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->''"Do not offer them riches, they care not for your coin. Do not offer them surrender, they care not for victory. Offer them nothing, for they come only to murder."''
-->-- '''On the [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]]''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

A common conceit of the sci-fi and fantasy genres (and especially games of those genres) is the notion of not an organization, not a clan, not a city, but an entire ''race'' of bad guys who [[CardCarryingVillain brag about how]] '''''Evil''''' they are. All of the racial members behave evilly, because -- let's face it -- ''Franchise/StarTrek'' would've been really boring if [[TheKirk Kirk]] had to interview every Klingon he met before punching them out. This may sometimes go so far that a FinalSolution against the defined-as-evil race is portrayed [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide in a quite cheerful light]].

Though the TropeNamer is ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', this trope is actually OlderThanDirt -- are there any myths and folk tales that ''don't'' have some creatures that are portrayed as always evil? Naturally, its subversions have also existed for quite a long time.

'''Note that the race can also be LawfulEvil or NeutralEvil. In fact, 99% of the time, it will be a race that simply is evil to the core, with some individual differences in their stances on OrderVersusChaos.''' The orcs in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are a perfect example: they are arguably a LawfulEvil race overall, even if [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder individual members are not.]] Just because there's an army of LawfulGood humans, doesn't mean that the evil army that opposes them can't also be lawful.

How, exactly, these folk have [[PlanetOfHats unanimously embraced one ethos]] (especially [[EvilWillFail one so detrimental to the survival of the group]]), when [[SillyReasonForWar humans have been known to kill each other over how many fingers are used in a ritual blessing]], is often unknown and [[MST3KMantra inconsequential]]. When the ethos is [[JustifiedTrope justified]], often the race is explicitly artificial in origin, rather than natural. Their nature is determined by the evil individual who created them as slaves/warriors/etc -- thus dodging the problem that ChildrenAreInnocent. This is often reinforced by having their society believe in AsskickingEqualsAuthority... and in this case, anyone weak (good) will be killed ''very'' quickly.

Expect the national dress to be SpikesOfVillainy and [[EvilMakeover black leather]], the reason for keeping pets to be [[KickTheDog kicking]], and their language to be the BlackSpeech.

The DefectorFromDecadence typically comes from this stock, usually with [[GoodWitchVersusBadWitch some qualifier]] or after having become an AscendedDemon. Having an ancestor from such a race usually qualifies a character's evil (or potential for it) as being "InTheBlood".

It's quite common for a fantasy BigBad to have an Always Chaotic Evil race at the ready to use as {{Mooks}}. It's usually justified as an [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil arrangement]] among the various PowersThatBe. The heroes are likely to be from races where good and evil are possible, to [[AlikeAndAntitheticalAdversaries contrast their differences]].

May be the subject of a GenocideDilemma. This is PlanetOfHats when evil is the hat. For evil professions like pirates and hitmen, see VillainByDefault. When a fictional character (whether human or a member of another fictional race) ''wrongly and unreasonably'' believes that a fictional race in his/her world is this trope, it's a case of FantasticRacism.

A member of a fictional race holding the same unjustified and false belief about humans would likewise be Fantastic Racism. For cases where humanity, aliens, or predators really are this trope, see HumansAreTheRealMonsters, AliensAreBastards and PredatorsAreMean. For tropes that include cases where animals are Always Chaotic Evil, see CatsAreMean, WickedWeasel, YouDirtyRat, and ReptilesAreAbhorrent.

Be careful when writing these: may lead to UnfortunateImplications.

See also WhatMeasureIsANonHuman, HardCodedHostility, MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch, and ScaryDogmaticAliens. Compare LawfulStupidChaoticStupid. Contrast AlwaysLawfulGood. Should not be confused with ChaoticEvil.

For [[SubvertedTrope subversions]] of this trope, when it turns out that {{Mooks}} or an enemy race are not necessarily bad, see NotAlwaysEvil.


!!Add Examples, ya scum! Get crackin! If ''[[EvilOverlord He]]'' catches you lollygagging, [[YouNoTakeCandle you knows]] what will happen!


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Most of the Saiyans in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' were said to generally be barbaric planet destroying bullies. Goku (being a unique exception in which he fell and hit his head as a baby) and a few other characters are the exception rather than the norm. The only other surviving full-blooded Saiyan who survived took ''decades'' of living among humans to even ''slightly'' mellow out. This is often overlooked by fans, which Akira Toriyama parodied in Neko Majin Z with the character of [[FatBastard Onio]].
* The Mazoku, from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Given that they [[TheHeartless feed on negative emotions]], they have a lot more reason to be this way.
** Also, they ''are'' [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]], whose stated goal is to [[OmnicidalManiac end existence]]. It's just how they were created. Oddly enough, the Dragons, servants of the gods, are oftentimes [[BlackAndGrayMorality morally ambiguous]]. [[spoiler: This moral ambiguity is a major point of season 3.]] Throw in that [[LovableTraitor Xellos]], a Mazoku, can sometimes be [[AffablyEvil friendly and helpful]] when not actively trying to end existence, and you get a fair amount of moral ambiguity. At one point Xellos [[spoiler:helps save the world, because he [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou and the Mazoku of the ''Slayers'' dimension want to end it themselves]]]].
*** Played utterly straight with trolls and other monsters (it is based on ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'', after all).
* It is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in ''Anime/MazingerZ'': The {{Mook}}s are zombies revived thanks to cybernetic implants by the BigBad Dr. Hell. Since he mechanized their brains, wiped their minds out to erase any memory of their former lives and any shred of independant thought and programmed them to be absolutely and unquestionably loyal and obedient, they have no choice other than being AlwaysChaoticEvil.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger:'' The Mykene play with this trope. The [[{{Robeast}} Warrior Monsters]] are HumongousMecha with the head of a Mykene soldier implanted in the giant mechanical body. Since the soldiers are indoctrinated to attack and wipe out anything non-related to the Mykene civilization, the trope is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. On the other hand, the commanders of the army display different personalities and honorable qualities (specially Ankoku Daishogun), and though they are not portrayed as ''good'', neither are they portrayed as proud of being ''evil'', but a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud race of warriors]] who want to return to the surface world after being forced to [[BeneathTheEarth live underground for millennia]].
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': At the beginning it looks like the trope is being played straight, but it is finally averted. Several of the Vegans are decent people and many of them are given redeeming qualities.
* ''Anime/CombattlerV'': For a while it seemed the trope was being played straight, but was ultimately averted. The Campbellians attacking Earth were not representative of the entire race, but a rebel fraction led by leaders constantly indoctrinating their troops into believing it is HUMANS who are AlwaysChaoticEvil. The greater part of the Campbellians were not presented as evil or harbouring ill will towards humans, and actually at the end [[spoiler:Deus, the Campbellians' true leader, came to Earth to stop BigBad Empress Janera personally, and vowed he would help to rebuild what Janera destroyed on Earth.]]
* Ditto for the mazoku from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln''. There actually are [[spoiler: two exceptions]], but the rest feel that their calling is to torment humanity ForTheEvulz (Sure, their whole race exists through magical power gained by [[spoiler: consuming human blood and souls, but regular mazoku cannot extract it]], so [[ForTheEvulz evulz]] still is the driving reason for their atrocities).
* Subverted in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' (although differently, depending on which version you're watching). In the manga, this seems to be the case at first (with Chrono being the only exception), but it turns out that the Sinners are more complex than that, and among other demons [[spoiler:most of them are simply following orders in a corrupt culture that can't even remember how they got that way in the first place, making them practically victims of a bureaucracy who simply refused to question WHY things were the way they were]]. In the anime, the Sinners are portrayed as more blatantly evil, while the rest of the demons seem contractually obligated to [[spoiler:play "villains" for God in order to keep humanity in line]], making them a bit more like {{Punch Clock Villain}}s.
* The crows in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' are shown this way -- justified because [[spoiler:they're characters escaped from a fairytale]]. They're so evil that even their ''blood'' can affect a character's personality.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', you can count EACH and EVERY member of Blue Cosmos/LOGOS (and, to a lesser extent, Earth Alliance) an irredeemably evil, racist bastard, with the most likable person being a BrainwashedAndCrazy super soldier who Shinn falls in loves with.
** But since Blue Cosmos is, by the period the series take place in, very clearly shown to be an organization of such people, completely gone off track from its original purpose, this shouldn't be a surprise. LOGOS just exists to keep wars happening because hey, it's good for business.
** The Veigans in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]] are all fanatically loyal to Lord Ezelcant without exception, deeming the extermination of all non-Veigans from their prized Eden to be a national goal/ideal.
* The New Blood, or, at least, those directly related to Sicks in ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro''. For a long time, they intentionally bred so that the most evil would be the ones to reproduce. Eventually, they actually became a separate species, according to Sicks.
* Lampshaded in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh!'' After it is revealed to the main character that he is [[MosesInTheBullrushes really a demon lord]] and must seek out his [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield ultimate weapon]]:
-->'''Yuri:''' ... a holy sword that you need to defeat the last boss.\\
'''Wolfram:''' A holy sword?\\
'''Yuri:''' It's not?\\
'''Gwendal:''' Of course it's a demon sword!
* The youma from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', who live entirely to eat humans. And the awakened beings, whose nature is also to feed on humans, but are far more dangerous.
** This probably has something to do with the fact that the youma are [[spoiler:manufactured. The chaotic bloodthirstiness of the Awakened Beings is implied to be a bug the Council is desperately trying to work out, or at least turn into ''directed'' bloodthirstiness.]] The youma aren't even truly evil [[spoiler:being mindless parasites. They mutate their hapless human hosts, driving them insane with a hunger that can only be satisfied by human flesh.]]
* The Diclonius from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' are viewed as beings that are hardwired to cause destruction and extinction among humans (with the exception of Nana), making them a near-[[ChaoticEvil literal]] example, though their behavior may also be influenced by the inhumane treatment they received [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters at the hands of humans]].
** Though, by the end of the manga, [[spoiler: we find out that the Diclonus are descendants of the Oni from ancient times (with Lucy being the only true genetic descendant), and that their need to kill humans stems from their demonic ancestors genetically encoding them to want to seek revenge on their destroyers.]]
*** But, [[spoiler: the man who believed that turned out to not be a Diclonius at all but rather have a case of atavism, bringing that whole origin into question.]] Lucy [[spoiler: was just the result of a mutation in her mother.]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', [[WitchSpecies witches]] are genetically predisposed to cause destruction, and indeed, [[BadPowersBadPeople it forms the basis of magical power in most cases]]. There is one case where a witch's magic can only be used creatively (i.e. healing), and she is an outcast because of it.
** Although AlwaysChaoticEvil is how [[ExtranormalInstitute the DWMA]] and most of the world view witches, Kid, the future GrimReaper and thus leader of the DWMA, starts to have his doubts after he discovers [[OrderVersusChaos that pure order isn't any better than pure chaos]]. While [[spoiler:trying to [[EnemyMine get help from the Witch Council]]]] he ultimately comes to the conclusion that [[spoiler:everyone has some sense of order ''and'' destructive instinct, even witches. He reasons that if they were really chaos incarnate, they'd never have formed a functional society. Conversely, he claims a destructive urge isn't necessarily a bad thing; humans can channel such things to a positive, so [[BadPowersGoodPeople witches must be capable of the same]].]]
* Hollows in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' are considered to be a race of evil spirits, driven to eating anything living or dead (including each other). Their more evolved "[[BishonenLine Arrancar]]" counterparts have been portrayed as having different dispositions, including Good (Nel).
* The evil, thieving, drunk, cowardly, scumbag-y mice from ''Animation/BlackCatDetective''.
* Vampires in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' are mostly like this. Good vampires, like Seras, are a very special exception. It is not clear if the transformation to a vampire brings out the worst of person or if all vampires are all irredeemably evil. It is possible that since the survival of a vampire requires killing people for blood and souls at some point all vampires simply give up to their bloodlust. At one point one vampire even comments on how he and his comrades can never enjoy things normal people enjoy, but are forced to live the life of a monster.
** Most of the vampires we see in the series were [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying Villains]] ''before'' becoming vampires, being vicious war-mongers. [[{{Ghostapo}} Who were also Nazis]]. In their case, becoming vampires didn't turn them evil. It just gave them fangs.
* Subverted with the Ill from ''Manga/MarchStory'', who seem like this at first before we see any of the good ones. The organization that hunts them still believes them to be this trope, though.
** The people Heuller kills were planning to kill Rodin, and she was just trying to protect him. Too bad he never found out about her reasons.
** The beaver woman was misguided, but she is shown to genuinely care for her (adopted)son.
** The possessed doll in chapter 13 never harms anyone, was only trying to entertain his owner, and killed himself so that the UnluckyChildhoodFriend could get lucky and get the girl.
* Pretty much every Uchiha in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', though [[UsedToBeASweetKid their past be sympathetic]], has sunk into evil. One or two Uchiha, such as [[spoiler:Itachi and Shisui]], are basically decent but have made some [[WellIntentionedExtremist very dodgy choices along the way]]. The reason for this has been revealed to be that [[spoiler:they get their power from [[LoveMakesYouCrazy love]]]].
* The Titans of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' eat humans, just because. They don't eat animals, and they can live for years without eating anything (they're actually solar-powered), so it's definitely not for nutritional value. In fact, they don't even have digestive tracts; as soon as their stomachs are full, they just throw up all of the body parts they've eaten. [[spoiler:Some of them are intelligent, but even they mostly side with the evil human-eaters, at least initially. Eren has some difficulty convincing his Titan body to not go berserk and pulverize any nearby humans.]]

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* The Wolrog Empire in ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' is composed entirely of NeutralEvil baddies.
* [[BigBad Torquemada]] in ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'' claims that all aliens are AlwaysChaoticEvil, although even he privately acknowledges that this is a lie given to justify the extreme FantasticRacism of his regime. The series, in fact, spent much of its early run subverting the common application of this trope to the more grotesque aliens.
* Subverted in Creator/DCComics of the early-to-mid SilverAge. That era almost invariably depicted alien cultures as having made a ''choice'' between [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire Good Republic and Evil Empire]]. Every alien race was assumed capable of both "good" and "evil", and "evil" regimes could always be overthrown, while "good" ones could always be subverted.
* Creator/MarvelComics has several examples:
** The Skrulls, the most recurring evil race and, in fact, the first one created by Lee and Kirby. The Kree are evil as well, but we usually see them though [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch a pariah]] [[DefectorFromDecadence that turned to the light side]] (usually using the name "Captain Marvel"), rather than as a full evil race.
*** Instances exist of good or good-leaning Skrulls, such as Ethan Edwards (RaisedByHumans) and Jazinda. And occasionally a Skrull who's gone native after impersonating humans for too long. They are rare, though.
** The Brood ([[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the aliens from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'') are depicted as inherently, irredeemably corrupt because of the [[BodyHorror evolutionary peculiarities of their reproductive methods]].
*** In ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'', Broodling manages to make a decent play at being good, but when she tried to reproduce, she ended up having to kill her own spawn to save some children from them.
** The Dire Wraiths from ''RomSpaceknight'' wholeheartedly embraced evil. Their planet was so supernaturally suffused with corruption that {{Galactus}} ''[[TooSpicyForYogSothoth couldn't eat it]].'' The Wraiths were about as close to being literal demons as a flesh and blood race can hope to be, and they took pride in it. While one Wraith did try to make a HeelFaceTurn after disguising himself as a family man for years and [[BecomingTheMask discovering love and kindness were actually pretty nice]], his comrades taught his son how to be evil, and the boy took to their lessons so well that he eventually murdered his parents. The Dire Wraiths actually enforce evil by indoctrinating it into their young so decent Dire Wraiths are the exception rather than the rule. [[spoiler:It also turns out they're actually a divergent offshoot of the Skrulls (or maybe the other way around), above.]]
** In Jack Kirby's ''Eternals'', the Deviants qualified abundantly. However, Neil Gaiman's 2007 reboot introduced considerable ambiguity into the picture.
* Prior to the DC reboot, the precursors of the [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter Green and White Martians]], the Burning Martians, were psychotic monsters that fed on flame and destruction.
* Creator/JossWhedon's "Breakworld" arc in ''[[Comicbook/XMen Astonishing X-Men]]'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] this trope with its portrayal of the eponymous PlanetOfHats. The Breakworlders, whose society is built around [[ForeverWar endless war]], are set up as the antagonists of the arc for fairly obvious reasons. But then it's revealed that [[spoiler: the true BigBad is the ultra-pacifist leader of a [[LaResistance resistance group]], who wants to end the wars by [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying the planet]] and [[OmnicidalManiac wiping out its entire population]]]]. The conclusion points out that, in a society where violence and tyranny are the norm, the truly "evil" people would be the ones devoted to peace. Accordingly, their actions would probably be far less moral and logical than the average people who simply believe what they were raised to believe.
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' shows more of the Decepticons' lives, aside from destroying planets and good-guys. The Autobot Ore mentions that his goal at the end of the war was to get a new alt-mode and befriend a 'Con as "they can't all be psychopaths right?". The story shifts to 6 Decepticons for an arc to show the mentality; they joke around, fail at their quest, and their leader tries to reign in the more eccentric of their group, but they also joke about killing organics, and rob their dead comrade instead of mourning him, because hey, he ain't gonna be needing those parts.


[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In crossover AlternateUniverse fics, usually with the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'', the Twelve Colonies from ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' are portrayed as psycho gun-happy Earth invaders, despite there being no evidence for this. Most of these fics are absolutely horrible [[FollowTheLeader derivatives]] of ''Fanfic/ReunionsAreABitch'', which laid most of the blame on the ''leaders'', and the Average Joe Colonial earnestly believed that they're doing the right thing and helping Earth with their invasion.
* The Muk and bug-type Pokémon in the PokeWarsSeries are portrayed as mindless killing machines.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fanfic ''The Council Era'', the dezban race are perceived as being utter savages by the rest of the galaxy. For the vast majority of the species, this became true after the Great War, but an exception is introduced in the dezban bounty hunter Sevalaus Morkaneto, who is both rational-thinking and far less aggressive than most of his brethren.
* The Uchiha are usually portrayed as this, except Mikoto, Itachi, Obito and, on '''rare''' occasions, Sasuke. [[spoiler:Obito is increasingly less likely to be portrayed as an exception, since he turned out to be the BigBad in canon.]]
* Subverted in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' with Discord's species, the Draconequi. While [[GoodIsNotNice they're not nice]] and have [[BlueAndOrangeMorality altered senses of morality]], they're for the most part out to help the universe keep running smoothly. Even their mother Entropy, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the End of the Universe, is only an OmnicidalManiac because it's essentially her job description. Discord is the only one that's actually genuinely evil.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTaleOfDespereaux'', even the narrator states that rats are always greedy, dirty, unheroic, and terrified of the light, with the exception of Rascuro [[spoiler:who falls to the dark side for a while after he tries ''not'' to be AlwaysChaoticEvil.]]
* The vikings of the film ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'' initially believe that all dragons are horrible monsters who will always go for the kill. This is later proven false when Hiccup befriends Toothless and a few other dragons.
* Disney applied this trope to [[Disney/{{Mulan}} Huns]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing hyenas]].
** And Pixar with [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Lemons.]]
* The WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda franchise has a few species that fall into this. The most notable examples are gorillas, crocodiles (with the exception of Master Croc; according to WordOfGod he did a HeelFaceTurn), and ''especially'' wolves. Snow leopards aren't shown in a very positive light either, considering that this is the species of both [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Tai Lung]] and the [[SiblingsInCrime Wu Sisters]].

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The Skeksis in ''TheDarkCrystal''. [[spoiler: Justified in that they're the other half of a species that accidentally split itself into good / evil races.]]
* The aliens from ''Film/IndependenceDay''
** '''99%''' of all AlienInvasion movies ever made. Because, you know, they declared war on us first, so they must all be evil! Exceptions and subversions include Film/{{District 9}}, Film/{{Predators}}, Film/{{Super 8}}, [[spoiler:{{Knowing}}]]...
* The alien invaders in ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' are an entire race of {{Monster Clown}}s, and are consequently all pure evil. They're essentially [[OurVampiresAreDifferent space clown vampires]], but rather than [[NonMaliciousMonster killing humans only to feed on them]], they're all utterly sadistic and genuinely enjoy murdering people in increasingly gruesome ways and laughing psychotically about it.
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' was criticized for [[UnfortunateImplications portraying the Persians this way]], although it is justified by the UnreliableNarrator...and the fact that the Persians are an ''invading army''. It's also implied that many of the Persian soldiers are {{Punch Clock Villain}}s cowering in fear of their god-emperor's might. It's only the immortals and literal demons who are pure inhuman evil.
* Gremlins from, well, ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''. Gizmo is the only member of the species who is good, and you'll notice that he never becomes a gremlin himself. The other Mogwai spawned from Gizmo also apply, but they're somewhat more benign than the full Gremlins.
** Most Gremlins are Always Chaotic Neutral[-/-]Stupid. It's really only Stripe who was pure evil.
** The AffablyEvil Brain Gremlin from ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' probably falls a little closer to Neutral Evil.
* The goblins in ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'' fit the bill pretty well. All of them want a tasty snack of the humans in the movie, and the best part is that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop they are all vegetarians too]]!
* The martians in ''Film/MarsAttacks''. Besides this one, relevant tropes include ForTheEvulz, ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption, and WeComeInPeaceShootToKill.
** The cards on which the movie was based subverted this, showing a much more peaceful organization of martians who opposed the invasion. Given that, in the same set, humanity invaded Mars, kicked their asses while the war machines were off to Earth, and it eventually ends in Mars blowing up, it leads to the most unfortunate of implications. Or further villainization of the aggressive side of the populace for ruining it for everyone.
* The Djinn race from ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}''. They're essentially demonic beings created at the dawn of time by God, and all their wishes boil down to a DealWithTheDevil, so this trope is to be expected.
* The Deadites in all three ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films, as well as the Army of the Dead in the third ''[[Franchise/EvilDead Army of Darkness]].''
** {{Justified|Trope}} as they're [[DemonicPossession possessed by demons and/or evil spirits]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has a very literal example of this in the form of the Tusken Raiders, who, as far as the movies go, never seemed to be portrayed as anything other than ChaoticEvil.
** In ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', they show up very briefly, and it's just to randomly shoot at podracers.
** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', they kidnapped and tortured Anakin's mother, killing her when Anakin finally shows up, though Anakin's massacre of them is treated as a KickTheDog moment [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim nonetheless]].
** In ''Film/ANewHope'', they are shown to be [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown savagely attacking]] random human beings into unconsciousness and [[KickTheDog stealing the vehicles of said unconscious human beings]].
** In the ExpandedUniverse there is one Tusken Jedi (actually a human foundling [[RaisedByOrcs raised by them]] who initially seems to be an exception. Then, after surviving Order 66, he becomes evil anyway when he embraces the Tuskens' ruthless culture. [[ComicBook/{{Legacy}} Fast forward a few centuries]], and he's a BigBad in his own right. The Tuskens' way of life is RapePillageAndBurn incarnate, so it's understandable that good people don't appear among them.
** See the 'Video Games' folder for a little more.
* The Bugs in ''Film/StarshipTroopers''. Although it's deliberately left unclear whether the Bugs started the war or if the humans did, they are absolutely merciless in battle and kill the humans without restraint. The second film makes it clear that they see humanity as this, regarding them as a virus.
* The Xenomorphs in ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. They seemingly exist for the sole purpose of killing everything on a planet. It is subtly implied that they are indeed intelligent, not just bestial animals, which simply makes them even more terrifying. [[spoiler:If you listen to ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', this is because they were ''designed'' to be weapons. They can't help killing everything in sight that isn't them, it's what they're ''for''.]]
** The ExpandedUniverse plays with the trope a lot. More than a few characters who start out believing the aliens to be pure evil on par with {{Satan}} himself eventually come to the conclusion that they're no more evil than a volcano or a tsunami -- simply a terrifying, destructive but ultimately neutral force which cares nothing for whatever morality its prey ascribes to it.
* The Subsiders in ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}''. The regular vampires feed on blood but retain enough human qualities for some of them to even be sympathetic characters, but the Subsiders are feral monsters that kill on sight and prey on vampires and humans alike.
* The Giants from ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer''.
* Bugs in ''Film/MenInBlack'' and [[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack its animated series]].
-->'''Agent Kay:''' Zed, we have a bug.
-->'''Agent Jay:''' And, what, we don't like bugs?
-->'''Kay:''' Bugs thrive on carnage, Tiger. They consume, infest, destroy, live off the death and destruction of other species.
-->'''Jay:''' You were stung as a child, weren't you?
-->'''Kay:''' Imagine a giant cockroach, with unlimited strength, a massive inferiority complex, and [[HairTriggerTemper a real short temper]], is tear-assing around Manhattan Island in [[HughMann a brand-new Edgar suit]]. That sound like fun?

-->'''Dr. Laurel Weaver:''' You don't want to eat me. I'm a very important person on my planet. Like a queen, a goddess even. There are those who worship me. I'm not saying this to impress you, I'm just warning you it could start a war.
-->'''"Edgar":''' War? Good! That means more food for my family! All 78 million of them! That's a lot of mouths to feed, your Highness!

* Orcs and goblins in the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' books are always evil. Dark elves are an interesting case -- in most books, they are portrayed as powerful and very, very evil, but in ''Night Dragon'', [[EnemyMine they become allies]] against the [[EvilerThanThou eviler]] [[BigBad Night Dragon]]. The first one the player meets explains that he doesn't want to see his entire race destroyed, just as the PC, a human, would not want to see all humans wiped out.
* The book ''Titan'', which serves as [[AllThereInTheManual the backgrounder]] for the world that most ''Fighting Fantasy'' books are set in, subverts this trope with the Halfhand brothers. The humans Rerek and Myzar Halfhand, and their human followers, invaded and slaughtered a nation of orcs that were living in a fertile territory that the humans wanted. The book {{Lampshades}} the fact that the humans were very much in the wrong in this case, since they were the ones who attacked the orcs first, even though the humans are also celebrated as the heroes!
* Both used and subverted in the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' franchise. Those beings created directly by [[BigBad Naar]], the [[GodOfEvil God of Darkness]], such as Agarash and the Darklords, have his essence in place of the souls that living creatures possess, accounting for their AlwaysChaoticEvil nature. Their servants, such as the orc-like Giaks, are evil only because they have never had any other choice, having been bred and used as warrior-slaves for generations. They do not know love, kindness, or compassion because they have never seen it, and readers are swiftly led to feel pity for them even as they kill and torture their way across the heroes' homelands. Also, anyone described as "swarthy" is ''not to be trusted'' (leading to some ''very'' UnfortunateImplications).

* In ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', we have a race which is Always LawfulStupid: the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat callous and bureaucratic]] Vogons. Douglas Adams came up with a justification for this which was put into the movie; the Vogon homeworld is covered in paddles that fly up and whack you in the face whenever you have an idea.
** Now, the Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax -- ''they'' were about as evil as one could get in ''Hitchhiker''.
---> "''... That was just the name of their'' '''race'''. ''The name of their army was something quite horrific.''"
** And ironically not nearly as dangerous as the amiable but misguided Krikkiters. Even if they [[spoiler:were finishing the job of the Armorfiends.]]
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] and/or [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] repeatedly in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** The [[PuppeteerParasite Yeerks]] are built up as a monolithically evil species who enslave other races because they're dicks. However, we later learn that Yeerks without hosts are almost blind and deaf, and can only swim about feebly in small pools; thus, the fact that they possess other species is understandable, if not commendable. Later still, we encounter Yeerks who do not agree with enslaving other species and either enter a voluntary commensal relationship, or live out their lives in Yeerk Pools. Even later, we find out that [[spoiler: the Iskoot, which consist of the 'isk' and the 'yoort' (the later of which is basically a yeerk) generate artificial bodies to live in which have no minds of their own.]]
** Taxxons are vicious, cannibalistic monsters who are constantly in the grip of an absolutely irresistible hunger, and who apparently voluntarily submitted themselves to Yeerk domination. However, they are also intelligent, and there is a group of rebels on their home world fighting against the Yeerks. Their vicious nature is a result of evolving on one of the harshest planets in the galaxy. In the end, [[spoiler:they all morph into pythons and live out their lives as animals to escape the constant hunger]]. The reason they volunteered themselves for controllership was ''also'' an attempt to free themselves of the hunger. This didn't work.
** The Howlers were a fascinating [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]]. They were created by the GodOfEvil / EldritchAbomination Crayak, and had spent at least thousands of years wiping out countless species across the galaxy for no apparent reason. Cassie, however, refused to believe they were Always Chaotic Evil if they were truly sentient. When Jake eventually morphs one and gets to experience its natural instincts, he finds out [[spoiler:that their minds are closest to ''dolphins.''[[note]]This book was written [[ScienceMarchesOn before we gained a better understanding of what dolphins are really like.]][[/note]] They're childlike and playful, and [[InnocentAliens honestly don't know that other species have sentience]] until the Animorphs infect their HiveMind with their own memories]]. They have no concept of death or suffering, since any Howler who experiences pain or injury is destroyed before its personal memories can enter the HiveMind. They basically think they're living in a giant game.
** The Hork-Bajir ''seem'' evil (they look like dinosaurs with knives growing all over them), but once we meet free Hork-Bajir, they turn out to be peaceful and good-natured. They didn't even have a concept of war before the Yeerks invaded their planet; when Dak Hamee first gets attacked by a Hork-Bajir-Controller, he ''cannot'' understand what's happening, since the thought of another Hork-Bajir purposefully hurting him had never occurred to him before.The blades growing from their bodies are for climbing and harvesting tree bark, their main food source. They were, in fact, genetically engineered by the natives of their homeworld to keep the world's decidedly fragile ecosystem stable by acting as a species of arboretum-keepers.
** The Helmacrons, an entire race of [[TheNapoleon Napoleons]] who run on InsaneTrollLogic.
* The Sranc (and similar races) in R. Scott Bakker's ''SecondApocalypse'' are Always Chaotic Evil to the point of routine [[KickTheDog canine injury]].
** They're referred to as "weapon races" on several occasions, and it's stated pretty specifically that the Consult used a combination of magic and stranger things (that is, science) to create them. We see one of the races' perspectives, and they're sex-crazed, intelligent dogs who get off on violence -- exactly as their creators intended.
* The good witches of Creator/LFrankBaum's ''[[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]]'' books were a subversion of witches as Always Chaotic Evil.
** As well, in TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the Wicked Witch's guards are expected to be the [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] version of this trope, but once Dorothy defeats the Witch, the guards thank her and praise her. This doesn't happen in the book, as it was explicitly stated that the Wicked Witch had enslaved the Winkies (the people of Western Oz).
* Subverted in most of the works of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs. Several races in his science fiction novels appear to be evil, but on closer inspection, it is usually revealed that they are evil because of some aspect of their culture rather than anything inherent.
** The vicious nomadic Green Men in his ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series turn out to be violent and sadistic with LackOfEmpathy because [[AbusiveAlienParents their culture disdains affection and families and actively punishes parents who try to treat their children lovingly or even find out who their children are (they lay eggs and randomly shuffle them before they hatch)]]. It does make them fit the trope as a result; the unusual part is that they're, nevertheless, not simply antagonistic all the time. The Thark nation often helps the good guys after it comes to be led by an individual who actually knows some personal affection, and because the other Tharks aren't too picky about their causes if it involves fighting under someone BadAss enough.
** The cannibal men of U-Gor in the seventh Martian novel turned to cannibalism out of desperation because their PresidentEvil enforced policies that led to starvation.
** The hideous Coripies from the ''Literature/{{Pellucidar}}'' novels are antisocial and violent because they kill women who have a lot of children to control their population, making women [[AbusiveAlienParents hate their children]], and men avoid sexual relations with any woman they like.
** The Mahar of Pellucidar seem to be evil at first, but turn out to have a sense of justice and honor. Also, the Mahar don't know humans are anything other than animals, since they are deaf and communicate through telepathy, and thus can't hear human speech. (Admittedly, missing human tool-using and technology, even of a Paleolithic culture like most of Pellucidar, seems pretty TooDumbToLive for a species which is supposed to be at least as smart as humans, probably smarter....)
** The Wieroo in the Caspak trilogy come a little closer, in that we're never explicitly told why they developed their sadistic religion. But when you discover that your entire race is doomed because you can't produce fertile women...except that you ''can'' reproduce with normal humans...who unfortunately consider you hideous monsters, and thus will never willingly sleep with you...well, it's still awful, but unsurprising that something had to give.
* The countries and, thus, races in the ''{{Belgariad}}'' are dramatically stereotyped: the Drasnians are sneaky {{Chaotic Neutral}}s or {{Chaotic Good}}s, while the Arends are all brash to the point of stupidity and definitely belong somewhere in a pseudo-medieval hierarchy. The bad guys are split into a number of groups, but can all be described simply as "bad guys".
** In the sequel series, the ''Malloreon'', however, the author takes great pains to humanize at least some of the bad guys, usually by adding them to the protagonist's adventuring party. At that point, the Angarak nations get more distinguished by their individual [[PlanetOfHats hats]] than the fact that they're evil.
** The author handwaves this by having the "races" be the product of selection by the gods: Chaldan, god of the Arends, values courage over brains. So when he got to select his chosen people, he picked accordingly, and things got predictably out of hand from there. Likewise, the Angaraks were bad guys in large part because they were driven to it by a bad god who wasn't pushing them in the sequel, being dead.
*** The author also justifies this in the ''Belgariad'' by stating that the three "bad guy" countries are controlled by [[ReligionOfEvil a rigid and invasive religious hierarchy of the cruel god]]. This means that, for the Belgariad, all the antagonists are products of a chaotic evil society. The most "liberal" of the three is still populated by people who fear the priest caste. The fourth "bad guy" country is governed by a more cosmopolitan and urbane group, and, thus, is less chaotic.
** The Nadraks and Thulls are never really presented as evil. The Nadraks tend to be more closely aligned with the Drasnians than their fellow Angaraks, and the Thulls are straight up victims of Angarak society and will quite happily surrender to any western force that happens by just to get away from the Grolims.
* The dark elves (a.k.a. moredhel, a.k.a. Brotherhood of the Dark Path) from RaymondEFeist's ''[[TheRiftwarCycle Midkemia]]'' series are presented as ruthless, murderous, and unscrupulous. In an interesting twist, they are of the same blood as the eledhel, the High Elves of the series. It's explained that their differences are solely cultural, and that their cruel tendencies are mostly due to the lingering influence of their former dragon rider masters, the destructive Valheru. They're shown to have grey areas, and have ProudWarriorRaceGuy and NobleDemon tendencies. Occasionally, a moredhel will leave his or her people and join the eledhel, after which, he or she is considered an eledhel.
** The Pantathians are snake-people who are described and shown to be [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent alien and destructive in their very natures, with no chance of redemption]] (even a Pantathian that's hatched from its egg minutes earlier will attack any non-Pantathian on sight). But they're justified by [[spoiler:having been created by an evil mistress as minions.]]
** The various extradimensional creatures, such as the demons and the Dread, neither of which have ever been shown doing anything ''besides'' trying to destroy the world and devour all life. They're too alien to life on our plane to coexist peacefully with it.
** The Dasati in the ''Darkwar'' subseries are introduced as AlwaysChaoticEvil, to the point that their society hunts down and kills their own pregnant women and children to ensure that only the strongest will survive their attacks, and there are no doctors or healers. However, we quickly learn that there is a secret society known as the White that is working to reform their culture, and they are not irredeemably evil.
** The one race in the Riftwar-verse that is utterly and irredeemably evil is the Valheru, a.k.a. The Dragon Lords. Beings of nigh-godlike power, who ride dragons throughout the multiverse, looting whatever worlds capture their fancy, and killing and eating all manner of other creatures, including each other. While not sadistic, the Valheru are power-hungry, completely immoral, and so powerful that they cannot be allowed to be free...well, anywhere.
*** Though the novels themselves point out that the Valheru aren't so much ''evil'' as they are ''other'' - they come from a time when [[BlueAndOrangeMorality good and evil were meaningless concepts]], unlike the modern world after new gods arose, and as such, can't really be allowed free reign anywhere in it because they upset the balance of the universe just by doing what Valheru do (which is to say, whatever they please).
* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, the species of a character alone will (almost) always tell you if they're good (mice, moles, shrews) or evil (rats, ferrets, stoats). Even one of the evil species who was ''raised in Redwall'' turns out bad, because it's apparently InTheBlood. Cats seem to be the only species to avoid this, as there are examples of good and evil cats in the series.
** Veil in ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} The Outcast of Redwall]]'' [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn turns good]] at the end of the book. However, he [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dies from it]].]] Bryony's theory is that he turned bad precisely because it was expected of him; he was always accused of theft when something went missing and generally treated like a bomb about to go off by the rest of the Abbeydwellers, so he started living up to their expectations out of spite.
** Then there's Blaggut from ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} The Bellmaker]]'', the only vermin who isn't evil from the moment of his entrance. He's a decent guy who gets manipulated by his traditionally-evil captain. [[spoiler:Eventually, he strangles the captain to death for having murdered the abbey's Badger Mother, and then leaves Redwall out of guilt. It's established that he pays it regular visits afterward, and the Dibbuns are very fond of him.]]
** And Romsca, [[spoiler:though she doesn't last very long either.]]
** The biggest exception to this rule is at the end of ''Marlfox'', when almost all of the rats under the Marlfoxes' control do a HeelFaceTurn and become peaceful.
** Brian Jacques, the author of the Redwall series, has explained on his website that most of his animal creations are based on the mythological interpretations of the animals -- wolves and foxes are sly and clever creatures, badgers are noble and proud, and birds such as sparrows are based on the author's personal observations of sparrows in his back yard.
** [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/bargain-book-bin-3.php Parodied]] by Website/SomethingAwful.[[note]]Note that in the second book, ''Mossflower'', genocide was explicitly rejected by the characters as a valid way to deal with their enemies.[[/note]]
* The various Shadowspawn from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' are a case of the "artificially created to be evil" variety, being genetically engineered to be the Dark One's slaves. With different kinds of Shadowspawn, we see different variations on this trope.
** [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Trollocs]] and [[WingedHumanoid Draghkar]] are exceptionally violent, bloodthirsty animals who are too stupid to know what they're doing is wrong.
** The ''gholam'' has human intelligence but is a straightforward living weapon and quite proud of that fact. However, he takes a dispassionate view of his purpose, and is not usually malicious, being more like a PunchClockVillain: he was created to be an assassin, so he assassinates. Also, he needs to drink fresh human blood to survive. As he puts it, "Fish must swim, birds must fly, I must kill."
** The Myrddraal, though, are definitely the creepiest - the commanders of the Shadowspawn, they are absolutely emotionless and driven to conquer the world for [[GodOfEvil the Dark One]]. They derive no pleasure from anything except inflicting pain (and they don't show it - the fact that they go out of their way to do it in the first place is the only indicator that they like it) and have a heavily implied fetish for raping human women, which almost always drives the victim insane (why they do that is probably best left unknwon). It's very telling that the Dark One himself uses a modified Myrddraal, Shaidar Haran, as his [[MouthOfSauron mouthpiece]].
* ''CthulhuMythos'':
** ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'': Have you ever seen a Deep One that wasn't evil or Cthulhu-allied, even in Mythos works not written by Creator/HPLovecraft?[[note]]OK, there was one in ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Jennifer Morgue]]'' by Creator/CharlesStross and another in ''The Trail of Cthulhu'' by AugustDerleth.[[/note]] In ''The Fuller Memorandum'', it turns out that one of them is working for The Laundy itself and does a phenomenal job there.
** Creator/NeilGaiman played with this in his short story ''AStudyInEmerald''. However, it does acknowledge the evil-alignment at the end, when [[spoiler:it is implied that the detective-hero is not actually Sherlock Holmes, but his antagonist, who is working against the evil he perceives in the Great Old Ones, ''is'']]. Considering that it's blatantly stated that the Old Ones eat people, and that the peace they brought to the Earth is one of terror and subjugation, I'd say he's not playing with it that much.
** It doesn't help that Lovecraft treats actual human "races" in a very similar manner (read the descriptions of the cultists in ''The Call of Cthulhu'' for a fine example), besides creating several inbred communities in rural America and the infamous fishmen of Innsmouth, who stand out as an ugly, racist metaphor concerning immigrants. The entire basis of Lovecraft's horror is set firmly upon the idea that anything alien or different is terrifyingly evil and he was apparently rather open about his xenophobia, even going so far as to tell his Jewish wife that he thought mixed marriages were a bad idea. To be fair, Lovecraft also had no trouble in writing about degenerate, barbaric white people, and did it with far greater frequency than writing against the blacks.
** His racism aside, the Always Chaotic Evil nature of the beings in the Lovecraft mythos was because their psychology and morality were normal to them, but [[BlueAndOrangeMorality completely alien to humans]].
** Averted in the case of the Elder Things. The narrator even praises their determination:
--> "poor Lake, poor Gedney... and poor Old Ones! Scientists to the last - what had they done that we would not have done in their place? God, what intelligence and persistence! What a facing of the incredible, just as those carven kinsmen and forbears had faced things only a little less incredible! Radiates, vegetables, monstrosities, star spawn - whatever they had been, they were men!"
** Also averted for the Great Race of the Yith in Shadow Out Of Time. What at first seems a rather straightforwardly, almost supernaturally evil plan, stealing the bodies of mankind as hosts for a race of time-traveling aliens, actually becomes rather sympathetic over the course of the story. The Yith aren't really aggressive so much as they're desperate to preserve the galactic heritage of accumulated knowledge that they tend, and are using body-switching as a last resort to escape from actual mindlessly evil beings they're losing a war against. They give their inadvertent captive freedom to move around and are even nice enough to explain things to him so that he doesn't freak out... essentially because they're being nice, as if they'd left him an incoherent broken-down wreck it would have concealed their activities completely.
*** Note that they're still planning to displace humanity, they just have a very reasonable attitude and aren't actively malicious about it, and kinda feel for us.
* Subverted in Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar.'' The Grindylows are set up like this, but it is revealed that [[spoiler:they are merely zealous defenders of hearth and home]].
* The Mijaki in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy'' that had to be contained with their own land so they wouldn't overrun the world, which they do.
* The Dead in Creator/GarthNix's ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy. They were originally humans, [[ZombieApocalypse but have been reanimated]]. They'll suck the Life out of anything even if they ''aren't'' allied under a necromancer. Being an animated, twisted sin against the cosmic order will do that to ya.
* The Urgals from Christopher Paolini's ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' seem to be this. Apparently, they've hated humanity from the get-go (and vice-versa), and when Galbatorix tries to convince his subjects that the Urgals weren't actually evil, just misunderstood, absolutely no one believes him. The Urgals are presented as primitive, monstrous creatures that have no issues with killing and will do anything to get what they want, which seems to be death to all the other races.
** Subverted later in the series, when we learn that Urgals have organized society and were misled by Galbatorix; they start helping the Varden after they realize what a screwup the whole arrangement was.
** The Ra'zac are this trope played straight.
* The Posleen from Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' series at first seem to be this - they are a voracious HordeOfAlienLocusts that loot worlds and eat the inhabitants. However, it is later revealed that they are genetically engineered SuperSoldiers created by a long-gone alien race, and are merely following their programming. Individual Posleen even show some level of nobility when they are viewpoint characters. [[{{badass}} Michael O'Neal, Jr]] even comments that he does not hate the Posleen, but if he ever runs into their creators, he'll ''really'' hate them.
* R.A. Salvatore plays with this trope in his TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt books]]. [[TheLegionsOfHell Denizens of the Abyssal planes]] fit the trope; drow mostly stay true, with one very notable exception (and a small group of Chaotic Good drow that end up dead); orcs were monolithically portrayed as such until Obould showed up and started civilizin' the lot.
* The Koloss in Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy, explained in the third book by appropriately horrific sorts of mutation and mind control. Played with in the form of Kelsier, the Legendary Hero Whose Name The Masses Whisper In The Iron Grip Of The Evil Emperor, who thinks of everyone on the opposing side as Agents Of The Darkest Evil Who Must Be Purged. Most of his crew, while on board with the whole rebellion thing, are deeply unnerved.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth stories have evil creatures mutated from natural ones by [[{{Satan}} Dark Lord Morgoth]]: Orcs, Trolls, Dragons, Werewolves, etc.
** As a devout Catholic who believed in spiritual salvation, the idea of a race of inherently or irredeemably evil creatures was one of Tolkien's major sticking points with his own work. He spent much of the latter part of his life as a writer trying to [[JustifiedTrope justify it]]. He never did come up with an explanation that satisfied him.\\
The makers of the [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings movie trilogy]] were concerned that the idea of a race being evil by definition [[UnfortunateImplications seemed racist]], claiming that [[ValuesDissonance in Tolkien's time, people didn't mind such stuff]]. Hence, the added scene where Uruk-Hai are created from the earth in Saruman's dungeons. This is not mentioned in [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the book]], but is one of the author's earliest ideas for their origins, as an attempt at the "artificial origin" justification. Tolkien later believed that evil cannot create new life, so the Orcs and other monsters must be bred and corrupted from natural people and animals.
** Orcs: In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the Elves theorize that Orcs were Elves tortured and corrupted by [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]], and in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' Treebeard voices a similar theory about Trolls being bred as a mockery of Ents. Both of these are beliefs of characters, which are never directly confirmed by the author. Another idea was that Orcs are generally just Human tribes and are "evil" precisely because of Sauron and Morgoth's magic. [[KeystoneArmy After the One Ring is destroyed, they scatter in all directions.]]\\
These later explanations of Orcs can be seen as an exploration of institutionalized abuse and slavery. While they may be a "species" genetically distinct from their Elf and/or Human ancestors, their evil cultures resulted from millennia of slavery, ReligionOfEvil, and deliberate corruption. They are less inherently evil than a race that's been warped by external forces into cannon fodder.\\
Perhaps the most tragic and frightening thing about Orcs and Trolls is that we can never know what they would be like if Morgoth and Sauron hadn't ruined them, or if any of them were able to grow up in a less cruel culture. They're never given the opportunity to be anything but evil. They're raised in cultures that encourage hoarding and greed and hatred, and the differences between them incite the violent tendencies bred into them by the Dark Lords. In an Orc society, cooperation would reduce your own chance of survival in a dangerous situation (i.e. leave your partner to the wolves and escape on your own). Sauron's propaganda also convinced them that their enemies, particularly Elves, were even crueller than Orcs, to discourage them from ever surrendering in battle.\\
In one letter, Tolkien points out that some Orcs display [[ProudWarriorRace courage and tribal loyalty]] if nothing else, and that they wouldn't have been able to function as well if they were ''completely'' evil. And he was generally quite good at giving individual Orcs distinct personalities.
*** In fact, Elrond explicitly states that, in the Battle of the Mount Doom, *all living beings except Elves stood divided*. So it is obvious that there are in fact good (at least for a certain definition of "good") Orcs and Trolls, just that we don't see them.
** Trolls: Aside from Treebeard's theory (above), Tolkien suggested that Trolls were artificially created from stones. Yet in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', William the Troll has mercy on Bilbo and insists that the other Trolls let him go. William "had already had as much supper as he could hold; also he had had lots of beer." The other Trolls also seem reasonable, but are concerned that there may be other 'burrahobbits' in the woods and don't want to be attacked in their sleep.
** Wolves: taking his cue from mythologies [[SavageWolves in which wolves are always evil]]. The only mention of normal, non-evil wolves is in ''The Fellowship of the Ring'' when Gandalf mentions that natural wolves would only attack people out of hunger.
** In the case of Dragons and Werewolves, the first ones were in fact {{Fallen Angel}}s and the others are their descendants, so you can bet they didn't grow up in loving, affectionate families. The {{Giant Spider}}s are also the descendants of a Fallen Angel or EldritchAbomination.
** Humans: The Easterlings, Haradrim, and other so-called "evil Men" were not as evil as they appeared. In fact, it is implied that they only serve the BigBad because of lies and promises made to them ([[ILied and never kept]]), or just fear of the Dark Lord. In the First Age, the [[Literature/TheBible biblical]] Original Sin took the form of the first Humans worshipping Morgoth out of ignorance. The evil Men come from cultures which never rebelled against Morgoth, whereas the good Men (including some Easterlings in ''The Silmarillion'') [[DefectorFromDecadence rebelled and fled to the western end of Middle-earth]].\\
In addition, many of the "evil" Humans of Middle-earth had legitimately suffered abuse by the Númenóreans in the late Second Age, who ruled over them as tyrants, taxed them heavily, often enslaved them and destroyed their livelihoods (e.g., by clear-cutting their forest homes), and abducted people for HumanSacrifice. Between that and Sauron's various propaganda and lies, they believed the folk of Gondor and Rohan to be evil and cruel.\\
Supplementary material has the last two Wizards starting rebellions against Sauron in their homelands. So the good Haradrim and Easterlings were busy dealing with problems in their own lands.
* The "Trolls" in ''Literature/TheApocalypseTroll'' by David Weber. Though only one is technically featured, the rest are described as just as psychopathic, manipulative, and [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]]. They're like robots, but with the apparent ability to choose not to kill everything in their path -- they just choose to do so, most of the time.\\
Unfortunately, they're not actual robots. They're [[BrainInAJar human brains, often cloned when "fresh" ones are unavailable]] -- and guess ''how'' they get the fresh ones -- which are then tortured horribly to the point where all they want to do is [[OmnicidalManiac kill everything]] in revenge for being made into what they now are. Given the choice, which they do ''not'' have, they'd turn on their masters in a heartbeat. Then go back to killing humans because it's "[[ForTheEvulz fun]]". Their creators, nicknamed the Kangas (and guess what they look like), are psychopathically xenophobic because of their religion that states that anything appearing as a non-Kanga is the Devil in another disguise.
* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''[[Literature/DragonKeeperChronicles DragonFire]]''; one of Leetu Bends' contacts is a bisonbeck ReverseMole, who has done a HeelFaceTurn.
* The [[NewJediOrder Yuuzhan Vong]] are initially introduced as being pure evil down to the last warrior, but it turns out that they're caught up in the stranglehold of a ReligionOfEvil that is manipulated by their insane leadership. Over the course of the later books, we're introduced to Vong who are more human, for lack of a better word, and in the end, a lot of them wind up doing a HeelFaceTurn or committing suicide when they find out that the gods they were fighting for were either horribly misinterpreted or (in one case) didn't exist at all.\\
Being ScaryDogmaticAliens is a cultural thing (due to living under a ReligionOfEvil for millennia). There's nothing in the Vong's genetic makeup that causes them to be evil, and several of them are given sympathetic POV's later in the series (Nen Yim, Harrar, Vua Rapuung -- even [[MagnificentBastard Nom Anor]] to an extent). Jacen explicitly says they're no better or worse than humans would be under the same situation.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, [=ShadowClan=] is always branded as this by everyone (particularly [=ThunderClan=]). Despite the fact that the only [=ShadowClan=] cats who were ever truly evil were Brokenstar and Clawface.
** The more recent books have subverted this with [=ShadowClan=] being nothing more than a rival Clan, and most opposition come from [=WindClan=] instead.
** Also subverted with ''Bluestar's Prophecy'', where [=ThunderClan=] faces the most opposition from [=RiverClan=], and never had to deal with [=ShadowClan=]. It seems that different Clans end up being seen as "evil" depending on the political atmosphere (''[=ThunderClan=]'' was actually branded as evil for a while early in ''Bluestar's Prophecy'' after their [[spoiler:unprovoked raid on [=WindClan=] camp]]).
** The cats tend to [[XenoFiction see]] [[HumansAreCthulhu humans]] (or twolegs, in the language of the clans) like this. After all, some people [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters bulldozed the entire forest the cats lived in]], forcing the cats to find a new home. Some humans run over the cats with their cars (or monsters) and [[BreakTheCutie injure the cats badly]] or [[KilledOffForReal even kill them]]!
* Played straight in the ''ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' with the Cavewights (though it is established that they weren't always evil), and subverted with the ur-viles. Despite their name, the latter are less evil than they are alien and inscrutable, and are allied with the BigBad only to advance their own ends. [[spoiler: In the second and third series, they apparently decide that helping the heroes advances said ends better. Unfortunately, as they either can't or won't speak English, we're not entirely sure what those ends ''are''...]]
* There are probably more examples in ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' than anyone would care to mention here, but just in the newest arc (which started only a few weeks ago) there is a race of Big Bads (who can't really die) who have genetically grown really bad mooks at their disposal, in almost unlimited quantities.
* The Grik in Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series, although "Always Lawful Evil" would be more accurate, and in the third book, the Alliance meets a member of a different but related species that's not evil. Further, in the fourth book, the Alliance finds some Grik who, [[spoiler:possibly as a result of being cut off from their army for several months, are willing to surrender and give peace a chance. Grik are berserkers, more or less; they '''don't''' surrender. But '''these''' do]].
* Although they don't go 'round cackling about it (much), the Melnibonean culture in MichaelMoorcock's [[TheElricSaga Elric]] series is evil by definition. Torture, slavery, betrayal, cruelty, sadism, and ruthlessness are prized traits in their "civilization." Essentially, the decaying race of Melnibone is a decadent form of [[EvilIsCool evil elves]]. Elric is by far the best of them, and he is a Grade-A AntiHero who betrays his kingdom because even he feels that Melnibone as a whole [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice just needs killin']].
** Melniboneans are, in fact, the inspiration for TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons' dark elves, which clarifies a few things.
*** And of Winnowill from ''ElfQuest''.
* The Others from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', from what little we've seen of them. Some fans find this disappointing, considering the otherwise heavily gray morality of the rest of the series's cast.
** The gray-ish morality is still somewhat present here, since the ArchEnemy of the GodOfEvil that the Others serve is an extreme example of GoodIsNotNice, and to a ''lot'' of characters it even looks more a case of EvilVersusEvil. That said, there are plenty of characters in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' who are and always have been blacker than black, such as [[TheCaligula Joffrey]], [[TheBrute Gregor Clegane]], and [[TortureTechnician Roose]] and [[SerialKiller Ramsay Bolton]], amongst others, and are arguably even ''worse'' than the Others, in terms of the evil they have actually commited on-screen.
** We have yet to hear about the Others' perspective on anything (they've appeared so little thus far), and G.R.R. Martin has hinted we might in the future.
** Also, there's at least one character who is implied to be a heroic Other.
* Subverted with the [[DarkIsEdgy Dark]] Court of TheFairFolk in ''WickedLovely''. They often seem to be AlwaysChaoticEvil, but as we learn more about them, it is increasingly revealed that this is not the case. They aren't evil, just cruel. They have to be, they feed off the darker emotions (rage, lust, fear, pain, etc).
--->"We are what we are, Niall. Neither as good nor as evil as others paint us." ~ Irial.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has the Fairies, most of which are Always ChaoticEvil, although Nac Mac Feegle are more Always Chaotic Neutral. And the Auditors, who are Always LawfulEvil (from humanity's point of view) [[spoiler: except, eventually, for Myria [=LeJean=]]]. And the Things from the Dungeon Dimensions, which [[EldritchAbomination are beyond human morality]], and often too stupid to understand it. And Demons, who are evil. Every other race, however, subverts this by being stereotyped as vicious monsters by humans but actually being mostly quite nice.
** Played with in ''Unseen Academicals''. Mr. Nutt learns that he is not a goblin as he has always believed; he is an orc, a race seen as this trope. He expects everyone to hate him, but the people of Ankh-Morpork are rather blase about it at this point, having dealt with and accepted (to varying degrees) trolls, vampires, zombies, and golems. "Mild interest" is the worst reaction he gets. In fact, it's the authorities (read Vetinari, Margolotta, Ridcully) that think once the truth gets out, both Nutt and the public will go insane from the knowledge, resulting in much violence from both sides. They end up ''really'' underestimating just how much weirdness the Ankh-Morpork public is used to (with most of the weirdness originating from the authorities themselves). The most interest Nutt gets is a fashion magazine article (everyone else is ''far'' more interested in the newest supermodel to hit town).It also plays with [[spoiler:Tolkien's idea that orcs are grotesquely tortured and mutated elves; in this case, yes, except replace "elves" with humans, because nasty as elves are, there's no one for inventive cruelty quite like a human]].
** Overall, Pratchett likes playing with this trope. Elves are ACE because of the parasitic nature of their home universe: we never hear of a pureblooded elf settling on Discworld, but half-elves exist and are morally no different from humans. Orcs were bred to be ACE but have ceased to be so now that the power that created them no longer exists. [[ClockworkVillain Demons are evil because it's their job]]; not all of them seem to enjoy it, or to be evil when they don't have to be. Vampires have a predatory culture and a major corruption-of-power issue, but are still perfectly capable of rubbing along with other species. Noble dragons are brutal and merciless because that's how people imagine they are, but one is still horrified to learn that humans can be that way ''and claim it's good''.
** In the rare case when a '''genuinely''' evil villain appears in Discworld, it's usually either a human psychopath (Teatime, Carcer, Duchess Felmet) who plainly enjoys being one, or a product of human cruelty (Spider the Rat King).
** The moul in Pratchett's ''The Carpet People'' are this but it was his first novel, written and published when he was seventeen who in the Author's Note at the beginning of the rewritten and reissued edition is stated as having very different ideas about what fantasy was all about than he does now. Even so they are the way they are because they've mistaken a natural [[spoiler: sort of. It's implied that The Fray is just a human vacuuming]] phenomenon for a God of Destruction and think they're just obeying It's will.
* In ''TheGuardians'', both the nosferatu and the demons are AlwaysChaoticEvil. Justified in that the demons are [[FallenAngel FallenAngels]] who followed Lucifer in his rebellion against God, and the nosferatu are the angels who did not choose a side and were cast down to Earth.
* The Garuns in the ''Literature/GreatAltaSaga''.
* From ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** All three kinds of vampires are regarded as this by the White Council, and it's largely accurate. Black Court vampires are straight-up killing machines, Red Court are vicious predators who can at least put on a veneer of humanity to manipulate their victims, but are completely dominated by bloodlust. White Court are a subversion (or possibly deconstruction) - they are essentially composed of a human and demon in symbiosis, and while the demon is an AlwaysChaoticEvil predator, the human is capapble of good or evil (though resisting the demon when it's hungry is nigh impossible, so most White Court vampires never even bother - with rare exceptions like Thomas).
** Ghouls are vicious, predatory creatures who tend to be the supernatural community's go-to Psychos for Hire.
** Winter Court fairies aren't neccesarily ''evil'' (BlueAndOrangeMorality is in full swing with ''all'' fairies) but they're pretty uniformly harsh, unforgiving, and dangerous, even when they're legitimately trying to be helpful.
** Demons are a pretty straight example, as are Fallen Angels (though in this case, they're Fallen ''because'' they're evil, not the other way around).
* In ''Jim Butcher's'' ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, this is averted and played straight. The Marat, Canim and Icemen are all considered mindless killing machine races by the Alerans, [[spoiler: until Tavi gets to know them.]] The Vord play this straight, obeying mind-controlled direction from their Queens, whose Purpose is to subsume all life into their race.
* Justified in Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series. The Changed who make up the majority of New Destiny's military forces may be innocent victims, but thanks to the engineering of MadScientist Celine Reinshafen, they're evil, raping, pillaging, killing machines to the core. When they aren't just DumbMuscle, who are also evil.
* Played with the Fammin in the ChroniclesOfTheEmergedWorld. They were created by the resident BigBad Aster as his faithful and ruthless soldiers, but there are some members called the "Wrong Ones" who have feelings and free will, but are forced to obey orders as their names [[IKnowYourTrueName are magical spells]]. [[spoiler: After Aster's death, the Fammin lose any hostile behaviour, and so the free people decide to let them live in peace.]]
* Trolls and Goblins in Literature/ShadowKeep. Averted by the LawfulNeutral [[LizardFolk Zhiss'ta]].
* The title race in S.M. Stirlings ''Shadowspawn'' series, except for Adrian, the DefectorFromDecadence, although since Adrian is that way from having been kidnapped and raised by a human, it's implied there might be hope for others, [[spoiler: which is why he kidnaps his children in the second book from [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister, their mother]].]]
* Trolls in ''Literature/{{Liavek}}'' are ''said'' to be this. It's hard to be sure, since only one troll is shown. He fits, but since we never see another one...
* Ewu are treated this way in ''Literature/WhoFearsDeath'', because they are the product of violence, they are expected to become violent in their future.
* In the ''TheBerenstainBears'' cartoon and spin-off ''Bear Scouts'' series, the weasels, led by Weasel [=McGreed=] are depicted this way. Every weasel character encountered by the protagonists is evil, with no exceptions.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', certain races, such as Ogres, Hags, and Minotaurs, are always this way. In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', Caspian and his followers immediately reject the idea of recruiting the few surviving Werewolves and Hags for their army, even though they have a common enemy. Partially averted in the second and third films, in which the Minotaurs have [[HeelFaceTurn undergone a hoof-face turn]].
* In WenSpencer's ''Literature/{{Tinker}}'' series, the oni. Their chief characteristic is a total LackOfEmpathy. They do not exterminate other races, though -- they use them for breeding stock.
* The Weavers from ''Literature/WeaversOfSaramyr''. This is a group who, after Weaving, lose themselves to a post-Weaving mania that can be satisfied in a variety of ways including painting or singing, but more often than not takes the form of rape, necrophilia, coprophagy, torture, cannibalism and any number of other depravities that they no longer have the conscience to inhibit. This is in addition to their overall goal of [[spoiler: transforming the world into a barren, volcanic, mortal aspect of a god of destruction who wants to kill all the other gods and conquer existence]].
* Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageKnight: The shadows attack humans and cause destruction without reason or provacation. The ending, though, implies that some are sentient and may have some sort of EvilPlan beyond mindless killing.
* Dementors from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. This is a race that cares for nothing except [[EmotionEater sucking up human happiness]]. The only way to get them on your side is to give them a bunch of human souls to suck on. Even if you can do that, they'll turn on you the second someone else shows up with a better deal. To make it even scarier, they're apparently capable of breeding ''and'' immortal. This is averted, however, with some races which are normally given this treatment. For example, goblins are TrueNeutral {{Loan Shark}}s, but they're not considered inherently evil.
* In the ''Literature/InCryptid'' universe, the telepathic predators known as "cuckoos"; the Price family, whose entire deal is peaceful cohabitation with nonhumans, has a shoot-on-sight order for them. Every cuckoo is by human standards an insane sociopath, literally from birth; pregnant cuckoos spend nine months telepathically immersing the fetus in their worldview, and by the time the kid is born, the conditioning is in deep. The only known exceptions are a cuckoo with no receptive telepathy and the adoptive daughter she spent a great deal of time deprogramming.
* The kif from the ''Literature/ChanurSaga'' have nothing resembling a conscience or sense of morality. Their entire society operates off of IFightForTheStrongestSide, and a résumé from a kif would be a rap sheet in any other civilization.
* The Ix from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
** Voss ,well, he ''is'' possessed by the Ix.

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* The orgs of Series/PowerRangersWildForce, or so it seems at first: TheEmpath Cole gets nothing from them saying they lack hearts entirely, but the BigBad is [[spoiler: a former human, who ''also'' registers as truly heartless]]. Also, in the end, the three main Duke Orgs reform. There's good in [[spoiler: a Merrickless Zen-Aku]] but not [[spoiler: Dr. Adler]].
* Cylons in the original ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]]''. The Cylons in the original series were not created by humans, but by a different and now-extinct race. They were more like a weapon that got out of control than a species in their own right, as the newer series's Cylons were.
** The [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined 2000s Battlestar]] is [[GreyAndGrayMorality considerably more nuanced]]. Indeed, the logical impossibility of an AlwaysChaoticEvil race is Helo's argument against [[spoiler: the proposed genocide of the Cylons]] in the episode "A Measure of Salvation". He really hammers home the point when talking to his Cylon wife, after she says she "chose to be a person."
--> "You were a person before you put on that uniform, okay? You were a person before I fell in love with you."
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': The Drakh are this trope. They are portrayed as universally obsessed with exacting "revenge", at all scales from MindRape to genocide, over all other races, for the departure of the Shadows. The species has no internal "good guys", deeper motivations, or other redeeming qualities.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''; the escaped souls are often evil, and [[AlwaysChaoticEvil one would expect them to be]], but at least a few were shown to have been genuinely good people who made horrific decisions, or. in at least one case, were doing what they believed to be the best, only to then be judged by another religion's values, after dying. One was even so genuinely contrite and seeking redemption [[spoiler: that he was taken to heaven instead of sent back to hell upon his recapture]].
** The show ''Series/{{Reaper}}'', which has a similar premise, has an episode introducing a soul who was fighting to control murderous impulses. He eventually acknowledged that the best thing was for him to go back to Hell until he sorted himself out.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', this applies to vampires, who lose their human souls (and thus, their sense of right and wrong) along with their humanity. Interestingly, this isn't true of other kinds of demons, especially in ''Angel'' and the later seasons of ''Buffy;'' some are always evil, but some may be neutral, and there are apparently even "good demons" dwelling on other planes of existence.
** This is an unusual case because, even though the show's vampires are explicitly AlwaysChaoticEvil, ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' gives many of them engaging and unique personalities, undercutting the usual (narrative) reason for this trope, which is to provide a supply of faceless, evil {{mooks}} who can be killed without MoralDissonance.
*** Further subverted by characters like Spike and Harmony - despite being evil, both were capable of caring about human beings (the Summers girls and occasionally the witches for Spike; Cordelia and Fred for Harmony) and being voluntarily helpful towards those they liked. Harmony even stopped killing people so that she could advance in a workplace run by the "good guys".
*** This also leads to FridgeBrilliance, as vampires and demons were presented as AlwaysChaoticEvil, but became more and more grey as the series went on. The clincher? They were presented to Buffy this way through the Watchers' Council, a conspiracy that was slowly revealed to be corrupt and full of KnightTemplar tendencies at the same time that complexities began showing up in the initial "demons are AlwaysChaoticEvil" mantra.
*** In addition, when all the main characters' memories are wiped in "Tabula Rasa", Spike does not re-discover his thirst for human blood, not even realising that he is a vampire until he vamps out during combat, which could suggest that vampires in the Buffyverse do not in fact fit this trope.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a few of these, although they usually have a [[JustifiedTrope reason]]. For example:
** The Daleks: mutated aliens in travel machines who are only capable of hate and negative emotions due to being bred that way by MadScientist Davros. They simply are made to believe Daleks are a supreme race and, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens unless events outside of their control are threatening reality with oblivion]], everyone else deserves to die. [[ScaryDogmaticAliens They're]] [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis]] (in the serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]", we learn that Davros "removed the brain cells of the conscience" from the proto-Daleks -- a feat that would be, to put it mildly, challenging). In fact, the Daleks are so evil that [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS1E6Dalek when one of them realizes he's developing a conscience, he decides to commit suicide]].
*** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E9TheEvilOfTheDaleks The Evil of the Daleks]]", a sub-species of "Good Daleks" is created by the Doctor infecting them with the "Human Factor"; that is, human emotions and a sense of conscience. This results in a full-scale civil war between the two factions which allegedly destroyed the entire species. Terry Nation, the Daleks' creator, had planned to license them out to a US network for their own show, and expected that they would not be available for ''Doctor Who'' for the foreseeable future ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Evil_of_the_Daleks the idea went nowhere]]). When the Daleks eventually returned five years later, some dialogue was filmed explaining that the "Good Daleks" had been wiped out, but this was edited out, leaving their canon fate ambiguous.
*** A story in Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine's Eighth Doctor comics, "Children of the Revolution", was all about the Doctor and Izzy meeting the Human Factor Daleks, who survived and were hiding peacefully in the oceans of a planet about to be colonized by humans. [[spoiler:The story ends up with the entire Dalek colony sacrificing themselves to stop the Big Bad, though.]]
*** The Daleks' evil was hammered home '''really hard''' in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks Evolution of the Daleks]]".
-->'''Solomon:''' Daleks, ain't we the same? Underneath, ain't we all kin? See, I've just discovered, this past day, that God's universe is a thousand times the size I thought it was. And that scares me. Oh, yeah, terrifies me right down to the bone. [[HopeSpot *Hopeful music starts playing* ]] But surely it's got to give me hope, hope that maybe, together, we can make a better tomorrow. So, I beg you, now, if you have any compassion in your hearts, then you'll meet with us, and stop this fightin'. Well... what do you say?
-->'''Dalek:''' Exterminate! [[BlackDudeDiesFirst *Shoots him* ]]
*** Strangely, though, "Evolution of the Daleks" also gives us [[spoiler:possibly the first fully canonical example of a non-evil Dalek not created by forces outside the Daleks themselves, with Dalek Sec after he becomes a hybrid - granted, this is due to his absorption of human DNA.]] Later, in the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]", [[spoiler:Dalek Caan is also revealed to have performed a HeelFaceTurn after looking into the Time Vortex and coming to truly see the Daleks as they are, making him the first pure Dalek in show canon to HeelFaceTurn.]]
** The Cybermen: the originals had lost all their emotions due to replacing almost all their body parts with machinery, and couldn't see ''why'' someone wouldn't want to "Become like us". The new series' version is closer to the Daleks, but still have the desire to convert instead of just killing everyone.
** The Sontarans: {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s who [[BloodKnight worship war]]; they're all clones of one guy, churned out by the trillions to fight an endless war against shapeshifting green blobs. And they fit into this trope as being Sometimes Lawful Neutral, since their actions always have a military objective and, [[LawfulEvil unless they involve Earth]], are not good or evil at face value.
*** The best subversion of this would be the Sontaran in the episode "A Good Man Goes To War". After being punished for something his clone pod did, he's forced into the worst Sontaran punishment possible - caring for the weak and dying - a nurse. He goes around healing the people wounded in battle, nursing newborns, and even comes to help the Doctor rescue [[spoiler: Amy and her child]]. In the end, when he's [[spoiler: killed in battle]], we discover that he no longer considered himself a warrior.
** The Weeping Angels: Abstract alien entities from the "Dark Age" of the universe when the Time Lords were ascending to prominence, known to be filled with all manner of evil creatures. They are, apparently, the ideas of living things come to life to torture and kill us, which is a pretty scary concept. Their normal way of killing someone is actually rather nice- they send you back in time to a point where you can lead a full and happy life, dying eventually from old age long before you would have normally. They do this because they feed off of your "potential" energy, that you would have used. They can also kill you and feed off your potential energy that way; in "The Time of Angels," they kill people, and rip out at least one spinal cord to use as a communications device.
** [[spoiler:The Silence: have manipulated thousands of creatures over millenia, you look away from them and forget that they were ever there. Implied to have caused the TARDIS to explode at the end of series 5, which would have [[ApocalypseHow destroyed the Universe]].]]
** In many ways, the Time Lords are also this, with the Doctor himself being the Drizz't of the bunch (and perhaps a few others like the Corsair, Romana, etc).
*** ''The End of Time'' reveals that, [[spoiler:if the Time Lords weren't AlwaysChaoticEvil to start with, they certainly were by the time the Doctor ended the Time Wars. Indeed, the episode reveals that the reason the Doctor's genocide of the Daleks was so horribly incomplete was because ''he wasn't actually focusing on them'' - he considered the Time Lords a much greater threat to the universe than the Daleks were. From what we see of the revived Time Lords in that episode, he was right to consider them that - it's extremely disturbing when ''The Master'' ends up being one of the least evil members of your race. It's highly implied that [[OmnicidalManiac Rassilon]]'s iron-fisted crushing of everyone who stood in his path was a large part of the reason the Time Lords became such a threat though - anyone who openly questions his rule is simply disintegrated.]]
*** Throughout the original series, the Time Lords tended to be portrayed as LawfulStupid at worst, with the possible exception of ''The Trial of a Time Lord'' when they are revealed as the true villains (and even then the leaders responsible are deposed at the end). ''The Day of the Doctor'' [[spoiler: twists the new series' perception of the Time Lords big time, showing a general populace away from the genocidal High Council who are merely InnocentBystanders and portraying the military authorities as basically good people doing their job. In the end, the Doctors choose to reverse their original decision and save the Time Lords, and in the following episode ''The Time of the Doctor'' they repay the favour by saving his life.]]
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* The Reavers in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. It's never quite explained why they don't kill/rape/eat each other, even though they travel in such massive groups.
** As revealed in the movie, ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', [[spoiler: Reavers are infected with a chemical agent that, in .1% of the population, causes uncontrolled aggression.]] Given that Reavers mutilate themselves for no reason at all, the idea that they don't rape/kill/eat each other is probably because other Reavers wouldn't care about having it done TO them. [[spoiler: On their home world, they didn't attack the 99.9% who simply became overly passive, most likely because the "passives" wouldn't have given a crap either way.]]
** And that woman was part of a team sent to investigate why all communication with the planet had stopped. When the crew of Serenity check out the place, they note that everyone just laid down and died, and there are no signs of violence whatsoever.
** One could use the facts of the movie to {{Retcon}} "Bushwhacked" as the lone survivor of the ship being the only one of the crew to react in the "Reaver" way to [[spoiler: the Pax.]] The Reavers, who can sense this, left him alone and murdered the rest of the crew in front of him, then left him to change as a second booby-trap (the first one being the little thing that Kaylee had to disable to free Serenity).
* The Goa'uld of ''Series/StargateSG1'' have a BizarreAlienBiology that includes genetic memory, meaning that every new Goa'uld born inherits its parents' evil tendencies. The only non-evil ones ever seen are the Tok'ra, an offshoot who are all the children of a single rogue Goa'uld queen. Outside of the Tok'ra there's merely a little variability in ''how'' evil an individual Goa'uld is ([[SatanicArchetype Sokar]] and [[OmnicidalManiac Anubis]], for example, are considered monsters [[EvenEvilHasStandards even by their fellow Goa'uld]]), and a few like Yu and Ba'al are just a more pragmatic evil.
** According to the tabletop RPG, occasionally Goa'uld would genuninely defect to the Tok'ra and join the fight against their brethren, those this was rare.
* With the occasional episodic exception (usually in the form of recurring character "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Todd]]"), the Wraith in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' also fit this trope. While their treatment of humans is explained by the fact that [[ToServeMan we're essentially tasty cows to them]], they're still excessively sadistic about it. Wraith society seems very ruthless and survival-of-the-fittest oriented. I.e. the KlingonPromotion seems widely accepted, and Queens are often shown treating their subordinates like dirt. Not that there weren't historical human cultures that largely shared these values. They seem to have dialed it back ''slightly'' in the last couple of seasons of the show, with slightly less LargeHam gloating from some of the Wraith characters. Also, in "The Queen", the Wraith Commander expresses concern over the lives of his men, and the enemy Wraith.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** The Borg in the later series. Except for individuals like Hugh, and some kind of subconscious [[TheResistance resistance]] on Voyager.
** The [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] played with this trope in regards to Klingons. Most Klingon captains tend to fall into this, but some episodes (notably "The Day of the Dove") make a point to show that this is more a perception/stereotype our heroes have of them than an actual truth. Klingons are "the enemy", but not necessarily AlwaysChaoticEvil. Though episodes like "Day of the Dove" were the exception rather than the rule. [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier The fifth movie based on the series]] was another exception. With [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry the sixth original series film]] and ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', portraying Klingons this way was abandoned altogether.
** Likewise, Ferengi were portrayed this way on ''Next Generation'', but not ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''.
** Initially played straight with the Jem'Hadar in ''Deep Space Nine'', with an infant Jem'Hadar who quickly turns out exactly how everyone warned Odo he would. But eventually averted with a few individuals later, who show some traits of ProudWarriorRace (mostly these are [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness immediately killed]]). The Jem'Hadar and Vorta were both justified as species genetically manipulated by [[VoluntaryShapeshifting The Founders]] to fight their wars for them. Both were addicted to a substance only the Founders could provide, and were indoctrinated in the idea that [[GodGuise the Founders were gods]]. Generally, they were {{Expendable Clone}}s, although [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep the Female Changeling]] did seem to [[PetTheDog mourn]] Weyoun #8's death.
** ''Spectactularly'' averted with the Romulans. Even though they are TheFederation's oldest and most persistent foe, most Romulan characters are depicted as being nuanced, sympathetic, and extremely honourable, even if they are a little arrogant or deceptive. Even the unambiguously villainous ones like Tomalak are depicted more as a WorthyOpponent than anything else. Interestingly, probably the most evil Romulan in canon, Commander Sela, is a HalfHumanHybrid.
** Played straight (with one exception) with the Kazon on ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''; they were featured almost constantly on the show's first two seasons, and yet never recieved any significant CharacterDevelopment or manifested any redeeming features whatsoever (not even in the form of [[DefectorFromDecadence defectors from decadence]]). The sole exception was the episode ''Initiations'' which gave the Kazon some motivation, and showed that the possibility of redemption existed in a few of them. Sadly, that was the show's only attempt to give the Kazon some depth.
** [[spoiler:Subverted]] in the ''Voyager'' episode "Nemesis". The Kadrin are a monstrous race who look like beasts (and are constantly called that), have [[EvilSoundsDeep threatening voices]], and are engaging in a genocidal war against the human Vori. Chakotay crash lands on the planet, and after witnessing all their atrocities, joins the Vori Defenders' cause. [[spoiler:He had actually been captured and brainwashed by the Vori to believe this, so they could recruit him as a soldier; none of the events were actually real. The Kadrin are in fact the good guys, and helped the Voyager crew to find him. When Chakotay meets with the friendly Kadrin ambassador, he can't shake the hatred that he developed for them.]]
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' the Magog are obligate carnivores who need to kill their prey themselves to start the digestive process, prefer sentient "food", and lay their eggs in the stomachs of other humanoids. Nietzscheans are genetically engineered superhumans who follow a themepark version of Creator/FriedrichNietzsche's philosophy mixed with a heavy dose of SocialDarwinism and overthrew the Systems Commonwealth causing the Long Night. But the Andromeda Ascendant's crew includes one of both species, Rev Bem is a Magog converted to a non-violent religion called Wayism while Tyr Anasazi was a Nietzschean mercenary who saw the Andromeda as a way to further his own interests.
** Although, in season 3 Tyr left the crew and tricked the major Nietzschean Prides into believing he was the genetic reincarnation of their founder Drago Museveni and attempted to conquer the galaxies. He is then replaced by Telemachus Rhade, a descendant of loyalist Nietzscheans who were [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch rather ashamed]] of the rest of their species.
* In the miniseries ''TheNorthandtheSouth'', anyone who is not on the side of the Mains or the Hazards is chaotic evil:
** Justin, the man who marries Madeline beats her and gets her hooked on drugs so she can't think for herself.
** Major Bent is nothing but evil.
** Similarly, Orry's sister, Ashton, relishes in evil acts and does bad things just to spite others.
** The overseer rapes the slaves and tries to kill Charles Main.
** A guy who gets in a duel with Charles Main tries to cheat him by loading his weapon wrong to give him an advantage.
* By the time ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus Vengeance]]'' rolls around, every single Roman is at best a total {{JerkAss}}, and at worst (and more likely) a complete monster. ColdBloodedTorture is a ''pass time'' for them, and their cold hearted execution of prisoners. As well as their manipulations of the idiotic populus.
** Deconstructed in ''War of the Damned''. Many Romans are introduced who are simply innocent civilians caught up in a war, Crassus comes off as a NobleDemon, and many of the rebels act like psychotic murders and rapists.

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* Demons/fallen angels in ''Literature/TheBible''. Justified in that, supposedly, they wouldn't have fallen if they weren't already evil.
** Any ethnic group who opposed [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality the Israelites]] are portrayed this way in ''The Bible''. According to ''The Bible'', the Canaanites were so uniformly evil that {{God}} Himself commanded a genocide against them. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Whether you agree with this assessment or not is another matter, which]] '''[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment shall not be discussed.]]''' Controversy about this is far from new; the Jewish philosopher Maimonides, for example, claimed that even God's command against the Amalekites was invalid if they practiced [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noachide_laws the Noachide Laws]]; perhaps they broke them by eating the testicles of gelded cattle?[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke Because one of the Noahide Laws is not to eat the flesh of an animal while it is still alive]]. It's a joke, people.[[/note]]
** Arguably, the Canaanites, though there are exceptions like Ruth and Rahab, both who are rewarded by becoming ancestors of {{Jesus}}. Still, many passages are devoted to just how they are about to be smited. Ultimately subverted, though, as the great multitude of the Redeemed includes ''every'' tongue and tribe.
*** The '''ENTIRE WORLD''' was this in the time of Noah, hence why God decided to pull a KillEmAll with the GreatFlood.
** Occasionally, you have a fallen angel who [[NobleDemon doesn't seem to have gone full-subterranean]]. In Jewish folklore, Asmodeus is sometimes regarded as ''attending synagogue'', and does better than ''Solomon'' on some matters of morality (although, given that Solomon apparently lapsed in matters towards the close of his reign...). Some angels, such as Sammael and Zaphkiel, are both good ''and'' evil. The ''[[HalfHumanHybrid offspring]]'' of angels and humans are a different story. They're called "Nephilim" ("fallen" or "ruinous") for a reason. In fact, 1 Enoch posits that the reason for the Flood was that if they weren't drowned out, ''the Nephilim would have devoured the world down to the bedrock''. ''After'' that, the Nephilim wouldn't be done; they will just persist as evil spirits. In other words, the vast majority of demons were ''undead Nephilim''.
** And demons aren't even consistently always evil in even Christian traditions (predating the 20th century that is). Many grimoires show them as more animalistically dangerous than malicious.
** While not presented so in the Good Book itself, many a sermon has been preached that the Romans were this, especially once Nero came to power.
* Male Jotnar, western dragons, harpies, and many others. But then, in those days, [[ValuesDissonance folks often characterized their human enemies the same way.]]
** In the case of the Jotnar, it wasn't so much "evil" as "chaotic", and this was justified in that the Jotnar were properly understood to be a tribe of gods who personified chaos, rather than a "race" ''per se''. The later conception of them as "giants" is mostly a result of the Christian influence on later folklore.
** Likewise, imps are always chaotic little buggers, and are said to be especially adept at pulling some very dark shenanigans on anyone who slights them. That said, they aren't particularly evil in most myths, just a source of minor annoyance, since they love to play ultimately harmless pranks like stealing and hiding some small, virtually worthless items to mess with somebody.
* In many myths, ghosts only wish to inflict pain on the living even if they were good people in life.
** Likewise with vampires -- at least in the older stories. Today, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent there is often more variation]].
* This trope goes back to OlderThanDirt [[MesopotamianMythology Mesopotamian]] examples: the Allu, Asakku, Gallu, and Rabisu.
* Just about every monster in Filipino mythology qualifies. With only a few exceptions (like [[GuardianEntity the Kapre]] and [[TheTrickster the Alan Bird]]), all of the Philippines' monsters are either man-eating demons or soul-stealing phantoms.

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* The trope name comes from ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'', which certainly used the trope, though this particular phrase only came in later on and in fact signalled something of an aversion (see below). The real reason for the use of the trope was so players wouldn't feel bad when killing monsters and taking their treasure (i.e. home invasion). In fact, the whole ''cosmology'' of the D&D universe used to be based on alignment; Good and Evil (and [[OrderVersusChaos Law and Chaos]]) weren't morally relative terms, they were ''natural forces'' that influenced most creatures -- very few races (including the Player Character races) could actually ''choose'' their alignments willingly; the rest were doomed to be what they were born as.\\
Originally, every type of monster or creature would simply have an entry for "Alignment" stating one CharacterAlignment or another, without any modifiers; not only did it imply that pratically all creatures of that type had the alignment, but it wasn't even brought up that there could be any other way.\\
In later editions, this was relaxed, by inserting "often", "usually" or "always" in front of the alignment descriptor, to indicate how strong a tendency, cultural or otherwise, the race in question had to be of the alignment. This also created the phrase "Always ChaoticEvil". Now, the only races who are always one alignment or another are those who are somehow "tied" to good or evil (or law or chaos), such as demons, angels, and other spiritual creatures; or those without sufficient Intelligence to recognize alignment, which are always [[TrueNeutral neutral]] unless the previous rule overrides it. (Lemures, lowest of the devils, don't have an Intelligence score but are still Always Lawful Evil.) Mortal "bad guy" races are still marked as "usually evil", which is probably close enough to this trope as to make no difference.
** In-universe, the "usually evil" nature of some races is justified by their racial deities, such as Lloth for the Drow and Gruumsh for the Orcs, being evil. These gods also work very hard to make sure that their worshippers are just as bad as they are, and any that ''aren't'' tend to end up on the gods' hit list. Good deities tend to respect free will more than the evil ones, so their races have evil, good, and neutral people. Human alignment is all over the place since they don't have a racial deity to call their own. In some cases, an evil race will also have been created by an evil god.
** The ''{{Eberron}}'' campaign setting for ''D&D'' 3.5 has gone so far as to explicitly discourage the use of the alignment section of a monster's stats, even for those who are "tied" to a certain alignment. The core book also makes clear that "evil" does not equal "kill on sight" -- the tavern owner overcharges for draft and cheats on his wife; are you gonna put the sword to his neck like you would with Lord Dark Von Doompantsington [=XIII=]?
** The supplements ''Book of Vile Darkness'' and ''Exalted Deeds'' make it clear that neither good nor evil can be defined as "nice and naughty", and those that don't devote their life to either actually qualify as neutral. Presumably, this is why a rogue isn't necessarily evil, even though theft is frowned upon.
** Players themselves seem to [[SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome like subverting]] AlwaysChaoticEvil tropes (or embracing them) simply because the "evil" races and cultures are [[EvilIsCool much more interesting]] than the generic "protagonist" races. As GM and ''Dungeons & Dragons'' translator Andrey Lensky wrote long ago:
---> ... my experience suggests: write in Monster Manual that among 100 cambions one is Good, and this one will get into adventure.
** The Drow of the ''Forgotten Realms'' setting and the Draconians of the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' setting are classic examples of "evil races". However, as the plot went on, [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch individuals arose]] -- specifically, RuleOfCool scimitar-wielding (and heavily parodied in every single fantasy webcomic, due to his being heavily copied by virtually every fanboy at one point or another) Drizzt. Initially based on fanboyism, entire counter-cultures have arisen of differing alignment (as the page quote points out). In the Realms, most "good" Drow are the worshipers of Eilistraee, a goddess of the moon and hunt, whose (almost AlwaysFemale) clerics worship their goddess by [[{{Fanservice}} performing a sword dance naked]]. Though the clerics of the [[EvilGod Evil Goddess]] were all female also.
*** Aaaand now 4th Edition [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Them]].
*** [[{{Dragonlance}} The Draconians]] are getting more development as well -- they were initially introduced as somewhat snazzier Orc-equivalents, but later books reveal that the average Draconian is only a few years old and has been force-fed a ReligionOfEvil from birth to create the perfect fighting race. This generally worked, but after the collapse of the dragonarmies, some Draconians began developing more individuality, and the ''Kang's Regiment'' series centers on a group of sympathetic Draconian protagonists who just want to be left alone to build up their race in peace.
** Even back in the days of 2e, ''{{Spelljammer}}'' had some fun with this. It was revealed that Tarrasques -- immense creatures existing solely for destruction, only failing to have the Chaotic Evil alignment due to lacking the degree of consciousness having an alignment implies -- are naturally docile [[EatDirtCheap lithovores]]; the more familiar ones are the result of their being driven homicidally insane by atmospheres not matching the unique composition of their homeworld's. One of the iconic setting [=NPCs=] is a non-evil mutant Beholder bartender, and the eponymous ship also played host to some fairly decent Illithids who peacefully coexisted with the other races and fed on a special type of mold (that was secretly sapient in large quantities, else they wouldn't be able to derive nourishment from it), though ones not on the Spelljammer were as usual.
** Interestingly, under 3e/3.5e, demons are Always Chaotic Evil, even when they aren't -- sort of. It's possible -- although incredibly rare -- for a demon to have an alignment other than Chaotic Evil, but chaos and evil are such an integral part of their being that for magical effects, they ''still'' count as Chaotic Evil in addition to whatever their actual alignment is. Devils work the same for Lawful Evil, and the various celestials work this way for various flavors of Good. Since these creatures are essentially alignment concepts given life, it is rather hard to change them.\\
And yes, this ''does'' mean that, say, the Succubus who was driven by the PowerOfLove to forsake her evil ways or the penitent Pit Fiend will show up on a Paladin's Detect Evil. Staying away from them -- especially the [[LawfulStupid extra-stabby kind]] -- is recommended for any reformed Demons or Devils.
*** This is a function of the sub-types rules. Most outsiders have the subtypes of their alignment because, like a fire elemental (which has the fire subtype) that is what they are '''made of.''' Even a redeemed succubus is made of Chaos and Evil. (Which makes a redeemed succubus as strange and notable as a deep sea diving fire elemental)
** ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' (the official setting, that is) plays it straight, with the only significant difference being how much more willing it is to ''describe'' the kind of evil they are, for example, any drow who displayed compassion or altruism would get hunted down and killed (TakeThat, Drizz't!), or bugbears not simply being another goon-monster but a species of freakishly large yet uncannily sneaky serial killers who thrive on murder, or the infamous hillbilly rapist ogres.
*** This is usually justified in-universe by the fact that most "Evil" races are patronized by ''Demon Lords'' instead of the Gods that other mortals serve. On the other hand, others seem to have fundamental psychological predispositions that make being good rather difficult (like a tendency towards violence or a psychopathic love of fire). Many have both, making being good almost impossible without some real effort and likely help from a champion of Good (as outlined in ''Champions of Purity'').
**** Pathfinder, like D&D, runs on a moral system which doesn't require agency (the ability to choose) to classify something as good or evil. Things like sunlight and good weather (and the gods that produce them) are "good" because they benefit PC-producing civilizations, animals are neutral because they can be useful or harmful, and storms at sea (and the associated gods) are evil because they're not beneficial. The same logic applies to other sentient beings: Vampires, for instance, cannot possibly peacefully coexist with a society that prefers to have its blood on the inside when possible. Thus, they're evil, whether they "want to be" or not.
*** In older editions of D&D, a smart player captured by ogres would attempt to trick the dumb brutes. In Pathfinder, a smart player captured by ogres will [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled kill himself. Immediately.]]
** Overlapping with ReptilesAreAbhorrent, [[SnakePeople yuan-ti]] are Usually Neutral Evil.
** By their [[{{Necromancer}} very nature]], [[Main/OurLichesAreDifferent liches]] are Evil because the process of becoming one involves mass slaughter and bending the very forces of life and death to your will. Except if you're an archlich or a baelnorn.
-->'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah "The Spoony One" Antwiller:]]''' ''"If there's a way of being a non-evil lich, I'm calling bullshit."''
** Outside of ''{{Spelljammer}}'', Illithids are an almost universally evil alien race of psychic slavers. The Elder Brains that rule their civilization are even worse. In the ''ForgottenRealms'', there is ''one'' good Illithid, and that one is a very unusual case. Fortunately for everyone else in the setting, Illithid society is a mere shadow of what it used to be thanks to their former slaves, the Githyanki, rising up against them. As a result, the Illithids are [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]] enough to rein in their desire to eat brains long enough to trade and make deals with other races. That said, your chances of leaving with your brain intact after running into an Illithid in a dark alley all alone are still next to none.
*** Illithids, along with several other non-Outsider (Outsiders who are always evil tend to be that because they are made from evil) creatures that fall under this trope, have a good justification for being 'Always' Evil: they have to be, to survive. Not only does their life-cycle demand the sacrifice of sapient humanoids for new illithid to come to be, but they gain nourishment from sentience. Eating the brains of non-sapient animals helps, but not all that much. End result: a species that, to survive as a species and to a lesser degree as individuals, have to consistently and repeatedly act in ways that the rules of the universe classify as evil.
* As of the most recent edition, ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' has actually turned several monster species that used to be relatively peaceful in earlier editions (like the Menarls, Grens, Sleeths, and Orlens) into this.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' is rather dark for a fantasy setting, though not quite to the extent of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. There are actually a few good guys. Evil races include Daemons, Beastmen, Orcs, Goblins, Undead, Skaven, Dark Elves, and Ogres. Also, one of the few times in which the "chaotic" part of AlwaysChaoticEvil plays a part, as every evil race can be traced back to mutations caused by Chaos, which is a powerful force in the Warhammer world.
** Ogres are on this list for a somewhat different reason than other races. They live in a society that is based only on one rule. Might makes right. Their god could easily be a weird mix of Slaanesh and Nugle, with gluttony and avarice being main virtues ogres value. Despite the fact that ogres seemingly follow many rules, one of their special characters had his hands chopped off for the crime of eating his leaders' gnoblars, despite him being shaman for their god. What makes Warhammer ogres chaotic is the fact that while ogres can be negotiated with succesfully, unlike orcs and forces of chaos, ogres don't feel bad for eating you a second after the contract is done. One of their tribes actually value iron more than gold for the simple reason that with gold they can buy a weapon of iron, but with a weapon of iron they can have all of your gold.
** The Skaven as well. They're a race of [[YouDirtyRat rat-like]] humanoids, and they are pretty much all hateful, backstabbing, savage monsters. They worship a GodOfEvil called the Horned Rat (here's a [[http://whfb.lexicanum.com/mediawiki/images/9/90/HornedRatSymbol.jpg picture of him]], [[{{Expy}} remind you of]] [[{{Satan}} anybody]]?), they practice WeHaveReserves as well as Chaos-based sorcery and {{magitek}}, and their ultimate goal is basically to wipe out or enslave "the surface races" (read: [[AbsoluteXenophobe everyone]]) and claim it for themselves.
*** Some fluff mentions their reproduction rates being tied into how much dark magic happens to be around. With an increase in dark magic, their populations can suddenly explode and their resources can't support them anymore, so they have to conquer the other races/each other or starve.
** Warhammer's Undead do not all follow this trope. Most of the "gothic" undead of the Vampire Counts' armies do, but the "ancient world" undead of the Tomb Kings do not. The Tomb Kings are one of Warhammer's two "neutral" armies (the other being Ogre Kingdoms), and while many are given to acts of cruelty, tyranny, despotism and brutality they are really just behaving like the ancient absolute rulers they were in life. Sure, they'll hound you to the ends of the earth and butcher you without mercy to recover their stolen treasures, but any Dwarf worth his beard will do that too, and nobody calls them irrecoverably evil.
* For reasons beyond, everyone in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Tyranids want to eat everything organic, no exceptions. [[BlackAndGreyMorality On the other hand, everything that is sentient gets a chance to be good, misinformed, or at least a justification to how they got there.]] Still, however, [[CrapsackWorld it's only a spark lit in deep space at most.]]
** The Dark Eldar ultimately subvert the trope. They can only stay alive and young by murdering and torturing as many people as possible, so their entire culture is based around killing and butchering people. And if they can't find people of other races to do it to, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder well...]] However, they are still considered part of the larger race of Eldar by their kin, who vary wildly in CharacterAlignment. It is possible for Dark Eldar to get sick of being ChaoticEvil and join some other Eldar faction, ultimately blending in entirely with their new comrades. With that said, any Eldar living in [[WretchedHive Commorragh]] is going to be evil... or prey.
** The original Necron fluff painted them as universally devoted to the cause of destroying all life in the galaxy. The Retconned fifth edition fluff, on the other hand, allows for a bit more nuance. The rank and file warriors are mindless automatons with only the barest shred of memory of their former lives, while the more privileged Lords and Crypteks maintain a good portion of their original personality, although often flawed due to the TimeAbyss they've slept through. While all Necrons still fight against the [[DesignatedHero Imperium of Man]], some, like Nemessor Zahndrekh, are more like {{Noble Demon}}s or {{Worthy Opponent}}s.
** The Orks play this trope as straight as it gets. They have it written into their genetic code to fight, murder, and plunder worlds just for fun, and it takes an incredibly powerful Ork to keep other Orks from fighting amongst each other. When led by powerful Orks called Warbosses, Orks undertake massive invasions called "WAAAGH!s" to conquer and loot worlds. A world that has been the subject of a WAAAGH! will be "infested" by Feral Orks that are incredibly difficult to exterminate. The Feral Orks will always wage nonstop wars against everything on the world. When a WAAAGH! encounters Feral Orks, the Feral Orks will usually join it.
*** Note that orks ''love'' fighting and war, and are [[ObliviouslyEvil a little too stupid to fully understand that other races might not]].
** The forces of Chaos play this straight too. If only for the fact that if you consider worshipping daemonic eldritch horrors to be a good idea, being evil is kind of a requirement. Of course, a lot of the people on Chaos's side started out with [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil the best of intentions.]]
* Carrying on from the Creator/HPLovecraft example up in Literature, many, many creatures in ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' are invariably sociopathic mass-murderers. For example, the [[ShapeshiftingSquick Dhohanoids]] are almost invariably driven violently insane by the Rite of Transfiguration.
* ''{{Rifts}}'' uses this trope, but also provides the interesting case of the Faustians in the ''[[SpaceOpera Phase World]]'' setting: An AlwaysChaoticEvil race that got on the wrong side of a war against an [[TheEmpire Evil Empire]] even worse than them, forcing them to run to [[TheFederation The Consortium of Civilized Worlds]] to survive. Being exceptionally GenreSavvy that day, the CCW put the Faustians on a rather strict probationary membership, leaving the Faustians to harshly police their own bad sides. If even one of them pulls off any large-scale villainy, they ''all'' get booted out and right back into the waiting fangs of the Empire.
** There is also a possible justification in an NPC's history in ''Rifts Mercenaries'': a "renegade" Tauton's story talks about how he was ''taught'' to hate and be almost mindlessly aggressive against other races. He didn't like it, and got out as soon as he could.
* The Steve Jackson Games' RPG ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' happily guts this trope alive: it probably has more non-evil "Bright Lilim" than real, evil ''demon'' Lilim.
** Well, in the canonical story, Bright Lilim are very rare, but yeah, many players ''love'' playing Bright Lilim, for the same reason people like playing good-aligned Drow in Dungeons and Dragons and stuff like that: because people like to be "original".
* In ''{{Exalted}}'', we have demons, who may or may not have anything against gods, mortals, and Exalts ''personally'', but are completely incapable of disobeying their vengeful progenitors, the [[EldritchAbomination Yozis]].
** Also, anything infected with [[HatePlague Gremlin Syndrome]].
** As with many Exalted tropes, this one is implied to be more complex than at first glance: in the Roll of Glorious Divinity II, it's implied that demons are ''[[AllergicToLove afraid of love]]'', because the Yozis have ground it into them that there is no such thing as love without pain. Besides [[LoveRedeems certain plot hooks]], this begs the question: [[TraumaCongaLine what kind of life must a demon lead?]]
** Mainly averted with the rest of the setting - even [[ImAHumanitarian Varatjul and the Dune People]] have an explanation for what they do (the Varatjul because [[MoralMyopia they don't view other humans as being truly sapient]]; the Dune People are {{Crazy Survivalist}}s who, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero thanks to the Solars]], have come to view the world in terms of Us vs. Them, with "them" being [[AbsoluteXenophobe "everyone who is not a Dune Person"]]).
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has a few of such races, given [[LongRunner how long the story has gone on and how many planes have been detailed]], but the most prominent would be the Phyrexians, who served as the villains of the plot for ''years'' in real-time.
** Even still, Phyrexians in their newest form seem to move away from this trope. Ever since the Phyrexians took over Mirrodin, turning it into New Phyrexia, there have been five different factions corresponding to each of the five colors, and each being lead by a praetor, each with their own brand of pitch-black evil... Except the red praetor, Urabrask the Hidden, who, true to his red mana alignment, is a lot more individualistic and merciful than the other praetors, and therefore leads the only Phyrexian faction capable of free will and compassion. Probably due to this, he is the only Phyrexian leader who plots against the other praetors not simply to gain power but to actually work against Phyrexia as a whole. This is mainly because Phyrexia's primary goals strongly go against two of red's strongest points: freedom and emotion.
* Far Realm entities from D&D can be considered this, from the players point of view they would almost always be chaotic evil, although in reality it may be more a case of {{Blue and Orange Morality}}.

[[folder: Toys]]
* {{Franchise/Bionicle}}:
** The Skakdi play with it, they're naturally violent, but are capable of forming civilizations that thrive, unfortunately the Brotherhood of Makuta decided to experiment by giving them superpowers and they devolved into the violent war torn mess they are today.
** The spider race of the Visorak are treated as an Always Lawful Evil race, being very disciplined soldiers while they often go and conquer other lands on the behalf of their commanders. No thought is ever given by any of the heroes to somehow turn them towards noble purposes (except Toa Vakama when he was in the middle of SanitySlippage), and when the horde was leaderless the Order of Mata Nui eventually decided the best option would be to wipe out the entire race.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Anything a player is expected to kill in a video game. The vast majority of the time, one's foes are irredeemably evil and deserve to die for no other reason than that they oppose the player. There's no diplomacy, no bargaining; [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption the only reasonable response is death.]]
* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}''. [[AllLovingHero Shulk]] swears revenge on [[KillerRobot the Mechon]] following [[DoomedHometown their attack on his home]]. This isn't seen as a particularly bad thing as they're just soulless killing machines... [[spoiler:then it turns out that the Faced Mechon actually have members of his own Homs species inside them. Worse still is the fact that the Mechon ''aren't'' the native species of Mechonis... the Machina, who are just as human as the Homs and who built the Mechon, are. Upon realizing that his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the inhabitants of the Mechonis would take sentient life, he ultimately swears off it and begins his CharacterDevelopment]].
* The residents of Xylvania in ''VideoGame/BattalionWars'' take this to such extremes that they're practically a parody. They're [[PuttingOnTheReich Naziesque]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]] who live in a Mordor-like wastleland and are descended from Steampunk [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs]].
* LampshadeHanging in ''StarControl II'': the Ilwrath [[CardCarryingVillain position]] ''[[CardCarryingVillain themselves]]'' [[CardCarryingVillain as supremely evil.]] If the player confronts them over this ("[[LogicBomb If your actions are judged by your society as correct, aren't you, in fact, good?]]"), they tie themselves into a logical knot before deciding to attack the player for being annoying.
** Subverted in the case of the BigBad race(s) of the Ur-Quan. While the first game portrayed them as typical [[EvilOverlord Evil Overlords]], the second explained their origin and gave them more complexity. They were a race of slaves, and believed that to protect their own freedom, they must thus enslave ''everyone else''. However, they never destroy unnecessarily, only conscript those races who volunteer as battle thralls, and will even accept your surrender no matter how many of them you have killed (though this still means GameOver). The Kohr-Ah subrace, however, plays this a bit straighter. They believe they should just kill everyone (though they aren't overly impolite about it, and will actually explain themselves when asked properly).
** Also played straight with the Dnyarri, the former psychic slave-masters of the Ur-Quan and the Sentient Milieu, who are confirmed by anyone who knew of them to have been a race of monsters. They turned the entire Milieu into an enormous Gulag and casually exterminated those races that didn't perform up to their standards. They were so horrible that, even tens of thousands of years later, both Ur-Quan societies are still centered entirely and insanely around preventing ever being enslaved again. At one point, the Ur-Quan Kzer-Zah can tell you that dying a thousand times would be far preferable [[FateWorseThanDeath to living under Dnyarri control.]]
** The Umgah, while not as aggressively malevolent as the Ilwrath, are a race of rather cruel [[TheTrickster tricksters]]. Some of their "practical jokes" include tricking the cowardly Spathi into fighting for the Ur-Quan instead of being placed under a protective shield, tricking the Ilwrath into committing genocide on the Pkunk, and inadvertently reviving one of the aforementioned Dnyarri in an effort to start a war within the Hierarchy (this one [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfires big time]]). They consider all the death and suffering they cause to be [[ForTheEvulz hilarious]].
* Originally, the monsters that the title brothers of ''SuperMarioBros.'' fought were just generically evil. (Indeed, Bowser's original title was Daimaou, or "Great Demon King".) However, later games with RolePlayingGame tendencies have {{Monster Town}}s with the implication that it's just the ones that joined up with Bowser that are bad. Bowser himself has gone through considerable DiminishedVillainThreat, although in most of the [=RPGs=], he's [[NobleDemon on your side for his own reasons]] (and let's not enter GoKartingWithBowser...).
** Played straight with the Shroobs from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime''. Their planet is dying, and they spot the Mushroom World. What do they do? Invade it without even attempting to negotiate merely immigrating to it, and engage in behavior that goes beyond simple military protocol, [[AliensAreBastards and into downright sadism]].
* In general, in most old action video games (''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda''...), the enemy races rarely ever have any good counterparts, at least none that you ever see. In fact, for many of these old games anyone (and [[EverythingTryingToKillYou anything]]) visible aside from the player is evil.
** Even in those games, there are subversions: ''Metroid'' featured the baby Metroid of the second and third games, ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' eventually had Proto Man, [[spoiler: and the very first game in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' series had a few Moblins go AWOL and ask Link to leave them alone in exchange for a few Rupees. IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYBODY]].
** In the VideoGame/MegaManX series, most/all of the enemies were originally good; it is the Zero Virus/Sigma Virus that rewrites their programming, causing them to go maverick (though, since the Reploids do -- at least those uninfected -- have free will, it's possible that some did choose to be evil). Ironically, one of the few good robots that actually gets screen time apart from X is Zero, and he was originally programmed to be evil.
** Also subverted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', where the [[AnAesop Aesop]] was that [[DarkIsNotEvil not everything that looks evil necessarily is]]; the Bulblins certain seem to all be annoying little [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblins]] who kill you just for the heck of it, but you eventually find out that [[spoiler:King Bulblin, the RecurringBoss, is actually quite intelligent. After you beat him at Hyrule Castle, he defers to you as a WorthyOpponent.]]
--->[[spoiler: '''King Bulblin:''' Enough. [[IFightForTheStrongestSide I follow the strongest side!]]... That is all I have ever known.]]\\
[[spoiler: '''Midna:''' Link... He... he spoke.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'' is a brilliant example of this. Species like Glukkons, Sligs, and Vykkers are all evil species, and on the same side too.
* The first two ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games used to have the monster races be more malicious, the main example being [[OurOrcsAreDifferent the Orcs]]. As the games progressed, the Orcs became likable protagonists with their own culture. The canceled game and resulting book, ''Lord of the Clans'', explain how the Orcs redeemed themselves and became a ProudWarriorRace, while the ''Warcraft 3'' [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] states that they had been corrupted by the [[DemonicInvaders Burning Legion]]. [[TheUndead The Scourge]] (and the Burning Legion) became the bad guys for the game, while the Horde and the Alliance even banded together to defeat them. By this point, the only things that ''started off'' evil are the demons and possibly the [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]]. Even some of the demonic races have had some friendly members.
** In another example, the Eredar were originally represented as an irredeemably evil race of demons who corrupted the mightiest warrior among the [[{{Precursors}} Titans]] into the BigBad and enslaved the Orcs. Inexplicably, they became a race of honorable beings who were corrupted ''by'' the BigBad's own festering corruption. This happened through a {{Retcon}} in the ''World of Warcraft'' ExpansionPack ''Burning Crusade'', after the third game and its expansion as well as four books and a trilogy presented them as ''completely'' evil. The creator of ''Warcraft'', Chris Metzen, has admitted this was something of a train wreck, but sticks by his decision.
** However, many enemy races, particularly the Gnolls, the Harpies, the Troggs, nearly all demons, the Naga, and the Murlocs ''are'' (almost) AlwaysChaoticEvil. Most of them have individual exceptions or motivations, though.
** The Black Dragonflight is this after Neltharion became corrupted and changed his name to Deathwing. Now they enjoy killing and only follow orders from dragons strong enough to kill them. The other dragonflights consider them beyond redemption. [[spoiler:The one possible exception being an uncorrupted black dragon egg]].
** Some demons like the Nathrezim (aka. the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dread Lords]]), Ered'ruin (Doomguard), Sayaad (Incubi), and Mo'arg (felguard) seem to have always been evil. The entire collection of races is so evil that their ''mere existence'' convinced [[BigBad Sargeras]] that the Titans' mission to bring order to creation was futile.
** ''Mists of Pandaria'' introduces the Sha, who are the manifestations of negative emotions on Pandaria. The currently encountered ones are the Shas of Anger, Despair, Doubt, Fear, Hatred, and Violence -- smaller "offshoot" Sha are under the umbrella ones. In other words, Sha aren't just invariably evil, they're a ''physical personification'' of it.
* Kamal Re'x, the leader of the Hierarchy's invasion of Earth in ''UniverseAtWar'', gives this trope as an excuse for their actions -- it's "their nature". [[spoiler: Given that he's giving this excuse to a Hierarchy military commander who staged an ultimately unsuccessful rebellion after cynically tiring of its corruption and its constant senseless warfare, it doesn't exactly ring true.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has the player start off thinking that all beastmen are scum, but then has you find out that most of them are fighting the player races for various reasons. The Quadav are only in conflict with Bastok because Bastok kinda tried to take over the Quadav's homelands, and have since been in constant combat with them over land and resources. Then, there are the Goblins, who are less evil and more [[HonestJohnsDealership willing to do anything to make a buck.]]
* The Gnosis of the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' series appear at first glance to be a fairly typical all-evil, human slaying alien race. The truth turns out to be a bit different from that, but they're still all homicidal to the end.
* Tediz in [[VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay Conker series]]. Especially in the remake where they are biological beings instead of [[MechaMooks robots]] and are more free thinking.
* In ''{{Runescape}}'', vampyres, werewolves, and demons all qualify as this. One of the novels (whether this is really canon or not depends, since it does contradict quite a bit of canon) has an important character, Garth, who is a werewolf and doesn't want to be chaotic evil. He uses a potion to repress his killing instincts, until eventually having them exorcised. In the sequel novel, this trope is played straight with Garth: his mother was a werewolf (in the Runescape universe, lycanthropy is not contagious at all, and is only hereditary), and his father was high ranking vampyre, the Black Prince. Since vampirism is not hereditary in this universe, that leaves Garth half werewolf, half human.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', where the Mystics seem to be evil at first, but it's later shown that without Ozzie's influence, they can live at peace with the humans. Though it could be argued that they were never evil, they just weren't on the side of the humans. It wasn't good vs evil, just one side vs another, even if they did use the undead and other "evil" things.
* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series subverts this a lot; even the [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] are subversions [[spoiler: since they were constructed by a WellIntentionedExtremist AI.]]
** Ardat-Yakshi are asari who blow out their mates' nervous systems. They grow stronger with each meld and the power is addicting. Since it can't be cured, asari who become Ardat-Yakshi are either executed or sent to isolated convents. One of the Ardat-Yakshi appearing in-game is a psychopathic predator with no regard for the lives of others. The other two are substantially more rational, with one [[spoiler:sacrificing herself to try to stop the spread of Reaper-controlled Ardat-Yakshi]].
** The rachni were viewed as a vicious enemy, responsible for plunging the Citadel into a near-pangalactic war, but they're ''much'' more peaceful in reality, and were brainwashed by [[EldritchAbomination something]] into warring against the galaxy.
** ''The'' best subversion comes from the geth. They were the robotic mooks that served Saren Arterius in the first game, acting as your main opponents at the time, returning in the second game as less prevalent, but still recurring adversaries. In the first game, the geth worship Saren's ship, Sovereign, as a god - the pinnacle of synthetic evolution - and were responsible for driving their creators out of their homeworld. As it turns out, the geth were starting to discover their place in the universe at large, but the quarians essentially jumped the gun out of a paranoid fear over their robotic "slaves" turning on them. Furthermore, the geth you faced in the first and second games are from a splinter group that believe their future should be guided by more advanced pseudo-lifeforms. The main hub of geth just want to be left alone to build their Dyson Sphere and achieve true unity; they even take care of the quarian homeworld in the absence of their creators. [[spoiler:If given the chance, they'll agree to share the homeworld with their creators, and enthusiastically help them rebuild and readjust their immune systems to their old planet.]]
** The vorcha are universally seen as aggressive, unpleasant, and vermin-like murderers, salvagers, and graverobbers; the only ones you encounter are Blood Pack mercenaries, as well as a group that created and distributed a plague on a station filled with millions. However, like Tolkien's orcs, the vorcha are more a product of their environment than anything else; they only live twenty years, use combat as their main form of communication, are beaten into serving as cannon fodder for their mercenary ringleaders, and tend to grow up in a world where the slightest ounce of water is treated as treasure. Some background Codex-like trivia paint the vorcha as miners, settlers, and brewers, and there is also mention of vorcha trying to colonise a high-gravity world. Plus, there was the actor who played the Vorcha ambassador in Blasto 6, and you yourself can play a Vorcha in multiplayer, so if you're a team player and try to revive your teammates all the time...
*** One [[TheStarscream Vorcha Blood-Pack Lieutenant]] encountered in the third game, performs a coup to remove the new Vorcha Blood-Pack Leader, simply because he is ''[[TheCaligula too]]'' blood-thirsty and it's ruining business. He's also [[OnlySaneMan sane enough]] to realise that when Aria requests your help, you do ''not'' say no.
** The yahg are the only other species played straight thus far, having a vicious pack mentality, a brutal nature even worse than that of the krogan, and butchering a peaceful ambassadorial envoy when they made first contact, as well as finding equality in general to be offensive, but we only ever meet ''one'' - on a DLC, no less. There's another one in the third game, but since he was experimented on by [[MadScientist Salarians]], you can understand why he's a bit pissed off.
** Played absolutely straight with the Collectors, though. According to Mordin, they have "no soul" and "must be destroyed". Again, this one fits the "artificially created" part, as they've been twisted by the Reapers and are mind-controlled by them. Furthering this point, in the From Ashes DLC for VideoGame/MassEffect3, Collectors are seen as nothing more than husks. It is possible that all communication is done by [[spoiler: the Eldritch Abomination Harbinger]].
** The Batarians are seen as this by humans since they're most known for being pirates and slavers with a strong hatred for humanity. The second game shows at least one Batarian that while initially hostile will thank you if you help him out and the third game, due to the Batarian homeworld being the first hit by the Reapers has civilians who are just as affected by the war as any others.
* Subverted in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}''. Although the demons in this series openly claim that they're AlwaysChaoticEvil, DarkIsNotEvil and PokeThePoodle come to mind. They're closer to ChaoticNeutral than anything else.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games often subvert this by having friendly [=NPCs=] of the same species of [[RandomEncounter randomly encountered]] monsters, such as GuestStarPartyMember Healie in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' and a town in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' averts this for the most part, as none of the various races and creatures are inherently evil, not even the Vampires. Daedra are probably Always Chaotic Neutral, though.
** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' with [[spoiler:Paarthunax]], a dragon who chose to rebel against [[BigBad Alduin]] and aid the humans fighting his rule. He explains that dragons have an innate nature to dominate and destroy, and that he has overcome his own nature through thousands of years of constant meditation, but he still struggles with his own drive to fly down among the humans and start eating and ruling over them. When confronted for his [[RetiredMonster past crimes]], he replies thusly:
-->''What is better? To be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?''
** He also points out that as one of their kin, the Dragonborn [[NotSoDifferent also has the same urge]] to destroy and conquer.
** The Falmer weren't originally like this, but they have become twisted monsters after suffering for centuries under the rule of the Dwemer. ''Dawnguard'' reveals that [[spoiler: there is at least one sane Snow Elf left, who has hopes that there are others like him. He also notes that the Falmer are showing signs of rudimentary intelligence, giving him hope they might one day regain their lost sentience and return to civilisation.]]
** Of course, Molag Bal, Daedric Prince and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast King of Rape]] is completely evil, with no redeeming qualities. Since he's essentially corruption, enslavement, and domination incarnate, redeeming traits are a bit much to hope for.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' has [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Hobbes]], who are rather genial to people who join up with them...and happen to reproduce by [[spoiler: transmogrifying children. ]].
* The Super Mutants were portrayed as this in the first ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'', mainly because their creator was the BigBad. But a rare few examples since then are portrayed as just as capable of good as any other race.
** On the other hand, the Master really and truly thought he was doing what was right.
** Also somewhat justified, as most Super Mutants suffer severe brain damage during their conversion that leaves them without the mental capacity to be much more than TheUsualAdversaries -- reasoning more complex than "hit or shoot at that thing until it stops moving, then take its stuff or drag it off to be turned into another Super Mutant" is a bit beyond them. The good ones tend to be the ones that don't suffer this sort of damage.
** The Legion, Fiends, and Powder Gangers, however, are viewed as the evil factions of the game. Most if not all companions who are sane will turn against you if you side with the Legion for whatever reason (either due to being a monster, to achieve Caesar's goals, or because they conflict with the Legion's interests), and its former Legate and co-founder does not look too highly on the Legion and finds the Republic more tolerable.
*** The Fiends is arguably the game's best example of this trope, as all of them are hooked on every drug and are thus rendered completely insane, marauding, unpredictable and barely organized. If you take out there leaders, the faction will crumble right away.
** Another example is the White Legs in ''Honest Hearts''. A warmongering tribe that can't survive on its own and must raid and pillage to survive. They also destroy eveything in their path. On top of that, their backstory implies that they sacked New Canaan by breaking SacredHospitality.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s Talon Company are a permanently hostile faction of PrivateMilitaryContractors who [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished send hit squads after Good Karma players]].
* The Locust and the Lambent from ''GearsOfWar'', since both are trying to exterminate the human race, with the latter trying to exterminate both.
* The Brutes and Prophets from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. Though the only three Prophets ever characterized in any depth were the three that knew without a doubt that humanity must die for the good of the Covenant.
** Averted in the ExpandedUniverse and HaloWars. The Brutes aren't always evil, if the [[WorthyOpponent Brute]] [[AFatherToHisMen Chieftain]] is counted. Also, some fight dialogue in the series hints that Brutes have personal lives and genuinely think what they are fighting for is right.
*** Also averted with the Prophets in the ExpandedUniverse books. There ''have'' been decent Prophets, but Truth is not one of them.
* Lurkers in ''JakAndDaxter'' started out like this. They underwent a HeelFaceTurn by ''Jak II'', however.
** Only to be replaced by Metal Heads and promptly [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappear from the series]].
** [[TheCorruption Dark]] [[{{Precursors}} Makers]] also qualify.
* The Cragmites of ''RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' are shown to be this. Emperor Perceval Tachyon (the only one we see in the game [[spoiler: before he found the dimension that they were banished to and brought them back]]) wants to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the galaxy]], and REALLY wants to pop Ratchet's head [[spoiler: because the Lombaxes banished the Cragmites, raised Tachyon as one of them regardless of his origins, and because Ractchet's father was the guardian of the Dimensionator (the machine which teleported the Cragmites away)]]; but still, there are no lifeforms who are neutral to Ratchet in the universe...
** VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One reveals however that [[spoiler:it was a Cragmite hero that sealed away the BigBad of the game.]]
** The Blarg from [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank the first game]] may also qualify, though they have sympathetic motives and are apparently being manipulated by their leader, Chairman Drek.
* The Bydo from ''RType'' are this trope taken to its logical extreme: they are composed of all the most evil and base instincts of mankind, utterly incapable of feeling ''anything Good whatsoever''. And they are portrayed completely seriously. Let the thought of that sink in for a moment...
* Most of the creatures you can recruit without resorting to torture in ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' are like this. Oddly enough, there is a hero-aligned Horned Reaper in the final mission of the first game, a creature who is often depicted as being the granddaddy of ALL the evil creatures in the game.
* The Darkspawn of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.
** [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' also fulfill this trope, being dream spirits that prey upon mortals. These creatures are shaped by the darkest impulses of mortals and are generally murderous and violent. They're also one of the few sources of knowledge in Thedas about [[BloodMagic blood]] [[BlackMagic magic]].
*** Demons are merely a sub-set of spirits, many of whom are shaped by Valour, Justice, Faith, and the like. It's just that [[TrueNeutral the benevolent ones mind their own business]] instead of attempting leave the SpiritWorld, minus a few exceptions; those that do can end up becoming demons anyway, like how Justice was twisted into Vengeance by his host's anger.
** Played with in the case of [[spoiler: the darkspawn, according to the Architect. He states that the darkspawn are evil because the Song of the Old Gods forces them to be, and that if they are "freed" using Grey Warden blood, they attain sapience and free will. While the Architect is morally gray, with a darker past, a reckless disregard for consequences, and a very poor understanding of humans, you do meet at least one of his Disciples who proves to be downright heroic - though being a darkspawn, he still spreads the Taint accidentally.)]]
** The qunari in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' are made out to be this because of their reputation as militant conquerers. In reality, they're more like a race of [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Lawful Blue]] {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s. Unfortunately, their negative image is far too often exploited by the local {{Manipulative Bastard}}s.
** It seems that almost all mages from the Tevinter Empire are {{Evil Sorcerer}}s who freely practice blood magic and slavery. Fenris from the second game mentions that any mage principled enough to reject blood magic would quickly become the thrall of another mage with fewer qualms.
* The Minions of ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' are all of the LaughablyEvil type. They follow the will of any current {{Evil Overlord}}s and will happily pillage and slaughter in his name.
* TheHeartless in ''KingdomHearts'' are a sort of "souless evil" who seem to attack everyone on sight and have no personality.
** Averted with Mushrooms, except for the Black Fungus. White Mushrooms will reward Sora with prizes if he casts the correct spell, and all the Rare Truffles want is to "bounce".
*** Ditto the Nobodies, though this is disputed out-of- and in-universe.
*** We've also got the [[{{KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep}} Unversed]] and the [[{{KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance}} Nightmare Dream Eaters]], the former being MadeOfEvil [[spoiler: like their master, Vanitas]].
* In the ''FourX'' game, ''GalacticCivilizations'', roughly half the playable civilizations are always evil. Humans are portrayed as always good.
** Interestingly, status as "good" or "evil" is based only on choices made during random events; your civilization can embark on massive campaigns of galactic genocide and still be considered "good".
* The Grox race from {{Spore}} are a race of cyborgs and almost always conduct raids on random races, making them being viewed as the galaxy's ultimate evil. [[spoiler: This is actually a subversion, as the Grox are only reacting to the threat posed by oxygen-breathing life forms that gain the power of space flight, and inevitably use terraforming to spread their deadly (to Grox) oxygenated atmospheres to other planets. You can even ally with them, if you both prove yourself willing to spare Grox-inhabited worlds your terraforming AND prove your own race to be a powerful ally against other oxygen-breathing races, mostly by making a complete mockery of intergalactic law, blowing up their planets with wild abandon, and exhibiting the ability to survive in spite of the entire rest of the galaxy declaring war on you.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II'' has some fun with this. Monsters are Always Chaotic Evil, but it's directly stated that they should be pitied, due to living only to fight and kill, rather than having full lives -- and it's stated that despite this, they have varied personalities just like people. The Telepathy Magic-based monster conversations confirm their diverse personalities, and can make them seem sympathetic or likable...until one says something that bluntly reminds you that they're a race of TheUsualAdversaries that are incapable of interaction with humans more meaningful than killing and eating them or holding them captive.
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' features the Moredhel, which humanity assumes to be this trope, although by the end of the game it is subverted rather hard, the game itself named after a Moredhel who betrays his race's "messiah" to save the world. Played straight with the pantathians, who do not appear in the game except as enemies. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as they are genetically hardwired to single-mindedly work towards the purpose of restoring their master and creator, the Valheru Alma-Lodaka, to power.
* For ReturnToKrondor...Demons, Shadows, Goblins, Trolls, Ghouls, Vampires, Nighthawks, Zombies, Sidi's Necromancers, Izmali Assassins, and Bear's Mercenaries. Does that cover it? Oh, and at least two of these groups will form into alliances against you and James will wonder how that could be.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', most of the resident Noxian Champions are not what you would call a nice group of people: being [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty assassins]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent hemomancers]], and the occasional cultists (one of whom, Swain, leads the entire city state.) However, [[GrayandGrayMorality their rival, Demacia, is almost just as bad]], being a tyranical city state that punishes all crimes with death.
** Zaun, a city closely aligned with Noxus, is dedicated fully to (mad) science. [[ForScience They consider almost anything acceptable if it results in interesting science]], and have been known to produce chemical weapons so dreadful that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Noxians]] were disturbed to see them put to use. However, they are far more devoted to science than outright malice, and even granted full citizenship and rights to Blitzcrank, a steam-powered golem, upon realizing that he was sentient.
** The faction that fits this trope best, however, is the Void. An other-wordly plane full of Eldritch Horrors, the entire faction has one goal: eat. Of the Four champions from the Void, they are all ruthless creatures that wish nothing but to devour everything they can or perform morbid experiments out of sheer curiosity. Two people have successfully walked away from contact with a portal to the void, and of the two, both were cursed with its power, one of the two coming away from the experience entirely insane.
** Shadow Isles have upped the ante in terms of evil champions, everyone who resides in the island is a sinister agent of death out to make mortals suffer in the worst ways possible.
* The [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Skedar]] from ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''. Their only goal seems to be the extermination of the [[TheGreys Maian race]] and they don't seem to care how many humans they have to kill to do it.
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' has SpacePirates, Yaki ({{yakuza}} [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-]), [[AIIsACrapshoot Xenon]], and [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Kha'ak]].
* Naturally TheLegionsOfHell in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' since...well...they're [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Legions of Hell]].
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' provides a bit of background on the Tusken Raiders of ''Franchise/StarWars'' that presents their side of the story: as survivors of a pre-historic ApocalypseHow involving orbital bombardment and the resulting scorched earth, their taboo against most machinery - and particularly air/spacecraft - causes them to regard all races that use such devices as blasphemous heretics. They still fit the AlwaysChaoticEvil trope as far as their behavior goes, but their [[WellIntentionedExtremist motivations]] now make them ScaryDogmaticAliens (of the religious sort).
* The demons in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' are this, naturally. Undead that have lost their senses are this as well if they aren't huddled into a corner somewhere, crying.
* The zombies in ''PlantsVsZombies'' are capable of nothing more than trying to wreak havoc and eat your brain alive. Knowing that they are fully intelligent beings makes the thought of them even more terrifying.
* Notably subverted by Dark (Or ''Evil'', as they're called in Japan) type {{Franchise/Pokemon}}. While they're commonly used by villains or as villains (In the spin-offs that lack humans) on top of their Pokedex entries often making them out to be several types of nasty, they show up being used by/as good or neutral characters nearly as often. The only thing that could be considered consistently dark/evil about them is their style of combat, which revolves largely around [[CombatPragmatist underhanded tactics]].
** The only Dark type species that can truly be considered AlwaysChaoticEvil is Hydreigon, a Dark/Dragon type known for having AxCrazy OmnicidalManiac tendencies.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': The Trsanti, a sort of pirate/gypsy hybrid. Patrick's journals show that he relishes slaughtering as many of them as he can.

* Rattata in ''A Petty Nuzlocke Challenge''.
* The Dimension of Pain demons from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' are quite openly evil, even using the phrase "How evil" as the highest form of praise. Their hatred of anything good is taken to comedic extremes, from being unable to stand the smell of flowers, to being called "dysfunctional" if they don't fight enough with their family, to considering a relaxing massage a form of torture. Despite this, many of them still manage to have their own distinct personalities. They may all be evil, but, like with human beings, greed and stupidity usually get in the way.
** Many of the named characters among them seem to act evil towards humans, but not to each other. Others are humorously evil (or something) even amongst their own kind, for example, eating each other randomly.
* The major theme of the ''D&D''-based webcomic ''{{Goblins}}'' is pointing out that ''usually'' ChaoticEvil really does only mean ''usually''...as well as exploring the root causes behind this, and whether it's even true (which, while debatable in real life ethics, is stated to be so in the rulebooks). To this end, the protagonists have run across a surprising number of evil humans and other typically good or neutral races (including Kore and Dellyn), while their typically chaotic or evil compatriots are either neutral, good, or driven to evil.
** As an expected result of this conflict, a KnightTemplar has already appeared.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' delves into it as well - one of the author's [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12718471&postcount=108 stated]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12718550&postcount=120 goals]] is to [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruct]] the underlying racism this trope encourages.\\
Unlike ''Goblins'', the setting is close to entirely consistent with the ''D&D'' source material. Out of several arcs involving a stuffed up KnightTemplar Paladin who "generously" gives the main character Roy time to "improve" his behavior. He eventually gets her guard down by apologizing -- then condemns her for her own faults. This is similar to the way in which "evil" races are treated - while the [[HeroicComedicSociopath sociopathic serial killer]] in the troupe is occasionally given a free pass because he's [[{{Hobbits}} a halfling]] (often harmless and jovial and cute) -- or more likely because, overall, he does more good than harm, even if not ''quite'' intentionally.
** Subverted and Parodied simultaneously in a short series of strips in which the Order meets a group of [[WhiteSheep teenaged goblins]] who are good-aligned -- for the explicit reason that it cheeses off their parents, who are Evil. "Listen to me, young man, you will drink the blood of the innocent and you will LIKE IT!"
** Redcloak's entire character arc from ''[[{{Prequel}} Start Of Darkness]]'' can be seen as a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope: [[spoiler:the goblins are formally designated as Evil Cannon Fodder by the gods, which doesn't sit too well with him when his family is slaughtered by crusading paladins. His ultimate goal is to give his race equal standing among the other major species of the world, but he slowly takes more and more horrific actions pursuing his plan to do so -- thus becoming the very thing that he objects to being labeled as. Is he evil because goblins are inherently evil, or because he has been designated as such?]]
*** Well, if you include hobgoblins, one hobgoblin sacrificed his life to save his leader's (even though Redcloak never did much to earn any loyalty). This is a pretty impressive "good" action, right? Except his leader is evil.
*** It's Lawful. [[LawfulEvil The other part of the default hobgoblin alignment]].
*** The question then would be: "Would that same goblin push a Good aligned character under the falling boulder?"
*** In the Dragon Magazine strips, the Order run into a goblin group that fall under the category of [[HarmlessVillain Harmless Villains]], whose evil extends to making a big deal out of [[PokeThePoodle extinguishing street lamps]], and proceed to leave them alone when they turned out not to be the guys that were sacrificing innocents. Even [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] walks away, though that may be because they pointed them to the refreshments on the way out.
** [[spoiler: Doubly]] subverted when the Order of the Stick first runs into the Linear Guild. Vaarsuvius's counterpart is a dark elf named Zz'dtri who [[spoiler: claims that he]] isn't evil, even though his race is AlwaysChaoticEvil. Nale explains that once Dark Elves became a player race, they became Chaotic Good and wanted to ward off their former evil reputations. [[spoiler: Ultimately, the Linear Guild (Zz'dtri included, since they needed the OOTS to touch the sigils) turns out to be evil.]]
** The Darth Vaarsuvius arc explores this as well. Vaarsuvius casually killed a black dragon in the Wooden Forest during the sidequest to get Roy's starmetal. No one had any moral qualms about it (not even [[KnightTemplar Miko]]), because black dragons are AlwaysChaoticEvil, and it even named a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience trope]]! [[spoiler:Much later, the dragon's much more powerful mother shows up when Vaarsuvius is alone, and she is]] ''[[spoiler:pissed.]]'' [[spoiler:She very nearly murders V's spouse and children, and V retaliates by using an uber-spell to wipe out 1/4 of the dragon's entire species.]] In the commentary, Burlew discusses the implications of this. The magnitude of this act was to show that if ''this'' was wrong, then it's no less wrong to invade a dragon's home and murder it for its treasure, regardless of its moral alignment.
** What's more, two later comics show the full unpleasant ramifications of V's actions. [[spoiler:By casting that Familicide spell, V not only killed off 1/4 of the black dragon population, but many HalfHumanHybrids that were actually ChaoticGood, as well as their (relatively) innocent full-human mothers. The comics are [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0842.html here]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0843.html here]].]]
** Played straight so far with demons and undead, however.
* Rats are Always Evil in ''Freaks N Squeeks''. It goes with WhatMeasureIsANonCute -- most of the cast are mice, with the similarly small and cute shrews standing in for Jews.
* Demons in ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' are repeatedly stated to be AlwaysChaoticEvil by seemingly-reliable sources...but [[AllThereInTheManual the Demonology 101 pages state that this is not actually the case, just the popular perception of them and most other Creatures.]]
** Cubi, on the other hand -- which [[OurDemonsAreDifferent are not actually demons in the setting]] -- are quite explicitly stated ''not'' to be this in the comic itself, despite reputation -- the evil ones just get all the press, because torturing or seducing people makes for a more exciting story than helping sick children.
** The fae, on the other hand, seem to be Always ChaoticNeutral.
* Some of the early humor of ''YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' depended upon this concept, as the comic has its roots entirely in older editions of ''D&D''. For example, when the beholder Bob cheats on [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction his goblin girlfriend Gren]], he tries to justify it by pointing out that he's evil. Gren points out that they're both LawfulEvil, and goes on to cheat on Bob extensively, as is her right as the wronged party under goblin law. Most of the monster characters are so AffablyEvil, though, that it sometimes feels jarring when they get around to doing some ''really'' bad stuff.
* ''TechInfantry'' has the Bugs, created as a living biological weapon by a race of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens to use as a RedshirtArmy against a race of alien {{Body Snatcher}}s who are themselves very much AlwaysChaoticEvil. And any organization in this universe with "Security" as part of its name is guaranteed to be evil.
* ''TheChallengesOfZona'' has the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orc stand-ins]], the Urtts, who WordOfGod assures us are all just plain evil, and we shouldn't give any pity to the ones maimed, charred, and dissected by the Heroes. Yes, even their [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human bastards]].
* Elves in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' are all racist, genocidal narcissists whose history has been described as a lovesong to bloodshed and themselves. Their arrogance is also unjustified, as they prove to be no better than other races (for example, having technology on par with other races despite a 9,000 year head start), something that Black Mage and Red Mage tell Thief, the Elven Prince. Their national anthem begins "We're a race of total bastards." An anthem they ''stole''.
** The other races aren't much better. ''8-Bit Theater'' is a CrapsackWorld, after all.
* Parodied by way of NotSoDifferent in [[http://badgods.com/orc.html this]] comic by Lore Sjöberg.
* [[http://www.harkovast.com/?id=17 In]] ''{{Harkovast}}'', the Nameless Race cannot speak or think but are described as constantly marching to war. They have yet to do anything other than attack people, and are generally killed without mercy by the story's heroes.
* Due to separatism and the resulting whirlwind of misconception and propaganda, ''everyone'' in ''TwoKinds'' thinks ''everyone else'' is Always Chaotic Evil. The [[PettingZooPeople Keidran]] rarely meet Humans other than slavers. Humans rarely meet Keidran who aren't criminals. All it took was one WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds for the slavers to be supplemented with ''death squads.'' The only third party is a group of [[{{Overlord}} Brown Minion]] expies known as the Basitin, who don't see ''anyone'' else sympathetically due to their cultural AsskickingEqualsAuthority / MoreThanMindControl; humans are undisciplined rabble, Keidran are ''perverse'' undisciplined rabble. And the few Basitin that ''don't'' follow that doctrine are hated above all others.
* Much like the above, werewolves in ''CryHavoc'' are inaccurately portrayed by the church as AlwaysChaoticEvil, although it is questionable to what degree this is inaccurate given that the werewolves' first actions were to shred and eat a large quantity of people...
* In ''LookingForGroup'', elves are supposedly this, but almost every elf we meet is actually pretty decent or has a FreudianExcuse to justify the alignment. The main character is actively trying to go against his race's reputation, and is ''the'' character most concerned with the morality of the group's actions. The undead may be this, but we only meet one group of them, and they are controled by the TokenEvilTeammate.
* ''SlightlyDamned'': [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with Demons, although it is indicated that Buwaro is the only exception.
* [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/issue-02-page-01-the-attack-begins/ The Shadow Nexus]] from ''TheBeastLegion'' are a group of deadly generals each with their own Beast forms, who's sole aim is to create chaos across the land of Lithopia and crush any who oppose the will of their Master, Dragos. In the very second issue, they invade the palace of Lithopia with full force, leaving only destruction in their wake.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', demons are initially shown as intelligent beings who cause suffering because they enjoy it. They used to be a noble race until their god Mardük went mad, which transformed them into their grotesque forms and twisted their minds into serving the destructive aspect of Chaos. However, eventually the heroes meet a few friendly demons and realize that despite their bloodthirsty nature not all demons are irredeemable monsters.
* The Cthonians from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. But then, they are based on Lovecraft's Deep Ones.
* Averted for many traditional "monster races" in ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', especially the subterranean elves (don't call them "Dark Elves", and "Drow" is a serious racial slur, up there with "spider jockey" and "cowl head") who simply have [[http://talesofmu.nfshost.com/story/bonus-stories/bonus-story-meditations a bad reputation due to cultural misunderstandings]]. Played more straight with Demons and Ogres, as well as [[spoiler: [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]]]].
* Deconstructed in ''TheSalvationWar''. The society in hell actively encouraged ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, YouHaveFailedMe, WeHaveReserves, and ShootTheMessenger. The result was an inefficient and unstable society that collapsed once it came under external pressure. Lampshaded on several occasions by baldrick defectors.
* ''Heavily'' subverted in ''{{Mortasheen}}'', where no creatures are inherently evil (well, except for the Dolfury), and they're all as loyal to their trainers as any Pokemon would be. Yes, that includes the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent scary mind-raping Devilbirds]] and the [[EldritchAbomination horrible, maddening Unknowns]].
* This trope is comprehensively picked to pieces in ''FanFic/TheReturn'' where it's revealed that Succubus (Succubi? Succubae? Help me out here people) culture is possibly more complex and multidimensional than human culture, and, from their point of view, it is humanity that borders on AlwaysChaoticEvil.
* ''OrionsArm:'' worried that the descendants of Earth (humans, artificial intelligences, cyborgs, the genetically engineered, [[LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces etc]]) think too much alike due to their creators' inherent bias, a group of [=AIs=] created the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/xcms.php?r=oaeg-view-article&egart_uid=47e9add0e5e11 Bitenic Squids]], a highly diverse species with every newborn member being a blank slate. Those that can function in the wider world are all completely selfish and without empathy, and go insane easily.
* Largely averted in ''{{Adylheim}}'' where none of the playable races are defined by their race. Granted, this is partially a virtue of it being a GreyAndGrayMorality world. Some of the non-playable races, such as trolls, have a tendency to fall into this category though.
* The ktuvoks in [[http://www.zompist.com/virtuver.htm the world of Verduria]]. Their entire society is based on [[{{Brainwashed}} Brainwashing]] humans who are less advanced than they into obedient slaves, and they are so good at it that if humans are freed from their control, [[StockholmSyndrome the humans will ally themselves with the ktuvoks willingly]]. In addition, they attack all free human civilizations, using their slaves as [[{{Mooks}} Cannon Fodder]], laying everything to waste and commiting every war crime in the book. They have no culture or learning to speak of, and merely steal the innovations of other races. And the worst part? The ktuvoks are severly restricted to where on the planet they can live; they cannot survive away from swamps. The only apparently reason apart from [[ForTheEvulz the Evulz]] that they take over much of the continent and turn humans into loyal slaves is to ''get female ktuvoks to mate with them.'''
** The ktuvoks brainwashed one particular human race (the Dhekhnami) so thoroughly that they're not so much slaves as symbiotic partners at this point. At least to the Verdurians, they're considered this trope as well.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* According to the Flame King in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', all denizens of the fire kingdom are evil. Including [[CardCarryingVillain himself]], and his daughter [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Flame Princess]]. That said, after a brief debate with [[TheHero Finn]], the Flame King concedes that by spending time with a "good guy", it would be in theory possible to [[HeelFaceTurn turn Flame Princess good]], though he notes that she'd [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons take penalties to experience for acting out of alignment.]]
** Later revelations in the show seem to suggest that this is in fact a lie. The fire people aren't all evil, Flame King is just an asshole.
* Supposedly, the Rhubarbarians from "Duke and the Great Pie War', a ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' episode.
* On ''TheFairlyOddparents'', the anti-fairies are, or at least are believed to be, this. It's been stated that [[BalanceOfGoodAndEvil one is born for every fairy]], and the newest one born, Foop, came straight out of his mother as a CardCarryingVillain. It's also been said by Wanda that every genie is a JackassGenie. So far, nothing has come up to contradict these claims.
* The Decepticons in most versions of the ''{{Transformers}}''. (Though the Decepticon Octane [[spoiler:defected to neutral after he got in hot water with [[AxCrazy Galvatron]]]].
** There are also the [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 various]] [[TransformersFilmSeries incarnations]] of Jetfire.
** To say nothing of Dinobot from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', as well as Waspinator's defection at the end of the show. It's played straight in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', however, with the mindless drone vehicons. There's a scene from the last episode would have given Megatron's two space-launched generals a redemption, but it was cut.
** The Quintessons are almost always this.
** The spawn of [[OmnicidalManiac Unicron]] are almost always every bit as evil as their master. [[spoiler:The Minicons from ''Armada'' were an exception, though they were created for the sole purpose of giving the Autobots and Decepticons something to fight over.]]
* Both invoked and averted on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. All races portrayed onscreen (humans, gargoyles, fae, and New Olympians) are shown to have both good and evil members, but [[BigBad Demona]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters views humanity this way]], and the Quarrymen portray gargoyles like this in their recruiting campaigns.
** Demona herself is one of very few evil gargoyles, the race as a whole is supposedly AlwaysLawfulGood, having a near biological drive to protect and safeguard the places that they live and those places' inhabitants. It is, however, up to the individual gargoyle clans how they choose to interpret these drives, ranging anywhere from "Stay the hell away from my caves, filthy human scum" to "Here I come to save the daaaaay!"
* The above fable of the Frog and the Scorpion is parodied in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', [[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/In_My_Nature here.]]
* On ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', weavils, so far, have been shown to be a race made up of completely {{jerkass}} creatures who love to torment the citizens of Miseryville.
* Birds in ''HappyTreeFriends'' are usually hostile...particularly the [[MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate man-eating ducks.]] Come to think of it, this extends to most animals, including [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]], puppies, and, in one case, a wild bear. Nature is out to get the HTF gang.
** ''[[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou Everything is out to get the HTF gang.]]''
* The Irken race, from which WesternAnimation/InvaderZim hails, is, as far as we know, entirely bent on conquering vast swaths of space. Zim himself may be an exaggeration of the Irken racial personality, but each Invader introduced seems to enjoy large death machines and lots of destructive fire. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Unaired episodes]] would've revealed that they're barely even a real alien race. They're created and controlled by a group of powerful AIs to take over the universe on their behalf.
* Hornets and sewer rats in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' seem to be this way. There are no species which can really be described as AlwaysLawfulGood, so it may be a case of BlackAndGreyMorality as applied to whole species.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has a species of evil leeches, the "Dark Ones". All of the species lived at a single puddle, and yet all their evil was useless against a bag of cement, used to prepare the ground to be turned into a parking lot.
* The Changelings from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are supposedly this from their short appearance so far in the series, though much is to be confirmed and explored. Their queen gloats that ever since she was little, she dreamed of razing Equestria and [[EmotionEater essentially]] [[ToServeMan using ponies as food]].
** The Changelings display little intelligence and seem quite feral, so the race overall may not be so much Always Chaotic Evil as it is an Always Chaotic Hungry HordeOfAlienLocusts. The Queen, however, does display high intelligence and appears to be NeutralEvil.
** Of course considering their means of 'eating' is just disguising themselves as a pony and sucking up the love that pony's loved ones mistakenly give them, they might be closer to [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Always Devious Blue]].
** The [[{{Wendigo}} Windigos]].
** The dragons. The adults would rather roast ponies than talk to them and one tries to kill a young dragon over some eaten property. The teens react to defiance with violence and attack animals for fun. Spike's feral form is easily the nicest dragon shown, only resorting to force, and non-lethal force at that, after being physically injured, and he was raised by ponies.
* {{Averted}} in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice:'' WordOfGod says that the White Martians are not naturally evil in this continuity, and that other than coloration, their differences with the Green and Red Martians are mostly cultural. He doesn't elaborate, though, so it's possible the average White Martian might still have some undesirable traits.
* The Shadow Clan from ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}''.