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The Secret Sociopath

Banes at 7:47AM, May 19, 2022

Kim is not a sociopath - but her many nuances make her most intriguing…and she has a scary side

The secret sociopath.

A story trope in fiction that can make for a shocking ending when done well, or probably an eye-rolling one
when not, is the secret sociopath.

A character in the end that reveals themselves to be…not like most people can suddenly explain questions about their past, and the entire story leading up to that moment.

It's a chilling, fascinating turn of events, and taps into something for me, and for many readers/audiences.

I think the idea that a person can appear to be one thing, and make you so comfortable with that thing over time, and then reveal a completely different set of thoughts, motivations, and values underneath - well that's prime fodder for a thriller, horror, or drama.

The hidden side of Walter White in Breaking Bad, and now, in her own way, Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul, while not psychopaths or sociopaths, tap into this in a sophisticated way that causes great thrill…and dread…in the audience.

Have you enjoyed a secret sociopath or “hidden character” revelation? Ever written one?

Bye for now!




Banes at 8:26AM, May 20, 2022

@EssayBee - Absolutely!

EssayBee at 7:35PM, May 19, 2022

Memento. Brilliant story-telling mechanic. Twisted end.

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