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11th Nov '15 8:39:03 PM Fireblood
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* Used to great effect in ''[[http://www.yudkowsky.net/other/fiction/the-sword-of-good The Sword Of Good]]''. Hirou is told that he's required to choose between Good and Evil in the final confrontation, which he assumes will be done by the Dark Lord trying to tempt him; he thinks it's stupid because he's determined to choose Good no matter what. [[Spoiler:In the end, the choice isn't so much "good or evil" as "which side do you think is good and which one is evil?", and Hirou realizes that his heroic compatriots aren't so squeaky-clean after all...]]
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* Used to great effect in ''[[http://www.yudkowsky.net/other/fiction/the-sword-of-good The Sword Of Good]]''. Hirou is told that he's required to choose between Good and Evil in the final confrontation, which he assumes will be done by the Dark Lord trying to tempt him; he thinks it's stupid because he's determined to choose Good no matter what. [[Spoiler:In [[spoiler:In the end, the choice isn't so much "good or evil" as "which side do you think is good and which one is evil?", and Hirou realizes that his heroic compatriots aren't so squeaky-clean after all...]]

* In ''Prescription: Murder'', the ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' pilot, Columbo has a drink with the killer, a psychiatrist, in his office and he asks him to come up with a profile for a "theoretical" pre-mediated murderer. The killer explains that this man is probably smart, well educated, even courageous for having the nerve to go through with murder. When Columbo points out that, despite how admirable he may appear in those respects, he is still a murderer and may even be insane, the murderer asks why, just because he committed an immoral act, that makes him insane, and goes on to say that morals are relative and conditioned, and that even if murder was repugnant to the killer, if it was his only solution to his problems then it is just pragmatic to go through with it. Of course, when asked by Columbo how do you catch such a man, he replies, "You don't". * The ''Series/BabylonFive'' [[DirectToVideo Direct-To-DVD]] movie ''The Lost Tales'' featured a discussion between a Catholic priest and Colonel Lochley about why God allows evil to exist if he is All Powerful. The priest points out that, God being all powerful and the lord over all creation, it stands to reason that He is neither good ''nor'' evil, but rather that both good and evil are tools that He uses in ways beyond the comprehension of mere mortals to guide the Universe.
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* In ''Prescription: Murder'', the ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' pilot, Columbo has a drink with the killer, a psychiatrist, in his office and he asks him to come up with a profile for a "theoretical" pre-mediated premeditated murderer. The killer explains that this man is probably smart, well educated, well-educated, even courageous for having the nerve to go through with murder. When Columbo points out that, despite how admirable he may appear in those respects, he is still a murderer and may even be insane, the murderer asks why, just because he committed an immoral act, that makes him insane, and goes on to say that morals are relative and conditioned, and that even if murder was repugnant to the killer, if it was his only solution to his problems then it is just pragmatic to go through with it. Of course, when asked by Columbo how do you catch such a man, he replies, "You don't". * The ''Series/BabylonFive'' [[DirectToVideo Direct-To-DVD]] movie ''The Lost Tales'' featured a discussion between a Catholic priest and Colonel Lochley about why God allows evil to exist if he is All Powerful. all powerful. The priest points out that, God being all powerful and the lord over all creation, it stands to reason that He he is neither good ''nor'' evil, but rather that both good and evil are tools that He he uses in ways beyond the comprehension of mere mortals to guide the Universe.universe.
11th Nov '15 8:35:02 PM Fireblood
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* In Graham Greene's ''Film/TheThirdMan'', the AffablyEvil Harry Lime has sold diluted penicillin on the black market, causing many people to die horribly who had believed they were being treated. He famously justifies these actions on a ferris wheel by pointing to all of the "dots" (people) on the group and argues that if there were a financial incentive for rubbing them out, everyone's actions would ultimately just be quibbling over how many dots they were willing to kill before feeling bad about it. Also, Greene was rather a WriterOnBoard about putting references to [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholicism]] in his writings, and so has Lime who is Catholic remark that his actions aren't harming anyone's soul and might even be a good deed by sending them to Heaven faster.
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* In Graham Greene's ''Film/TheThirdMan'', the AffablyEvil Harry Lime has sold diluted penicillin on the black market, causing many people to die horribly who had believed they were being treated. He famously justifies these actions on a ferris wheel by pointing to all of the "dots" (people) on the group ground below and argues that if there were a financial incentive for rubbing them out, everyone's actions would ultimately just be quibbling over how many dots they were willing to kill before feeling bad about it. Also, Greene was rather a WriterOnBoard about putting references to [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholicism]] in his writings, and so has Lime who is Catholic remark that his actions aren't harming anyone's soul and might even be a good deed by sending them to Heaven faster.
19th Oct '15 3:12:02 PM Paranoia
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* When Pain fights Manga/{{Naruto}}, he genuinely believes that his terrorist activities, and killing Naruto, will lead to something at least vaguely resembling world peace. When he gets called out for being evil not only does he give a sob story about how life made him as screwed up as he is he poses a simple question. What's Naruto's plan for peace besides killing him? To which our hero does not have an answer.
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* When Pain fights Manga/{{Naruto}}, he genuinely believes that his terrorist activities, and killing Naruto, will lead to something at least vaguely resembling world peace. When he gets called out for being evil not only does he give a sob story about how life made him as screwed up as he is he poses a simple question. What's Naruto's plan for peace besides killing him? him now that he's won their fight? To which our hero does not responds that he doesn't have an answer.a plan, ''but'' despite the fact that he can't forgive what Pain has done, he's decided to break from the cycle of violence and by ''not'' killing him.
19th Oct '15 3:03:58 PM Paranoia
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* Stanley the Tool in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' reacts to Parson calling his side "the bad guys" with a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0032.html tirade]] in which he declares that the sides in the war are not distinguished as "Good" and "Evil", but rather as "Holy" and "Unholy" (with [[MissionFromGod his side being the "Holy" one]], of course).
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* Stanley the Tool in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' reacts to Parson calling his side "the bad guys" with a [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/erf0032.html tirade]] in which he declares that the sides in the war are not distinguished as "Good" and "Evil", that the "Nobility" likes to put on airs but rather as they still rule through violence and fear. What there ''is'' is "Holy" and "Unholy" (with (i.e. the chosen of the Titans and those who try to defy their will) and their side happens to be [[MissionFromGod his side being the "Holy" one]], of course).which means destiny (or the plot) is on their side.

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16th Oct '15 5:25:57 AM Gallimaufry
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* Used to great effect in ''[[http://www.yudkowsky.net/other/fiction/the-sword-of-good The Sword Of Good]]''. Hirou is told that he's required to choose between Good and Evil in the final confrontation, which he assumes will be done by the Dark Lord trying to tempt him; he thinks it's stupid because he's determined to choose Good no matter what. [[Spoiler:In the end, the choice isn't so much "good or evil" as "which side do you think is good and which one is evil?", and Hirou realizes that his heroic compatriots aren't so squeaky-clean after all...]]
24th Aug '15 7:54:46 PM Discar
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-->-- Professor Quirrell - ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''
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-->-- Professor Quirrell - '''Professor Quirrell''', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''
25th May '15 4:30:07 PM TheXfromB
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* ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'' loves this trope, is Marian evil? Is Tresisda? Are cubes evil? According to Anika, the only true evil are political chaos and people with a short attention span.
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* ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'' loves this trope, is trope. Is Marian evil? Is Tresisda? Tresisda evil? Are cubes CUBES evil? According to Anika, the only true evil are political pure chaos and people with a short attention span.
25th May '15 4:28:29 PM TheXfromB
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* ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'' loves this trope, is Marian evil? Is Tresisda? Are cubes evil? According to Anika, the only true evil are political chaos and people with a short attention span.
29th Apr '15 2:56:50 PM Eagal
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That's really interesting and all, but not relevant.
->''"Lord Voldemort showed me the truth. There is no good and evil, there is only power, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18777_5-scientific-reasons-powerful-people-will-always-suck.html and those too weak to seek it]]."''
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->''"Lord Voldemort showed me the truth. There is no good and evil, there is only power, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18777_5-scientific-reasons-powerful-people-will-always-suck.html and those too weak to seek it]].it."''
4th Feb '15 8:15:22 AM poi99
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No trope potholes allowed in page quotes.
->''"Lord Voldemort showed me the truth. There is [[AboveGoodAndEvil no good and evil]], [[MightMakesRight there is only power]], [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18777_5-scientific-reasons-powerful-people-will-always-suck.html and those too weak to seek it]]."''
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->''"Lord Voldemort showed me the truth. There is [[AboveGoodAndEvil no good and evil]], [[MightMakesRight evil, there is only power]], power, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18777_5-scientific-reasons-powerful-people-will-always-suck.html and those too weak to seek it]]."''
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