Is being mentally ill a good villain motivation?

The main villain in my story is a sociopath with a thirst for blood. There's nothing she loves more than torturing/murdering. But is being mentally ill necessarily a motivation or do I need to work on that?

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  • Teva
    Lv 5
    2 years ago

    A sociopath is not mentally ill. They can't be cured, they're born that way. Their brains are different from those of normal people. They are a different type of human.

  • 2 years ago

    Mental illness is a cause, not a motivation.

  • 2 years ago

    It would be a good idea to know what mental disorder she has and to read a little literature about it. Crazy people just do not do any random thing, but there are patterns of behavior in the various mental disorders.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    It's not particularly interesting. It's sort of a cop-out.

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  • 2 years ago

    It's a cause, not a motivation.

    Motivation is revenge, fear, anger, etc. Being mentally ill is a cause, like being handicapped or secluded.

  • 2 years ago

    While being a sociopath can explain why she would torture you do need more motivation as to why she is torturing and why she likes it so much. Also, sociopaths tend to become sociopaths rather than being born that way. Perhaps childhood abuse or some other traumatic event could have caused her fixation with torture and made her a sociopath.

  • 2 years ago

    Not if the sum total of your reasoning is "he is crazy."

    This isn't a motivation. This is just putting a scientific gloss on the old saw of "he is evil" or "it was the devil."

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Sociopaths are NOT mentally ill. I think you better learn what you're talking about before you insult huge swaths of the population.

  • Andrew
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    How many times are you going to ask this same question? You've received heaps of helpful, insightful, enlightening answers already. What is it that you're expecting to gain from continually posing the same question with slightly different wording? It's your story. Only you know what motivates and compels and drives your characters - not us. And while one person might tell you that insanity is a prerequisite for a psychopathic villain, others might remind you that there are some villains out there whose mental faculties are in perfect working order and they are instead motivated to take the actions they do for another reason besides insanity. Do twisted youngsters that torture animals all have mental disorders that can be diagnosed? No, some people are just arseholes and there is no why. Some people just enjoy kicking other people's heads in because that's what does it for them. Are they psychotic? Are they certifiably mad? Who knows, they're just the type of people that you hope you and yours never have a run-in with, that's all. Look, either write the story or don't. It isn't my job to outline your characters' mental and emotional state for you. None of us give a toss whether or not this story ever sees the light of day and you've exceeded the limit on asking for assistance with the very same thing. Write the story, proofread the story, edit the story, revise the story, refine the story, re-write the story, repeat whichever steps are necessary, then read the story and see how it feels. But whatever you do, quit discussing the story, particularly this boring aspect of it, because it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks - you're the one who claims to be writing it, so it's up to you how to explain the how and the why.

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