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The fact that Homura is a textbook psychopath

Let’s start with the fact that “psychopath” has fallen into disuse in professional psychology circles, and there is no diagnosable disease called “psychopathy” so a “textbook psychopath” hardly exists.
And THEN let’s examine that psychopathy is popularly defined by a lack of empathy (don’t make me fucking LAUGH). Homura’s entire reason for continuing through cycles is to save Madoka’s life, at her own request. Outwardly, she displays little emotion, but her entire reason for being the way she is, is because of her empathy.
Her behavior has grown bolder over time because she’s more practiced. Not because she’s a psychopath. Her outward lack of emotion is because of a combination of knowledge that emotion compromises her mission, and focus on her mission.
Textbook psychopath in-fuckin’-deed.

This is mistaken on so many counts oh wow. And so are a lot of the other comments on this post.


Okay! Psych lecture time!
First of all, yes, there is indeed a “textbook” example, and a legitimate diagnosis of psychopathy/sociopathy. It just goes by a different name, and it’s called Antisocial Personality Disorder— and for Homura, it fits. 
“Her behavior has grown bolder over time because she’s more practiced.”? No, her behavior has grown bolder over time because she’s more desensitized to all of the horrific things that she sees all the time. I suppose there’s a point crossed when you see gory, horrific deaths all the time of people around you, especially the person you claim to love— especially when you yourself were responsible for killing that person in at least one timeline (mercy killing or not, it does not matter). Now, she surely did become a more competent fighter with practice, sure. But as a person, and her behavior? Hardly. And the desensitization she goes through has horrific effects.
Let’s look at some of the “textbook” symptoms (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders/DSM-IV), to be precise (I know the DSM-5’s out but from what I’ve read, the criteria for diagnosis hasn’t changed, just the way it is formatted in the manual) of Antisocial Personality Disorder. We’re going to set aside the age requirements for now, which state that a diagnosis can only be made when the individual is over 18.
From the same link above:

There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three or more of the following:
failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;
deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;
impulsivity or failure to plan ahead;
irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;
reckless disregard for safety of self or others;
consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;
lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another;

So let’s see. Surely three of these counts can be applied to Homura.
Reckless disregard for safety of self or others? Oh hell yes. It is really troubling to see Homura lionized as a hero all the time when she only (quite obsessively, mind) cares about one person— Madoka. Anyone else? Fuck ‘em. Let ‘em die, as long as Madoka is safe. When you’re desensitized to the point where you see Sayaka, Mami, and Kyouko as simply pawns in your timeline and see their lives as less valuable or significant as Madoka’s (did you see some of the horrible things Homura said about Sayaka when she died, right to Madoka’s face, as she was sobbing over the corpse of her best friend? Holy hell.). And it’s pretty apparent that if everything had gone to Homura’s plans against Walpurgisnacht when only she and Madoka remained, do you think she would have rewound time to see to it that Mami (who Madoka looked up to), Sayaka (Madoka’s goddamn best friend), and Kyouko would live too? Of course she wouldn’t. You can’t just go saying ‘look how much empathy Homura has’ when she focuses every bit of that on one person when no one else matters to her. 
Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead? This one’s debatable. One can definitely say Homura spent a ton of time planning and calculating her way through each timeline, observing the constants and manipulating the variables each time. And she quite elaborately planned her attack on Walpurgisnacht, too. However, what she never planned ahead on were the consequences of her actions. So she’ll try all of these complex ideas to try to keep Madoka from contracting, and all it manages to do is hurt Madoka by making her feel worthless. By making her cry and feel as if she can’t help her friends fight. By making her sit at the sidelines and watch her friends die when she knows that with a wish she could be helping them. Helping people and caring about people is a huge aspect of Madoka as a person, and Homura completely disregarded that. You can argue that it kept Madoka alive, but at what cost? Did it even matter to her? Which leads us to:
Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another. It’s pretty easy to see why she would do this! She’s keeping Madoka alive! That’s the reason why she’s doing what she’s doing, right? Right? Madoka’s dying wish in a previous timeline was to keep her from contracting, sure. But she sure as hell didn’t ask to be treated so coldly. Consider the fact that once the timeline was reset, Madoka had no idea who Homura was or why the hell she was stalking her all the time. It sounds pretty scary to me! And then to have this person try to manipulate you and hold you against your will when all you want to do is protect the friends you love, only to be treated as if their lives ultimately don’t matter. That her help isn’t necessary, that her help isn’t worthwhile. Like I said, caring for people and helping them is a trait that more or less defines Madoka. Denying her that aspect of herself is dehumanizing. So Homura denies her agency many times over and makes her feel absolutely worthless. I hear a lot of criticisms about Madoka that she’s weak and all she does is cry. Well, can you fucking blame her? She’s being abused! She’s watching her friends get killed in front of her eyes! She’s being denied her agency as a person! There’s this cold, desensitized person following her everywhere she goes that she doesn’t even know! She’s traumatized. I’d be crying a lot too in that situation. But that doesn’t matter as long as Madoka is alive, right? But even then, what she does to Madoka is abusive and dehumanizing on so many counts, to the point where you have to wonder if Homura truly cared about what Madoka wanted, or if she was more concerned about her desire for Madoka herself.
Oh, right.
*** Rebellion Story Spoilers Ahead ***

As Homura is laying there, her soul gem corrupted, hanging on by a thread, Madokami descends to take her up to meguca heaven or whatever you want to call it, to be with her, safe and happy for eternity, no longer bound by the Law of Cycles. And what does Homura do?

"Homura-chan… this is bad! I don’t want this…!"
"I told you… Madoka. I will never… let you go again."

And what happens next that Homura becomes the equivalent of a devil and rewrites the universe according to her logic.Where everyone is powerless but her— she even steals away Sayaka and Madoka’s ability to break the Law of Cycles. A whole rewritten reality where Madoka is imprisoned, but alive.

"This new version of me… isn’t a witch. I was even able to pull off taking down and imprisoning a god. A being that could do that… well, I suppose you could only call them "a devil".

And when Sayaka calls her out on it, before her powers are taken away. Homura’s response?:

"We’ve come this far, so let’s at least pretend to be friends. If we fight too much… that girl will come to hate me."

Yep.  She sure seems concerned about Madoka’s feelings through all of this. And when Homura goes to meet Madoka again, and talk to her, Madoka remembers that this isn’t her place; that she had a different form and a different purpose. And just as she was about to revert to being a goddess again… Homura steals that power away, leaving Madoka powerless.

"It’s okay. You don’t need to question it. This is who you really are."
"Kaname Madoka… Do you think this world is precious? Even above your own desires, do you think the world’s rules should be honored?"
"That’s… uh… well… I think the world is precious. I think that… just selfishly breaking the rules… It’s wrong."
"Is that so? In that case… someday you… will probably become my enemy. But it doesn’t matter. [Homura takes Madoka’s red ribbon out of her hair and puts it back in Madoka’s.] Even then… I want you to be in a world that makes you happy.
[End credits.]

Madoka didn’t want this. She didn’t want any of this. And this ISN’T a world that makes her happy. Madoka’s place is as a goddess, happily watching over everyone. THAT is what she wanted. This was all Homura’s desires, and everyone and everything was her means to an end of having Madoka to herself. Nothing else mattered. A lack of remorse. A lack of empathy. Bold-faced and shameless manipulation. A complete disregard for the safety and feelings of others, aside from the fact that Madoka is “alive”.
Homura didn’t start out like this. It happened over time. But I never, ever will understand why this fandom loves to treat Homura like a hero when she never was. And I especially will never understand why this fandom likes to idealize the abusive relationship Madoka and Homura had. That honestly scares me.
But over time, did Homura become quite like a “textbook” psychopath? To use your words: “in-fuckin-deed.”
But frankly, I like her more this way. I think Homura’s a hell of a lot more interesting as a villain anyway. And I’ve honestly been amused at all of the people who were blindsided by Rebellion Story’s twist and call it bad writing, saying it’s totally out of character for her even though it’s not— even though it’s pretty obvious that’s where Homura was headed by the end of the series.