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1st Apr '16 11:03:15 PM Fireblood
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* This is the entire ''point'' of ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity''.

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* This is the entire ''point'' of ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity''.''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'' which essentially takes the ''Dragonlance'' example above and makes it happen, with the last villains having to set things right.



* At the end of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand has the opportunity to [[spoiler:kill the Dark One and end evil forever.]] He then sees a vision of the world that will be created if he does so [[spoiler:one where everyone is mindlessly happy because they lack the ability to choose evil and thus have no true free will]]. This convinces Rand that [[spoiler:people need the Dark One in order to be ''people'' and opts to simply seal it away.]]

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* At the end of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand has the opportunity to [[spoiler:kill the Dark One and end evil forever.]] He then sees a vision of the world that will be created if he does so [[spoiler:one where everyone is mindlessly happy because they lack the ability to choose evil and thus have no true free will]]. This convinces Rand that [[spoiler:people need the Dark One in order to be ''people'' and opts to simply seal it away.away again.]]



* A different spin on this is pretty standard Christian theology, though: simply put, you can't truly do good if you don't have a choice to do evil. Hence all the bad things in the world--if God got rid of them, he would be taking away our free will so we would just be robots.

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* A different spin on this is pretty standard Christian theology, though: simply put, you can't truly do good if you don't have a choice to do evil. Hence all the bad things in the world--if God got rid of them, he would be taking away our free will so we would just be robots. Of course, some object to this idea (for instance pointing out many bad things which don't come from free will, like diseases).
4th Mar '16 2:33:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is a pervasive theme in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. Felix may be the celebrated hero of his game (and Ralph is the villain who's even looked down on behind the scene), but without Ralph to do his part, he's just a guy with a hammer and nothing to use it on. Worse, without Ralph, his game gets flagged as broken and scheduled to be disconnected.
* During Satan's song in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', he sings "without evil there could be no good, so it must be good to be evil sometimes".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'' - Ommadon the BigBad was allowed to exist because "good would be completely impotent without the contrast of evil."
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* This is a pervasive theme in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. Felix may be the celebrated hero of his game (and Ralph is the villain who's even looked down on behind the scene), but without Ralph to do his part, he's just a guy with a hammer and nothing to use it on. Worse, without Ralph, his game gets flagged as broken and scheduled to be disconnected.



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* During Satan's song in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', he sings "without evil there could be no good, so it must be good to be evil sometimes".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'' - Ommadon the BigBad was allowed to exist because "good would be completely impotent without the contrast of evil."
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4th Mar '16 2:32:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Legend}}''. Just before he's apparently destroyed by the light:

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* ''Film/{{Legend}}''.''Film/{{Legend 1985}}''. Just before he's apparently destroyed by the light:



* ''VampireInBrooklyn'': When Maximillian impersonates Preacher Pauley, he tells the congregation that "evil is good" because you can't appreciate the good things in life without bad things to give contrast.
* This is a pervasive theme in ''WreckItRalph''. Felix may be the celebrated hero of his game (and Ralph is the villain who's even looked down on behind the scene), but without Ralph to do his part, he's just a guy with a hammer and nothing to use it on. Worse, without Ralph, his game gets flagged as broken and scheduled to be disconnected.

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* ''VampireInBrooklyn'': ''Film/VampireInBrooklyn'': When Maximillian impersonates Preacher Pauley, he tells the congregation that "evil is good" because you can't appreciate the good things in life without bad things to give contrast.
* This is a pervasive theme in ''WreckItRalph''.''Disney/WreckItRalph''. Felix may be the celebrated hero of his game (and Ralph is the villain who's even looked down on behind the scene), but without Ralph to do his part, he's just a guy with a hammer and nothing to use it on. Worse, without Ralph, his game gets flagged as broken and scheduled to be disconnected.
21st Jan '16 9:12:14 PM DarkMask
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* Played with in ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'', it turns out [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]] and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] only play nice with one another because they are afraid if the balance between them skews too much it could bring about Armageddon. Also, its not good and evil having to keep in balance in this setting, but Light and Darkness. Also, the angels decide to renege on this agreement when they attempt to make a power play to destroy the known reality (taking out {{Hell}} and the human world) and remake it as one giant FluffyCloudHeaven.
15th Jan '16 7:46:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheStainlessSteelRat's Revenge''. After being criticized for going on a crime spree, "Slippery Jim" [=diGriz=] explains that the government will reimburse the institutions he robbed, and that the crimes provided excitement for the populace, increased the sale of newspapers, provided exercise for the police and the opportunity for field exercises by the military. He suggests that he should be paid for this instead of punished.

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* ''TheStainlessSteelRat's ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat's Revenge''. After being criticized for going on a crime spree, "Slippery Jim" [=diGriz=] explains that the government will reimburse the institutions he robbed, and that the crimes provided excitement for the populace, increased the sale of newspapers, provided exercise for the police and the opportunity for field exercises by the military. He suggests that he should be paid for this instead of punished.
15th Jan '16 6:27:44 AM Gallimaufry
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* This is a pervasive theme in ''WreckItRalph''. Felix may be the celebrated hero of his game (and Ralph is the villain who's even looked down on behind the scene), but without Ralph to do his part, he's just a guy with a hammer and nothing to use it on. Worse, without Ralph, his game gets flagged as broken and scheduled to be disconnected.
15th Jan '16 6:20:36 AM Gallimaufry
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* ''TwistedMetalIII'': Officers Jamie and Buzz Roberts, the drivers of Outlaw, wants a world clean and free of crime. If their wish is granted, they'll promptly find themselves unemployed because nobody needs police anymore.
10th Jan '16 9:16:59 AM Gallimaufry
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* ''VampireInBrooklyn'': When Maximillian impersonates Preacher Pauley, he tells the congregation that "evil is good" because you can't appreciate the good things in life without bad things to give contrast.
30th Dec '15 2:30:19 PM margdean56
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* A different spin on this is pretty standard Christian theology, though: simply put, you can't truly do good if you don't have a choice to do evil. Hence all the bad things in the world-if God got rid of them, he would be taking away our free will so we would just be robots.

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* A different spin on this is pretty standard Christian theology, though: simply put, you can't truly do good if you don't have a choice to do evil. Hence all the bad things in the world-if world--if God got rid of them, he would be taking away our free will so we would just be robots.
30th Dec '15 2:27:44 PM margdean56
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See also BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, which is usually more supernatural. Compare and COntrast AsLongAsThereIsEvil and InherentInTheSystem.

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See also BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, which is usually more supernatural. Compare and COntrast contrast AsLongAsThereIsEvil and InherentInTheSystem.
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