Troll Triad

An Internet Troll Group Archetype Concept

by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

It’s almost been two years since I created the Troll Triad concept. I wrote it after being defamed and slandered by three adults I met online. From their slanderous cyber attacks and habitual disinformation campaigns, I observed how they had different task functions and cyber attack roles. By using my research and experiences from creating iPredator (2010), it wasn’t long before Troll Triad was born.

Troll Triad has become an internet troll group concept that is gaining national attention. I’m humbled to know it has helped parents, professionals and online users from all walks of life. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for online users to learn about internet troll tactics.

Although time has moved on, the Triad has recently started their antics again. I wonder if their attacks have anything to do with my upcoming keynote presentation before the Colorado Psychological Association? Is it simply coincidence or are they concerned that their names, felonious allegations and predatory troll profiles will be presented to an audience of professionals & academics?


It is included in my presentation that I’ll be presenting iPredator, Dark Psychology, Troll Triad and various other internet safety themed topics. It’s also well-known that I prioritize fact checking when working on my conceptual frameworks. Everything I create and author is original content and can never be accused as being plagiarized or copyright infringed upon. I’m fully aware of copyright laws and even have a published DMCA Policy on all websites.

I must imagine the Triad is aware that their past character assassination attempts will be placed under the proverbial microscope. I’m most certainly presenting how they sent a signed letter to the NYS Education Department alleging I had engaged in attempted murder using the internet. So preposterous were their allegations that all parties got a laugh. The Troll Triad’s ridiculous letter was one of many attempts to destroy my career and reputation. It is important to note that I was but one of many on their list of targets.


 Kane, Horowitz & Vara: The Troll Triad

Sherri Kane, Dr. Leonard Horowitz and Michael Vara of a small internet radio show called LNM Radio Network. It is these three folks who were the basis for Troll Triad. What had started out as a blog post, written to defend my online reputation, became a full-fledged concept introducing the archetypes within groups of internet trolls. The Cerebral, Provocateur and Crier are the three archetypes included in Troll Triad. For those interested in learning about Troll Triad, please click this link here: Troll Triad

If I had the chance, I would thank Ms. Kane, Dr. Horowitz and Mr. Vara. Thanks to them, online users who have been attacked by trolls now have a resource to show their loved ones. If you do take time to read Troll Triad, you’ll be presented with a glimpse of how these trolls use information technology and internet radio to disparage their target’s reputation.

From using LNM Radio Network on-air time to publishing the most outlandish allegations throughout social media, the Troll Triad stands alone. What the Troll Triad fails to realize is that their malevolent and nefarious online activities have further validated my years of research and work.


Troll Triad is an internet troll group archetype concept. It has helped to educate hundreds of online users who have been attacked by internet trolls. Soon, iPredator and Troll Triad will be presented to the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA). After the CPA, there are 49 other state psychological associations that will be introduced to the dark side of cyberspace.

It is my mission and all our internet safety volunteers to help stop the growth of online victimization. Just like the Troll Triad, online assailants grow over confident when there is no accountability. It is time for all iPredators to be introduced to the concept of justice.

“Troll Triad is a cyber psychopathology-profiling construct that introduces a three-pronged archetypal model defining groups of online users who engage in defamation of character, slander & character assassination. Troll Triad is also a conceptual framework and template describing how future groups of successful iPredators will be partitioned into three archetypal segments. This troika includes the Cerebral, Provocateur and the Crier. When these three elements mix correctly, the Troll Triad becomes a masterpiece of human predation alchemy.” Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. (2014)


Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D.

Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D. is a NYS licensed psychologist and cyber criminology consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in 1994. In 2010, Dr. Nuccitelli authored the dark side of cyberspace concept known as “iPredator.” In November 2011, he established iPredator Inc., offering educational, investigative, and advisory services involving online perpetrators, cyber-attack targets, and the dark side of cyberspace. Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field over the last thirty-plus years and he has volunteered his time helping cyber-attacked victims since 2010. His goal is to reduce victimization, theft, and disparagement from iPredators.

In addition to aiding citizens & disseminating educational content, Dr. Nuccitelli’s mission is to start a sustained national educational and awareness internet safety campaign with the help of private, state, and federal agencies. He is always available, at no cost, to interact with online users, professionals, and the media. To invite Dr. Nuccitelli to conduct training, media engagements, educational services, or consultation, please call him at (347) 871-2416 or via email at

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