A Leo who embraces the dark side of Leo can be one of the most unpleasant human beings one can imagine.
Leos believe that the world revolves only around them, and when they don’t receive respect, attention, compliments, applause, and adulation from others, their self-esteem suffers, their darker side emerges, and they turn into a person no one wants to be around in public or private.
A Leo can act as if they are better than everyone else. They can be disdainfully arrogant, haughtily pompous, and speak or behave towards others in a way that appears friendly but also lets others know they are superior.
A Leo can demand respect and expect the people around them to behave submissively. They may interfere with what others are doing, bark orders, intimidate, and expect obedience without question. When they can’t control those around them, they become frustrated and throw fiery tantrums.
A Leo can be materialistic, thinking only of their desires and needs and not caring fully about others. They may even go so far as to lie or manipulate others to get what they want.
Dogmatic and proud
A Leo can cling to a wrong idea or belief out of stubborn pride. They have little capacity for self-reflection and will never admit that someone else may be right or that they made a mistake.
Leos want to be the best, the brightest, and the most beautiful, and when someone surpasses them in any way, they can become jealous and competitive. A jealous and competitive Leo will not hesitate to use cunning, lies, and deceit to discredit anyone they see as a rival.
A Leo has a fragile ego, takes everything personally, and can be hurt and angry at the slightest hint of disrespect. When this happens, they lose their true composure, become dramatically fierce, and metaphorically go for the kill. They won’t waste time contemplating whether to seek revenge; they will only ponder what kind of revenge to take.
Leos have an intrinsic need to be loved. When their need for love is not fulfilled, they become greedy and prone to seeking instant gratification. Their great need for the feeling of being loved can lead a Leo to be sexually promiscuous in an attempt to obtain the love they desire.
An immature and unevolved Leo is like an exuberant child who throws tantrums, demands attention at all costs, and believes they are the only thing in the universe that matters. Fortunately, it is rare for a Leo to be so immature and undisciplined as to express all these darker character traits.
An evolved and mature Leo has the intelligence necessary to consciously and actively overcome their darker side and become the confident, generous, fun, beautiful, and brilliant person they were born to be.
Every Leo is more than just a Leo. What is written above is based only on generic Leo traits and behaviors; it does not take into account the entirety of a specific Leo horoscope, which may reveal planets in signs and aspects that can suppress or even nullify any of these darker character traits of Leo.