Created By: AnairoDecember 6, 2009
Characters can represent a wide range of moral viewpoints. They can be completely good, completely evil, or somewhere in between. In general, however, they can fit into a Shades Of Conflict framework. Not these characters. Their sense of morality is so alien from anything most people follow, terms such as 'good' and 'evil' simply don't apply. There might be a logic behind their actions, it's just completely divorced from human experience. That doesn't make them bad, although they are often liable to commit acts we would see as horrific; in that case, they're likely to follow these with completely benign behavior, and not act as if anything was the matter. Because in their world, that's just what they do. Generally tends to refer to a non-human character, in which case the trope helps to emphasize its 'otherness'. Examples:
- The Fair Folk often are shown as practicing this, especially in modern (or very old) renditions. Good examples are found in the works of Neil Gaiman (such as The Sandman or The Books Of Magic) and Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell.
- The aliens in Childhood'sEnd.
- Merlin, in That Hideous Strength.
- While on the Neil Gaiman track, Thessaly would probably qualify as well.
- The mermaid in the Oscar Wilde short story "The Fisherman and His Soul." Although she did share in The Power Of Love.
- the Halloween people from The Nightmare Before Christmans.
- Animals can be like this in Real Life. Ever observed a chimpanzee colony?
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