Is there a singular adjective or noun in English to describe a leader or ruler, who is both benevolent but also enjoys seeing their subjects suffer? I. E. In a video game like "The Sims", the player not only enjoys making the sims happy, but also enjoys the game as circumstances make life hard/bad for the sims. I want to find a word that describes a person or being that enjoys the suffering as much as the joy when observing it from an outside perspective?

  • This sounds to me like an idea that requires more than one word to convey, at least in English.
    – fourierwho
    Jun 22, 2018 at 23:56

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How about ambivalent:

having or showing simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward something or someone

Americans are deeply ambivalent about the country's foreign role. Isolationist yearnings coexist uneasily with superpower policies




A ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way.



an absolute ruler, especially a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government as by inherent right, not subject to restrictions. a person invested with or claiming to exercise absolute authority. a person who behaves in an authoritarian manner; a domineering person.

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