History EvenEvilHasStandards / Literature

25th Mar '17 7:51:58 AM Kate
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** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' the head of the Ankh-Morpork branch is horrified by the excesses of PsychopathicManchild Jonathan Teatime and frightened by his unpredictable actions. Teatime later hires a bunch of criminals who are also scared and repelled by him; they did kill people, but unlike Teatime, only when it was necessary. The scene that introduces Teatime notes that Lord Downey, leader of the Assassins Guild, does not have actual morals, but he ''does'' have standards. Teatime... doesn't.

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** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' the head of the Ankh-Morpork branch is horrified by the excesses of PsychopathicManchild Jonathan Teatime and frightened by his unpredictable actions.actions (there's mention of him having nailed a "client"'s guard dogs to the ceiling). Teatime later hires a bunch of criminals who are also scared and repelled by him; they did kill people, but unlike Teatime, only when it was necessary. The scene that introduces Teatime notes that Lord Downey, leader of the Assassins Guild, does not have actual morals, but he ''does'' have standards. Teatime... doesn't.
23rd Feb '17 12:11:07 AM erforce
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* In ''LayerCake'', one of the gangster characters has a sex shop as a "legitimate front" and has a practice that if anyone asks for child pornography, he will arrange a covert meeting and then will beat them to within an inch of their life.

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* In ''LayerCake'', ''Literature/LayerCake'', one of the gangster characters has a sex shop as a "legitimate front" and has a practice that if anyone asks for child pornography, he will arrange a covert meeting and then will beat them to within an inch of their life.
3rd Feb '17 10:35:26 AM CaptainPedant
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3rd Feb '17 10:35:23 AM CaptainPedant
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* MagnificentBastard Long John Silver in ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' may be a pirate, mutineer and murderer, but he draws the line at harming [[MoralityPet Jim Hawkins]]. He also despises the Black Spot, because it means tearing a page from the Bible to draw the death sentence of a pirate. Captain Flint himself and his surviving crew feared Silver, but didn't have a problem with the Black Spot and tearing a page from the Bible.

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* MagnificentBastard Long John Silver in ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' may be a pirate, mutineer and murderer, but he draws the line at harming [[MoralityPet Jim Hawkins]]. He also despises Hawkins]] once he has heard the Black Spot, because it means tearing a page from boy speak bravely to the Bible pirates. Also, he is outraged when he thinks Abe Gray (after reverting to draw the death sentence of a pirate. honest men's side) has revealed pirate secrets. Mutiny, murder and sea-thievery are one thing, but ''snitching'' is beyond the pale. (In fact, Captain Flint himself Smollett agrees as far as that goes, and his surviving crew feared Silver, but didn't have a problem with the Black Spot and tearing a page from the Bible.angrily tells Silver that he'd see them in Hell before he'd resort to it.)
20th Jan '17 3:55:00 PM Galvatron29
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''Literature/TalesOfTheBountyHunters'', Dengar's Tale has one scene between the title character and Darth Vader where the Sith Lord implies he kills for many reasons - but unlike the Emperor he [[ForTheEvulz won't kill for pleasure]]♧.

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** ''Literature/TalesOfTheBountyHunters'', Dengar's Tale has one scene between the title character and Darth Vader where the Sith Lord implies he kills for many reasons - but unlike the Emperor he [[ForTheEvulz won't kill for pleasure]]♧.
20th Jan '17 3:53:09 PM Galvatron29
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** In ''Tales of the Bounty Hunters'', Dengar's Tale has one scene between the title character and Darth Vader where the Sith Lord implies he kills for many reasons - but unlike the Emperor he won't kill for pleasure.

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** In ''Tales of the Bounty Hunters'', ''Literature/TalesOfTheBountyHunters'', Dengar's Tale has one scene between the title character and Darth Vader where the Sith Lord implies he kills for many reasons - but unlike the Emperor he [[ForTheEvulz won't kill for pleasure.pleasure]]♧.
20th Jan '17 3:32:13 PM Galvatron29
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** In ''Tales of the Bounty Hunters'', Dengar's Tale has one scene between the title character and Darth Vader where the Sith Lord implies he kills for many reasons - but unlike the Emperor he won't kill for pleasure.
14th Jan '17 2:42:30 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Sam. He explicitly states that none of the assassins ever killed an entire family, plus they make their killing quick and painless.
14th Jan '17 11:05:03 AM SimiOfDoom
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* Karsa from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' may have started out believing that [[DeliberateValuesDissonance there is nothing wrong with rape]], but he is nonetheless completely appalled when he finds out about [[spoiler:Bidithal]]'s paedophilia, and ultimately kills him. This effectively solidifies his transition from a VillainProtagonist to an AntiVillain (he ultimately ends up an AntiHero). In ''Literature/TheBonehunters'', he mentions that he hasn't raped anyone in years, so it's quite possible that seeing the effects of sexual abuse on [[spoiler:Felisin Younger]] cured him of these tendencies.
13th Jan '17 9:26:17 AM Euodiachloris
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** The Ironborn hate slavery, although they have a very flimsy definition of it. Indentured servitude and forced concubinage (similar to prostitution, but crossed with being a semi-official short or long term mistress to one guy, but who never got asked her opinion: lending out to shipmates optional): okay for them, but ''buying and selling people''? NEVER! This stems from the fact that [[BlueAndOrangeMorality buying stuff is anathema to them, as paying money is weak and unmanly when you could just take what you want by force.]]

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** The Ironborn hate slavery, although they have a very flimsy definition of it. Indentured servitude and forced concubinage (similar to prostitution, but crossed with being a semi-official short or long term mistress to one guy, but who never got asked her opinion: lending her out to shipmates optional): is optional, but it... terminates the "contract", so to speak): okay for them, but ''buying and selling people''? NEVER! This stems from the fact that [[BlueAndOrangeMorality buying stuff is anathema to them, as paying money is weak and unmanly when you could just take what you want by force.]]
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