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14th Jun '16 2:22:55 AM Doug86
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** As pictured above, [[Franchise/FireEmblem Queen Elincia]] and the Herons are good, but Mad King Ashnard is evil. [[spoiler: However, his steed isn't evil, just {{Brainwashed}}.]] But then there's Naesala, who's more morally ambiguous, as well as several Daein commanders who fight for Ashnard [[LawfulNeutral more out of a sense of duty for their nation then being outright evil.]]

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** As pictured above, [[Franchise/FireEmblem [[VideoGame/FireEmblem Queen Elincia]] and the Herons are good, but Mad King Ashnard is evil. [[spoiler: However, his steed isn't evil, just {{Brainwashed}}.]] But then there's Naesala, who's more morally ambiguous, as well as several Daein commanders who fight for Ashnard [[LawfulNeutral more out of a sense of duty for their nation then being outright evil.]]
14th Jun '16 2:22:32 AM Doug86
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' tends to play with this alot, even with its many morally pure Lords as its protagonists.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' tends to play with this alot, even with its many morally pure Lords as its protagonists.
8th Jun '16 2:43:58 AM KINGOFCHEESE
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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is one of the few Marvel movies to follow this morality exactly (in fact, aversions include this movie's own sequel). This is justified in-story through the SuperSerum that created both Captain America and his enemy the Red Skull, as it enhances people's true qualities--good becomes great, bad becomes worse. Steve Rogers is an idealistic, friendly guy who just wants to do his duty for his country by fighting bad guys, and becomes a capable war hero. Red Skull is a bullying Nazi extremist too evil even for Hitler, is so narcissistic as to have a god complex, and becomes an OmnicidalManiac.
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Thor and his allies (with the exception of [[EnemyMine Loki]] are heroic paragons, and their Dark Elf enemies just want to destroy the universe for no real reason.

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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is one of the few Marvel movies to follow this morality exactly (in fact, aversions include this movie's own sequel).sequels). This is justified in-story through the SuperSerum that created both Captain America and his enemy the Red Skull, as it enhances people's true qualities--good becomes great, bad becomes worse. Steve Rogers is an idealistic, friendly guy who just wants to do his duty for his country by fighting bad guys, and becomes a capable war hero. Red Skull is a bullying Nazi extremist too evil even for Hitler, is so narcissistic as to have a god complex, and becomes an OmnicidalManiac.
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Thor and his allies (with the exception of [[EnemyMine Loki]] Loki]]) are heroic paragons, and their Dark Elf enemies just want to destroy the universe for no real reason.
7th Jun '16 2:35:02 PM hamza678
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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUnivers'':

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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUnivers'':''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
7th Jun '16 2:34:49 PM hamza678
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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is one of the few Marvel movies to follow this morality exactly (in fact, aversions include this movie's own sequel). This is justified in-story through the SuperSerum that created both Captain America and his enemy the Red Skull, as it enhances people's true qualities--good becomes great, bad becomes worse. Steve Rogers is an idealistic, friendly guy who just wants to do his duty for his country by fighting bad guys, and becomes a capable war hero. Red Skull is a bullying Nazi extremist too evil even for Hitler, is so narcissistic as to have a god complex, and becomes an OmnicidalManiac.

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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUnivers'':
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''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is one of the few Marvel movies to follow this morality exactly (in fact, aversions include this movie's own sequel). This is justified in-story through the SuperSerum that created both Captain America and his enemy the Red Skull, as it enhances people's true qualities--good becomes great, bad becomes worse. Steve Rogers is an idealistic, friendly guy who just wants to do his duty for his country by fighting bad guys, and becomes a capable war hero. Red Skull is a bullying Nazi extremist too evil even for Hitler, is so narcissistic as to have a god complex, and becomes an OmnicidalManiac.OmnicidalManiac.
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Thor and his allies (with the exception of [[EnemyMine Loki]] are heroic paragons, and their Dark Elf enemies just want to destroy the universe for no real reason.
7th Jun '16 2:29:34 PM hamza678
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** Also played straight by the one-off villains in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/{{Mario and Luigi}}'' series. Okay, not quite Count Bleck, but Fawful, Dimentio, the Shadow Queen, Cackletta, and the Shroobs are portrayed very much to the extreme end of the evil scale.

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** Also played straight by the one-off villains in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/{{Mario and Luigi}}'' ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series. Okay, not quite Count Bleck, but Fawful, Dimentio, the Shadow Queen, Cackletta, and the Shroobs are portrayed very much to the extreme end of the evil scale.
7th Jun '16 2:29:12 PM hamza678
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** Played straight in the main series; in both ''Galaxy'' games Bowser is as one-dimensionally megalomaniacal as ever. Probably because their one attempt at giving him more "complexity" was ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', which included {{narm}}y voice acting ([[MemeticMutation "How dare you disturb my family vacation!"]]) and introduced TheScrappy, Bowser Jr.

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** Played straight in the main series; in both ''Galaxy'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' games Bowser is as one-dimensionally megalomaniacal as ever. Probably because their one attempt at giving him more "complexity" was ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', which included {{narm}}y voice acting ([[MemeticMutation "How dare you disturb my family vacation!"]]) and introduced TheScrappy, Bowser Jr.
7th Jun '16 2:27:38 PM hamza678
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified rebels are good]], TheEmpire is [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire evil]]. Black And White Morality is ''enforced'' by the Force in the case of the Jedi. If Jedi aren't committed 100% to the Light Side, it's only a matter of time before they become insanely evil. ''Star Wars'' is in many ways [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway a fairy tale]] [[RecycledInSpace (IN SPACE!)]] Only in Geroge Lucas's canon however. In the legends canon Expanded universe things aren't so black or white.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified rebels are good]], TheEmpire is [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire evil]]. Black And White Morality is ''enforced'' by the Force in the case of the Jedi. If Jedi aren't committed 100% to the Light Side, it's only a matter of time before they become insanely evil. ''Star Wars'' is in many ways [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway a fairy tale]] [[RecycledInSpace (IN SPACE!)]] Only in Geroge George Lucas's canon however. In the legends canon Expanded universe Franchise/StarWarsLegends things aren't so black or white.



* ''Film/PacificRim'': The protagonists are good, well intentioned and noble, the kaiju are chaotic evil.

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* ''Film/PacificRim'': The protagonists are good, well intentioned well-intentioned and noble, the kaiju are chaotic evil.ChaoticEvil monsters that cause nothing but destruction and mayhem.
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' definitely counts, The humans are all good, while their alien adversaries are given no motivation aside from [[HordeOfAlienLocusts stealing resources]].



* The page quote comes from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', which actually ''averts'' this as a series; the setting is rife with GrayAndGreyMorality. The speaker, however, believes fervently in this.
** Just to drive the point home, a book later one character is handed an onion, half of which is black with rot... [[BrickJoke and he cuts off the rotten bit and gladly eats the rest]]. Apparently Melisandre's never faced a famine.

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* The page quote comes from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', which actually ''averts'' this as a series; the setting is rife with GrayAndGreyMorality. The speaker, however, believes fervently in this.
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this. Just to drive the point home, a book later one character is handed an onion, half of which is black with rot... [[BrickJoke and he cuts off the rotten bit and gladly eats the rest]]. Apparently Melisandre's never faced a famine.



** Many supernatural creatures like the Winter Fae while evil by human standards operate by BlueAndOrangeMorality and are not considered objectively evil.

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** Many supernatural creatures like the Winter Fae Fae, while evil by human standards standardsm operate by BlueAndOrangeMorality and are not considered objectively evil.
5th Jun '16 4:57:33 PM DoctorTItanX
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* Motivation: The villains ''never'' have a sympathetic motivation for their actions. There aren't any [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]], and TheMole will show his [[EvilCostumeSwitch true colours]] once he's [[FaceHeelTurn unmasked]]. Rather, their intentions are entirely [[ForTheEvulz for the sake of Evil]] (and may involve [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over]] or [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying the world]]). Likewise, the forces of good never have any ulterior motives for their deeds; they do good because it's [[ForGreatJustice The Right Thing To Do.]]
* Choices: All major choices that the heroes are faced with are either unambiguously right or wrong. There aren't any grey areas, and when a SadisticChoice ''is'' presented, there's always a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]]. Furthermore, the heroes will ''always'' make the right choice unless they're about to learn AnAesop or pull a FaceHeelTurn.
* Characterization: [[ShapedLikeItself The good guys are good]], and the [[ObviouslyEvil bad guys are bad]]. If there are any morally ambiguous or grey characters around (such as an AntiHero or WorthyOpponent), they will eventually shift firmly to one side or the other. They'll either [[FaceHeelTurn switch]] to the side that matches their [[HeelFaceTurn actual perceived alignment]], or turn [[BadassDecay fully good]] or [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil fully evil]]. Minor characters may maintain some degree of neutrality, but the major characters will all be on one side or the other. Occasionally there will be a short scene explaining the neutrality is inherently evil (or, very rarely, good). To avoid an AuthorTract some writers prefer to claim that being neutral is similar to [[IFightForTheStrongestSide supporting the stronger side]]. However as the Neutral Neutral page on this wiki will show, the reasons for being neutral number in the double digits, not including Lawful Neutral and Chaotic Neutral, or any combination thereof.

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* Motivation: The villains ''never'' have a sympathetic motivation for their actions. There aren't any [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well-Intentioned Extremists]], and TheMole will show his [[EvilCostumeSwitch true colours]] colors]] once he's [[FaceHeelTurn unmasked]]. Rather, their intentions are entirely [[ForTheEvulz for the sake of Evil]] (and may involve [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over]] or [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying the world]]). Likewise, the forces of good never have any evil, ulterior motives for their deeds; deeds, as they do good because it's [[ForGreatJustice The Right Thing To Do.]]
* Choices: All major choices that the heroes are faced with are either unambiguously right or wrong. There aren't any are no grey areas, areas at all, and when a SadisticChoice ''is'' presented, there's always a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]]. Furthermore, the heroes will ''always'' make the right choice choice, unless they're about to learn AnAesop or pull a FaceHeelTurn.
* Characterization: [[ShapedLikeItself The good guys are good]], and the [[ObviouslyEvil bad guys are bad]]. If there are any morally ambiguous or grey characters around (such as an AntiHero or WorthyOpponent), they will eventually shift firmly to one side or the other. They'll either [[FaceHeelTurn switch]] to the side that matches their [[HeelFaceTurn actual perceived alignment]], or turn [[BadassDecay fully good]] or [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil fully evil]]. Minor characters may maintain some degree of neutrality, but the major characters will all be on one side or the other. Occasionally there will be a short scene explaining the neutrality is inherently evil (or, very rarely, good). To avoid an AuthorTract AuthorTract, some writers prefer to claim that being neutral is similar to [[IFightForTheStrongestSide supporting the stronger side]]. However However, as the Neutral Neutral page on this wiki Wiki will show, the reasons for being neutral number in the double digits, not including Lawful Neutral and Chaotic Neutral, or any combination thereof.



* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': This happens a lot over the course of the series, Phantom Blood with [[IdealHero Jonathan]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld Dio]] being the most blatant, though other parts do share this mindset to an extent. Even Part 5, with the heroes despite being '''Mafia''' generally act more like cops against the obviously evil BigBad.
* The ''Mazinger'' franchise (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', ''Manga/NewMazinger''...). Except ''Anime/ShinMazinger'', where the good guys include various criminals, and the bad guy [[spoiler: is a bad guy, but holding back a bunch of even worse guys.]] Which is still within "black and white", but with a small twist.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': This happens a lot over the course of the series, Phantom Blood with [[IdealHero Jonathan]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld Dio]] being the most blatant, though other parts do share this mindset to an extent. Even Part 5, with the heroes despite being '''Mafia''' generally act more like cops against the obviously clearly evil BigBad.
* The ''Mazinger'' franchise (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', ''Manga/NewMazinger''...). Except ''Anime/ShinMazinger'', where the good guys include various criminals, and the bad guy [[spoiler: is unironically a bad guy, but holding back a bunch of even worse guys.]] Which is still within "black and white", but with a small twist.
29th May '16 9:12:38 PM MagBas
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* In ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' the unicorns are [[DesignatedHero good]], Titan is [[CardCarryingVillain evil]]. [[FlatCharacter There is no depth to any of the characters]].

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* In ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' the unicorns are [[DesignatedHero good]], good, Titan is [[CardCarryingVillain evil]]. [[FlatCharacter There is no depth to any of the characters]].



* ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'': The heroes are good and noble, and always right ([[DesignatedHero stated to be such, at least]]), while the villains all KickTheDog like they're in an international dog-kicking competition.

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* ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'': The heroes are good and noble, and always right ([[DesignatedHero stated to be such, at least]]), , while the villains all KickTheDog like they're in an international dog-kicking competition.
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