Explained

Sociopaths break the rules, and they don’t feel guilty about it. They also lack empathy and feel no remorse for the harm they cause. They’re difficult and even dangerous people to know—and yet, sometimes, they’re incredibly fun to watch. In the real world, most of these sociopaths would probably make us run for our lives—so why do we so often end up empathizing with them, and even rooting for them on screen? Here’s our Take on the various guises of the likable sociopath, from charismatic killers to dangerous femme fatales to evil geniuses, and why we often end up feeling for characters who would feel nothing for us.