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15th Apr '16 6:19:28 AM Juneberries
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* In later seasons, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' characters, by and large, tend to be this or ChaoticNeutral, being a cast of WildCards fueled ''entirely'' on RuleOfFunny. Few are too malicious to be considered outright evil, but even fewer are too uncaring to be considered lawful. In other words, if the joke fits, anyone can go from thoughtful to selfish to unnecessarily chaotic, context be damned. That being said, some previously characters, like [[LawfulGood Joe]] [[HandicappedBadass Swanson]], [[NeutralEvil Glenn]][[

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* In later seasons, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' characters, by and large, tend to be this or ChaoticNeutral, being a cast of WildCards fueled ''entirely'' on RuleOfFunny. Few are too malicious to be considered outright evil, but even fewer are too uncaring to be considered lawful. In other words, if the joke fits, anyone can go from thoughtful to selfish to unnecessarily chaotic, context be damned. That being said, some previously characters, like [[LawfulGood Joe]] [[HandicappedBadass Swanson]], [[NeutralEvil Glenn]][[Glenn]] [[BlackComedyRape Quagmire]], and [[ChaoticNeutral Adam]] [[CloudCuckoolander West]] do have their places on the chart.
15th Apr '16 6:15:01 AM Juneberries
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* In later seasons, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' characters, by and large, tend to be this or ChaoticNeutral, being a cast of WildCards fueled ''entirely'' on RuleOfFunny. Few are too malicious to be considered outright evil, but even fewer are too uncaring to be considered lawful. In other words, if the joke fits, anyone can go from thoughtful to selfish to unnecessarily chaotic, context be damned. That being said, some previously characters, like [[LawfulGood Joe]] [[HandicappedBadass Swanson]], [[NeutralEvil Glenn]][[
14th Apr '16 11:12:49 AM aye_amber
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* ''Music/OzzyOsbourne'' is usually this, with some songs ("Flying High Again", "Crazy Babies", etc.) falling more under ChaoticNeutral. Despite what many MoralGuardians (at least used to) think, his music rarely falls into "Evil" territory. Granted, the subjects of some songs, such as "Mr. Tinkertrain" and "No More Tears" are definitely ChaoticEvil. But they're never depicted in a sympathetic or positive manner. Most of Ozzy's more autobiographical songs, meanwhile, are simple pleas for acceptance and understanding without any real moral agenda one way or another.
* ''Music/{{Nirvana}}'', ''Music/AliceInChains'', and most other grunge/post-grunge bands are generally True Neutral.

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* ''Music/OzzyOsbourne'' is usually this, with some songs ("Flying High Again", Again," "Crazy Babies", Babies," etc.) falling more under ChaoticNeutral. Despite what many MoralGuardians (at least used to) think, his music rarely falls into "Evil" territory. Granted, the subjects of some songs, such as "Mr. Tinkertrain" and "No More Tears" are definitely ChaoticEvil. But they're never depicted in a sympathetic or positive manner. Most of Ozzy's more autobiographical songs, meanwhile, are simple pleas for acceptance and understanding without any real moral agenda one way or another.
* ''Music/{{Nirvana}}'', ''Music/AliceInChains'', ''Music/{{Nirvana}},'' ''Music/AliceInChains,'' and most other grunge/post-grunge grunge / post-grunge bands are generally True Neutral.



* The Music/PetShopBoys b-side "In the Night" is about ''les Zazous'', Parisians who, during the [[WorldWarII German occupation]], weren't on the side of the Nazis or LaResistance. They just wanted to listen to jazz music and be left alone. This earned them hatred and suspicion from both sides.
* DepecheMode's "Get The Balance Right" reads like an instruction book for how to be True Neutral

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* The Music/PetShopBoys b-side B-side "In the Night" is about ''les Zazous'', ''Les Zazous,'' Parisians who, during the [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII German occupation]], occupation,]] weren't on the side of the Nazis or LaResistance. They just wanted to listen to jazz music and be left alone. This earned them hatred and suspicion from both sides.
* DepecheMode's Music/DepecheMode's "Get The the Balance Right" reads like an instruction book for how to be True NeutralNeutral.



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* Odin from Myth/NorseMythology in a self-interest way. He upholds the universal order, the laws of hospitality, and has done a lot of good things for the gods and mankind. On the flip side he willingly violates social customs, commit vile acts to get his way, and is sometimes a jerk just to be a jerk. He fights against giants only to mate with or tolerate them only to go back to fighting with them. Some of his acts can be read as NecessaryEvil for the greater good and he
** [[OmniscientMoralityLicense has the wisdom to break social taboos that limit others]] leaning him toward ChaoticNeutral or ChaoticGood, but much of it easily comes across as self-interest to protect/increase his own power.
* Izanami-no-Mikoto from Myth/JapaneseMythology in a tragic way. The Goddess was once graceful, beautiful, and especially powerful. However, when she died in childbirth and was sent to Yomi (The Netherworld) she began to rot, and her husband, Izanagi, horrified by her visage, turned her away and sealed her in Yomi. In a fit of anger and grief, Izanami thratened to kill many humans every day if Izanagi did not lift the seal, and instead of doing so, Izanagi swore to give life to twice as many humans as she killed every day.

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* Odin from Myth/NorseMythology in a self-interest way. He upholds the universal order, the laws of hospitality, and has done a lot of good things for the gods and mankind. On the flip side he willingly violates social customs, commit vile acts to get his way, and is sometimes a jerk just to be a jerk. He fights against giants only to mate with or tolerate them only to go back to fighting with them. Some of his acts can be read as NecessaryEvil for the greater good and he
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he [[OmniscientMoralityLicense has the wisdom to break social taboos that limit others]] leaning him toward ChaoticNeutral or ChaoticGood, but much of it easily comes across as self-interest to protect/increase protect / increase his own power.
* Izanami-no-Mikoto from Myth/JapaneseMythology in a tragic way. The Goddess was once graceful, beautiful, and especially powerful. However, when she died in childbirth and was sent to Yomi (The Netherworld) she began to rot, and her husband, Izanagi, horrified by her visage, turned her away and sealed her in Yomi. In a fit of anger and grief, Izanami thratened threatened to kill many humans every day if Izanagi did not lift the seal, and instead of doing so, Izanagi swore to give life to twice as many humans as she killed every day.
9th Apr '16 4:05:32 AM ading
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* Doctor Manhattan from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', to the absolute screaming extreme. He's just stopped viewing life from a human perspective, and cares almost nothing for anything else than observing pretty physics.

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* Doctor Manhattan from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', to the absolute screaming extreme. He's just stopped viewing life from a human perspective, and cares almost nothing for anything else than observing pretty physics. It helps that he's a NonLinearCharacter, meaning that he already knows everything he's ever going to do and has no free will.
5th Apr '16 12:33:44 PM shawnmstewart
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* Orddu, Orwen, and Orgoch are three fantastically powerful witches in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' who claim that they are incapable of caring about any particular individual. They don't give anything for free to anyone, and they'll trade with the evil as easily as the good.
22nd Mar '16 11:48:26 AM VVK
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", the griffons in Griffonstone are all apathetic, indifferently rude, and only motivated to do anything by money.
19th Mar '16 2:43:21 PM nombretomado
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* Sheldon Cooper from TheBigBangTheory could have been made for this archetype; he's occasionally actively malicious or well-intentioned, but usually just does whatever will help him achieve his own goals or improve his personal quality of life. Although at first glance, with his fondness for complicated contracts and numerous personal rules and quirks he appears LawfulEvil, all such agreements are written specifically to benefit him, and he is willing to obey or disobey Federal, State and scientific ethical conduct laws depending on what brings him the most short-term benefit. That said, he most likely ''considers'' himself LawfulGood (since anyone who doesn't follow ''his'' rules or values gets a rant about how chaotic and/or evil they are acting).

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* Sheldon Cooper from TheBigBangTheory ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' could have been made for this archetype; he's occasionally actively malicious or well-intentioned, but usually just does whatever will help him achieve his own goals or improve his personal quality of life. Although at first glance, with his fondness for complicated contracts and numerous personal rules and quirks he appears LawfulEvil, all such agreements are written specifically to benefit him, and he is willing to obey or disobey Federal, State and scientific ethical conduct laws depending on what brings him the most short-term benefit. That said, he most likely ''considers'' himself LawfulGood (since anyone who doesn't follow ''his'' rules or values gets a rant about how chaotic and/or evil they are acting).
19th Mar '16 4:00:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[RobotGirl Cameron]] from ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' is a sapient machine, but nonetheless is bound by her programming to protect John Connor, no matter the cost. [[spoiler: Or her programming to ''kill'' him, no matter the cost.]] This tends to result in her doing terrible things to people her programming dictates are threats, or being apathetic toward others' plights if they do not concern her. In the second season, she even discusses her blank morality with John, pointing out that even though Terminators like her are killing machines, that "we aren't cruel."

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* [[RobotGirl Cameron]] from ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' is a sapient machine, but nonetheless is bound by her programming to protect John Connor, no matter the cost. [[spoiler: Or her programming to ''kill'' him, no matter the cost.]] This tends to result in her doing terrible things to people her programming dictates are threats, or being apathetic toward others' plights if they do not concern her. In the second season, she even discusses her blank morality with John, pointing out that even though Terminators like her are killing machines, that "we aren't cruel."
28th Feb '16 8:13:22 PM Rheios
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The best known CharacterAlignment system has two axes: Good—Evil and Lawful—Chaotic. But some characters just don't fit either end of either axis: they're not selfless enough to be Good, but not exploitative enough to be Evil; they're not rule-abiding enough to be Lawful, but not arbitrary enough to be Chaotic. They could be described as morally bland. These characters are True Neutral, also known as "Neutral Neutral" or just "Neutral".

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The best known CharacterAlignment system has two axes: Good—Evil and Lawful—Chaotic. But some characters just don't fit either end of either axis: they're not selfless enough to be Good, but not exploitative enough to be Evil; they're not rule-abiding enough to be Lawful, but not arbitrary enough to be Chaotic. They could be described as morally bland. These characters are True Neutral, also known as "Neutral Neutral" or just "Neutral".
"Neutral". Alternatively, on page 134 of the D&D 3.5 DM's guide, it expresses that indecisiveness indicates neutrality and that a person who bounces between alignments constantly should also be categorized as True Neutral.
21st Feb '16 7:45:30 PM ading
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* Meursault, from ''[[Literature/TheStranger L'Etranger]]''.

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* Meursault, Meursault from ''[[Literature/TheStranger L'Etranger]]''.''Literature/TheStranger'' can't really be considered either good or evil by virtue of the fact that he doesn't seem to have any particular goals. He is ambivalent towards almost everything to the point of bordering on TheSociopath, but at the same time bears no real malice towards anyone. He'll generally do whatever he is asked to, but avoids being LawfulNeutral since he doesn't make a point of following orders; it's just that he doesn't usually care enough to consider disobedience.
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