10 of Pop Culture's Most Charming Sociopaths

Over the weekend Bret Easton Ellis went on one of his patented tweet binges, this time musing about writing a sequel to American Psycho set in the present day. Apparently he has already made 15 pages of notes. Among his tweeted ideas for the update: “Patrick would talk about Adele and Kanye and KATY PERRY because ‘Firework’ is his favorite song… and then he kills Katy Perry’s trainer…” While we’re skeptical about the need to trot Bateman out of retirement (have you seen the direct-to-video disaster that was American Psycho II: All American Girl?), we decided this was a great excuse to revisit a few of our favorite pop-culture sociopaths. Add to our twisted list in the comments!

Patrick Bateman – American Psycho

Why we love him: The man has exquisite taste. From music and business cards to fine dining and skin care — we would take his advice on anything culture- or beauty-related. Thanks to Patrick, we want reservations at Dorsia, too.

Why we shouldn’t: Bateman is an axe-welding, body mutilating, murderous psycho. There’s no denying the fact that he is certifiably insane. Plus, we don’t approve of the fact that he’s a kitten killer.

Classic quote: “There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable… I simply am not there.”

Insanity rating: 10