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All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.
~ The Joker

Characters who suffer from extreme psychosis (not to be confused with Psychopath; in fact, the two are quite opposites).

Psychotics are insane, having little to no understanding of what they are exactly doing or the severity of their actions; to qualify as a psychotic a character must be shown to have the following patterns in most media they appear in:

  • False beliefs (psychotics will hold false beliefs that are nevertheless seen as fact, this means they often see the world in a very different manner to others and may hallucinate a wide array of phenomena - often this makes them appear to exist in their own world);
  • Unpredictable behavior (due to lacking an understanding of reality versus fiction many psychotics will have extremely unpredictable behavior, this can be seen as one of the key differences between psychosis and psychopathy - while psychopaths can control their behaviors a Psychotic can not, thus they are much more notably ill and would be classed as "insane" in most settings).

IMPORTANT: do not use this category for any and all "Mentally Ill" - only use it for characters who display all the signs and symptoms of someone who is suffering extreme psychosis, for any ill-defined or otherwise questionable behaviors that do not fall under extreme psychosis use "Mentally Ill". Also, these characters can only be Pure Evil if they manage to hit all criterias and possess a clear moral agency, even in spite of their psychosis.

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