“my kids are just sociopaths”
lemongrab and lemongrab 2 are not sociopaths. do not go throwing around psychological terms if you do not know what the fuck you are discussing.
on the wiki, it is stated that lemongrab suffers from “an unnamed disorder” and that rather than being intentionally cruel, he is “alienated with an innability to read social cues,” this being a quote yet again from the wiki.
while it is clear that he has harmed other characters, such as with electric shocks in the episode “you made me,” this can be easily chalked up to his lack of understanding of his fellow beings. during his periodic appearances in the show, he has demonstrated great physical strength and stamina. it is entirely probable given his nature that lemongrab would not know that other beings do not have his gifts. when he fucks up with people, he does so often because they do not adhere to his standards. again with the lack of understanding his fellows. (please see the wiki for confirmation)
now, let us go through sociopathic behaviors and contrast these with those exhibited by lemongrab, so i can correct this misconstruction once and for fucking all. sociopaths (sociopathy is currently known as anti-social personality disorder. please think of that next time you say “omg im so antisocial”) are, according to robert hare, an expert in the condition, “social predators who charm, manipulate, and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations, and empty wallets. completely lacking in conscience and empthy,they selfishly take what they want … without the slightest sense of guilt or regret.”
people with aspd are excellent liars and unremorseful about their actions. lemongrab’s attempts at deciet - fooling people into thinking he “gets” their jokes - are, honestly, pretty transparent. he apologizes to tree trunks for his rudeness, and while he continues to speak to her disrespectfully, he does this because he is “just like this,” that is, not understanding social norms.
also, people with aspd do not have any close attachments and do not form close bonds with other people. lemongrab, however, is shown to care deeply about lemongrab 2 and to love their children.
so now that we have established the fucking important fact that lemongrab is not a “sociopath,” allow us to move on to point number two, or the shit i would have gotten to in the first place had you not made that little remark.
“their hearts are fine. they’re just like this.” lemongrab and lemongrab 2 do not need fixing. they need each other. they need to be left alone. they need to be someplace neat (as evidenced by lemongrab’s reaction to bubblegum’s castle). they need something over which they may have power. they need to not be touched.
bubblegum is not going to fix them. she recognizes that they are who they are, and that that is an integral part of them. she understands both their needs and what they truly do not need.
after she says this, they smile. they see that they are not loathed or reviled. they are happy about this. they are acceptable
also, some other characters who do not actually demonstrate sociopathy even if they, their actors, or writers say they do: