That's precisely it, though. When you're a super-powerful Makuta with 42 Kraata powers and a mishmash of other ones that the authors decided to give you because why not, it's almost always going to be easier to just kill everyone in your path. Always.
That doesn't mean you should do it.
I don't know how this argument is supposed to convince me Teridax wasn't a psychopath. Is it because Teridax didn't kill for pleasure, just for convenience? It doesn't matter whether he got any particular enjoyment out of it. The very fact that he consistently chose to snuff out the lives of hundreds or thousands over the course of his life, all to further his own ambitions and plans, is why he's a reprehensible and horrifying villain.
Excuse me for getting worked up over this. I just honestly don't see how "it was easier to just kill 'em all so he could go back to making Rahi/killing his alternate self" is supposed to be an excuse.
It's not an excuse. Rather, an explanation. (Also Alt. Teridax did not use those powers to kill the Toa, rather the warhammer he happened to have on hand, but that's beside the point.)
a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.
Amoral behavior: check. Antisocial: check. Lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships: check. Extreme egocentricity: Maybe. Failure to learn from experience: No, he thought around his failure while stuck in that cage.
I don't know if any of those apply to alt. Teridax. But you were probably thinking of this definition:
Also called: sociopath a person afflicted with a personality disorder characterized by a tendency to commit antisocial and sometimes violent acts and a failure to feel guilt for such acts
Granted, that's true of both of them.
My issue is not with that though, it's with this:
The core of Teridax is not scheming or planning or anything devious like that... it's just a sheer, callous disregard for other beings' right to life and liberty.
But notice that both Teridaxes didn't kill people just because - (that's my real point) - but killed to advance their own personal ends (i.e. plans, schemes, objective of the moment). Otherwise Makuta would have killed Vakama in Time Trap and singlehandedly wiped out all the Matoran on Mata Nui, etc, etc. Their killing or lack of killing was tied to their plans. Frankly, I could see Teridax doing good things if he could find a way to benefit from it. He wanted admiration and respect, and his plans were designed to get it.
Alt. Teridax wanted to kill Main Teridax (setting things right, as it were), and his plans were designed to do it. If it would have helped him to leave the Shadow Takanuvas alive he would have done so.
The plans - and what they want at any given moment - is why they might not regard other beings' life and liberty as important. Therefore the plan is at the core.
And having 42 Kraata powers doesn't make the decision to kill/not kill any easier. What if you can get them on your side, and thereby have an advantage? What if they have information you might need later? What if, believing that you don't want something to happen, they do something you want (as in the case of the Toa Nuva)? For a planner, those factors must be weighed, and Teridax didn't kill most of his enemies, probably because of these factors. He probably killed off more of his "allies" in the end.
Edited by fishers64, May 03 2014 - 04:10 PM.