People here and on the Web generally have established that Sherlock is not a sociopath and that Moriarty most likely is a psychopath. Can we say that Magnussen from Sherlock season 3 has any disorders of that kind? If we can, what'd be the grounds?


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Magnussen is by far the least desirable characters, from the entire Sherlock series. I don't think he suffers from any disorder but he is definitely a megalomaniac. He loves to hog the limelight and is a complete totalitarian. Example, peeing in the fireplace:

MAGNUSSEN: ... you’re so domesticated. All standing around, apologizing ... (He nods to Sherlock and then walks in between him and John towards the fireplace.)

MAGNUSSEN: ... keeping your little heads down. (He stands in front of the fireplace, facing it. The sound of him unzipping his trousers can be heard.)

MAGNUSSEN: You can do what you like here. No-one’s ever going to stop you. (He looks down and the sound of him urinating into the fireplace can be heard. John blinks as if appalled and half-turns his head towards him. Sherlock keeps his head facing forward, his eyes fixed on the opposite wall.)

MAGNUSSEN: I’ve interests all over the world but, er, everything starts in England.(He looks down again as the last of his urine splashes on the grate in front of the fire.)

MAGNUSSEN: If it works here ... (He jiggles up and down as he ‘shakes off’ and then zips up his trousers.)

Though Sherlock acknowledges himself as a high functioning sociopath, Magnussen on the contrary acknowledges himself as a businessman. This is evident from the scene where armed police marksmen run towards Sherlock, John and Magnussen outside the appledore.

JOHN (looking round to his friend): Sherlock, what do we do? (He turns to look at the helicopter again.)

MAGNUSSEN (over his shoulder): Nothing! (He looks round at them.) There’s nothing to be done! Oh, I’m not a villain. I have no evil plan. I’m a businessman, acquiring assets. You happen to be one of them!

On the whole, I thing Magnussen is just a malicious mogul who uses the mind mapping technique.

Source for transcript: Arianedevere

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