Inauthenticity is a huge indicator of malicious energy honestly. I always knew something was off about this girl I knew in high school, idk if I would qualify for as dark energy per se.
She definitely did the “choreographed response” thing you mentioned. I’d often hear her having the exact same conversation with someone else that she had with me and it was almost word-for-word the same.
I guess she had this desire to impress everyone and signal that she’s intelligent, when in actuality, she isn’t.
This highschool was well-known for its academics, because everyone was extremely competent and she wasn’t (it was obvious she was just there because her grandparents are rich) she would make a lot of effort into trying to make herself more relatable?
She would always LARP as poor and it was really irritating and she would often tell fake stories about her childhood to evoke sympathy from others.
a couple of times, she faked panic attacks to get out of exams. This entailed her staring blankly at the table for 10 minutes until she could squeeze out a single tear (she didn’t want to take responsibility for being unprepared)
she started going around telling everyone that she has BPD (which was an obvious lie because no ethnical psychiatrist would diagnose her with that at 16) during the final year of highschool.
Currently, she’s dating this younger guy who she claims is “emotionally manipulating” her (it’s most likely the other way around)